Reviews of products for scale miscellaneous models.

The Khazars: A Judeo-Turkish Empire on the Steppes, 7th - 11th Centuries AD

Published: May 27th, 2019     
The Khazars: A Judeo-Turkish Empire on the Steppes, 7th - 11th Centuries AD
Author: Mikhail Zhirohov and David Nicolle; Illustrators: Christa Hook
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Osprey Publishing

Mikhail Zhirohov was born in eastern Ukraine, in 1974. Mikhail graduated from Donetsk State University with a degree in History. He has focused on the former USSR ranging from its medieval history to modern warfare. He has authored over 20 books and published more than 300 articles on various aspects of Ukrainian and military history for popular magazines in Russia, Ukraine, France, UK and other countries since 1998. He lives in Chernihiv, Ukraine.

David Nicolle is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute of Medieval Studies, Nottingham University. David has focused his research on the military history of Islam. He is the author of over a dozen books on medieval military history. He lives in High Barnet, UK.

The Weathering Special - Trains

Published: May 18th, 2019     
The Weathering Special - Trains
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: AMMO by Mig Jimenez

The "press release" on the Mig website states, "In this special issue of The Weathering Magazine, we present a collection of the best articles about weathering techniques for model trains available. Through each inspiring page of 14 excellent chapters, you will learn how to use weathering products with the guidance of some of the world's best railway modelers. Create all kinds of wear and dirt effects on locomotives of all eras, as well as on freight cars, coaches, tank cars, and more.

Upon turning through the pages of this book, you will quickly realize how entertaining and easy transforming your stock train models into hyper-realistic wonders is. You can bring any rail subject to life by applying any type of weathering effect you choose including rust, chipping, streaking, dust, accumulated dirt, soot, fuel stains, and much more, you'll even learn how paint the most intricate graffiti!"

The press release is accurate in its description of this excellent guide to weathering train gear. 

Model Car World Military Finishes (Various)

Published: May 5th, 2019     
Model Car World Military Finishes (Various)
Reviewed by: John Noack, IPMS# 23017
Scale: NA
Company: Model Car World

Back in the mid-90's, the late Ed Kinney and I co-founded IPMS Fame Cities in the Akron/Canton area. While many ribald tales could be told of those days, the tenuous link to this review is that the owner of MCW Finishes, Mike Guest, is a member of Fame Cities. I reconnected with Mike after I read about the new line of military colors he's producing in gloss lacquer. I asked mike to supply us with a group of sample colors and he more than obliged. I was recently building the little Brengun 1/144 Horten 229 night fighter, which called for an RLM 75/76 upper finish, so this gave me my first opportunity to try these paints.

I generally don't write overly superlative reviews, but I have to tell you that these are absolutely fantastic paints. Mike and crew formulate their own colors using PPG base, and these are provided in ready-to-spray format.

NATO & Modern Armor Paint

Published: April 28th, 2019     
NATO & Modern Armor Paint
Reviewed by: Michael Reeves, IPMS# 511129
Company: Tru-Color Paint

Tru-Color Paint was formed in 2008 by Rick Galazzo and Scott Cohen, both of whom come from extensive backgrounds in formulating paint on the commercial scale. They set out on their own to develop this paint line of solvent-based paint by reformulating the old Accupaint formulation to flow better and give a more glossy appearance after drying. They currently offer over 600 colors offered with more to follow. Sets and single bottles are available and include lines for railroad, automotive, and military aircraft and armament lines.

The specific set I tested was specifically for NATO and modern armor and includes a sample of their masking frisket papers as well as the following colors in 1 oz. bottles:

  • TCP-1410: NATO Green
  • TCP-1411: NATO - Military Brown
  • TCP-1412: NATO Black
  • TCP-1413: OIF - Desert Sand
  • TCP-1414: Tan Camo for Vehicles
  • TCP-1415: Seafoam Green for Vehicles

I tested the colors on my Bosnian AMX-30. The colors built up slowly and the paints were quite thin, which is helpful when you are trying to ease the layers along in a build.

Fine Brass Chain

Published: April 24th, 2019     
Fine Brass Chain
Reviewed by: Phil Peterson, IPMS# 8739
Scale: 1/72
Company: CMK

Czech Master Kits, known as CMK, is one of the prolific model companies out of the Czech Republic releasing full kits and aftermarket parts for aircraft, AFVs, ships, figures, and more.

This includes a series of brass chains which are listed as Fine (72nd scale), Medium (48th) and Coarse (35th). This review covers the Fine version of these products as I build mostly 1/72nd scale kits. What you get is a very nice chain in brass that is 30cm long (almost 12 inches). The links are 2mm long and 1.2mm wide. The quality is high. You can either use the chain at its full length or cut it into smaller sizes for different uses.

I took pictures of the chain in comparison with my most recent review builds, a 1/76th scale M3 half track from Airfix and Tamiya's new M3 Stuart. To my eye the chain would work for a heavy chain in 72nd - 76th scale, maybe in use to tow a vehicle. It looks more like a normal chain in 35th scale though would be too large to use as tailgate chains.