Miscellaneous

Reviews of products for scale miscellaneous models.

Superguns 1854-1991: Extreme Artillery From the Paris Gun and the V-3 to Iraq's Project Babylon

Published: February 1st, 2019     
Superguns 1854-1991: Extreme Artillery From the Paris Gun and the V-3 to Iraq's Project Babylon
Author: Steven J. Zaloga; Illustrator: Jim Laurier
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Osprey Publishing

Steven J. Zaloga was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts to John and Muriel Zaloga on February 1, 1952. Steven earned his undergraduate degree cum laude in history at Union College and his Masters' degree in history from Columbia University. He obtained a Certificate in International Affairs from the graduate program of the University of Cracow. He has worked in the aerospace industry for some twenty years as an analyst specializing in missiles, precision-guided munitions, and unarmed aerial vehicles. Steven has served with a federal think tank, Defense Analyses. He was the writer-director for The Discovery Channel's "Firepower" series from 1987 to 1992. He has authored many books on military technology, especially in armored warfare. Steven is a noted scale armor modeler and is a member of AMPS (Armor Modeling and Preservation Society).

Pacific Thunder - The US Navy’s Central Pacific Campaign, August 1943 - October 1944

Published: January 13th, 2019     
Pacific Thunder - The US Navy’s Central Pacific Campaign, August 1943 - October 1944
Author: Thomas McKelvey Cleaver
Reviewed by: Michael Reeves, IPMS# 51129
Company: Osprey Publishing

Introduction

This book is a fascinating account of the Central Pacific campaign and one of the most stunning comebacks in naval history when in 14 months the US Navy went from the jaws of defeat at Pearl Harbor to the brink of victory in the Pacific. The book's emphasis is on carrier operations and on the air groups of the various fighters and dive and torpedo bombers that were instrumental in sending the Japanese fleet to its watery grave and ensure an end to the Pacific Theater of Operations. The chapters include:

Roman Legionary Versus Carthaginian Warrior

Published: January 12th, 2019     
Roman Legionary Versus Carthaginian Warrior
Author: David Campbell
Reviewed by: Michael Reeves, IPMS# 51129
Company: Osprey Publishing

History

Second Punic War 217-206 BC

The peace that followed the First Punic War was shallow and fractious, with the resumption of hostilities in 218 BC- sparked by Carthaginian expansion in Iberia- seeing Rome suffer some of the worst defeats in its entire history. The Carthaginian army was a composite affair, primarily made up of a number of levies from Africa and around the Mediterranean, augmented by mercenaries and allies, and these troops crushed the Roman heavy-infantry maniples in a series of battles across Southern Europe. Improvements made to Rome's military, however, would see Roman revenge visited on Hannibal in full measure by Scipio, who would beat the Carthagians at their own game and bring the legions to the gates of Carthage itself. In this study, the epic battles at Lake Trasimene (217 BC), Cannae (216 BC) and Ilipa (206 BC) are explored in detail, supported by carefully chosen illustrations and specially commissioned full-color artwork and mapping.

The Book

This looks to be a very thorough overview of this exhausting, intense war between these two armies. The book is broken down into these chapters:

Otto Skorzeny: The Devil’s Disciple

Published: January 12th, 2019     
Otto Skorzeny: The Devil’s Disciple
Author: Stuart Smith
Reviewed by: Marc Blackburn, IPMS# 42892
Company: Osprey Publishing

Osprey Publications, the prolific publisher of books related to nearly every aspect of military history imaginable, has in recent years been branching out into more traditional history works. This work is a critical biography of Otto Skorzeny, the man who rescued Mussolini from captivity. The author, Stuart Smith, is a trained historian with a career in business. Using original records and a variety of sources, Stuart has put together a fascinating portrait of a man whose entire career was largely built on one exploit - rescuing Mussolini from captivity in 1943. As his actions in the post-war would indicate, he was also an unrepentant Nazi.

Tru Color Paint Modern Radar Dispersering Paint

Published: January 8th, 2019     
Tru Color Paint Modern Radar Dispersering Paint
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786
Company: Tru-Color Paint

If you are looking for some unique paints that are solvent based for your latest U.S. Air Force F-22 or F-35, Tru Color Paints has released some Modern Radar Dispersers to help you. The paints have a metallic flake added that only appears once brushed or airbrushed onto the model. The paint is advertised as being able to be airbrushed out of the bottle at 28 to 35 psig, but I added about 30% of their thinner (product TCP-015) in order to airbrush at 18 psig, which is where I usually work, even at this pressure, the metal flakes seem to go everywhere.

My paints arrived in a set titled "Modern Radar Dispersers" which consists of TCP 1205 (F-35 Radar Dispersion Gray, #1), TCP 1214 (F-22 Radar Dispersion Light Compass Ghost Gray), TCP 1215 (F-22 Radar Dispersion Dark Compass Ghost Gray), TCP 1220 (F-35 Radar Dispersion Gray, #2), TCP 1226 (Titanium), and TCP 005 (White). I pulled the Academy 1/72 scale F-22 Raptor (kit 12423) from my stash for this review, and painted the horizontal and vertical stabilizers. Included in the set was a piece of the masking tape made by Tru Color that I would try out for masking the edges of the stabilizers.