Reviews of products for scale miscellaneous models.

We March Against England, Operation Sea Lion 1940-41

Published: September 2nd, 2018     
We March Against England, Operation Sea Lion 1940-41
Author: Robert Forczyk
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Company: Osprey Publishing

It's June of 1940. The Wehrmacht has just crushed the armies of Poland, the Netherlands, Belgium and France. The British Army has escaped across the Channel from Dunkirk, and they've left a lot of equipment behind, not to mention a goodly number of soldiers. Germany has to get their act together in France, prepare for occupation of those conquered territories, and then there's the thought of what to do about England.

This book is not the usual Osprey book we review here at IPMS USA. It is mostly text, with only a few pictures thrown in. It covers the period from June 1940 to July of 1941. After this, Sea Lion became a moot point, as the Wehrmacht had their hands full in the Soviet Union.

Mission Models Paint- Part 1 (Thinner, Polyurethane, Primer and Paint)

Published: September 1st, 2018     
Mission Models Paint- Part 1 (Thinner, Polyurethane, Primer and Paint)
Reviewed by: Blaine Singleton, IPMS# 50734
Scale: NA
Company: Mission Models

Company Overview

Mission Model paints - a new way to think about painting.

This review focuses on using Mission Models acrylic paints. I will present a ground up approach to the steps I follow to get the best finish from this new line of primers and paints.

Mission Models Paints is a relative newcomer to the model paint market with 118 custom colors for armor, ships, aircraft and cars in the line. An additional 75 colors will be added soon.  

What are Benefits to using the paints?

They have a high pigment density, no chemical odor, are easy to work with, and have great opacity with little tendency to run, sag, or spider when sprayed. And, they're environmentally safe. An additional benefit is that when sprayed, more paint is concentrated on the area being painted with less overspray.

The FN Mag Machine Gun - M240, L7, and Other Variants

Published: August 24th, 2018     
The FN Mag Machine Gun - M240, L7, and Other Variants
Author: Chris McNab
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Osprey Publishing

Chris McNab is an author and editor specializing in military history and military technology. To date he has published more than 40 books, including The Illustrated History of the Vietnam War (2000), Twentieth-Century Small Arms (2001), Twentieth-Century Small Arms (2001), The Encyclopedia of Combat Techniques (2002), The Personal Security Handbook (2003), Reformation, Exploration and Empire (2005), Mythical Monsters : The Scariest Creatures from Legends, Books, and Movies (2006), Tools of Violence (2008), Deadly Force (2009), A History of the World in 100 Weapons (2011), The Roman Army (2012), SAS and Special Forces Mental Toughness Training, and Abandoned Wrecks (2017). Chris has also written extensively for major encyclopedia series, magazines and newspapers. He is an experienced specialist in survival techniques and provides instruction on wilderness hunting techniques. He currently lives in Neath, Wales, UK.

US Marine Versus German Soldier

Published: August 23rd, 2018     
US Marine Versus German Soldier
Author: Greg Adams
Reviewed by: Keith Gervasi, IPMS# 44177
Company: Osprey Publishing

History: After the US declaration of war on Germany, hundreds of thousands of American troops flooded into France and were thrust into the front line. Among them was the US Marine Corps' 4th Marine Brigade whose first major action was the battle of Belleau Wood in June 1918, fighting elements of Germany's 10th, 28th, and 237th Infantry divisions. Volunteers to a man, the newly arrived Marines faced experienced but war-weary German conscripts whose doctrine had been honed by nearly four years of conflict on the Western Front. During the fighting, the Germans are alleged to have given the nickname "Devil Dogs" to the Marines, and Belleau Wood has become enshrined in the Corps' heritage.

The book: For a book with just 80 pages and loaded with illustrations it has a lot of information on the Marine assault at Belleau Wood and it appears Greg Adams has done a good bit of research. The chapters are:

Linked Brass Chain - Medium and Coarse

Published: August 20th, 2018     
Linked Brass Chain - Medium and Coarse
Reviewed by: Eric Christianson, IPMS# 42218
Scale: 1/35
Company: Czech Master's Kits

Czech Master's out of Czechoslovakia continues to add to its list of quality aftermarket and modeling supply products; this time with packages of linked brass chain. Reviewed here are two sizes: 2.8mm (Coarse) and 1.8mm (Medium), suitable for 1/35thscale. The brass chain accepts blackening agent, such as A-West's 'Blacken It', turning the chain from a bright, brass color to a darker color, depending on how long the chain is left in the liquid. Once dry, pigments can be added to flesh out the effect desired. The two sizes are perfect for filling in detail on armor models and/or diorama layouts, and measure 30 cm, or just under 12 inches in length.

I recommend this Czech Master's product for any modeler who wants to add a nice little bit of detail to their work.

I would like to thank the Czech Master's for providing the chain for review, and to IPMS USAfor giving me the opportunity to work with it.