Miscellaneous

Reviews of products for scale miscellaneous models.

The Solomons, 1943-44: The Struggle for New Georgia and Bougainville

Published: October 20th, 2018     
The Solomons, 1943-44: The Struggle for New Georgia and Bougainville
Author: Mark Stille. Illustrated by Peter Dennis
Reviewed by: Marc K. Blackburn, IPMS# 42892
Company: Osprey Publishing

Osprey Publishing continues to add titles to its long running Campaigns series, this time tackling the struggle to liberate the remaining islands in the Solomon's Island chain in the months after the successful conclusion of the Guadalcanal campaign. Using their tried and true format, the volume looks at the opposing commanders, forces, and plans before diving into the narrative on the campaign. Using contemporary photographs, superb maps, and full color illustrations, this volume does an excellent job in summarizing the strengths and weaknesses of both sides. Since these volumes are meant as an overview, they do not go into great detail into the campaigns, but provide enough information to give the reader a grounding in the campaign.

Armored: Olive Drab: 1939-1956 Paint Set

Published: October 15th, 2018     
Armored: Olive Drab: 1939-1956 Paint Set
Reviewed by: Michael Reeves, IPMS# 51129
Scale: 10701
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 armored subjects painted olive drab from the years 1939-1956 and include the following colors in 1 oz. bottles:

  • TCP-1400: Olive Drab #1, 1944-1945; All Theaters
  • TCP-1401: Olive Drab #2, 1939-1941; All Theaters
  • TCP-1402: Olive Drab #3, 1942-1944; All Theaters
  • TCP-1423: Olive Drab #4, 1950-1956; US Army Only
  • TCP-403: Matte Mud, #1
  • TCP-408: Matte Aged Rust

The set also included a sample of their masking / frisket paper.

Mission Models Paint Part 2 (Clear Coats)

Published: October 13th, 2018     
Mission Models Paint Part 2  (Clear Coats)
Reviewed by: Blaine Singleton, IPMS# 50734
Company: Mission Models

This part 2 of a three-part review of Mission Models paints.The Clear Coats

Shortly after releasing their second round of paint colors Mission Models released three clear coat products to protect the paint once it has been applied to a model. The Clear coatings are Flat Clear, Semi-Gloss Clear and Gloss Clear.

All clear coats are mixed with the Mission Models thinner and depending what you use the clears coats for, the thinner proportions mix is varied, I found 30% thinner to the clear worked best for me. The Polyurethane may be used with the clear coat as it is with the paint products. Let the clear coats dry for minimum 3 hours and they are ready for applications of any masking material.

Spraying the clears are done by setting your airbrush air pressure to 10 to 15 psi and applying the clear coats in light multiple coats.

The clear coats are compatible with all the decal settings solutions that you would normally use on your projects.

Mission Models Paint, Part 3 (Metallics)

Published: October 7th, 2018     
Mission Models Paint, Part 3 (Metallics)
Reviewed by: Blaine Singleton, IPMS# 50734
Company: Mission Models

This will be the third of a three-part review of Mission Models paints.

The Metallics

Mission Models has four new metallic paints, White Aluminum, Dark Aluminum, Duraluminum and Silver.

For this paint test I sprayed Mission White Primer after cleaning and degreasing the test surface. If you use gray or black primer you can get a variance of tonal quality for each of the metallic paints making them very versatile.

I decided to paint the White Aluminum and Dark Aluminum for this review. As you can see in the accompanying pictures the paints are very durable. Once laid down they will not pull up with masking tape and have a nice metallic sheen.

To test the ability of the paint to cover an area that's been scratched or damaged, I started with a scuffed area and was able to almost cover the damage with 6 passes of the airbrush. What that means is that this metallic paint can be touched up after application as in the case a scratch, which is usually not the case for most acrylic metallics.

Blanc Mont Ridge 19

Published: September 17th, 2018     
Blanc Mont Ridge 19
Author: Romain Cansiere and Ed Gilbert
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: Osprey Publishing

Illustrated by Graham Turner, and authored by Romain Cansiere and Ed Gilbert, this publication is available in two versions. The paperback version, # 9781472824967, is priced at $24.00, and the eBook (PDF) version, # 9781472824943, is priced at $19.20. Osprey offers 25% off if both versions are purchased.

Mr. Turner has illustrated a number of publications for Osprey and specializes in the medieval period. His work with scenes of battle highlight the uniforms and weaponry of the battle and of the historical age, are exquisite in detail, and add drama to the publication. Figure painters and modelers will find the artwork of great value.

Ed Gilbert has authored books for Osprey's Warrior Series, Battle Orders Series and Campaign Series. Romain Cansiere concentrates on the history of the US Marine Corps. He has co-authored an award-winning book entitled, "Tanks in Hell-A Marine Corps Tank Company on Tarawa.