Miscellaneous

Reviews of products for scale miscellaneous models.

Instrument of War: The German Army 1914-18

Published: June 23rd, 2018     
Instrument of War: The German Army 1914-18
Author: Dennis Showalter
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra, IPMS# 11198
Company: Osprey Publishing

There's a sort of strange fascination within modeling circles for World War 1, which is hardly surprising. Taking place a hundred years ago now, it was a transitional period for the world at large on a number of levels - monarchies and ancient empires were crumbling, most of Europe was evolving sluggishly from a agricultural to an industrial base, and militarily, generals were still fighting 18th century wars with 20th century weapons.

Dennis Showalter delves into one major aspect of this war with intense academic furvor - the actions of the German high command and the ways and means of their decisions that hammered a generation of Germans and paved the way for the following war with a certain grim inevitability. If you're looking for a light skimming over the topic of the German war machine for the First World War, this ain't it.

US Airborne Soldier versus German Soldier

Published: June 22nd, 2018     
US Airborne Soldier versus German Soldier
Author: David Campbell; Illustrator: Steve Noon
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra, IPMS# 11198
Company: Osprey Publishing

During the earlier stages of WW2, the German military demonstrated a new approach to warfare never really encountered before - the airborne assault force. In hotly contested battles in places such as Norway, Denmark and Belgium, they proved the effectiveness of a shock force that could appear virtually anywhere at virtually any time.

It wasn't that long before the Allies took note and created their own versions of this elite force. Two units in the United States - the 82nd and 101st became the first large-scale units to develop the tactics and weapons necessary to serve as effective combat units in areas where they were likely to be surrounded and outnumbered by the enemy with little chance of immediate reinforcement.

David Campbell walks us through three of the major engagements by these forces in that war - the Sicilian campaign, the D-Day invasion and Operation Market Garden. All of these employed substantial numbers of airborne troops and show their effectiveness in sowing confusion within the rear ranks of enemy-held territory.

Gebirgsjager versus Soviet Sailor: Arctic Circle 1942-44

Published: June 21st, 2018     
Gebirgsjager versus Soviet Sailor: Arctic Circle 1942-44
Author: David Greentree; Illustrator: Johnny Shumate
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra, IPMS# 11198
Company: Osprey Publishing

The grim conflicts that occurred along the edge of the Arctic Circle during World War Two are perhaps one of the least-publicized theaters in that sad war. It's a fact that for someone like me who THINKS he knows history fairly well, virtually everything in this book by Osprey Publishing came as a surprise. Who knew that such struggles were suffered in this treeless, roadless, virtually empty region along the northern edges of Lapland, Finland and Norway?

Of course the protagonists are fairly well known - the German Mountain Troops with their famous "Eidelweiss" badge, and the Soviet Naval Troops - the "Black Death" as they were sometimes called by their enemies. However, I for one did not know that they were directly involved in a number of obscure battles in even more obscure places during the course of the war. Minsk, which figures heavily in any strategic planning in this region, was one of the more important destinations for Allied convoys bringing vital supplies from England and the United States - hence the decision to fight it out in some of the most hostile terrain on the planet.

Tidal Wave - From Leyte Gulf to Tokyo Bay

Published: June 15th, 2018     
Tidal Wave - From Leyte Gulf to Tokyo Bay
Author: Thomas McKelvey Cleaver
Reviewed by: Blaine Singleton, IPMS# 50734
Company: Osprey Publishing

Introduction

In Tidal Wave from Leyte Gulf to Tokyo Bay, Thomas McKelvey Cleaver offers a deep analysis of the political and strategic situation in the last months of the Pacific War, interwoven with engaging accounts of kamikaze raids and aerial combat. He explains how the last months of the Pacific campaign constantly challenged the crews of the US Navy ships, whose pilots conducted continual bombing missions and aerial skirmishes, how the success or failure of the ship's gunners spelled life or death for their vessels, and how the commanders had to protect their ships from the worst ravages of the Pacific Typhoons.

Template Squares Steel

Published: June 11th, 2018     
Template Squares Steel
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Company: Eduard

This is a photoetch template set for use scribing/engraving square type features on any subject plastic model. This set with one sheet with 4 smaller templates within it.

In the packet includes

  • 1 photoetch sheet

Summary

This is a fantastic set for added some great additional details features to any kit or replacing engraved squares lost due to sanding and filling. They are easy to use and flexible to form around most shapes and surfaces.

Thanks go to Eduard for providing this set to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them.