Reviews of products for scale miscellaneous models.

The Forgotten Dead

Published: August 18th, 2018     
The Forgotten Dead
Author: Ken Small, Mark Rogerson
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Company: Osprey Publishing

This book describes Exercise Tiger, the rehearsal for the American D-Day landings on Utah Beach in Normandy. The training exercise occurred on the Devon and Dorset coasts of England around the village of Slapton Sands on April 27, 1944. Almost 1000 American soldiers and sailors died during the exercise, which was later covered up by officials embarrassed by the fiasco.

This book describes the effort of author Ken Small to uncover the truth about the deaths of the soldiers and sailors and to ensure their sacrifice would never be forgotten. First published in 1988, the book has been updated and re-published in 2018.

25-degree Sprue Cutter

Published: August 7th, 2018     
25-degree Sprue Cutter
Reviewed by: Phil Peterson, IPMS# 8739
Company: Fujiya

If you build models you are probably very familiar with Micro-Mark. Not only do they carry a wide range of modeling tools but also offer several kits in different media.

When starting a model getting the parts off the sprue cleanly helps lower the amount of clean up you need to do so finding a good sprue cutter is a great start. This product is manufactured by Fujiya out of Japan.

I tried it out on a kit I am working on for a review and it did a great job. The 25-degree angle gives good control to get up next to the part no matter the placement on the sprue. The cut was clean, but you need to make sure you are even with the part edge or you will live a bit of the connection.

They also advertise that this is a great tool for cutting soft wire but I didn't have any available to test it on. My only concern from other products is once you cut metal it may not work as well on plastic later on. I will be looking forward to seeing how well it holds it edge over time.

The handle is coated with a rubber like material that is comfortable to the touch and adds a good grip to help keep the tool from slipping in your hand.

With Their Bare Hands, The Battle for Montfaucon in WWI

Published: July 27th, 2018     
With Their Bare Hands, The Battle for Montfaucon in WWI
Author: Osprey Publishing
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Company: Osprey Publishing

Thank you, Osprey Publishing, for providing a review copy of another of excellent World War I history volume. This book is a welcome and well-timed addition as the 100th anniversary of the end of the "Great War" approaches later this year. I hope reader of this book will gain an important appreciation and understanding of the raw, brutal nature of combat, often controversial decisions, poor battlefield judgments, and most of all the grit and persistence of the America Doughboys of the American Expeditionary Forces.

As always, I truly appreciate all those in the IPMS Reviewer Corps, whose work is critical to sharing new and exciting modeling and historical products with the world. Thank you for allowing me to read and review this book.

Armies of the Italian Wars of Unification 1848 - 70 (1)

Published: July 24th, 2018     
Armies of the Italian Wars of Unification 1848 - 70 (1)
Author: Gabrielle Esposito
Reviewed by: Ron Verburg
Company: Osprey Publishing

This title is from Osprey's well received Men-at-Arms of books. It is number 512 in the series.

From the Cover

Armies of the Italian Wars of Unification 1848-70 (1)

Piedmont and the Two Sicilies

The creation of the modern nation of Italy was a complex and bloody process involving not only three wars between Italian and Austrian armies, but also bitter clashes between Italian regional forces and insurgents. This first of two books describes the two largest Italian armies, which at first briefly fought in alliance against Austria, but later confronted one another. It explains the evolving organization, uniforms and weapons of the armies of Piedmont (the Kingdom of Sardinia) and Naples (the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies) and is illustrated with contemporary prints and new full-color uniform plates.


These books are great reference materials for figure modelers! This book consists of:

The Spy Toolkit

Published: July 14th, 2018     
The Spy Toolkit
Author: The National Archive, Stephen Twigge
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Company: Osprey Publishing

The Spy Tool Kit is a great book! It covers the tools and weapons used by secret operating agents working behind the lines for both sides (Axis and Allied) during WWII. It covers the organizations involved, the agents themselves and their training as well as all manner of description of their tasks and goals.  All the pictures and devices shown in this book are derived from the National Archive where many of the items are contained.

The contents of the book are: