Miscellaneous

Reviews of products for scale miscellaneous models.

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.

The Sterling Submachine Gun

Published: January 8th, 2019     
The Sterling Submachine Gun
Author: Matthew Moss; Illustrators: Alan Gilliland, Adam Hook
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Osprey Publishing

Matthew Moss is a British author and historian specializing in small arms development, military history, and current defense affairs. Matthew has degrees from the Universities of Liverpool and Chester and has contributed to publications in both the United States and the United Kingdom. He runs the website Historical Firearms, a blog that explores the history, development, and use of firearms. He co-founded the Armourer's Bench (or on Facebook) with Vic Tuff a multi-media exploration of historic small arms. Matthew has contributed to a number of print and online publications including magazines such as Small Arms Review, Popular Mechanics, The Armourer, History of War and Classic Arms & Militaria. This is his first book. He lives in Lancashire, UK.

Rome at War

Published: December 30th, 2018     
Rome at War
Author: Osprey Publishing
Reviewed by: William O'Malley, IPMS# 46473
Company: Osprey Publishing

This book chronicles the Roman soldiers and generals that shaped the Roman Empire by wars and conquests, from expansion, to its decline and fall. Color photos, maps, and photos illustrate the disciplined and highly trained army that conquered a vast empire comprising the known world. 

Four sections of the book describe the development and wars of the Roman army:

  • The Early Republic 753-150BC
  • The Late Republic 150-27BC
  • The Early Empire 27BC-AD235
  • The Late Empire AD235-500

A chronology of Roman Empire wars and empires, and an index of significant warriors and battles are also provided. 

The chronological organization of the book nicely portrays the training and tactics developed for the Roman soldier, and also describes their commanding generals and emperors. The maps illustrate the various stages of the Roman Empire's growth and decline. Color photos, mostly of statues, further portray key figures. The color paintings create a vivid image of the soldiers and their battles, first for the Roman Republic, and then for its Emperors.

Perforated Metal Plate

Published: December 26th, 2018     
Perforated Metal Plate
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Company: Croco Models

Croco Models from Latvia specializes in aftermarket detail sets and resin sets, mainly of armored vehicles. They sure know how to find unique and interesting subjects. Visit their webpage and you will see.

Besides aftermarket details and resin kits, they release small generic detail parts, in this case a perforated metal plate, with very small circular plates in a diamond pattern.

The size of the fret is about 2 inches by 1.25 inches and it can be used for detailing many different models, probably armor in 1/35 scale (engine covers), perhaps aircraft in 1/32 and 1/48 (air intakes filters).

You can see how finely and homogenous the perforations are, as you can "see-through" them and still see the mini-ziploc bag behind it. Just think of it as a way to dress up any opening towards the interior of a model where you want to make it look like there is "something there", like a radiator, a screen or just "something" which is better than bare plastic.

This is a great supply that you can use to enhance the looks of any of your models, whenever you need some mesh.

Highly recommended.