Reviews of products for scale miscellaneous models.

The 2nd SS Panzer Division Das Reich

Published: March 21st, 2018     
The 2nd SS Panzer Division Das Reich
Author: Yves Buffetaut
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Company: Casemate Publishing

The book goes into details of the formation, deployment and combat actions of the 2nd SS Panzer Division Das Reich.

Das Reich was the first Waffen SS division created and was a major force where ever it fought.

The unit as formed in September 1939 as the war began and fought on most fronts from Poland, France, Balkans, Russia, back to France and then back to the eastern front at the end of the war.

I found this book fascinating and made me aware of a lot of information I have never read before. Das Reich was a formidable division and prove its worth and bravery on all the fronts it fought. It was used as a firefighting group on many occasions and resisted against the odds on many occasions.

There are a lot of pictures and illustrations that make the book even more interesting.

I recommend this book to everyone with a deep interest the war and the formation and use of German divisions. The only downside was it could have had a little more details or insight into the actions it fought in, eyewitness/diary type write-ups to give it more feeling.

Defenses of Bermuda 1612–1995

Published: March 10th, 2018     
Defenses of Bermuda 1612–1995
Author: Terrance McGovern, Edward C. Harris Illustrator: Adam Hook
Reviewed by: Michael Lamm, IPMS# 50139
Company: Osprey Publishing

Osprey's Fortress series is a well-established line of books covering a variety of fortresses around the world. The Fortress series of books started 15 years ago with the Japanese island defenses in World War II, and with this installment, Defense of Bermuda, the series is up to over 100 titles.

The books begins with a history of the geologic formation of Bermuda. When people think of Bermuda, they often thing of it as an island, but "Bermuda" actually consists of 181 islands that formed when a volcano rose 14,000 feet off of the sea bed of what would eventually become the Atlantic Ocean. Bermuda was first discovered by the Spaniard Juan de Bermudez in 1505, but the first European settlers on the island were actually part of the English Virginia Company, who settled the colony of Jamestown. These settlers arrived on Bermuda really by accident when they were shipwrecked there. Located just over 650 miles from the coast of the Carolinas, Bermuda was to become an important English settlement and naval base during and after colonial times and the American Revolution.

Cyanoacrylate Glue Products

Published: March 2nd, 2018     
Cyanoacrylate Glue Products
Reviewed by: John Noack, IPMS# 3017
Scale: NA
Company: Bob Smith Industries, Incorporated

Our friends at BSI sent along a box of current and new releases across their line of CA products. Some of these may be familiar to you, others, like their new Plastic-Cure brush on product, were new to me.

Finland at War – the Winter War 1938-1940

Published: February 28th, 2018     
Finland at War – the Winter War 1938-1940
Author: Vesa Nenye, Peter Munter, Toni Wirtannen, Chris Birks
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Company: Osprey Publishing

This book I found to be the most complete and detailed account of the David vs Goliath battle between Stalin's Russian forces and the small Finish Armed forces. This little known war has always fascinated me and I really enjoyed this book.

The book details the history leading up to the war the full war battle by battle and the aftermath. The details are incredible and there is a short biograph for each of the major players on both sides during the campaign. The table of contents shows the detail.

  • Preface and Acknowledgements
  • Chronology
  1. The Rise of Finland
  2. The Road to War
  3. The Karelian Isthmus, December 1939
  4. Ladoga Karelia, December 1939
  5. Group Talvela
  6. North Finland Group
  7. Lapland Group, 1939-40
  8. A Watching World
  9. The Battle for Ladoga Karelia, 1940
  10. The Karelian Isthmus, 1940
  11. An Interim Peace
  • Bibliography
  • Appendix

There is a lot of great and never before published photographs that would alone makes this book worth getting.

Rabaul 1943-44 Reducing Japan’s Great Island Fortress

Published: January 26th, 2018     
Rabaul 1943-44 Reducing Japan’s Great Island Fortress
Author: Mark Lardas Illustrator: Mark Postlethwaite
Reviewed by: Hub Plott
Company: Osprey Publishing

This book is the second in a new series covering major air campaigns in history. This book covers the fight against the Japanese held island stronghold of Rabaul. This island fortress was blocking the allied advance to Tokyo, Home to around 100,000 troops and numerous airfields it was felt that even an all-out assault would not lead to the taking of the island. Thus the Allies began a campaign of aerial assault adding in the use of naval and land forces to reduce the ability of Rabaul to play an important part in the war. This campaign became the blueprint for further combat in the Pacific, showing that it was not necessary to occupy the island to control it.

The book is broken down into 9 sections. The introduction discusses in brief the strategic importance of Rabaul and all the reasons it was such a natural and important base for the Japanese in WWII>

Next a chronology of events from the January 23rd 1942 Japanese capture of Rabaul to the September 6, 1945 surrender of Japanese forces on Rabaul to the Americans.