Miscellaneous

Reviews of products for scale miscellaneous models.

Campaldino 1289 The Battle that Made Dante

Published: September 13th, 2018     
Campaldino 1289 The Battle that Made Dante
Author: Kelly Devries & Niccolo Capponi
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: Osprey Publishing

This publication is available in three formats, all of which are available on the Osprey Publishing website. The paperback version, 9781472831286, is listed at $24.00. The eBook (ePub), # 9781472831279 is listed at $19.20, as is the eBook (PDF), # 9781472831262. An offer of a substantial savings exists for the reader who wishes to buy both the print version and either of the electronic versions. The discount is 25% off!

This publication identifies the causes of the battle at Campaldino, the economic, social, political and religious issues that defined the conditions in northern Italy in the late 1280's. In addition, the book addresses the impact that the battle had on a well-known poet of the time, that being Dante. The authors indicate that Dante's "Devine Comedy" can be viewed as framing Dante's description of pain and suffering in "Devine Comedy".

Charlie Company’s Journey Home: The Forgotten Impact on the Wives of Vietnam Veterans

Published: September 2nd, 2018     
Charlie Company’s Journey Home: The Forgotten Impact on the Wives of Vietnam Veterans
Author: Andrew Wiest
Reviewed by: Bob LaBouy, IPMS# 3064
Company: Osprey Publishing

I found this book to be a compelling read on several levels. It is written about the lives of women who were involved with and or married to the men who served with Charlie Company, 4thof the 47thInfantry, 9thInfantry Division, stationed at Fort Riley, Kansas.

It is certainly a book full of statistics, averages and other data to provide the reader with a great deal of insight into what life was like for the very few wives already married when their husbands were preparing to go into combat in Vietnam in early 1967. As a nation, we seemed to overlook the terrible toll--mentally and physically, that the women who stay home pay.

We March Against England, Operation Sea Lion 1940-41

Published: September 2nd, 2018     
We March Against England, Operation Sea Lion 1940-41
Author: Robert Forczyk
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Company: Osprey Publishing

It's June of 1940. The Wehrmacht has just crushed the armies of Poland, the Netherlands, Belgium and France. The British Army has escaped across the Channel from Dunkirk, and they've left a lot of equipment behind, not to mention a goodly number of soldiers. Germany has to get their act together in France, prepare for occupation of those conquered territories, and then there's the thought of what to do about England.

This book is not the usual Osprey book we review here at IPMS USA. It is mostly text, with only a few pictures thrown in. It covers the period from June 1940 to July of 1941. After this, Sea Lion became a moot point, as the Wehrmacht had their hands full in the Soviet Union.

Mission Models Paint- Part 1 (Thinner, Polyurethane, Primer and Paint)

Published: September 1st, 2018     
Mission Models Paint- Part 1 (Thinner, Polyurethane, Primer and Paint)
Reviewed by: Blaine Singleton, IPMS# 50734
Scale: NA
Company: Mission Models

Company Overview

Mission Model paints - a new way to think about painting.

This review focuses on using Mission Models acrylic paints. I will present a ground up approach to the steps I follow to get the best finish from this new line of primers and paints.

Mission Models Paints is a relative newcomer to the model paint market with 118 custom colors for armor, ships, aircraft and cars in the line. An additional 75 colors will be added soon.  

What are Benefits to using the paints?

They have a high pigment density, no chemical odor, are easy to work with, and have great opacity with little tendency to run, sag, or spider when sprayed. And, they're environmentally safe. An additional benefit is that when sprayed, more paint is concentrated on the area being painted with less overspray.

The FN Mag Machine Gun - M240, L7, and Other Variants

Published: August 24th, 2018     
The FN Mag Machine Gun - M240, L7, and Other Variants
Author: Chris McNab
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Osprey Publishing

Chris McNab is an author and editor specializing in military history and military technology. To date he has published more than 40 books, including The Illustrated History of the Vietnam War (2000), Twentieth-Century Small Arms (2001), Twentieth-Century Small Arms (2001), The Encyclopedia of Combat Techniques (2002), The Personal Security Handbook (2003), Reformation, Exploration and Empire (2005), Mythical Monsters : The Scariest Creatures from Legends, Books, and Movies (2006), Tools of Violence (2008), Deadly Force (2009), A History of the World in 100 Weapons (2011), The Roman Army (2012), SAS and Special Forces Mental Toughness Training, and Abandoned Wrecks (2017). Chris has also written extensively for major encyclopedia series, magazines and newspapers. He is an experienced specialist in survival techniques and provides instruction on wilderness hunting techniques. He currently lives in Neath, Wales, UK.

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