Miscellaneous

Reviews of products for scale miscellaneous models.

Operation Dynamo Colouring Book

Published: November 28th, 2017     
Operation Dynamo Colouring Book
Author: Dariusz Grzywacz
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Company: Mushroom Model Publications

This is the second adult coloring book published by MMP following their Classic Fighters book. The Operation Dynamo adult coloring book focuses on the airplanes and military vehicles used at the time of Operation Dynamo, the evacuation of Dunkirk in 1940.

The book is 8 1/4" x 11 1/2" and includes 32 pages with 15 vehicles on two-page spreads. Each vehicle or aircraft includes a black-and-white photo, technical specifications, and a brief description. The image to be colored is a simple line drawing without a lot of detail, which makes coloring easier.

Aircraft & Vehicles Included:

Stalingrad 1942-42 / German Soldier vs Soviet Soldier

Published: November 28th, 2017     
Stalingrad 1942-42 / German Soldier vs Soviet Soldier
Author: Chris McNab
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Company: Osprey Publishing

Osprey Publishing continues to expand its "Combat" Series, this time with a book on what is possibly the largest urban battle in military history: Stalingrad.

The book is organized as follows:

  • Introduction
  • The Opposing Sides
  • The Tractor Factory (October 1942)
  • The Barrikady Gun Factory (November 1942)
  • The Komissarhaus (November 1942)
  • Analysis
  • Aftermath

The Introduction section covers the overall strategic situation at the time of the Battle of Stalingrad. The Opposing Sides chapter describes the equipment and general tactics of both the German Pioneer (Assault Troops) and the Soviet Rifleman (Infantry). These two types of soldiers had different training, tactics, and weapons.

The next three chapters cover details on 3 main combat areas of Stalingrad. These chapters include maps, timelines, historical description, and analysis, plus selected first-hand accounts of combat, both by German and Soviet troops.

Of note is the artwork, including a "split-screen" drawing which shows the same combat, but from the Soviet and German sides.

Real Colors of WWII book

Published: November 28th, 2017     
Real Colors of WWII book
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Company: AK Interactive

AK's Real Colors of WWII is a beautiful publication packed with historical information and photos documenting actual colors and camouflage patterns used on WWII military vehicles.

AK describes the book as a detailed study of documents and original vehicle material from each respective army, plus the synthesis of other publications which are recognized as benchmarks in vehicle color. The intention of the book is to share all this information and provide a guide to the colors that can be used to produce an accurate camouflaged vehicle in a specific theater of operations. The goal to provide a standard guide of colors is a noble one, and will surely generate lots of discussions.

Using the study of preserved military equipment, and scientific analysis, AK has developed the colors used in these paints. AK-Interactive also used the advice of four experts who have years of experience in the inception, development, production, and use of military colors:

Real Colors Acrylic Lacquer Paints

Published: November 28th, 2017     
Real Colors Acrylic Lacquer Paints
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Company: AK Interactive

Real Colors are AK-Interactive's excellent new line of acrylic lacquer paints. These paints are new technically in the paint formula and new artistically with the statement on paint colors. These paint colors have been determined through scientific analysis of actual WWII paint samples to produce colors as accurate as possible. In addition to the paints, AK has published a book, Real Colors of WWII, that documents the historical research and analysis that went into determining the paint colors. The Real Colors paints and Real Colors of WWII book provide a historical benchmark of paint colors that will be a valuable resource for modelers to reproduce accurate vehicle colors. I anticipate lots of discussion about the colors presented.

The 'Broomhandle' Mauser

Published: November 27th, 2017     
The 'Broomhandle' Mauser
Author: Jonathan Ferguson
Reviewed by: Ben Morton, IPMS# 47301
Company: Osprey Publishing

Osprey Publishing has previously released books on two iconic side arms: The Colt 1911 Pistol and The Webley Service Revolver. What has been missing from the history of pistols, until now, was one weapon that was developed and deployed in the late 1890's, namely the Feederle Pistol from Mauser. Otherwise known as the 'Broomhandle' Mauser.

While this pistol was manufactured and sold by Mauser and is often attributed to them, the design and development was actually done by brothers Fidel, Friedrich, and Josef Feederle. The Feederle brothers worked for Paul Mauser and, in his defense, it was somewhat standard operating procedure for a company to take credit for any design/development work done by the namesakes employees. [Fun Fact: Paul Mauser once forbade Fidel Feederle from working on a pistol design.]