Miscellaneous

Reviews of products for scale miscellaneous models.

The Fall of Berlin

Published: March 16th, 2020     
The Fall of Berlin
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery - IPMS# 14003
Company: Pen & Sword

Overview as found on the website: By March 1945, the Red Army had closed in on Berlin. Marshal Zhukov, with almost a million soldiers and 20,000 tanks and guns at his disposal, launched his assault of the Seelow Heights. While costly with 30,000 Russians killed, it brought the Russian Army to the gates of the capital.

On 20 April, Hitler's 56th birthday, Soviet artillery began a massive bombardment of the doomed city. The Fuhrer ordered every soldier, Hitlerjugend and Volksstrum to fight to the death. The house-to-house fighting that followed was brutal and savage with heavy casualties for both military and civilians.

Using superb Russian and German imagery this fine Images of War Series book describes the Russian assault and Nazi last-ditch defense of Hitler's capital during the final days of the Third Reich.

Soviet Partisan versus German Security Soldier, Eastern Front, 1941-11 (Combat Series)

Published: March 2nd, 2020     
Soviet Partisan versus German Security Soldier, Eastern Front, 1941-11 (Combat Series)
Reviewed by: Marc K. Blackburn - IPMS# 42892

This is one of the new additions to Osprey Publishing ongoing Combat series (or as I call it, their 'versus' series). Each volume takes a look a particular slice of a campaign or war to examine the strengths and weaknesses of the two combatants and how they fared in a campaign or set of skirmishes. This particular volume takes a close look at how Soviet Partisans fought against German security forces in the region around Leningrad from the beginning of Operation Barbarossa through 1943. As with most Osprey publications, this work is illustrated with original artwork by Johnny Shumate, historical photographs, and detailed maps of the battleground.

The Armed Forces of the Gulf States – Oman 1921-2012

Published: March 2nd, 2020     
Reviewed by: Marc K. Blackburn - IPMS# 42892

Casemate Publications has brought a series by Helion and Company that provides a broad overview of the armed forces and conflicts of the Middle East to the attention of Hobbyists. This particular book is part two of a series that focuses on the history and modern composition of the armed forces of Oman. This is number twenty-two of this series. It is a paperback publication with maps, contemporary black and white photographs as well as a smaller collection of color photographs. You will also find a series of color plates highlighting color schemes of modern and vintage vehicles. The plates and color photographs are helpful, but some of the plates are far too dark. The text is dense, and for my old eyes, a wee bit too small. Regardless, if you are interested in a broad overview of one of the Gulf States, this is a nice overview.

Nicaragua 1961-1990: Volume 2: Contra War

Published: February 27th, 2020     
Nicaragua 1961-1990: Volume 2: Contra War
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus - IPMS# 35035

David Francois, from France, earned his PhD in Contemporary History at the University of Burgundy and specialized in studying militant communism, its military history and relationship between politics and violence in contemporary history. In 2009, he co-authored the Guide des archives de l'Internationale communiste published by the French National Archives and the Maison des sciences de l'Homme in Dijon. He is regularly contributing articles for various French military history magazines and regular contributor to the French history website L'autre cote de la colline.

Metallic Paints by Mission Models

Published: February 26th, 2020     
Metallic Paints by Mission Models
Reviewed by: Bill O'Malley - IPMS# 46473
Company: Mission Models

Mission Models Paint (MMP) has released some new metallic colors to add to their acrylic paint range. The colors reviewed with this release include.

MMP paints include the following:

  • Gun Metal MMM-010
  • Brass MMC-002
  • Gold MMC-003

Mission Models also provided Gloss White Base MMGWB-002, Grey Primer MMS-003, and MMS-007 Clear Primer. The Gloss White Base can be used as an alternative to Gloss Black Base under metallic colors to provide a lighter shade of the finish paint. Mission Models Clear is an interesting primer that can be tinted to match finish paints for a more uniform color coat. Blaine Singleton has provided a nice review of MMP's clear primer here.

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