Miscellaneous

Reviews of products for scale miscellaneous models.

Ammo Paint Brushes

Published: March 26th, 2018     
Ammo Paint Brushes
Reviewed by: Tim Wilding, IPMS# 47420
Company: Ammo by Mig Jimenez

Here is the description from Ammo's website:

"The Synthetic Brush range made of high-quality fibers, offers great spring and color carrying capacity, making them an excellent option to paint medium and large areas of our models. The ideal brush for working with military vehicles, aircraft, groundwork, and all manner of scale models. Thanks to the fine point, smaller sizes are also suitable for detail painting.

They are solvent-resistant and can be used with any paint type including acrylics, enamels, and oils. These are heavy duty brushes at a very economic price, making them a great option for all types of painting and weathering techniques and tasks. Both round and flat shapes can be used to apply washes, filters, pigments, splashes, mud, and a wide range of weathering effects."

Hitachi Vibratory Combined Roller ZC50C-5

Published: March 23rd, 2018     
Hitachi Vibratory Combined Roller ZC50C-5
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1:35
Company: Hasegawa USA (Hobbico)

This is a new tooled kit first issued in 2017. It is an excellent kit in the Hasegawa range and is very easy to build as long as you watch the instruction details carefully.

In the box is:

  • 2 x orange sprues
  • 1 clear sprue
  • 1 light grey sprue
  • 3 x dark grey sprues
  • 1 length of hose
  • 1 decal sheet
  • 4 x poly caps
  • 1 instruction booklet

The sprues are extremely well molded with no flash and great detail. The parts are all molded in the correct colors so if the build is done well there is no need to do much painting.

Construction

Stage 1 Assembly begins with the front section of the articulated body. There are a few places you have to be careful to correct assembly the parts. Be very careful to place the decal on part B4, ensure you install part number E-4 to ensure contact with the Roller when it is installed later. Also ensure the correct assembly of parts B13, B14 and B12 as these can be reversed easily. I also have a little trouble with the gaps and alignment of A12.

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.