Reviews of products for scale miscellaneous models.

Dunkirk 1940 Through a German Lens

Published: October 31st, 2017     
Dunkirk 1940 Through a German Lens
Author: Alan Ranger
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Company: Mushroom Model Publications

The book is a Photo album of photographs taken from the German perspective of Dunkirk in 1940.

The book contains many photograph's never before published and makes this a fascinating book.

All the pictures give some great views from the German side and allows you to see Dunkirk form a very different direction to the normal publications. I was particularly impressed with the pictures showing vehicle's and the sunken ships of the beach.

I recommend this book to everyone with a interest in the Dunkirk

Thanks go to Mushroom Model Publishing for providing this book to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them

Shot Down and on The Run

Published: October 24th, 2017     
Shot Down and on The Run
Author: Graham Pitchfork
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Company: Osprey Publishing

Osprey Publishing has recently released a very interesting book covering the history of RAF and Commonwealth aircrews shot down behind enemy lines and their escape stories.

The book is neatly organized in the following chapters

  • The Escape and Evasion Organization
  • North-West Europe
  • Middle East and Mediterranean
  • The Far East

The first chapter describes the whole organization (MI-9) being setup in the early years of the war charged with establishing escape routes and networks for any personal behind enemy lines (not only for aircrews). In addition of setting up escape routes, this organization was in charge to develop escape aides, tools and supplies, which were part of an 'escape kit' provided to armed personnel. Some of the escape aids included miniature compasses, pictures of the themselves (for fake IDs, maps, et).

The Splintered Empires: The Eastern Front 1917-21

Published: October 13th, 2017     
The Splintered Empires: The Eastern Front 1917-21
Author: Brit Buttar
Reviewed by: Ben Morton, IPMS# 47301
Company: Osprey Publishing

That Thing You Do! is a 1996 American musical written and directed by Tom Hanks in his directorial debut; he also co-stars in it. Set in the summer of 1964, the film tells the story of the rise and fall of a one-hit wonder pop band. The film also resulted in a musical hit with the song "That Thing You Do". (Wikipedia)

One of the more memorable lines from the film involves one member (Steve Zahn) of the band, reflecting upon their collective fate, asking another member (Tom Everett Scott), "How did we get here?" His response is "I led you here, sir, for I am Spartacus."

It is often mentioned that the execution of the Archduke Ferdinand and his wife in Sarajevo by Serbian nationalists was the catalyst for the beginning of the First World War. While that event did have an effect, forces were already in motion prior to that circumstance that really laid the foundation for that war.

Sharpshooting Rifles of the American Civil War

Published: September 3rd, 2017     
Sharpshooting Rifles of the American Civil War
Author: Martin Pegler
Reviewed by: Doug Hamilton, IPMS# 21985
Company: Osprey Publishing

The American Civil War was a time of transition, both materially and tactically. On the material side of the equation, metallurgy and weaponry were seeing huge advances. The tactical side struggled to keep pace. When war first broke in 1861 commanders saw the battlefield as a linear environment. That is; long lines of men advancing toward each other to get close enough for the smoothbore weapons of the day to reach maximum efficiency. Technology moved forward with rifled weapons that were more accurate at longer ranges. And coupled with advances in sighting and powder, the ability to reach out and touch your foe at longer ranges meant linear battlefield tactics were becoming obsolete in a deadly way.

Savannah 1779 The British Turn South Campaign 311

Published: August 30th, 2017     
Savannah 1779 The British Turn South Campaign 311
Author: Scott Martin & Bernard Harris; Illustrated by: Graham Turner
Reviewed by: Steve Zajac, IPMS# 34937
Company: Osprey Publishing

Osprey Publishing's latest edition in their American Revolutionary War series concentrates on the British invasion of the southern states in 1778, the first move in their "southern strategy".