Reviews of products for scale miscellaneous models.

Model Art Modeling Magazine, #834, December 2011

Published: January 3rd, 2012     
Model Art Modeling Magazine, #834, December 2011
Reviewed by: Andrew Birkbeck, IPMS# 27087
Company: Model Art

For those unfamiliar with this magazine, it is to my mind one of the finest general purpose modeling magazines in the world today.  It is filled with high quality articles covering the whole gamut of plastic modeling, from aircraft, armor, and ships to sci-fi and figures.  The models appearing in these articles are very well built, well photographed, and in color, and the magazine is printed on high quality glossy paper.  This issue contains 160 pages and measure 7" x 10".  The modeling articles are interspersed with the odd photo essay, together with numerous advertisements.  The one drawback, at least from this reviewer's perspective, is that it is entirely in Japanese script.

Issue 834, the subject of this review, contains the following:

GT-24 Mini-Excavator

Published: December 11th, 2011     
GT-24 Mini-Excavator
Reviewed by: Tom Jett, IPMS# 46082
Scale: 1/32
Company: Fujimi

Being primarily an armor modeler, I was interested in this kit after seeing a fellow modeler's build on the web. After all, it has tracks, doesn't it?

The kit is, in a word, miniscule...really.  I was a little surprised that, for a 1/32 kit, it was so small.  Don't let size fool you though, Fujimi has provided a little gem here.  The kit features only three small sprues; two molded in bright yellow styrene that make up the excavator itself, and one molded in white styrene containing 13 parts that provide some general construction site supplies - wheelbarrow, cones, etc.  No decals or markings of any kind are included in the kit, an unfortunate drawback in my opinion.

The mere 60 parts are crisply molded and required little, if any, clean up.  A few parts may require a quick pass from a #11 blade to remove some minor mold seam, but that's it.

The Lions of Carentan - Fallschirmjager Regiment 6, 1943-1945

Published: November 22nd, 2011     
The Lions of Carentan - Fallschirmjager Regiment 6, 1943-1945
Author: Volker Griesser
Reviewed by: Perry Downen, IPMS# 44000
Company: Casemate Publishing

This wonderfully documented book covers the history of one of Germany's largest paratrooper regiments - the Fallschirmjager Regiment 6, FJ.Rgt.6.  Originally published in German in 2007, the book has been translated into English by Mara Taylor and released in the United States by Casemate Publishing in 2011.

Following a short Preface, Chapter 1, The Initial Organization, begins with the unit's formation on February 13, 1943 under the command of Major Egon Liebach, an experienced paratrooper and troop leader.  The focus of Major Liebach's training was field exercises and close combat.  In addition, advanced training was provided in combat parachute and glider deployment.  As it turned out, they acted more as ground troops than as a parachute assault unit.  In fact, their nickname, The Lions of Carentan, came about as a result of the strong defense they put up around Carentan during the Normandy invasion.

The book follows chronological order with chapters 2 through 9 covering the unit's various deployments.  They are:

The Siege of Sevastopol and the Crimea Campaign, 1941-42

Published: November 18th, 2011     
The Siege of Sevastopol and the Crimea Campaign, 1941-42
Author: Hans Seidler
Reviewed by: Marc K. Blackburn, IPMS# 42892
Company: Concord Publications Company

Concord Publishing has continued its series of illustrated campaign histories. This volume focuses on the siege of Sevastopol from 1941-42. Dimitry Zgonnik has four full color illustrations that highlight the uniforms of German soldiers during this campaign.

Beginning in the fall of 1941, the 11th Army, under the command of Erich von Manstein, was given the objective of capturing the Crimean Peninsula, which, by default, meant neutralizing the Soviet fortress of Sevastopol. After several attempts in the fall of 1941, the Germans failed to capture Sevastopol. In the spring of 1942, Manstein was able to eject the Soviets from the Crimea and besiege Sevastopol. Many buffs remember the Crimean campaign because of the Germans use of the Super gun Gustav which was used to reduce the Soviet fortifications. After a bloody siege, the city fell. The book does not include a map of the campaign, so you will have to look elsewhere to follow along.

Model Art Modeling Magazine, #832, November 2011

Published: November 11th, 2011     
Model Art Modeling Magazine, #832, November 2011
Reviewed by: Luke R. Bucci, PhD, IPMS# 33549
Company: Model Art

ModelArt No. 832 monthly update has the usual features of new product kits, as well as a feature topic.  This month, the topic is aluminum metallizing finishes.  Pages 5-49 show a list of four entire pages of different paints with a picture of its bottle and a painted plastic spoon so you can see how it looks - a thorough encyclopedia of available aluminum metallic paints.  Examples of how to use the paints to build real kits are detailed for 1/32 scale P51D, Tojo, and Tony fighter aircraft.  Other examples include more fighter aircraft, a B26an airliner, a Formula One racing car, several luxury sedans, and even tank treads.  The text is in Japanese, but the numerous photographs help decipher what is being done.  At least this section gives some advanced modeling tips for aluminum finishes.