Miscellaneous

Reviews of products for scale miscellaneous models.

Model Art Modeling Magazine, #824, July 2011

Published: July 6th, 2011     
Model Art Modeling Magazine, #824, July 2011
Reviewed by: Luke R. Bucci, PhD, IPMS# 33549
Company: Model Art

Model Art No. 824, July 2011 issue features the tools of modeling - everything needed to finish surfaces of models. Pages 9 - 43 are filled with commercial products from sanding sticks to glue and everything in between (but not paint). Unfortunately, this is where not being able to translate the text into English hurts - we never find out who won.

Kamikaze: Japanese Special Attack Weapons 1944-1945

Published: July 5th, 2011     
Kamikaze: Japanese Special Attack Weapons 1944-1945
Author: Steven J. Zaloga, Illustrated by Ian Palmer
Reviewed by: William Kluge, IPMS# 45849
Company: Osprey Publishing

Any student of the Pacific War will be familiar with Japan's use of thousands of conventional aircraft - fighters, bombers, trainers and nearly every other type flown by her Army and Naval Air Forces - into "Special Attack" weapons: the Kamikazes. What is less understood is Japan's development and use of purposely designed suicide weapons. Author Steven Zaloga is well known for his extensive writing on the subject of military fighting vehicles. In this Osprey New Vanguard edition, he as done a superb job of highlighting all the various types of air, sea and land weapons used by the Japanese Army and Navy "Tokko" (special attack) units.

US Camo Netting - Spring (1940-60)

Published: June 6th, 2011     
US Camo Netting - Spring (1940-60)
Reviewed by: Roger Carrano, IPMS# 45853
Scale: 1/35
Company: Eduard

Eduard has recently come out with a bunch of new products which will enhance the realism of some dioramas through photoetch. Eduard has come up with a small wired sheet with what looks like tiny pieces of confetti colored with three shades of green for their spring sheet. It is approximately 5 1/2 by 9 inches which is attached to a border around the perimeter. This must be cut off and then the sheet can be folded, rolled, crushed, torn, twisted, poked, bent, and cut to any size with a scissor or modeling knife. It does conform to the shape of the object but still not as well as a piece of cloth. Reshaping and bending too much can cause the color to peel but I would guess that touching it up wouldn't be a great task. The colors do need to be toned down a bit as they are kind of shiny but again no great task. When I first reviewed the Woodland Camo Sheets, I was afraid to handle them because of their fine netting but I come to find out that these, as well as the other camo products, can be handled quite rough.

US Camo Netting - Autumn (1940-60)

Published: June 6th, 2011     
US Camo Netting - Autumn (1940-60)
Reviewed by: Roger Carrano, IPMS# 45853
Scale: 1/35
Company: Eduard

Eduard has recently come out with a new product which will enhance the realism of some dioramas through photoetch. Eduard has come up with a small wired sheet with what looks like tiny pieces of confetti colored brown, red-brown, and tan for their autumn sheet. It is approximately 5 1/2 by 9 inches which is attached to a border around the perimeter. This must be cut off and then the sheet can be folded, rolled, crushed, torn, twisted, poked, bent, and cut to any size with a scissor or modeling knife. It does conform to the shape of the object but still not as well as a piece of cloth. Reshaping and bending too much can cause the color to peel but I would guess that touching it up wouldn't be a great task. The colors do need to be toned down a bit as they are kind of shiny but again no great task. When I first reviewed the Woodland Camo Sheets, I was afraid to handle them because of their fine netting but I come to find out that these, as well as the other camo products, can be handled quite rough.

Even though a piece of cloth would probably contour better, the coloring and realism has made my decision to recommend this to the beginner and seasoned modeler alike.

Model Art Modeling Magazine, #822, June 2011

Published: May 30th, 2011     
Model Art Modeling Magazine, #822, June 2011
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: Model Art

Model Art Modeling Magazine is one of the finest periodicals on the market. Each issue covers subjects across the modeling spectrum. Regardless of your area of interest you will, sooner rather than later, find something of significance to you. The quality of the images within each issue is stunning, and that is important since the magazine is published in Japanese. There are always "work in progress" images and the tools and materials being used by the builder are always featured prominently in the images. It is not difficult, therefore, for the reader to use these "work in progress" articles as guides. While some details are certainly lost in translation, or the lack thereof, the general process followed in the "work in progress" is easy enough to follow.

homepagelink