Miscellaneous

Reviews of products for scale miscellaneous models.

IJN Aircraft Carrier Deck

Published: November 9th, 2010     
IJN Aircraft Carrier Deck
Reviewed by: Michael Novosad, IPMS# 36721
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

First Impressions

This review product arrived in the mail wrapped in cardboard and amply reinforced duct tape. Upon opening the mailing package I found a heavy-duty, injection-molded black plastic, 11 3/4" by 15 5/8" long, enclosed in a clear plastic bag wrapper. A small sprue of clear plastic parts was also enclosed. The aircraft carrier deck is molded as an inverted tray, and is quite sturdy.

View of full deck molding

Model Art Modeling Magazine, #806, October 2010

Published: October 30th, 2010     
Model Art Modeling Magazine, #806, October 2010
Reviewed by: Hub Plott, IPMS# 31328
Company: Model Art

Model Art is a well known Japanese model magazine. It is famous for high quality builds and photographs that fully live up to the publication's name. This issue covers Grand Prix cars from the 1970's and 1990's as well as all aircraft of the Japanese Blue Impulse team. Other articles cover the Zvezda 1/48 Bf-109F2; 1/35 JGSDF Type 96 WAPC; 1/48 WWII Japanese Type 94 6-wheel truck; 1/700 USS Independence LCS-2; 1/24 Mazda AZ-1, and a 1985 Mazda RX-7 in 1/24 scale.

The first 40 pages give extensive photographic coverage to Lotus 79 from the 1979 French Grand Prix and the Williams FW14B from the Hungarian Grand Prix 1992. This section has a multitude of photos showing the completed models as well as detail shots of the real cars and photos of the model during construction.

Model Art Modeling Magazine, #802, August 2010

Published: October 18th, 2010     
Model Art Modeling Magazine, #802, August 2010
Reviewed by: Les Walden, IPMS# 44687
Company: Model Art

This is a very nice slick covered magazine, but if you want to read it, you better know Japanese. It contains a lot of visual information for the modeler. All the pictures are clear and high resolution, even the multitude of advertisements. This issue deals mainly with aircraft with some auto, armor and ship articles.

This edition's articles are:

Black-It Out Washes

Published: October 18th, 2010     
Black-It Out Washes
Reviewed by: Rob Folden, IPMS# 45545
Company: The Detailer

As any modeler knows, a good wash can pick out details and set a model apart from the crowd. There have been a lot of tips, tricks, and formulas over the years for the perfect wash. But The Detailer may have finally done it. The Detailer has created a line of twelve pre-mixed washes in various colors.

The washes come in 1-oz. bottles and are available in colors ranging from black through grey and white to greens and even purple. There are several uses for the washes, whether you're a car modeler or a military modeler. The liquid is slightly thicker than water, and can be used straight from the bottle or thinned with water. The Detailer website shows some of the automotive uses such as blacked out grills, chrome tinting, lens and glass tinting, and various anodized metal looks.

Osprey: Field of Glory - Renaissance

Published: October 17th, 2010     
Osprey: Field of Glory - Renaissance
Author: Richard Bodley Scott
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Company: Osprey Publishing

I'm not a war gamer, but I've been curious about it for a few years now so I jumped to the opportunity to review a war gaming book.

Fields of Glory is a series of war gaming books oriented to the ancient and medieval ages. This current book is the first of the series expanding into the renaissance era and as such is the rulebook.

The book has a historical introduction to the military doctrine of the renaissance era including pros and cons of different military formations of the time (tercios, keils, cavalry, etc).

Then the book moves into what is needed in order to be able to play, before diving into details of troops, battle groups and in general, the rules of the game, including movement rules and combat phases like impact, maneuvering, shooting and melee. Each rule is demonstrated with examples, which makes understanding and learning of the rule much simple.

Finally, there are nine appendixes in the reference section, covering among others, battlefield terrain visibility, army composition, set up rules, etc.

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