Reviews of products for scale miscellaneous models.

Model Art Modeling Magazine, #826, August 2011

Published: August 9th, 2011     
Model Art Modeling Magazine, #826, August 2011
Reviewed by: Gary Telecsan, IPMS# 34779
Company: Model Art

The August offering from Model Art Modeling Magazine starts off with 44 pages of photos and text (in Japanese, with an occasional English subtitle) dedicated to the F6F Hellcat, with reviews of Eduard, Hobby Boss, and Monogram kits, among others, from 1/144th scale up to 1/48th.  A wealth of close-up photos showing trouble spots and finished kits is available for aficionados of this aircraft.

Next comes 5 pages of information about Japanese Navy destroyers, illustrating differences from 1933 through 1945 with photos of 1/700 kits for illustration.  This is followed by several pages of walk-around detail shots of a JASDF H-21, very useful for modelers of this subject.  This appears to be a monthly feature, the H-21 being August.

Model Art Modeling Magazine, #40, Summer 2011 Special Edition

Published: August 9th, 2011     
Model Art Modeling Magazine, #40, Summer 2011 Special  Edition
Reviewed by: Gary Telecsan, IPMS# 34779
Company: Model Art

This special Summer edition from Model Art Modeling Magazine is primarily dedicated to the IJN Myoko-class Heavy Cruiser.  Fully 99 pages of the total 136 are devoted to photos, history, and kit reviews.  Included is a magnificent set of 1/350th scale plans for the Myoko, and builds in 1/350th are reviewed for Myoko, Haguro and Nachi illustrating not only differences in sisters in the same class, but changes and upgrade through the years.  A 1/700th review of a build of 4 cruisers is included with photo coverage and a number of pages devoted to the aircraft carried by this class from pre-war through to the end.  There is also pull-out art work, and wartime photos to match kits reviewed.

The new kit section reviews CVE-73, a Japanese carrier, and the Revell SS Oriana in some detail.

Weathering Pigments

Published: July 31st, 2011     
Reviewed by: Tom Sprawls, IPMS# 35342
Company: ModelMakerZ

Among the companies offering ways to weather and complement the realism of your scale models a new competitor has emerged. The company ModelMaker Z is now offering Pigment Powders. A selection of 17 unique colors with descriptive names such as Dark Russian Dirt, South East Asian Mud, Old Rust, Medium Rust, and Panzer Gray Fading are available. The ultra-fine pigment powders are packaged in clear half-ounce bottles with screw-on lids. Powder Pigments likes to say the bottles are transparent because "Quality and Value are Clear". Each 1/2-oz. bottle retails for $5.00 and is available from your local Hobby Shop as well as direct from the ModelMaker Z web site.

Powder Pigments can be applied by a variety of methods. Pigment Powder can be applied dry using a paint brush. The pigments can then be "fixed" in place using their own airbrush ready Model Maker Z Fixative/Thinner. Powder Pigment can be mixed with the fixative/thinner to airbrush on the subject. Describing this action as a sort of weathering paint you slowly build up layer after layer of fine particles to accomplish a realistically weathered, dusty, finish.

Attack on Pearl Harbor: Strategy, Combat, Myths, Deceptions

Published: July 31st, 2011     
Attack on Pearl Harbor: Strategy, Combat, Myths, Deceptions
Author: Alan D. Zimm
Reviewed by: Tom Moon, IPMS# 43192
Company: Casemate Publishing

The book is divided into 13 chapters with and introduction and 5 appendixes:


  1. Tabulation of Second Wave Dive-Bomber Attacks
  2. Abbreviations, Acronyms, and Japanese Terms
  3. Ships in Pearl Harbor and Vicinity
  4. The Perfect Attack
  5. Acknowledgements

This book is best described by as an analysis of the Japanese Pearl Harbor air raid on an operational and tactical level, using operational research methods and combat models developed at the US Naval War College.

Each chapter reviews what and how the Japanese military planners and the top commanders thought the primary goals were to be and how to accomplish those goals, filtered thru the mindset, doctrine and personal traits of the Japanese people involved.

The conclusions reached by the author might change your thoughts about the effectiveness and execution of the raid as filtered thru the historians that only looked at it from the American point of view.

Alpha Precision Abrasives Modeler's Introductory Package

Published: July 14th, 2011     
Alpha Precision Abrasives Modeler's Introductory Package
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Company: Alpha Precision Abrasives Inc.

Alpha Precision Abrasives is a manufacturer of industrial abrasives. It also has selection of abrasive tools for the hobbyist. Master Detail is packaging a selection of Alpha Precision Abrasives products into an introductory package. The package includes

  • 1/8-inch Sanding Files (100/180; 120/240 and 240/320 grit)
  • 3 Plastic Sanding Needles (150, 240 and 320 grit)
  • Micro Finish Cloth Abrasive Sheet (3200, 3600, 4000, 6000, 8000 and 12,000)
  • Abrasive Cleaning Disk

The sanding files are really nice. They bend enough as to follow curved parts without damaging or deforming them, while still have enough 'hardness' as to get the sanding job done. You can clean them and re-use them several times (see below). They are color coded in each side for a different grid, however the 100/180 are both white, making difficult to know which grit is the one being used.