Reviews of products for scale miscellaneous models.

Model Art Modeling Magazine, #808, November 2010

Published: December 19th, 2010     
Model Art Modeling Magazine, #808, November 2010
Reviewed by: Jeff Leiby, IPMS# 30249
Company: Model Art

The November 2010 edition of the Model Art Magazine has the following articles:

  • Main article is Q&A how-to using the following kit builds to discuss selecting paint colors, painting winter camouflage, different types of paints and painting techniques, different glues and their use, use of canopy masks and photo etch, detailing cockpits and engines, painting national markings and different modeling tools:

- Hasegawa 1/32 Bf109 F4 trop - Hobby Boss 1/32 IL-2 Sturmovik on skis - Tamiya 1/48 Mitsubishi A6M3/3a - Hasegawa 1/48 Nakajima B6N2 Tenzan "Jill" - Tamiya (Italeri) 1/72 Mig-29 Fulcrum

Napoleon's Army 1790 - 1815

Published: November 16th, 2010     
Napoleon's Army 1790 - 1815
Author: Lucien Rousselot
Reviewed by: Jack Kennedy, IPMS# 12511
Company: Casemate Publishing

As a painter of military miniatures I welcome any new book on uniforms. Since my field of interest is the Napoleonic Era, this book by Casemate was most welcome. When John Noack offered it, I jumped at the chance to review it. I was not aware that it was written by the most renowned expert on the uniforms and history of the Napoleonic Era.

When I fist started painting figures of the Napoleonic period, I was taken by the beautiful prints by Lucien Rousselot. At that time they were very expensive and I could only afford a few. Now Casemate has chosen to print all of his works in one book. To someone like me, it was like finding the Holy Grail.

The book in s very large format (11.75" x 8.25") hardcover book printed on beautiful glossy paper stock. It even has place markers.

This book is broken down into many sections showing the Infantry, Cavalry, Artillery Staff, Marines, Imperial Guard, Aux Corps and many more.

MIDWAY 1942 Turning Point in the Pacific Campaign

Published: November 10th, 2010     
MIDWAY 1942 Turning Point in the Pacific Campaign
Author: Mark Stille, Illustrated by Howard Gerrard
Reviewed by: Ken Williams, IPMS# 45861
Company: Osprey Publishing


  • Origins of the campaign
  • Chronology
  • Opposing commanders
  • Opposing fleets
  • Opposing plans
  • The battle of Midway
  • The aftermath
  • Further reading
  • Index

Mark Stille has written a masterful work in this latest of Osprey's offerings on the famous battle of Midway. The original book, now available in paperback, was written by Mark Healy. Published in 1994, the original was titled the same as Stille's work. However, it cannot match this latest version in the areas of concise analysis and excellent illustrations.

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.

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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.