Reviews of products for scale miscellaneous models.

Operation Little Saturn and Infantry Battles of Heeresgruppe Sud (Dec 1942-June 1943)

Published: February 27th, 2011     
Operation Little Saturn and Infantry Battles of Heeresgruppe Sud (Dec 1942-June 1943)
Author: William K Fowler
Reviewed by: Mike Hinderliter, IPMS# 45124
Company: Concord Publications Company

This book is Number 6530 in Concord's Warrior Series. There are 3 pages of narrative on Operation Saturn and Heeresgruppe Sud (Army Group South), including the break down of which units were included. The rest of this volume is just filled with rare pictures of what the soldiers had to endure on the Russian Front, I was getting cold just looking at these pictures. The pictures are printed on glossy paper and are very clear so that you can make out everything in them. I especially liked how thorough the descriptions under each photo were. These pictures are just "diorama heaven" for the modeler showing everyday troop living and pointing out various uniforms and equipment.

Model Art Modeling Magazine, #814, February 2011

Published: February 23rd, 2011     
Model Art Modeling Magazine, #814, February 2011
Reviewed by: Mike Hinderliter, IPMS# 45124
Company: Model Art

Model Art magazine is a very well known model magazine from Japan. It seems to do well selling here, even though it is written completely in Japanese. They really do believe in the saying "a picture is worth a thousand words". There are so many wonderful pictures in this magazine that you can really tell what is going on.

The magazine is 7 1/8 inches X 10 1/8 inches and is printed on glossy stock. Most of the pictures are in color and also a lot of black-and-white, toward the back. This magazine looks more like a trade paperback than a magazine, and it has a superb binding. No pages falling out here!  This book is built to last for many projects to come.

Barrel of a Gun: A War Correspondent's Misspent Moments in Combat

Published: February 13th, 2011     
Barrel of a Gun:  A War Correspondent's Misspent Moments in Combat
Author: Al J. Venter
Reviewed by: John Ratzenberger, IPMS# 40196
Company: Casemate Publishing

This book has nothing to do with models or modeling. If you are into modeling that part of the world, you might find a useful picture of a vehicle or aircraft.

The author, Al J. Venter, is a South African war correspondent who has covered Africa and the Mideast for 40-some years  He has about 20 books to his credit, a few of which are on diving. I have read none of them, so this was a first for me. There is no doubt that he is not, and never has been, sitting behind too many desks.

From the publisher's data sheet and the book end covers, I gathered the purpose of this book is the show that it's a dangerous profession -- well, yeah, think Ernie Pyle. It was fortuitous (I guess) that as I was reading this, the Egyptian government was being overthrown -- the media became the target of the "pro-government" forces and there was the scene of Katie Couric almost swallowed by a mob -- all that brought the theme home, maybe as well as the book did.

Model Art, #813, Tamiya Color Guide

Published: February 8th, 2011     
Model Art, #813, Tamiya Color Guide
Reviewed by: Les Walden, IPMS# 44687
Company: Model Art

Basically, this is a catalog of the Tamiya Paint line in a soft bound, in a ninety-six page format. The book is in Japanese; however there are English captions under the paint chips. The book is divided into sections of colors for cars, metallic's, clear coats, primary colors and AFV's/aircraft/ships by nationality.

Also included are photo instructions of masking techniques for those modelers who don't have an airbrush but rely on hand brushing and spray cans. They are broken down into aircraft, armor and ships. As an added plus there are pictures of their fine line of tools, tape, weathering kits.

This book would be very welcome to any modeler who uses Tamiya paint. It's a handy reference to have on hand before going down to the local hobby shop or ordering mail order because you know what color you will want and its number.

Sub-Miniature Punch and Die Set

Published: January 10th, 2011     
Sub-Miniature Punch and Die Set
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Company: Roll Models, Inc.

For those of you that do any scratch building or those that super detail kits, you are well aware of punch sets. For the rest of us, a quick explanation is needed. Roll Models Sub-Miniature Punch and Die set includes a series of series of metal punches and a guide to allow you to replicate small discs. The Sub-Miniature set comes in sizes 0.063, 0.058, 0.053, 0.048, 0.043, 0.038, 0.033, 0.028, 0.023, 0.018 inches. It can be used for punching out plastic card to replicate bolt heads or used to punch paper to make masks.

The process is simplicity itself. You select the size punch you need. Slip your material to be punched between the guide bars, insert the punch and strike sharply. Out the other side comes a perfect little disk. You can do this over and over and it remains the same size.

In the pictures, I used some plastic card and punched out three circles. I used these to replicate the bolt heads on a dungeon door. It can be used for engine detail, panel detail, to replace lost rivets due to sanding and many, many more things.