Reviews of products for scale miscellaneous models.

Genesis.XG, and XN Series Double Action Top Gravity Fed Airbrushes

Published: January 6th, 2011     
Genesis.XG, and XN Series Double Action Top Gravity Fed Airbrushes
Reviewed by: Mike Hoekstra, IPMS# 56528
Company: Grex USA

Two more green machines added to the arsenal. The basic kit included the Genesis XG ( $149.98) airbrush with a 7ml cup capacity, .3mm nozzle, and weighs in at 4.2 OZ. To assist with consistent line widths, the Genesis has a Pre-set knob at the back of the airbrush rear handle cap. Turning is clock-wise limits the trigger and how much amount of paint sprayed. Turning it counter-clockwise, allows for more/unlimited paint and trigger extension. Just the feel of the airbrush lets you know it's solid. The balance is very nice as the rear handle cap is all metal. Not plastic  like some other airbrushes in its price range of $120. Grex also makes the comfort grip set that can be purchased separately for a more ergonomic/comfortable feel.


Published: December 27th, 2010     
Reviewed by: Ed Kinney, IPMS# 2989
Company: Alclad II

ALC306 Bottle White Primer & Microfiller

ALC309 Bottle Black Primer & Microfiller

Never resting on his laurels (or whatever else he might call them), Tony Hipp, inventor of Alclad II, does it yet again. As I have stated in several "how to" articles on this product, I couldn't stress enough the subject of surface preparation prior to applying the metal finishes. If any sanding scratches were present, they would require a base coat of a primer with filling capabilities, then sanding and polishing so that in the case of the "high shine colors", a gloss black primer could be applied, followed by whatever finish coat was desired. These new offerings cut down on the workload substantially, in that these primers may be applied, sanded and polished to the desired sheen and followed by any of the Alclad II metal finish coats, thus eliminating one or two full steps and drying time.

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.