Miscellaneous

Reviews of products for scale miscellaneous models.

The Women's Royal Naval Service

Published: April 26th, 2017     
The Women's Royal Naval Service
Author: Neil R. Storey
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Bloomsbury Publishing

Neil R. Storey attended North Walsham High School and completed is pre- and post-graduate work at the University of East Anglia. is a social and military historian focused on the impact of crime, war, and medicine on British society. He has been writing since the late 1980s and has pursued military, historical crime, and topographical topics. Author of nearly fifty books, including: Animals in the First World War (2014), The Women's Land Army (2012), The Women's Suffrage Movement (2012), The Battle of Britain (2012), The Victorian Criminal (2011), Women in the Second World War (2011), Women in the First World War (2010), The Home Guard (2010). Neil continues to write articles for national magazines and national journals in addition to providing lectures across the UK. He has served as a consultant for both radio and television. You can follow Neil on twitter at @NeilRStorey and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/neil.storey.50. He currently lives in his hometown of Norwich, Norfolk.

The Suomi Submachine Gun

Published: April 26th, 2017     
The Suomi Submachine Gun
Author: Leroy Thompson; Illustrators: Adam Hook, Alan Gilliland
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Company: Osprey Publishing

Osprey Publishing continues to expand its weapon series, this time by adding a book on the exemplary Finnish-made Suomi KP/-31 submachine gun.

The book has a very reasonable breakdown of the following chapters: Introduction, development, use, impact, conclusion and bibliography, plus an index.

I've found particularly interesting the development, use and impact chapters. They were clearly really well researched and it included descriptions of the weapon characteristics, as well as the description of its use in combat by the Finnish ski troops against the Soviet troops. It should be noted that this submachine gun could also be used as a sniper gun, giving its high accuracy up to distances of several hundred meters.

Perhaps one of the best compliments to the overall design and performance is that this particular submachine gun was somewhat copied by the soviets and issued to their own troops in the later years of the war.

Model Art Modeling Magazine No. 962

Published: April 16th, 2017     
Model Art Modeling Magazine No. 962
Reviewed by: Mike Lamm, IPMS# 50139
Company: Model Art Co., Ltd.

Model Art Modeling Magazine is a monthly periodical from Japan providing an abundance of modeling subjects in each issue. It doesn't matter what your modeling focus is, each issue will provide something of interest for you, and more than likely, you'll find something interesting that you didn't know you would.

The magazine is published in Japanese, but even if you can't read Japanese, the photography is fantastic and the old saying "a picture says 1,000 words" is very true. Each issue includes enough "work in progress" photos for even a layman to be able to follow along. The photos of the builds highlight many of the tools, materials, and techniques used by the master builders for each model built. Although I'm sure something is lost in translation, the photos go a long way in explaining the builds visually. Honestly, sometimes I find myself spending as much time looking at the many advertisements as much as I do the work in progress photos.

Vallejo Weathering Effects

Published: April 8th, 2017     
Vallejo Weathering Effects
Reviewed by: Len Pilhofer, IPMS# 49932
Company: Acrylicos Vallejo

Vallejo continues their line of specially made weathering products called "Weathering Effects". They are formulated with permanent pigments and water based acrylic resins. All of these products are available in 40 ml bottles. The two types of Weathering Effects reviewed here are "Splash Mud" and "Environment Effects".

The Splash Mud is very paint-like in consistency but too thick to be airbrushed as is, very similar to Vallejo's Model Color range. The recommended application is via the splatter method. One does this by loading a stiff bristle brush - where the stiff bristles will snap back very quickly after being bent - and using your fingers to flick the Splash Mud from the brush bristles to the surface you want to muddy-up. For this review, I used a completed Jagdpanzer IV (L48) that had been lightly weathered, but not with any of the thick products reviewed here. This way, the effects of these products can easily be seen.