Reviews of products for scale miscellaneous models.

Japanese Armies 1868-1877: The Boshin War and Satsuma Rebellion

Published: July 9th, 2020     
Japanese Armies 1868-1877: The Boshin War and Satsuma Rebellion
Reviewed by: Patrick Brown - IPMS# 47467

Bottom Line Up Front: This most recent addition to the Osprey Men-at-Arms Series does its best to make sense of a confusing subject, to the Japanese civil wars of the 1860s and 1870s period. It is well illustrated and provides rudimentary information that is fairly easy to understand.


  • Historical Background
  • The Boshin War, 1868-1869
  • Intermission, 1869-1877
  • The Satsuma Rebellion, 1877
  • Japanese Forces, 1840-1868
  • Armies of the Boshin War
  • Armies of the Satsuma Rebellion
  • Weapons
  • Select Bibliography
  • Plate Commentaries
  • Index

Japanese Armies 1868-1877 describes the conflict between the fledgling Japanese central government and provincial Samurai clans. It narrates the central governments struggle to create a modern military from the feudal samurai military system and the resistance to this process by the conservative Samurai leaders.

Ammo by Mig Jimenez Shaders

Published: June 24th, 2020     
Ammo by Mig Jimenez Shaders
Reviewed by: Tim Wilding - IPMS# 47420

Ammo has released a new line of 20 paint effects colors in 10 ml bottles. I am reviewing four of these colors: #0863 Light Green 0864 Light Olive Drab, 0865 Military Green and 0866 Dark Green. These are the four green tones that they offer, along with blues, greys and earth tones. Here is what Ammo's website says about this new product:

"The AMMO SHADERS are a new type of product designed to create a variety of effects on all types of models in a simple and fast way. The transparent and ultra-fine paint allows all skill level of modelers to apply stunningly realistic effects that seemed impossible before.

From fading effects to wear and tear, shadows and highlights, altering the colors to different hues, this new range can even be applied to effect base colors like a filter. The SHADERS range give your model a dynamic and interesting finish in just minutes, making these colors perfect for modelers new to the hobby. The all new characteristics allow modelers to create effects that until now could only be achieved using more complex techniques such as glazes, washes, or filters.

The Lafayette Escadrille

Published: June 23rd, 2020     
The Lafayette Escadrille
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery - IPMS# 14003

Being an aficionado of the history of the aircraft and persons involved in aviation during World War I, this book became a "must have" after reading some of the reviews describing the book. I must say that I was not disappointed in any way, and in fact found this "photo history of the Lafayette Escadrille" one of the most compelling "reads" I've experienced in many a year.

The story of The Lafayette Escadrille is laid out in photos, quotes from letters written by the pilots, and historical records of the time. The author spent a year travelling to universities and museums, as well as the actual geographic locations described in great detail in the documentation uncovered during the research phase for the book. The author captured images of some of the buildings frequented by the men of the Lafayette Escadrille and the comparison of historical images and the modern images taken by Ruffin are remarkable. 

Selous Scouts - Rhodesian Counter-Insurgency Specialists

Published: June 22nd, 2020     
Selous Scouts - Rhodesian Counter-Insurgency Specialists
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus - IPMS# 35035

Helion produces books on many aspects of Military History from the Late Medieval period through to the present day. Helion was established in 1996, and since then they have published almost 1,200 books, with 100 or more new titles coming out every year. The '[email protected]' series covers African military history since 1945.

Peter Baxter is an author, amateur historian and heritage travel guide. Born in Kenya and educated in Rhodesia (Zimbabwe), he has lived and traveled over much of southern and central Africa. Peter lives in Oregon, USA. His interests include British Imperial history in Africa and the East Africa campaign of the First World War in particular. He is the author of Pen and Sword's Gandhi, Smuts and Race in the British Empire. You can find out more at peterbaxterafrica.com

Tru-Color Paints for Eduard P-400

Published: June 14th, 2020     
Tru-Color Paints for Eduard P-400
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo - IPMS# 46363
Company: Tru-Color Paint

I have heard of Tru-Color Paints probably 18 month ago by now and since then I had the chance to review a few different colors and coats from them. They have an extensive line of railroad and car paints and they are continuously expanding their military line (aircraft, naval, armor).

This time, thanks to the kind support of Tru Paint to IPMS/USA I was able to use them for the review of an Eduard P-400 Profipack (model kit review elsewhere in this website). As I was doing a review of paints, I decided to go for a P-400 which was assembled from parts of different airplanes and sported a mix of USAAF and RAF colors.

This is not a specific set for the P-400 (Tru-Colors has a few packs of paints). It was more like I was able to "make my own" set of paints. Below is the list of paints I used in this review: