Miscellaneous

Reviews of products for scale miscellaneous models.

Gebirgsjager versus Soviet Sailor: Arctic Circle 1942-44

Published: June 21st, 2018     
Gebirgsjager versus Soviet Sailor: Arctic Circle 1942-44
Author: David Greentree; Illustrator: Johnny Shumate
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra, IPMS# 11198
Company: Osprey Publishing

The grim conflicts that occurred along the edge of the Arctic Circle during World War Two are perhaps one of the least-publicized theaters in that sad war. It's a fact that for someone like me who THINKS he knows history fairly well, virtually everything in this book by Osprey Publishing came as a surprise. Who knew that such struggles were suffered in this treeless, roadless, virtually empty region along the northern edges of Lapland, Finland and Norway?

Of course the protagonists are fairly well known - the German Mountain Troops with their famous "Eidelweiss" badge, and the Soviet Naval Troops - the "Black Death" as they were sometimes called by their enemies. However, I for one did not know that they were directly involved in a number of obscure battles in even more obscure places during the course of the war. Minsk, which figures heavily in any strategic planning in this region, was one of the more important destinations for Allied convoys bringing vital supplies from England and the United States - hence the decision to fight it out in some of the most hostile terrain on the planet.

Tidal Wave - From Leyte Gulf to Tokyo Bay

Published: June 15th, 2018     
Tidal Wave - From Leyte Gulf to Tokyo Bay
Author: Thomas McKelvey Cleaver
Reviewed by: Blaine Singleton, IPMS# 50734
Company: Osprey Publishing

Introduction

In Tidal Wave from Leyte Gulf to Tokyo Bay, Thomas McKelvey Cleaver offers a deep analysis of the political and strategic situation in the last months of the Pacific War, interwoven with engaging accounts of kamikaze raids and aerial combat. He explains how the last months of the Pacific campaign constantly challenged the crews of the US Navy ships, whose pilots conducted continual bombing missions and aerial skirmishes, how the success or failure of the ship's gunners spelled life or death for their vessels, and how the commanders had to protect their ships from the worst ravages of the Pacific Typhoons.

Template Squares Steel

Published: June 11th, 2018     
Template Squares Steel
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Company: Eduard

This is a photoetch template set for use scribing/engraving square type features on any subject plastic model. This set with one sheet with 4 smaller templates within it.

In the packet includes

  • 1 photoetch sheet

Summary

This is a fantastic set for added some great additional details features to any kit or replacing engraved squares lost due to sanding and filling. They are easy to use and flexible to form around most shapes and surfaces.

Thanks go to Eduard for providing this set to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them.

Tenochtitlan 1519-21

Published: June 7th, 2018     
Tenochtitlan 1519-21
Author: Si Sheppard
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: Osprey Publishing

This publication is available in Ebook format. (ePUB and ePDF)

Atlas of the European Campaign 1944-45

Published: June 4th, 2018     
Atlas of the European Campaign 1944-45
Author: Steven J. Zaloga
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Company: Osprey Publishing

Introduction

This impressive volume is a beautifully bound book over an inch and a half thick, with 127 beautiful map illustrations and descriptive narratives. The maps are based on Osprey's Campaign Series of books and describe the Allied European Campaign in 1944 and 1945. The maps focus almost entirely on land campaigns rather than air or naval campaigns. Osprey has also produced a separate volume, the Atlas of Eastern Front, 1941 to 1945, that covers the war between Germany and the Soviet Union.

Author

Prolific author Steven J. Zaloga has written 138 books for Osprey. Zaloga received his BA in History from Union College and his MA from Columbia University. He has worked as an analyst in the aerospace industry for over two decades, covering missile systems and the international arms trade, and has served with the Institute for Defense Analyses, a federal think tank. He is the author of numerous books on military technology and military history, with an accent on the US Army in World War II, as well as Russia and the former Soviet Union.