Miscellaneous

Reviews of products for scale miscellaneous models.

25-degree Sprue Cutter

Published: August 8th, 2018     
25-degree Sprue Cutter
Reviewed by: Phil Peterson, IPMS# 8739
Company: Fujiya

If you build models you are probably very familiar with Micro-Mark. Not only do they carry a wide range of modeling tools but also offer several kits in different media.

When starting a model getting the parts off the sprue cleanly helps lower the amount of clean up you need to do so finding a good sprue cutter is a great start. This product is manufactured by Fujiya out of Japan.

I tried it out on a kit I am working on for a review and it did a great job. The 25-degree angle gives good control to get up next to the part no matter the placement on the sprue. The cut was clean, but you need to make sure you are even with the part edge or you will live a bit of the connection.

They also advertise that this is a great tool for cutting soft wire but I didn't have any available to test it on. My only concern from other products is once you cut metal it may not work as well on plastic later on. I will be looking forward to seeing how well it holds it edge over time.

The handle is coated with a rubber like material that is comfortable to the touch and adds a good grip to help keep the tool from slipping in your hand.

With Their Bare Hands, The Battle for Montfaucon in WWI

Published: July 27th, 2018     
With Their Bare Hands, The Battle for Montfaucon in WWI
Author: Osprey Publishing
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Company: Osprey Publishing

Thank you, Osprey Publishing, for providing a review copy of another of excellent World War I history volume. This book is a welcome and well-timed addition as the 100th anniversary of the end of the "Great War" approaches later this year. I hope reader of this book will gain an important appreciation and understanding of the raw, brutal nature of combat, often controversial decisions, poor battlefield judgments, and most of all the grit and persistence of the America Doughboys of the American Expeditionary Forces.

As always, I truly appreciate all those in the IPMS Reviewer Corps, whose work is critical to sharing new and exciting modeling and historical products with the world. Thank you for allowing me to read and review this book.

Armies of the Italian Wars of Unification 1848 - 70 (1)

Published: July 24th, 2018     
Armies of the Italian Wars of Unification 1848 - 70 (1)
Author: Gabrielle Esposito
Reviewed by: Ron Verburg
Company: Osprey Publishing

This title is from Osprey's well received Men-at-Arms of books. It is number 512 in the series.

From the Cover

Armies of the Italian Wars of Unification 1848-70 (1)

Piedmont and the Two Sicilies

The creation of the modern nation of Italy was a complex and bloody process involving not only three wars between Italian and Austrian armies, but also bitter clashes between Italian regional forces and insurgents. This first of two books describes the two largest Italian armies, which at first briefly fought in alliance against Austria, but later confronted one another. It explains the evolving organization, uniforms and weapons of the armies of Piedmont (the Kingdom of Sardinia) and Naples (the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies) and is illustrated with contemporary prints and new full-color uniform plates.

Review

These books are great reference materials for figure modelers! This book consists of:

The Spy Toolkit

Published: July 15th, 2018     
The Spy Toolkit
Author: The National Archive, Stephen Twigge
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Company: Osprey Publishing

The Spy Tool Kit is a great book! It covers the tools and weapons used by secret operating agents working behind the lines for both sides (Axis and Allied) during WWII. It covers the organizations involved, the agents themselves and their training as well as all manner of description of their tasks and goals.  All the pictures and devices shown in this book are derived from the National Archive where many of the items are contained.

The contents of the book are:

Latin American Wars 1900-1941

Published: July 10th, 2018     
Latin American Wars 1900-1941
Author: Philip S. Jowett
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: Osprey Publishing

This publication is another edition to Osprey's "Men-at-Arms" series, and follows author Jowett previous Osprey books, Men-at-Arms 306: Chinese Civil War Armies 1911-49; and his three-part sequence, "The Italian Army 1940-45 (Men-at-Arms 340, 349 and 353)".

This book is illustrated by Stephen Walsh. Walsh has worked as a professional illustrator since 1988. His projects for Osprey include such diverse subjects as the battle of Otterburn, the Chinese army from 1937 to 1949, and the US Home Front in World War II.

The author lays out the primary goal of this publication as being, "to introduce the reader to the armies and wars of Mexico, Central America, and South America in this period." He easily achieves that goal and much more. Mr. Walsh also provides an in-depth look at the root causes of these conflicts such as military influence, the power of oligarchies, and weak or divisive governments.