Miscellaneous

Reviews of products for scale miscellaneous models.

Mutina 43 BC, Marc Antony’s Struggle for Survival

Published: August 14th, 2019     
Mutina 43 BC, Marc Antony’s Struggle for Survival
Author: Nic fields and Peter Dennis
Reviewed by: Robert Head, IPMS# 48922
Company: Osprey Publishing

So, before we get into the specifics of the book. Here is a little about the author and illustrator. Dr Nic fields is the author of this publication and many others so he is not a stranger to the osprey family or to my memory. He's a veteran of the Royal Marines, biochemist and historian so I guess you could say a jack of all trades. He does a lot of his research writing and editorials freelance.

Peter Dennis is another star contributor of the Osprey book family and is a graduate of the Liverpool art college. He's has illustrated hundreds of books and I have quite a few examples of them , a sharp eye for accuracy and consistency your not going to find a bigger name than Pete when it comes to the historical art community.

Here we breakdown the contents of the book.

The Pirate World

Published: August 14th, 2019     
The Pirate World
Author: Angus Konstam
Reviewed by: Robert Head, IPMS# 48922
Company: Osprey Publishing

So, before we get into the specifics of the book. Here is a little about the author, Angus Konstam is an internationally renowned historian and one of the world's leading experts on pirates and pirate history with well over 100 books to his name. 60 of his publications have been written for Osprey with 3 of his books being best sellers. He is a formal Naval officer and has worked as an underwater archaeologist, he now lives and works in Edinburgh, Scotland as a fulltime author.

Here we breakdown the contents of the book.

Railway Modeling - Painting Realistic Trains

Published: July 28th, 2019     
Railway Modeling - Painting Realistic Trains
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Company: AMMO by Mig Jimenez

This book illustrates how to liven pre-painted toy-like train kits by painting and adding weathering such as dust, dirt, grime, and other dirt effects. The book also shows how to create worn effects like rust, chipping, worn wood, spilled fuel, and burn damage. Various modeling techniques are illustrated with step-by-step photos of paints and other products to apply weathering and wear effects to train cars.

Example work of five different modelers are included:

  • Ovidiu Cupse
  • Graziano Ghetti
  • Federico Emanuel Martinez
  • Deak Robert
  • Mig Jimenez

The book has 14 chapters 8 to 14 pages long, each illustrating a different train car or diorama setting and how various weathering effects are achieved:

Fallschirmjäger: German Paratroopers 1937-1941

Published: July 27th, 2019     
Fallschirmjäger: German Paratroopers 1937-1941
Author: Francois Cochet
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Company: Pen & Sword Books

This is a pictorial book that uses photos to illustrate the history of the Fallschirmjager during the pre-war and early war years. Each chapter includes brief text that chronicles the history of the Fallschirmjager campaigns, but the story is mostly told in photos and their captions. Black & white photos illustrate the exploits of the paratroopers, and the publisher says many of the photos are rare or not previously published. The photos are low contrast and not too sharp, consistent with wartime photos. Illustrations are provided to illustrate events that don't have photos.

German Fallschirmjager (paratroopers) were considered elite troops and regularly engaged in front line combat during the Second World War. Their campaigns such as the fighting in Scandinavia, the taking of the Belgian fortress Eden-Emal in May 1940, and the Battle for Crete just a year later, proved them to be determined, courageous, and loyal soldiers.

Tru-Color Paint - Various Colors

Published: July 11th, 2019     
Tru-Color Paint - Various Colors
Reviewed by: Charles Landrum, IPMS# 26328
Company: Tru-Color Paint

I am 57 and as I write this and like many I have mourned and am mourning the demise of hobby paints thanks to Rustoleum. I remember many good paint lines that have come and gone and many due to consolidation under Testors and later Rustoleum, Names like Model Master, Testors, Floquil, Polly S and Pactra to name some. I am more of an Enamel and Lacquer based paint user than acrylic; but have also done my fair of painting with acrylics. There are a lot of other paints available - Gunze Sanyo, Tamiya, AK Interactive, Mig, and Vallejo, but like most modelers I am a creature of habit and change is hard. So, as I have watched a multitude of railroad, naval and now military colors go away, and am faced with change. I jumped at an opportunity to try a new line of paint that has more bite than standard acrylics.

In fairness to Tru-Color they have been on the scene for some years now and continue to expand their product lines. I am not the first reviewed in IPMS to sample their products, but I share my experience using the paint in a build. I requested and received 4 bottles of paint, two of which I used in a build of the AFV Club 1/350 LST-1. The paints I received:

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