Miscellaneous

Reviews of products for scale miscellaneous models.

Monowheel

Published: December 30th, 2019     
Monowheel
Reviewed by: John Noack, IPMS# 23017
Scale: N/A
Company: UGears

And now for something completely different! UGears contacted us and offered to send a number of kits; I believe this is the first review of the group. UGears is a Ukrainian company started in 2015, and UB LLC are their US Distributor. Their extensive product line is well worth taking a look at if you're a fan.

Wood Airbrush Stencils

Published: December 29th, 2019     
Wood Airbrush Stencils
Reviewed by: John Noack, IPMS# 23017
Scale: N/A
Company: RB Productions

Price: RB-T028: EU7 (approximately $9.23) plus S&H; RB-T043: EU9 (approximately $11.87) plus S&H

First off, my apologies to the good folks at RB Productions for a late review. RB were present at this year's Nationals in Chattanooga and were kind enough to provide us with a number of samples including these two delicate p/e stencils. Each is a carefully etched piece of brass material, the smaller measuring 2" by 3" and the larger, about 4" by 3". They are easily bent in either axis which comes in handy for use on contoured surfaces, and I suppose one could cut them into smaller sections for use on cockpits. (Beware of some very sharp and fragile edges, however).

Flexible Scribing Ruler

Published: December 27th, 2019     
Flexible Scribing Ruler
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Company: UMM-USA

UMM-USA continues it tradition of innovative and useful tools with part MN040, a Flexible Scribing Ruler. What comes in the package it a 6.5-inch-long thin stainless steel ruler. I say ruler but there are really no demarcation lines on it like what is usually thought of as a ruler. But that does not affect its use at all. This can be used in combination with any of the UMM-USA scribing tools or the Template Scriber. The ruler is 0.08mm (about 0.003 inches) thick and is very flexible and strong and can work on curved surfaces.

To give this a test run, I used a Skywarrior that has been waiting for some rescribing due to a lot of sanding/seam filling. And I do mean a lot. As you can see in the pictures, the ruler taped to the curve on the top of the fuselage which will allow a great panel line to be made. I also wanted to show the bend and this is also in one picture. Lastly, the Skywarrior has a box like fuselage so I bent the ruler around the corner one a line and it worked well. I was using my scriber from UMM for the test (version 3) and it worked great with the ruler.

The Second World War Illustrated - The First Year

Published: December 24th, 2019     
The Second World War Illustrated - The First Year
Author: Jack Holroyd
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Company: Pen & Sword

This series by Pen & Sword features photographs from each year of the Second World War. This first volume includes photographs and illustrations of the first year, 1939 to 1940, and covers the contributing factors that led to the outbreak of hostilities. The book includes 750 images and photographs in a picture strip or collage style. It's a quick, convenient, visual history of the first year of World War II. The text is in sidebars or captions for the photos and is easy to read. The text and photos are in chronological order as events unfolded

The book is packed with photos on each page like a collage, and includes captions describing the events and people in the photographs. Maps and illustrations of military movements, reproductions of posters, newspapers, and other historical documents are also included. The images are mostly black and white, but there is a 32-page section of color photos and images in the center of the book.

Description of the chapters and main topics illustrated by the photos and text:

Master Piece Models Rulers

Published: December 20th, 2019     
Master Piece Models Rulers
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/48 & EZ-Read
Company: Master Piece Models

Master Piece Models has an impressive collection of tools for scratch building all kind of projects. Among those tools they have rulers and scale rulers (a ruler that reads you the dimension of the model, 'scaled' to the real object).

In this review I'll cover two of such rules: The 48th scale ruler and the EZ-Read ruler.

Below are the links to the items

Both rulers are clear (that is great for whenever you are looking at drawings) and about 1/16th inch thick. They are slightly flexible, but I wouldn't try to bend them much. They are laser engraved and very easy to read, given the contrast of the engraved number and the clarity of the material.