Miscellaneous

Reviews of products for scale miscellaneous models.

The "Trapdoor" Springfield: From the Little Bighorn to San Juan Hill

Published: May 20th, 2018     
The "Trapdoor" Springfield: From the Little Bighorn to San Juan Hill
Author: John Langellier, Illustrators: Steve Noon, Series Editor: Martin Pegler
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Osprey Publishing

John P. Langellier grew up in Tucson, Arizona and spent 12 years in the US Army. He received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in History from the University of San Diego, and his PhD in Military History from Kansas State University. John helped found the Autry Museum of the American West in California and has served as the director for the Wyoming State Museum. He is the author of numerous books and monographs that include: The War in Europe: From the Kasserine Pass to Berlin, 1942-1945 (1995, Greenhill); Fix Bayonets: The U.S. Infantry from the American Civil War to the Surrender of Japan (1999, Chelsea); Second Manassas 1862: Robert E Lee's Greatest Victory (2002, Osprey); Union Infantrymen of the Civil War (2003, Osprey); Fighting for Uncle Sam: Buffalo Soldiers in the Frontier Army (2016, Schiffer). John has worked as a film consultant in addition to producing many documentaries. John retired in 2015 (but obviously still stays busy writing books) and now lives in Prescott, Arizona.

The Marmo Method Modelbuilding Guide #6 – Building the Williams Bros. 1/72 scale Curtiss C-46A Commando

Published: May 5th, 2018     
The Marmo Method Modelbuilding Guide #6 – Building the Williams Bros. 1/72 scale Curtiss C-46A Commando
Author: Richard Marmo
Reviewed by: Paul Mahoney, IPMS# 8943
Company: Richard Marmo

Richard Marmo's name might be familiar to many IPMSer's... he is one of the founding members of the club, and is in fact IPMS Membership #2 !!

This is #6 in his series of ePublications, and the first I have had the pleasure to read (and review). Available in several different formats, including ePub and PDF (see links above), this is an 89 page, highly detailed description of how Richard built (for commission) the 1/72nd scale C-46 kit produced by Williams Brothers.

Note: There are several ways to obtain this publication - Barnes and Noble (ePub ONLY) or via smashwords. I have listed both url's below:

Ammo Varnishes

Published: April 3rd, 2018     
Ammo Varnishes
Reviewed by: Tim Wilding, IPMS# 47420
Company: Ammo by Mig Jimenez

Sealing the paint before decals and weathering a model is an important step in preventing damage the base coat. Ammo by Mig Jimenez has released a line of acrylic varnishes (finishes) that are easy to use and are nontoxic. Here is the description from their catalog:

The 101st Airborne in Normandy, June 1944

Published: March 31st, 2018     
The 101st Airborne in Normandy, June 1944
Author: Yves Buffetaut
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Company: Casemate Publishers

Summary

This book is a photo essay of the 101st Airborne in Normandy from D-Day through early July 1944. The first of Casemate's Illustrated series, the book has many black-and-white and color photographs, colored vehicle profiles, color photos of key participants, and colored maps. Written descriptions of the 101st units and movements accompany the many photos. The text is fairly brief, and is not meant to be a complete written description of the activities of the 101st. Most of the information is contained in photographs, captions, and more detailed "In profile" articles.

Ammo by Mig Jimenez One Shot Primer

Published: March 31st, 2018     
Ammo by Mig Jimenez One Shot Primer
Reviewed by: Tim Wilding, IPMS# 47420
Scale: NA
Company: AMMO

Ammo by Mig Jimenez has released a new line of primers that are formulated to be applied in one layer or "One Shot" as the bottle says. Ammo says this is formulated with a high gripping power that is self-leveling. They come in larger 60 ml bottle. It can be sanded after drying for 24 hours, does not need thinning, is non-toxic and has a no drip cap. I must not be pouring it incorrectly, because I had a lot of drips, then it splattered when I closed the lid. I wish it came in eye-dropper style bottle like their paint does. I tested the black #2023 and the grey #2024.