Miscellaneous

Reviews of products for scale miscellaneous models.

World War II German Super-Heavy Siege Guns

Published: January 18th, 2021     
World War II German Super-Heavy Siege Guns
Reviewed by: Marc K. Blackburn - IPMS# 42892

When HobbyBoss released a 1/72 kit of the German super siege gun known as 'Dora' I knew I wanted one. Unfortunately, I still do not have one in my stash (if anyone get me one cheap I am all ears!) so this book will have to do! As with most Osprey titles, they combine well reproduced historical photographs with artist's renderings. This book is no different. The broad focus of the book are the super siege guns but it is split between those manufactured by Germany and those from foreign manufacturers that were absorbed by the Wehrmacht. The final part of the book concentrates on their operational history.

DIO Drybrush Paint - Light Blue by AMMO-MiG

Published: January 15th, 2021     
DIO Drybrush Paint - Light Blue by AMMO-MiG
Reviewed by: Ben Morton - IPMS# 47301

There is somewhat of a recent trend in home furnishing circles that gives renewed life to older furniture and kitchen cabinets. The painting technique of which I speak is dry brushing. The trend has even caught the eye of Bob Vila, once and former host of the PBS series 'This Old House'.  Bob is no longer affiliated with the program after lambasting (allegedly) a homeowner for being a lazy twit, but that's a story for another time.

This dry brush technique involves dousing your paint brush into the paint of choice, removing almost all of it from the paint brush bristles and applying the minute amount of remaining paint onto the selected object. In the case of a home improvement project that might be cabinet doors or the odd tabletop but for our purposes this missive will focus solely on scale models.

Poles in the Battle of Britain: A Photographic Album of the Polish "Few"

Published: January 15th, 2021     
Poles in the Battle of Britain: A Photographic Album of the Polish "Few"
Reviewed by: Michael Novosad - IPMS# 36721

From the Website

"Peter Sikora makes excellent use of his outstanding knowledge, expertise and passion for history of the Polish Air Force to tell an often-forgotten tale of the Polish Few who fought alongside the British during the Battle of Britain. The author manages to capture in a moving way the reality of life for Polish airmen through personal stories and unique photographs. His work is an important contribution to honouring the memory of those who fought for the freedom of Europe, Britain and their faraway motherland." - Polish Ambassador Arkady Rzegocki.

The Polish Air Force, which was reborn in Britain in the summer of 1940 from flying and ground personnel evacuated from Poland and then from France, proved to be one of the most successful formations to fight the Luftwaffe during the Battle of Britain. Overcoming the obstacles of language and operating in a foreign country, the Polish Air Force gained independent status, flying alongside the RAF rather than being a part of the RAF - and for the first time the Polish Air Force became a separate air arm of the Polish Armed Forces.

USAF Aggressors Desert & Artic Colors Set

Published: December 20th, 2020     
USAF Aggressors Desert & Artic Colors Set
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo - IPMS# 46363

I have been using enamels for many years (decades) now. Enamel hobby paints are getting harder to find and there are the health considerations on enamels, so I have been exploring different acrylics options out there. I was excited to see I had the chance to review the AMMO products, as some of my modeling buddies had good things to say about them.

Readying the AMMO website, you learn that these paints are odorless, water soluble, and non-toxic. All of those above make these paints interesting alternatives as non-toxicity is a great thing and odorless makes the rest of the family happy.

I have to say that I did find a very faint smell on these paints. It is not strong at all and it is not offensive nor headache-inducing as enamels or lacquers. The best I can describe the smell is 'earthly'. A bit like mud or clay, from a pottery workshop.

USAF Aggressors Blue Colors Set

Published: December 20th, 2020     
USAF Aggressors Blue Colors Set
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo - IPMS# 46363

I have been using enamels for many years (decades) now. Enamel hobby paints are getting harder to find and there are the health considerations on enamels, so I have been exploring different acrylic options out there. I was excited to see the chance to review the AMMO products, as some of my modeling buddies had good things to say about them.

Reading the AMMO website, you learn that these paints are odorless, water soluble and non-toxic. All of those above make these paints interesting alternatives as non-toxicity is a great thing and odorless makes the rest of the family happy.

I have to say that I did find a very faint smell on these paints. It is not strong at all and it is not offensive nor headache-inducing as enamels or lacquers. The best I can describe the smell is 'earthly'. A bit like mud or clay, from a pottery workshop.