Miscellaneous

Reviews of products for scale miscellaneous models.

Dio Drybrush Paint Light Olive Green, Light Brick, Dark Sand

Published: November 13th, 2020     
Dio Drybrush Paint Light Olive Green, Light Brick, Dark Sand
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery - IPMS# 14003

AMMO has an extensive line of paints and a selection of "How To" publications that are familiar to modelers. IPMS/USA recently received for review three of AMMO's "DIO Drybrush Paint" products. The review samples include A.MIG-0608 Light Olive Green, A. MIG-0626 Light Brick, and A.MIG-0620 Dark Sand. These three items are a part of AMMO's line of Dio Drybrush Paints. There are 27 paints in this series. Each sell for about $3.50.

There does not seem to be a single "set" that includes all 27 colors, but it is not difficult to submit a purchase order on the AMMO website to purchase each of the 27 colors as a "group" purchase. Note that the "Direct Link to Product" associated with this review opens a page which shows all 27 of the colors grouped together. Hopefully, that will make your "search" for these products less time consuming.

The images that accompany this review include 4 images of paints arranged in rows. Three of these images show seven paint bottles, and one image shows the final six paint selections available in this series of paints.

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Dio Drybrush Paints, Light Grey & Panzer Grey

Published: November 13th, 2020     
Dio Drybrush Paints, Light Grey & Panzer Grey
Reviewed by: Bob LaBouy - IPMS# 3064

Painting

I asked for the opportunity to try this new product from the imaginative modeling studios of Mig Jimenez. As many modelers realize, Mr. Jimenez has a vast collection of modeling paints and primers. However, with these new Dio Drybrush paints, he has unleashed a great new line of special effects into the world of dry brushing. This new line comes in a variety of 27 paint products which will allow most modelers the opportunity to further our dry brushing skills.

Two colors were initially sent to me to preview: Light Grey, A.MIG-0601 and Panzer Grey, A.MIG-0604.

I quickly set up a model with three different base colors to see my initial impressions and what results I could get using DIO DRYBRUSH paints. I should also admit being reasonably new to the world of dry brushing and recognize I have much yet to learn about this art form.

Latrine

Published: November 6th, 2020     
Latrine
Reviewed by: Will Kuhrt - IPMS# 46746
Scale: 1/72
Company: Hauler

This kit contains four light-gray resin sprues with a total of seven parts, which are finely cast and contain an amazing amount of detail given the small scale. The parts are very delicate. I highly recommend that you use a fine-tooth hobby saw to remove them. Any attempt to snip them with a sprue cuter will result in damage.

No instructions are provided; however, the construction is very intuitive. I began with using CA to bond the back wall and floor and used the grid lines of a cutting matt to ensure a 90-degree angle. Next, I added the left-hand side wall and after the parts were sufficiently bonded, I attached the two parts which make up the commode seat. Lastly, I added the right-hand side and then the roof and door. The door has a nice little heart shaped opening, but this needs to be cleaned up a little bit to make the heart shape recognizable.

To finish the latrine, I airbrushed it with acrylic primer and when the primer was dry, I hand painted it using light coats of acrylic. To bring out the fine detail of the wood grain, I coated all the surfaces with a light wash.

Japan's Asian Allies, 1941-1945

Published: November 5th, 2020     
Japan's Asian Allies,  1941-1945
Reviewed by: Brian R. Baker - IPMS# 43146

History

While the general course of World War II has been told and retold many times, some of the more obscure parts of the war have been largely ignored by historians, and this volume's authors have made a great effort to rectify the situation. This book describes the situation in areas threatened and taken over by the Japanese at the beginning of World War II and explains how the Japanese attempted to make use of manpower in the conquered areas to assert control and defend against Allied attempts to retake these areas.

US Soldier versus German Soldier, Salerno, Anzio, and Omaha Beach, 1943-44

Published: November 5th, 2020     
US Soldier versus German Soldier, Salerno, Anzio, and Omaha Beach, 1943-44
Reviewed by: Phillip Cavender - IPMS# 50085

"US Soldier versus German Soldier, Salerno, Anzio, and Omaha Beach, 1943-44", published May 2020, became number 48 in Osprey's Combat Series. Osprey's Combat Series, first published in 2013, describe in detail history's adversaries pitted against each other using analysis, photographs, maps, and commissioned color plates. Chris McNab, author, and editor has written numerous books for Osprey and more than a hundred books, magazines and newspapers on military history and military technology. Steve Noon has illustrated over 50 books for Osprey.

This 80-page, 7.3 x 9.8-inch, book consists of an introduction, 6 chapters, bibliography and index containing 20 color photographs, maps, and illustrations and 45 b/w images.