Reviews of products for scale miscellaneous models.

The Second World War

Published: November 29th, 2018     
The Second World War
Author: Sir Max Hastings
Reviewed by: William O'Malley, IPMS# 46473
Company: Osprey Publishing

This is an excellent, well-written, beautifully illustrated book that provides a comprehensive overview of the WWII conflict at both a global and personal level. The hardcover book includes both color and B&W photos, and color illustrations that give a concise, but thorough, understanding of the strategies and decisions of the combatant nations.

Osprey's Press release describes The Second World War as telling the stories of the men and women who lived and died during the second world war, from "politicians to factory workers, and from high command to the conscripted man on the front lines". The experience of war is brought to life through a wealth of contemporary documentation, writings, and historical research while the political, military, and historical significance of the warriors are examined. The Second World War provides readers with a comprehensive, and yet very concise, history of the devastating events.

The book includes a forward by Sir Max Hastings and the text is written by nine historians. The individual contributions of the authors are not identified in the book.

Tru-Color Weathering Pigments

Published: November 27th, 2018     
Tru-Color Weathering Pigments
Reviewed by: Phillip Cavender, IPMS# 50085
Company: Tru-Color Paint


These Matte acrylic solvent-based sprayable paints are designed to be sprayed right from the bottle without the need for thinning. When researching the chemistry of Tru-Color Paints, I found on their website the following description:

Tru-Color Paint is a solvent based paint with an acrylic polymer used as the binding agent which adheres very well to plastic or metal models, when those models are properly prepared. The pigments and/or dyes used to produce the correct colors are very finely ground so that they do not clog air-brushes.

Tru-Color Weathering Paint Set

Published: November 5th, 2018     
Tru-Color Weathering Paint Set
Reviewed by: Michael Reeves, IPMS# 51129
Scale: All
Company: Tru-Color Paint

Tru-Color Paint was formed in 2008 by Rick Galazzo and Scott Cohen, both of whom come from extensive backgrounds in formulating paint on the commercial scale. They set out on their own to develop this paint line of solvent based paint by reformulating the old Accupaint formulation to flow better and give a more glossy appearance after drying. They currently offer over 600 colors offered with more to follow. Sets and single bottles are available and include lines for railroad, automotive, and military aircraft and armament lines.

The specific set I tested was specifically for weathering and include a sample of their masking frisket papers as well as the following colors in 1 oz. bottles:

The Luger

Published: October 28th, 2018     
The Luger
Author: Author: Neil Grant, Illustrators: Alan Gilliland, Johnny Shumate
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Osprey Publishing

Neil Grant studied archaeology at Reading University, graduating in 1990. He worked as an auditor at the UK National Audit Office until 1996 when he joined Key Equipment Finance as an accountant. 2004 say Neil working at NSK Europe as an accountant until 2009 when he left to join English Heritage where he currently is the Head of Corporate Finance and Performance. He joined the Board of Trustees in 2018 for the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds. His interests in firearms, medieval edged weapons, and classical and medieval horsemanship has led him to author at least seven titles, including: The Bren Gun (2013), The Lewis Gun (2014), Mauser Military Rifles (2015), and Rhodesian Light Infantryman 1961-80 (2015), SAR80 Assault Rifles (2016), British Tank Crewman 1939-45 (2017).

Operation Linebacker II 1972

Published: October 21st, 2018     
Operation Linebacker II 1972
Author: Marshall L. Michel III
Reviewed by: Bob LaBouy, IPMS# 3064
Company: Osprey Publishing

In his organization of this book, Mr. Michel provides a logical approach to this 'air campaign.' The Table of Contents provides for the basic outline:

  • Introduction
  • Chronology
  • Attackers' Capabilities
  • Defenders' Capabilities
  • Campaign Objectives
  • The Campaign
  • Aftermath and Analysis
  • Select Bibliography
  • Index

During his introduction, I was surprised to read the author's comments about an earlier book I had read and prior to this point considered to be the basic groundwork for this air war over Vietnam; Linebacker II: A View From the Rock. He calls this early recounting of the Linebacker II operations "an inaccurate and self-aggrandizing memoir."

In this book, the author clearly lays out the 11 nights of the Linebacker II, and often ill-conceived organization, planning, and operations of these strategic and tactical missions. He does so in a very convincing manner.