Reviews of products for scale miscellaneous models.

Air Wars Between Ecuador and Peru, Vol. 2

Published: September 9th, 2020     
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus - IPMS# 35035

Born in Lima, Peru, in 1977, Amaru Tincopa is a graduate in law. He developed a strong interest in history at a very young age and began researching and publishing about Peruvian and Latin American military aviation history quite early. His first book, covering the deployment history of the Aeroplani Caproni and that Italian company's endeavor in Peru was released in 2003 for an Italian publisher. He has since published a dozen additional titles in Argentina, France, and the United Kingdom, while three others are in the pipeline. Amaru Tincopa is currently cooperating with numerous renowned military aviation history magazines around the world. This is his third book for Helion.

HG Wells Little Wars

Published: September 8th, 2020     
HG Wells Little Wars
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall - IPMS# 2209

The Book

Inside the front cover is a listing of other titles in Helion & Company's "Paper Soldiers" series. Interested in the Civil War? Which one, American or English Civil War? They have games for both. Roman legions? American Revolution? Trafalgar? The Spanish Armada? It's all in there.

This book is based on H. G. Wells' 1913 book which gives rules for movement and battle with miniature armies. The book is subtitled "A Game for Boys from twelve years of age to one hundred and fifty and for that more intelligent sort of girl who likes boys' games and books. "

Images of War - United States Marine Corps in Vietnam: Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives

Published: September 3rd, 2020     
Images of War - United States Marine Corps in Vietnam: Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives
Reviewed by: Bill Kluge - IPMS# 45849

This edition in the "Images of War" series provides a overview of U.S Marine Corps operations in Vietnam, from the initial deployment of a Marine Hawk anti-aircraft missile battery near DaNang in February, 1965, followed a month later by elements of the 9th Marine Expeditionary Brigade, to the final withdrawal of Marine ground troops in June, 1971. Marine air was finally withdrawn in September of 1972, with off shore Marine aircraft and security forces participating in the evacuation of Saigon in 1975 (the book's photo coverage ends with the withdrawal of Marine ground forces).

The limited text is arranged chronologically in four chapters:

Ammo by Mig Jimenez Shaders – Candy Red, Orange, Yellow, Violet

Published: September 2nd, 2020     
Ammo by Mig Jimenez Shaders – Candy Red, Orange, Yellow, Violet
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead - IPMS# 34786

If reading this review feels a little like deja vu all over again, I previously reviewed five of the Shaders, and as four additional colors were still waiting for analysis, I volunteered to help out. Fortunately, I cannot plagiarize myself, so writing this was very easy indeed. Now go ahead and enjoy my assessment of some additional Shaders colors.

A recent arrival for the Review Corps were Shaders from Ammo by Mig Jimenez, which are a unique addition for modelers of just about anything. For this review in particular, I was provided with four of the colors including Candy Red (0868), Orange (0850), Yellow (0867), and Violet (0859). The full line consists of 20 different colors. The Shaders are unique to begin with as they are packaged in 10ml bottles, so they are about half the size of a typical bottle of acrylic paint. Shaders do not require shaking prior to use (they are about the consistency of ink), and they can be mixed to create different shades, and may be thinned with water if desired.

Merkava Modern AFV Paint

Published: September 1st, 2020     
Merkava Modern AFV Paint
Reviewed by: Dan Brown - IPMS# 47967
Company: Mission Models

Mission Models Paints has released several new colors recently for modern AFVs. This example is for modern Israeli armor, specifically the Merkava line of vehicles. This paint color is meant to cover most Israeli AFVs from the late 1970s to the present.

Like all other Mission Models water-based acrylics MMP-128 is odorless, fast drying, designed not to clog airbrush tips, and to produce a smooth, durable finish. Mission Models helpfully includes a guide on how to work with their paint on their website under the Tech Support Section. The paint is thicker than many acrylics I have worked with and it is not pre-thinned for air brushing. It does appear though that the paint particles are very fine and they have helpfully included a stainless-steel ball in every bottle to enhance mixing, which is a very nice touch.