Miscellaneous

Reviews of products for scale miscellaneous models.

Atlas of the Blitzkrieg 1939-1941

Published: September 10th, 2019     
Atlas of the Blitzkrieg 1939-1941
Author: Robert Kirchubel
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Company: Osprey Publishing

This book impresses from the moment you see it, it's a beautifully bound and printed on very high quality paper! The book is a series of very well detailed maps of the German Blitzkrieg campaigns of the early part of World War two.

The book is split up by each battle front and has detailed maps showing forces locations and make up on all sides. The maps are awesome and the best quality I have seen in a long time. They are not too complicated but give all the information you need to see what the situation was at each point during the campaigns.

The descriptions of the campaigns and each chapter provide a great overview.

The book chapters are:

Profiler Scribing and Contour Guide

Published: September 7th, 2019     
Profiler Scribing and Contour Guide
Reviewed by: Blaine Singleton, IPMS# 50734
Scale: NA
Company: UMM-USA

John Vojtech and the people at UMM-USA (Unique Master Models) have come up with yet another tool that is well worth having in your collection. The Profiler Scribing and Contour Guide is a very versatile tool to help you with scribing and replicating inside and outside contours of your models.

Modelers may need to find the exterior or interior contours of parts to either scratch-build additional parts or shape/sand kit pieces to fit better. The guide is made from a thin piece of pliable metal and covered with a non-slip material. The metal can be bent in several contour position without breaking it and once bent has no memory. The guide also is sold with a blue straw like holder with plugs at either end, so it is easy to find when you want to use it.

The guide can be bent and placed on a model lined up with areas to be scribed and taped down so it does not move, then a scriber can be used along the guide.

Medium Punch and Die Set PT8 - Round

Published: September 7th, 2019     
Medium Punch and Die Set PT8 - Round
Reviewed by: John Noack, IPMS# 23017
Scale: NA
Company: UMM-USA

Another beautifully crafted tool from our friends at UMM-USA is this new punch and die set, accompanying the numerous other tools used to punch standard shapes out of thin brass or aluminum, or plastic sheet stock up to 0.080 (2mm) thick. In the set you'll find an aluminum die block with hole sizes ranging from 0.6 mm (0.024") up to 3.0mm (0.12") diameter, accompanied by the hardened tool steel punches of corresponding size.

If, like me, you've tried slicing round stock to make buttons, access covers, hatches and the like, and never managed to get parallel surfaces, you'll welcome this fine tool. It's great for adding subtle detail, for creating instrument glass, access panels, fastener heads, and the like.

Our thanks go out again to UMM-USA and John Vojtech for his generous support to the review team here.

Union Sharpshooter Verses Confederate Sharpshooter, American Civil War 1861-65

Published: September 3rd, 2019     
Union Sharpshooter Verses Confederate Sharpshooter, American Civil War 1861-65
Author: Gary Yee
Reviewed by: Doug Hamilton, IPMS# 21985
Company: Osprey Publishing

The American Civil War is a study in contrasts and similarities. Historians make a living comparing and contrasting both sides from every angle conceivable. Commanders, battlefields, tactics, and weapons are the usual subjects and this book focuses on the Sharpshooting arena. Published by our friends at Osprey Publishers, Union Sharpshooter VS Confederate Sharpshooters is authored by Gary Yee. Period photos, drawings, and maps convey a study in comparison and contrast in three battles where sharpshooters played an important role. A brief introduction opens the book, followed by chapters that cover the opposing sides, Fredericksburg, Vicksburg, Battery Wagner, an analysis, and the aftermath. A select bibliography and index complete the narrative. The book is printed on heavy stock paper and tells its story on 80 pages.

Electric Hand-Held Polisher & Sander

Published: August 26th, 2019     
Electric Hand-Held Polisher & Sander
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: Unique Master Models (UMM)

Points To Ponder

The UMM "Polisander" (a combination of a polisher and a sander) is another unique tool available to the modeling community by UMM. The tool is powered by two AA batteries that are placed into the handle. Batteries are not included in the product. Note that the batteries, as usual, are inserted with one (+) end up and the other (-) end down. There are some indicators molded into the handle showing which battery tray is positive and which is negative.

The product box is small and sturdy, approximately 2x2x7 inches. The contents are bagged in zip-locks baggies, with the handle in one bag and the attachment head in the other. In order to insert the batteries carefully remove the blue base using the two indentions molded into the rim of the base, pushing the base away from the handle, no twisting necessary.

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