Miscellaneous

Reviews of products for scale miscellaneous models.

Rome at War

Published: December 30th, 2018     
Rome at War
Author: Osprey Publishing
Reviewed by: William O'Malley, IPMS# 46473
Company: Osprey Publishing

This book chronicles the Roman soldiers and generals that shaped the Roman Empire by wars and conquests, from expansion, to its decline and fall. Color photos, maps, and photos illustrate the disciplined and highly trained army that conquered a vast empire comprising the known world. 

Four sections of the book describe the development and wars of the Roman army:

  • The Early Republic 753-150BC
  • The Late Republic 150-27BC
  • The Early Empire 27BC-AD235
  • The Late Empire AD235-500

A chronology of Roman Empire wars and empires, and an index of significant warriors and battles are also provided. 

The chronological organization of the book nicely portrays the training and tactics developed for the Roman soldier, and also describes their commanding generals and emperors. The maps illustrate the various stages of the Roman Empire's growth and decline. Color photos, mostly of statues, further portray key figures. The color paintings create a vivid image of the soldiers and their battles, first for the Roman Republic, and then for its Emperors.

Perforated Metal Plate

Published: December 26th, 2018     
Perforated Metal Plate
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Company: Croco Models

Croco Models from Latvia specializes in aftermarket detail sets and resin sets, mainly of armored vehicles. They sure know how to find unique and interesting subjects. Visit their webpage and you will see.

Besides aftermarket details and resin kits, they release small generic detail parts, in this case a perforated metal plate, with very small circular plates in a diamond pattern.

The size of the fret is about 2 inches by 1.25 inches and it can be used for detailing many different models, probably armor in 1/35 scale (engine covers), perhaps aircraft in 1/32 and 1/48 (air intakes filters).

You can see how finely and homogenous the perforations are, as you can "see-through" them and still see the mini-ziploc bag behind it. Just think of it as a way to dress up any opening towards the interior of a model where you want to make it look like there is "something there", like a radiator, a screen or just "something" which is better than bare plastic.

This is a great supply that you can use to enhance the looks of any of your models, whenever you need some mesh.

Highly recommended.

Heroes of Telemark

Published: December 26th, 2018     
Heroes of Telemark
Author: David Greentree
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: Osprey Publishing

This publication can be purchased in one of three formats. The paperback edition (9781472827678) retails at $20.00. Both the eBook (ePub) (9781472827661) and eBook (PDF) (9781472827654) can be purchased for $16.00.

Written by David Greentree, Illustrated by Peter Dennis and Mark Stacy.

David Greentree graduated in History at York before taking an MA in War Studies from King's College London and qualifying as a lecturer in Further Education. In 1995 he accepted a commission in the Royal Air Force and has served in a variety of locations, including Afghanistan and Oman. He has written several books for Osprey, focusing on British military history and World War II. He lives in Southsea, UK.

Mark Stacey was born in Manchester in 1964 and has been a freelance illustrator since 1987. He has a lifelong interest in all periods of history, particularly military history, and has specialized in this area throughout his career. He now lives and works in Cornwall, UK.

Peckuwe 1780 - The Revolutionary War on the Ohio River Frontier

Published: December 20th, 2018     
Peckuwe 1780 - The Revolutionary War on the Ohio River Frontier
Author: John F. Winkler and illustrated by Peter Dennis
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: Osprey Publishing

This publication can be purchased in one of three formats. The paperback edition (9781472828842) retails at $24.00. Both the eBook (ePub) (9781472828859) and eBook (PDF) (9781472828866) can be purchased for $19.20.

The author, John F. Winker, has written extensively on the history of Roman, English and American law. He resides in the Columbus, Ohio area and enjoys historical sites in the local area. Peter Dennis is well-known by readers of Osprey publications as his art is included in a large number of Osprey books. Mr. Dennis resides in Nottinghamshire, UK.

Most of those who reside in North America, and, along the eastern seaboard, are familiar with the National and State Parks which contain historical sites made famous in the Revolutionary War. But the complete history of the conflict also includes sites in the Ohio River watershed. This publication focuses on the effort made by the British, combined with various Indian tribes, to push the Americans out of the Ohio River area, while at the same time, British forces attempted to expand their control up and down the eastern coastline.

Imjin River 1951

Published: December 6th, 2018     
Imjin River 1951
Author: Brian Drohan, Illustrated by Steve Noon
Reviewed by: William Kluge, IPMS# 45849
Company: Osprey Publishing

In November, 1950, "volunteer" forces of the Chinese Army crossed the Yalu River and swept the advancing UN forces out of North Korea and back below the 38th Parallel. By the following February, Allied forces had halted the Chinese and stabilized the front, pushing them back into North Korea with limited counterattacks. By April, with an infusion of fresh divisions, the Chinese were once again on the offensive, pressing the UN line in another attempt to capture the South Korean capital, Seoul.

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