Miscellaneous

Reviews of products for scale miscellaneous models.

Mission Models Paint, Part 3 (Metallics)

Published: October 8th, 2018     
Mission Models Paint, Part 3 (Metallics)
Reviewed by: Blaine Singleton, IPMS# 50734
Company: Mission Models

This will be the third of a three-part review of Mission Models paints.

The Metallics

Mission Models has four new metallic paints, White Aluminum, Dark Aluminum, Duraluminum and Silver.

For this paint test I sprayed Mission White Primer after cleaning and degreasing the test surface. If you use gray or black primer you can get a variance of tonal quality for each of the metallic paints making them very versatile.

I decided to paint the White Aluminum and Dark Aluminum for this review. As you can see in the accompanying pictures the paints are very durable. Once laid down they will not pull up with masking tape and have a nice metallic sheen.

To test the ability of the paint to cover an area that's been scratched or damaged, I started with a scuffed area and was able to almost cover the damage with 6 passes of the airbrush. What that means is that this metallic paint can be touched up after application as in the case a scratch, which is usually not the case for most acrylic metallics.

Blanc Mont Ridge 19

Published: September 18th, 2018     
Blanc Mont Ridge 19
Author: Romain Cansiere and Ed Gilbert
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: Osprey Publishing

Illustrated by Graham Turner, and authored by Romain Cansiere and Ed Gilbert, this publication is available in two versions. The paperback version, # 9781472824967, is priced at $24.00, and the eBook (PDF) version, # 9781472824943, is priced at $19.20. Osprey offers 25% off if both versions are purchased.

Mr. Turner has illustrated a number of publications for Osprey and specializes in the medieval period. His work with scenes of battle highlight the uniforms and weaponry of the battle and of the historical age, are exquisite in detail, and add drama to the publication. Figure painters and modelers will find the artwork of great value.

Ed Gilbert has authored books for Osprey's Warrior Series, Battle Orders Series and Campaign Series. Romain Cansiere concentrates on the history of the US Marine Corps. He has co-authored an award-winning book entitled, "Tanks in Hell-A Marine Corps Tank Company on Tarawa.

Campaldino 1289 The Battle that Made Dante

Published: September 13th, 2018     
Campaldino 1289 The Battle that Made Dante
Author: Kelly Devries & Niccolo Capponi
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: Osprey Publishing

This publication is available in three formats, all of which are available on the Osprey Publishing website. The paperback version, 9781472831286, is listed at $24.00. The eBook (ePub), # 9781472831279 is listed at $19.20, as is the eBook (PDF), # 9781472831262. An offer of a substantial savings exists for the reader who wishes to buy both the print version and either of the electronic versions. The discount is 25% off!

This publication identifies the causes of the battle at Campaldino, the economic, social, political and religious issues that defined the conditions in northern Italy in the late 1280's. In addition, the book addresses the impact that the battle had on a well-known poet of the time, that being Dante. The authors indicate that Dante's "Devine Comedy" can be viewed as framing Dante's description of pain and suffering in "Devine Comedy".

Charlie Company’s Journey Home: The Forgotten Impact on the Wives of Vietnam Veterans

Published: September 2nd, 2018     
Charlie Company’s Journey Home: The Forgotten Impact on the Wives of Vietnam Veterans
Author: Andrew Wiest
Reviewed by: Bob LaBouy, IPMS# 3064
Company: Osprey Publishing

I found this book to be a compelling read on several levels. It is written about the lives of women who were involved with and or married to the men who served with Charlie Company, 4thof the 47thInfantry, 9thInfantry Division, stationed at Fort Riley, Kansas.

It is certainly a book full of statistics, averages and other data to provide the reader with a great deal of insight into what life was like for the very few wives already married when their husbands were preparing to go into combat in Vietnam in early 1967. As a nation, we seemed to overlook the terrible toll--mentally and physically, that the women who stay home pay.

We March Against England, Operation Sea Lion 1940-41

Published: September 2nd, 2018     
We March Against England, Operation Sea Lion 1940-41
Author: Robert Forczyk
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Company: Osprey Publishing

It's June of 1940. The Wehrmacht has just crushed the armies of Poland, the Netherlands, Belgium and France. The British Army has escaped across the Channel from Dunkirk, and they've left a lot of equipment behind, not to mention a goodly number of soldiers. Germany has to get their act together in France, prepare for occupation of those conquered territories, and then there's the thought of what to do about England.

This book is not the usual Osprey book we review here at IPMS USA. It is mostly text, with only a few pictures thrown in. It covers the period from June 1940 to July of 1941. After this, Sea Lion became a moot point, as the Wehrmacht had their hands full in the Soviet Union.

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