Book Author(s)
David Doyle
Review Author
Phillip Cavender
Published on
December 22, 2022
Company
Portrayal Press
MSRP
$59.00

Another publication by the prolific author is the “Chevrolet G-506” second printing in softbound printing. The first printing took seven years according to the author with help from colleagues and friends. This American author is known for his writings, especially on military armor, aircraft, hardware, and warships. Having started writing in 1999 with articles appearing in publications in the US, England, France, and Poland. According to his website, he has over 200 books to his credit published worldwide by various publishers.

Book Author(s)
Winston G. Ramsey
Review Author
Andy Taylor
Published on
December 22, 2022
Company
Pen & Sword
MSRP
$47.95

The Channel Islands are an archipelago in the English Channel off the western French coast of Normandy’s Cotentin Peninsula, composed of two Crown Dependencies – the Bailiwicks of Jersey (the largest of the islands) and Guernsey, which consists of the islands of Guernsey, Alderney, Sark, Herm and some smaller islands. Historically, they are considered remnants of the Duchy of Normandy, and administered separately since the late 13th century.

Review Author
Bill O'Malley
Published on
December 22, 2022
Company
Hauler
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$13.22

Hauler is a Czech Republic company produces high quality photo-etched sets for AFVs, airplanes, cars, railway vehicles, resin accessories for dioramas and resin kits. Their provides are available online or in the US from UMM-USA www.umm-usa.com or from Stevens International through your local hobby shop.

This diorama accessory set includes an interior potbelly-type stove, two exterior barrel stoves, a wood stump chopping block, and two piles of split firewood in different sizes. The parts are all crisply molded but do have some minor flash that will need to be removed. The wood piles come on a thin casting block that may need to be removed depending upon its application. All the other parts are also attached to casting blocks.

Review Author
Will Kuhrt
Published on
December 22, 2022
Company
Starfighter Decals
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$12.00

This decal set is intended for the Eduard 1/48 F4F-3 Wildcat and is one of the three Wildcat decals sets from Starfighter Decals. The Early USN Wildcats set provides markings for six different aircraft: F4F-3A Number 3916 Ens. Daniels VF6; F4F-3A Bu. Number 3914 Lt. Rawle VF-6; F4F-3A Bu. Number 4031 Lt. E. O’Hare VF-2; F4F-3A Bu. Number 3976 Lt. J.S. Thatch VF-2; F4F-3 Bu. Number 2531 Ens. McCuskey VF-42 and F-1 Bu. No. 4031 Lt. Cmdr. Paul L. Ramsey.

The decals are easy to work with, however, there are a few things to watch out for. The tail rudder decals are larger than the kit’s rudder piece. To get the edges to lay down, you will need to apply MicroSol or a similar product. Apply a decal on one side and allow it to fully dry, and then apply the opposite side. BUT…pay attention to the strips so that they line up. Next, use care when positioning. These decals are thin, and moving them around too much on the surface of the plane will cause them to tear.

Review Author
Bill O'Malley
Published on
December 22, 2022
Company
AMMO by Mig Jimenez
MSRP
$4.70

AMMO by Mig describes their new acrylic Plasticator as formulated for sealing porous surfaces such as wood, plaster, or ceramic to provide a plastic-like finish. The Plasticator is applied directly from the bottle with a brush. AMMO’s website provides demonstrations of how Plasticator can be used over plaster, wood, and foam to allow finishing with enamels, oil paints and washes. The instructions say to let the product dry for 24 hours before priming and painting, but it seemed to be fairly dry after an hour or so.

Plasticator comes in two consistencies, thin and thick. The thick product is about the same consistency as fresh white glue. The thin Plasticator is more like the consistency of white glue mixed one to one with water. By comparison, Future floor finish is a little thicker than the consistency of water. I used water to clean the brushes after applying the Plasticator.