Review Author
Phillip Cavender
Published on
December 23, 2021
Company
AMMO by Mig Jimenez
Scale
NA
MSRP
$11.50

Introduction

Another item added to Ammo by Mig Jimenez’s line of products for the modeling community is their new item, the “Long Live the Brushes” described as a soap for the cleaning and care of your brushes. From the product web page, the items description states.

“The product is capable of removing acrylic, enamel, lacquer paint residue.  In just two steps you can extend the life of your brushes.

  1. Moisten the brush with water and rub the hairs on the surface of the soap until it foams.
  2. Once the paint residual has been removed, rinse lightly and shape the hair. We advise properly cleaning your brushes after each use and store in a protective case.”

Also, available on Ammo by Mig Jimenez’s YouTube channel is an instructional video narrated by Manuel Gil. This video can be found at:

Book Author(s)
Federico Anselmino
Review Author
Michael Novosad
Published on
December 23, 2021
Company
Aviation Collectibles
MSRP
$24.95

Federico Anselmino is the author of several books dealing with modern Italian Air Force aircraft.

Introduction - Page 1

The F-16 was chosen by the Italian Air Force as a "gap filler" until the F-2000 Typhoon became available as a replacement for the aging Fleet of F-104 Starfighters. Initially a lease was signed to acquire 20 single seat Tornado F.3 and four F.3T Tornados to supplement 60 F-104S/ASA.. This decision was motivated by logistical, economical and political reasons. Although a superior aircraft to the F-104 the Tornado was a more costly aircraft to fly and maintain. In order to conserve funds the Itialian Air force ended the contract with the RAF and chose the F-16 "Fighting Falcon; ADF to protect Italian skies.

Book Author(s)
Gabriele Esposito
Review Author
Gino Dykstra
Published on
December 23, 2021
Company
Pen & Sword
MSRP
$34.95

When Napoleon Bonaparte first began his rise to power in France in 1799, there already existed a private armed force dedicated to protecting the person of the King of France. After the French Revolution, this force became known as the Consular Guard, intended to protect French politicians – sort of a personal secret service or bodyguard force on steroids. Private armies of this nature were not at all uncommon in the 1800s, as most aristocratic rulers feared their own subjects more than hostile outside forces. In 1804, with the creation of the French Empire under Napolean’s direct rule, this private army expanded enormously, gleaning only the “best of the best” from the various armed forces of France and its allies and loyal solely to Napolean himself, rather than the nation of France. This force became globally known as the Imperial Guard.

Review Author
Ben Morton
Published on
December 23, 2021
Company
Hauler Brengun
Scale
1/72
MSRP
$10.00

One of Haulers latest diorama accessories is a 1/72nd scale poster column. (They also offer a 1/48th scale poster column.) These advertising columns were ubiquitous throughout Europe during the early portion of the twentieth century. In many cases a version of these poster/advertising columns can still be seen in Poland, Germany, France and elsewhere.

I haven't located any definitive evidence but it appears as if Hauler may have inherited this kit from Tiger Productions. Scalemates website currently lists this kit as having been issued by Tiger productions in 2011. Tiger Productions may have been affiliated with Black Dog (https://blackdog-model.com/), a maker of resin structures and diorama accessories. All of which is speculation but it makes sense in my head.

Book Author(s)
Federico Anselmino
Translator: Claudio Col
Review Author
Brian R. Baker
Published on
December 19, 2021
Company
Casemate Publishers
MSRP
$24.95

Background

This book tells the story of the Grumman SA-16A Amphibian as used by the Italian Air Force after World War II. It is NOT a study of all users of the type, as the Wayne Mutza book on the Albatross, published by Shiffer in 1996, was. This book gives a very brief account of the service life of the plane, and then shifts to Italian service exclusively. It therefore fills a gap, as Mutza’s book has very little coverage of Italian service.

One feature of the book is that the text is printed side-by-side in Italian and English, but the typeset is different, which I thought made the English text a little harder to read. Another problem is that the translation from Italian to English is a little bit strange grammatically, as words like “aircrafts” appear frequently. But it is understandable, and there is a lot of information in this book that is not available elsewhere.