Casemate Publishers presents ShipCraft 27, British Sloops and Frigates of WW2 by Les Brown from Seaforth Publishing. This long-awaited book is a ship modeler’s dream come true as a reference work on the large numbers obscure but important Royal Navy antisubmarine warships that helped turn the tide in the Battle of the Atlantic. This easy-to-digest book details each of the 17 classes of sloops and frigates used by the Royal Navy in WW2. These mostly forgotten, smaller warships focused on convoy escort duties and helped revolutionize antisubmarine warfare tactics. This book lists class history, available model kits, model accessories, many photographs, camouflage examples, line drawings and color plates of finished models – a superb reference for these plentiful ships with many possibilities for modelers.
This is a downloadable user guide from AMMO, it is in pdf format and very interesting to look at. The guide can be found in the Downloads section at the top of the AMMO website.
There are ten pages to the guide and is designed to get a familiarization on the use of both Acrylic and Enamel washes.
The first part of the guide talks about what a wash is and what it is used for then goes into the differences of an Acrylic or Enamel wash. The guide shows that AMMO has an acrylic wash the same color as their Enamel washes. How to use the washes is the next section of the guide and why use acrylics.
This was a basic and quick review of the user guide because it is very easy to go to the website and see the guide for yourself.
The MMP/Casemate Single series of publications has developed into a very useful tool for modelers to add authentic details to their models. The books usually take one type of aircraft, and in this case, one particular airplane, and provides extensive detail, including accurate view drawings in two scales, photos of the actual aircraft in service, copies of maintenance manual pages showing specific details of components, photos of details of surviving examples, and colorful four view general arrangement drawings.
There have been many kits of the F-4 Phantom in 1/72nd scale over the years. Some were bad, some were good, some were great. Along comes Fine Molds of Japan in 2021 and they knock the ball out of the park with their series of the F-4 in 1/72nd scale. Many of the pitfalls that have plagued Phantom kits over the years have been corrected and conquered by Fine Molds and a lot of attention has been paid to some of those troublesome areas, like intakes, burner cans, long nose and short nose forward fuselage, etc. It also appears that a lot of attention has been paid to many of the more recent issues of the aircraft in 1/48th and incorporated the solutions into 1/72nd.
This one took me by surprise as it was listed as three British trucks. Since it was in 1/35, I assumed that meant it was a kit of a British truck with three configurations to choose from. Imagine my surprise when a rather larger box containing three complete 1/35 British truck kits arrived! They are a 6X6 W.O.T. 8, a W.O.T. 6 and a Leyland Retriever. The parts count is, respectively, 267, 235 and 257. All have GS type bodies, two with the exposed frames for a canvas top and one with the actual top and all have very detailed chassis and engines. The parts are very nicely molded with no flash nor sink or injection pin marks, but there are the usual mold seams to deal with.