Reviews of products for scale figures and diorama models.

Review Author
Paul Bradley
Published on
February 2, 2024
Company
ICM
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$20.00

Not to be confused with RAF Pilots in Tropical Uniforms (1941-45) in 1/32, this all-new figure set depicts five RAF servicemen in tropical rig and will be suitable for dioramas and vignettes in North Africa, the Middle East, Italy and the Far East for that time period.

The standard ICM white box comes with a colour slip cover with boxart of the figures posed in front of a North Africa-based Beaufort. The box contains a single medium grey plastic runner with 31 well-detailed and well-moulded parts. No decals are included, though it might have been nice to have some RAF wings and rank insignia to add where appropriate. A single full-colour painting guide with part numbers and colour callouts for ICM paints is all that is included (or indeed necessary!) in the box.

Review Author
Andy Taylor
Published on
January 28, 2024
Company
ICM
Scale
1:35
MSRP
$26.00

Reference from the ICM website:

The Air Assault Forces of Ukraine were created in 2017 on the basis of the existing Highly Mobile Landing Troops, which at that time already had its own separate command. According to their purpose, the units and subunits of the Air Assault Forces are divided into airborne and air assault troops; to enhance their strike potential, tank units were added to their composition; in 2022, a separate Jaeger brigade was added. The airborne assault troops are characterized by a high level of combat readiness, mobility, the ability to perform tasks independently in difficult conditions, high motivation, and morale. A special feature of their everyday and ceremonial uniforms is a maroon-colored beret. Since 2014, this army branch has been actively involved in combat operations, first in the southwest, and with the outbreak of full-scale hostilities – in other regions of Ukraine.

Review Author
Pat Villarreal
Published on
January 27, 2024
Company
Green Stuff World
MSRP
$9.95

Green Stuff World (GSW) is a company based out of Spain. It is specialized in the design and production of tools, paints, and other types of resources for modeling, crafts, and wargames. GSW has provided IPMS-USA one (1) 250 ml bottle of textured acrylic paint for review.

In the Bottle

The textured paint is packaged in a 250 ml bottle and comes in a very dark brown color to represent Volcanic Earth tones. Inside the paint has a consistency of thick paste with small granules mixed in to give it texture. It is water based and can be thinned if needed.

Review Author
James Kelley
Published on
January 8, 2024
Company
ICM
Scale
1/35
MSRP
$24.00

History

In WWII, German Medics were called Sanitäter, or Sani for short. In Wehrmacht, the direct medical care for wounded soldiers on the battlefield was provided by medics who were part of platoons, companies, and battalions. They could be distinguished from ordinary infantrymen by their special medical pouches, additional water flasks, patches, and armbands. They were also able to evacuate the wounded to first aid stations or collection points. Infantry companies also included non-commissioned officers of the medical service, and at the battalion level, a military doctor (Assistenz or Oberarzt) was responsible for centralized medical care. However, it was not possible to carry out serious medical operations in the battalion; this was the responsibility of the divisional medical service, which could also include sanitary convoys that were engaged in the centralized transportation of the wounded.

Review Author
Floyd S. Werner Jr.
Published on
December 3, 2023
Company
ICM
Scale
1/35
MSRP
$23.99

ICM has produced some stellar helicopter kits, but the thing for me is finally we have good Vietnam era figures for helicopters. This is their first set of 1/35th scale, having made the change from 1/32nd to a more common 1/35th scale helicopters.

Packaged in a sturdy cardboard side opening box with a card stock covering, this set includes two sprues of light grey plastic that show no signs of flash or mis-molding. There are 41 parts molded with good detail. Four figures are included, along with four flight helmets. The instruction sheet is full color and shows you what the figure should look like when finished. It also has references to ICM paints. I did paint the figures mostly with the ICM paints which performed well, but I didn’t have all the colors needed in the set.

Review Author
Paul R. Brown
Published on
December 2, 2023
Company
Hauler
Scale
1/72
MSRP
$21.50

While this set is labeled “Wooden Corral” it is actually a wooden fence set (it is more of a privacy type of fence as the sections are all closed up, rather than open like a corral fence would be - need to be able to see the animals in a corral). The set consists of 12 resin parts for a wooden fence. It includes 3 long fence sections: 6 posts, two types of gates – a single narrow gate and a double wide gate. The fences and gate sections have a very nice wood grain effect cast in, while the gates also have hinges and latches. I am a bit confused by the texture of the posts as rather than continuing the grain texture shown on the fence sections, the posts have a pebbled texture. I don’t know if this is to suggest they are concrete posts or just a different type of wood. I assumed the latter and painted the posts the same color as the fence sections.

Review Author
Chris Martin
Published on
November 28, 2023
Company
Tru-Color Paint
Scale
NA
MSRP
$37.69

About Tru-Color Paint

Tru-color paint was formed by Rick Galazzo and Scott Cohen in 2008 in Phoenix, AZ.

Tru-color paints are a solvent based paint. For those modelers out there who are also model railroaders, Tru-color is a reformulation of the old Accupaint formulation, modified to flow better and give a more glossy appearance after drying.

There is currently over 600 colors in 7 separate product lines; railroad paints, naval ships, military armor, military aircraft, automotive colors, sprayable (air-brush ready) matte-finish colors and brush able flat-finish colors. Individual colors come in 1-oz. and 2-oz plastic jars.

Review Author
Gino Dykstra
Published on
November 22, 2023
Company
ICM
Scale
1:35
MSRP
$30.99

ICM continues to model the Chernobyl disaster and its side effects, and this is the sixth set in that series.

Backstory

Unlike the previous, more generic versions of various first responders and/or victims, this is a specific set dealing with a very specific set of men. Here’s the story:

In 1986, the Number 4 reactor at Chernobyl in the Ukraine exploded, heralding one of the worst nuclear accidents in history. More than 500,000 personnel were mobilized to contain the disaster. The total cost of the effort exceeded roughly $68 billion dollars overall. Completion of the cleanup will still not be complete until around 2065 and with the current war going on, is likely to take much longer than that.

Review Author
Andy Taylor
Published on
November 18, 2023
Company
ICM
Scale
1/35
MSRP
$26.00

From the ICM website -

The modern Special Operations Forces (SOF) of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were created in 2016 on the basis of existing units and subunits, most of which already had some combat experience. As of the summer of 2023, the Ukrainian Special Operations Forces are based on two special purpose regiments – a special purpose maritime center, a special operations center and several other units. Their main tasks include in-depth reconnaissance, combat raids behind enemy lines, search and evacuation of captives or hostages, and anti-terrorist activities.

Review Author
Robert Merz
Published on
November 13, 2023
Company
ICM
Scale
n/a
MSRP
$8.99

Packaging and Contents

The ICM WWI German Infantry paint set comes in a small cardboard box (Image #1). The back features (Image #2) graphics showing some common uses for the included colors. The set of six paints includes: 1008 Deep Brown, 1072 US Dark Green, 1038 German Grey, 1037 Dark Grey, 1070 German Field Grey, and 1034 Dark Sea Grey (Image #3).

The paints come in 12ml plastic bottles with twist-off type caps. I believe ICM has included ball bearings in the bottles to aid in shaking/mixing, which is nice. Like many, I add a small 6mm ball bearing to all of my paints, and anyone who does this knows that it can be messy, so having these in already in place is both a time and mess saver. (Image #4). [Caption: Colors, from L to R: 1070 German Field Grey, 1037 Dark Grey, 1038 German Grey, 1034 Dark Sea Gray, 1072 US Dark Green, 1008 Deep Brown]

The Testing

I am a figure painter, so understand that this review is written from that perspective.