Reviews of products for scale figures and diorama models.

Review Author
Mr. Paul Dunham
Published on
January 27, 2023
Company
AMMO by Mig Jimenez
MSRP
$6.14

Ammo’s “Quake Crackle Creator Textures” are a line of thick acrylic paints formulated to dry with cracked surfaces in order to simulate terrain such as dried mud or cracked pavement. Quake is available in five colors: Crackle Base (white), Old Blacktop (black), Scorched Sand (tan), Baked Earth (brown), and Dry Season Clay (red-brown). I’ve tried the first three colors in this review. The product comes in 40ml plastic bottles. The screw-caps are nearly as wide as the bottles and have prominent ridges, so if you get paint on the threads, you can still get the bottles open.

Review Author
Mr. Paul Dunham
Published on
January 27, 2023
Company
AMMO by Mig Jimenez
MSRP
$4.00

Ammo’s line of Moss products is intended to help modelers simulate natural textures such as moss and lichen on their miniatures. The Moss products are a very finely shredded material that can be glued to surfaces to add the color and texture of tiny plants. Moss is available in ten colors that include a variety of greens and browns. The Moss comes in 35ml plastic jars. For this review I tried Ochre Moss, Bracken Green, and Sea Moss.

Book Author(s)
Graham Bandy
Review Author
Orlando Reyes
Published on
January 22, 2023
Company
Pen & Sword
MSRP
$49.95

The book covers a detailed account of the cap badges used by the British Armed forces from their creation until the present.  The book consists of a Foreword, Introduction, Order of Precedence, and A Short Story of the Badge in the British Army, How to use the Book, 31 Chapters, and where to go next. This last part is divided into Abbreviations used, 10 Appendices and the Bibliography.

Review Author
Dave Morrissette
Published on
January 16, 2023
Company
Cozmic Scale Models
Scale
1:32
MSRP
$8.63

Cozmic Scale Models from the UK specializes in SciFi Model kits and accessories. They have multiple figures, details and parts for everything from bases to crews to some full kits. This review is a 1/32 Battlestar Galactica series, the re-imagined version from 2004. These come in multiple poses and this one is standing holding his helmet in one hand.

The kit itself is a single piece with decals and is very clean. To prep it for paint, a few small scrapings were done and a little cleaning around the helmet and then I shot it with Tamiya primer. Painting was done with acrylics and decals added. A final flat coat and done and it was ready for display or addition to a diorama.

Highly recommended. Very well produced and they can be scaled to the modelers size.

My thanks to Cozmic Models and IPMS/USA for the chance to review this great figure.

Review Author
Allan Murrell
Published on
January 12, 2023
Company
ICM
Scale
1/16
MSRP
$25.00

ICM has released kit based on a character from the TV series the Squid Games – this is one of ‘Square’ guards from the show.

In the box is:

  • 3 x light grey sprues
  • 1 x stand base
  • 1 x black sprue for stand
  • 1 x small black sprue with the mask
  • small decal sheet
  • 1 x instruction sheets
  • 1 x box art print

Construction

The construction of the figure is very easy, and they assemble very well. You do need to do a little filling here and there during the assembly.

The base is a nice touch and has optional ground finishes to choose from.

Painting was easy, although I did not use all the reference colors as shown on in the instructions. I did use all Tamiya paints on the figure. There was just one decal for the mask.

I really enjoyed building this kit and loved the TV series it is based on.

Review Author
Andy Taylor
Published on
January 9, 2023
Company
Aires Hobby Models
Scale
1/72
MSRP
$8.00

For some reason, model manufacturers have been omitting pilot figures from their kits. Many after market producers have stepped in to fill the pilot seat void. Czech model manufacturer Aerobonus has a new release in its 1/72 Modern German Luftwaffe/ Marine Fighter Pilot. Like most pilot figures being released recently, this figure is standing, but can easily be made to sit with some razor saw surgery.

Review Author
Damon Blair
Published on
December 22, 2022
Company
Hauler
Scale
1/35
MSRP
$10.62

Summer days bring swimming, camping, and barbecuing at home. Hauler has come out with a miniaturized BBQ Grill that would be perfect for a diorama in scale.

Consisting of 19 pieces, this kit builds up into a nice little grill. Counting the airbrush painting, it took me about 8 hours total to fold the pieces, and glue them together. I used superglue to assemble all the parts. One note – there is a handle that you add to one side of the grill. I used .020 diameter styrene rod as called for in the instructions.

Painting was accomplished using an airbrush, with flat black as the color. I did not weather my sample, but a bit of weathering would make this grill really come alive.

Overall, despite it being a relatively simple kit, this photo etched grill builds up into an excellent representation of a modern charcoal grill.

Thanks to Hauler Brengun for providing the review sample.

Book Author(s)
Edward Crowther
Review Author
Orlando Reyes
Published on
December 15, 2022
Company
Helion & Company
MSRP
$29.95

This is book #21 of the series Europe @ War series. The book is also, Volume #1 of a subseries dealing with the war in Ukraine. In this book the information deals with the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR). The book consists of an Introduction, 10 Chapters, as well as a conclusion and bibliography. Within text you will find a breakdown of The Minister of Defense, and a known order of battle of the DPR and 21 profiles dealing with the equipment and personnel of the DPR. Many of the photos consist of unit patches, magnets and postcards. The postcards were issued by the DPR and are under the name of "Gold Star Heroes."

Review Author
Ben Morton
Published on
December 15, 2022
Company
AMMO by Mig Jimenez
Scale
NA
MSRP
$8.30

AMMO's Terraform Premium Textures series includes a number of different shades of texturing material for your next project. Or if you are just in the mood for a new landscaping adventure. The subject for today's missive is their Thin Concrete.

This product comes in a 100ml tub and as is the case with all of AMMO's texturing products, is water soluble. A fact that came in handy as my sample was a tad dry. I added a little distilled water which returned the texturing material to a more malleable state. These products can also be mixed with any acrylic based paint or other textures. It should be noted that the dried material does make convincing street or building rubble.