Reviews of products for scale miscellaneous models.

Review Author
Bob LaBouy
Published on
Company
ICM
Scale
1:48

Background of Marston Matting

I realize that I recently completed a companion review of this similar M8A1 landing matting and do not wish to rehash the same ground. However, if you’re interested, I urge you to read that narrative as well, as the background and history of the Marston mat system is one that should be of historical and modeling interest for many of us.

I should also point out that this modern style of Marston matting is not the type with the circular holes, but rather the narrow-slit types of surface design. The original WW II type (with holes) can be found in the ICM line at kit # 49017 (though I have been unable to locate recently).

Review Author
Bill O'Malley
Published on
Company
Green Stuff World
MSRP
$28.83

Green Stuff World describes these chrome metal paints as a hydroalcoholic paint that imitates the appearance of chrome plating. Done correctly, these paints are easy to use and create the best chrome finish I’ve seen from a paint.

There are six bottles included in this set.

  • Antique gold chrome metal
  • Bronze, chrome metal
  • Gold chrome metal
  • Copper metal.
  • Tin plate, chrome metal
  • Chrome metal.

The paints come in a 17 mL .57 fluid-ounce bottle with a dripper spout. The spouts are sealed so they must be drilled open before using. GSW says to thin the paints with alcohol if required.

For the paint tests, I sprayed each color over a Tamiya gloss black base. GSW does not mention a requirement for the black base, but I used it anyway. I also tried the Chrome Metal and Antique Gold colors on bare plastic with only a slight loss of depth and no problems with adhesion.

Review Author
Mr. Paul Dunham
Published on
Company
ICM
MSRP
$19.99

In recent years ICM has been in the practice of issuing figure kits to accompany their aircraft, armor, and automotive kits. One of ICMs newest releases is a set of five 1/48th scale figures to accompany their new Ki-21 “Sally” kits. (You can read Allan Murrell’s review of ICM’s “Sally”.) This kit includes three Japanese Army aircrew figures and two ground crew figures. The three aircrew figures are dressed in flight gear. Two are in relaxed standing poses and the third is saluting. One groundcrew figure is at attention and saluting and the other is carrying a ladder.

Review Author
Mr. Paul Dunham
Published on
Company
ICM
MSRP
$12.99

The Ukrainian kit manufacturer ICM has recently expanded their catalog to include a range of acrylic paints and varnishes. ICM has begun packaging sets of paints to finish specific kits in their range. In this review, I try out the paint set on ICM’s figure kit “WWII Japanese Pilots and Ground Personnel”.

The set comes in a small rectangular box with examples of the included colors printed on the front and a painting guide for their figure kit on the back. The set includes six 12ml bottles of paint. The bottles are open-topped (no dropper-tips). The undersides of the lids have a raised ridge that does a pretty good job of keeping the paint from getting on the threads of the lids.

The included colors are:

Book Author(s)
Phillipe Wodka-Gallien
Review Author
Paul Bradley
Published on
Company
Helion & Company
MSRP
$29.99

In 1954, France took the decision to become an independent nuclear power, both to try to regain some lost international prestige following WWII, but also to challenge the French industrial base after the ruin of WWII. They succeeded in testing their first bomb, codename Gerboise Bleue in 1960, becoming the fourth nuclear power after the US, USSR, and the UK.

This catchily-subtitled tome by the noted authority on French nuclear programmes, Philippe Wodka-Gallien, is a 94-page soft-bound book containing 108 colour & 58 b/w photos, 20 colour profiles, and 3 colour & 1 b/w maps; It is the latest in Helion’s Europe@War series that examines conflict in Europe from the early twentieth century up to the present day beyond the scope of the two world wars, often lesser-known subjects that deserve a wider audience than hitherto given.

Review Author
Bill O'Malley
Published on
Company
Green Stuff World
Scale
N/A
MSRP
$25.00

Green Stuff World’s Liquid Pigments are described as weathering filters with a powdered finish, no fixer required. The liquid pigments come in .57 fluid ounce bottles with a dripper cap. This rust set of colors included

  • 2286 orange rust
  • 2287 light rust
  • 2288 medium rust
  • 2289 dark rust
  • 2290 verdigris
  • 2291 turquoise oxide

My usual method for working with dry pigments is to apply the pigment by dropping onto the surface or applying with a dry brush. The excess pigment is then blown off, and the remainder worked in with a dry brush. The dry pigment is then left as is, or a liquid pigment fixture is applied in more exposed areas. I will also mix dry pigments with water into a thin, certain slurry that is applied by brush. When dry, the pigments can still be worked in with a dry brush, or a wet brush in more extreme cases.

Book Author(s)
Ilya Milyukov
Review Author
Andy Taylor
Published on
Company
Helion & Company
MSRP
$29.95

The Soviet War in Afghanistan 1979–1989 is a part of Helion and Company’s Asia@War series, No. 50 (HEL 1820). This is not a typical @War series book and is not easy to read due to the author’s incredible research and presentation of facts. It is not written in a narrative format, nor does he shy away from the reality of war and the atrocities this particular war was known. In a rare departure from the almost 200 books in the @War series, an Editorial Note is included before the Introduction. It is so uncommon that a part of the note is highlighted here to put this book in perspective.

Book Author(s)
John Grehan, Alexander Nicoll
Review Author
Brett W Scholten
Published on
Company
Frontline Books
MSRP
$28.95

Frontline books cover a small but vital part of the War in the Pacific in “The Battle of Tinian”.

This is another offering in the Images of War series of books. The book is 175 pages long with over 200 photographs and illustrations.

The book starts with the Battle of the Philippine Sea (occurred just before the Saipan operation began) and the great Marianas Turkey Shoot.

Afterwards, the book looks at how both sides approached the upcoming battles. The Japanese High Command was looking for a final battle to defeat the Allied Forces, and stop their advance. The A-Go battle plan. The Japanese initially thought the next allied attack would happen in the Carolinas Island chain, until air attacks on the Marianas Island chain convinced them (correctly) that the next allied attack would occur there.

Book Author(s)
Jeff D. Eberle
Review Author
Andy Taylor
Published on
Company
Fonthill Media
MSRP
$45.00

The author, Jeff D. Eberle, started collecting authentic photographs and albums from World War II. “Sourced from veterans, auction houses, rummage sales, and antique shops”, he accumulated thousands of photographs. The author’s focus over 30 years ago was the Eastern Front, although he also has the Western Europe, Battle of Britain, North Africa, Norway, the Balkans, and the war at sea present in mostly chronological order. A collection of over 400 of these photographs are presented in this magnificent book.

The photographs and their captions are the focus of the book except for the three pages of commonly used terms and a page and a half introduction. This photographic reference book is composed of the following sections:

  • Glossary of Commonly Used Terms
  • Introduction
  • Part I: 1939-1942
  • Part II: 1943-1961

The Introduction is succinct and summarizes the book well:

Review Author
Jarrod Booth
Published on
Company
Charlies Plastic Models
Scale
N/A
MSRP
$10.00

Ian at Charlie’s Plastic Models has produced several “caddys” to help corral a lot of the modeling tools, glue and other stuff we accumulate in the pursuit of building the next award-winning, or shelf-dwelling model! They are well thought out and the slots and spaces are perfectly designed to securely hold regularly used tools, even my abused and worn sanding sticks!

If you are like me, there will be plastic containers, old glasses, mugs and jars strategically positioned around my modeling desk, containing everything needed to cut, file, glue, paint and scribe.

The Tool Caddy I received for this review was very nicely produced in grey 3 D printed plastic. It is sturdy, and for its size can hold lots of various items. It did not take much imagination or time for me to fill mine full.