October 22, 2016

A MTSC SneaK PeeK: Oilbrushers from AMMO of Mig

The new Oilbrusher system from AMMO is the ultimate and revolutionary modeling product. Oilbrusher contains high quality oil paint specifically formulated for modeling use, diluted to the perfect consistency to be applied straight from the jar. 

The cap has an exclusive built-in high-precision brush to apply the color directly onto your model, without having to put the oil paint on a palette or a piece of cardboard. This evolution prevents the oil from drying out and wasting product unnecessarily. Furthermore, the modern container includes a dispenser-cleaner system that removes the excess paint from the brush, leaving just the right amount in the tip. Traditional oil paint tubes were messy to use and difficult to open when the oil paint dries around the cap causing it to become stuck. This doesn´t happen with the Oilbrusher, it is always clean and always stable. Besides all of these advantages, this revolutionary design also saves product and cost in the long run, particularly when considering Oilbrusher is less expensive than traditional oil paints in the market.
The Oilbrusher  color range includes 21 of the the most common shades used in scale modeling.
AMIG-3500 Oilbrusher: Black
AMIG-3501 Oilbrusher: White
AMIG-3502 Oilbrusher: Yellow
AMIG-3503 Oilbrusher: Red
AMIG-3504 Oilbrusher: Dark Blue
AMIG-3505 Oilbrusher: Olive Green
AMIG-3506 Oilbrusher: Field Green 
AMIG-3507 Oilbrusher: Dark Green 
AMIG-3508 Oilbrusher: Dark Mud
AMIG-3509 Oilbrusher: Medium Grey
AMIG-3510 Oilbrusher: Rust
AMIG-3511 Oilbrusher: Red Primer
AMIG-3512 Oilbrusher: Dark Brown 
AMIG-3513 Oilbrusher: Starship Filth
AMIG-3514 Oilbrusher: Earth
AMIG-3515 Oilbrusher: Ochre
AMIG-3516 Oilbrusher: Dust
AMIG-3517 Oilbrusher: Buff
AMIG-3518 Oilbrusher: Sunny Flesh
AMIG-3519 Oilbrusher: Light Flesh
AMIG-3520 Oilbrusher: Basic Flesh
Available November 2016
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A MTSC SneaK PeeK: Steel Masters: Modeling World War I Tanks by Frédéric Astier

From Histoire & Collections Publications comes...
Scale Modeling World War I Tanks 
by Frédéric Astier, 128 pages, softcover

Using numerous S-B-S processes and 500+ pictures illustrating this book, Frederik Astier shares with you his knowledge to building; painting complex camouflage of the Great War, aging and weathering, making mud, painting miniatures, making scenery, etc. Includes photos of orginal militaria as well as a gallery of completed achievements of the author.

This book, for modelers, is devoted to scale model tanks of WWI and accurately describes assembly methods, painting and creation of dioramas for each of 6 different models:
• British Mark IV "Male"
 British Mark IV "Female"
 German A7V
 French Schneider CA
 French Saint-Chamond
 French Renault FT.

Frédérik Astier, a professional photographer, is one of the most talented and prolific French modelers. For more than 10 years, he has been regularly collaborating in the magazine specialized in this area, Steelmasters. Renowned for his mastering techniques in assembly and painting as much as in setting dioramas, he always attaches a particular care to finding documents for each of his projects in order to find the greatest historical accuracy.

Available November 2016
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October 20, 2016

"I'M SAYIN' WHAT?" Contest #29 Winner + This week's teaser for "I'M SAYIN' WHAT?" #30

"I'm Sayin' What?" #29 WINNER
It's Thursday so...we have a winner for last weeks “I’m Saying What” contest. Albert Stein has snagged one of the most coveted prizes on earth...which is of course is a $25.00 Gift Card from Michigan Toy Soldier.
"I'm Sayin' What?" #30 Teaser
Here's our image for this weeks contest. All you have to do is come up with the wittiest quote for the word bubble and you will win a $25.00 gift card from Michigan Toy Soldier Company. Just think... you get free stuff and you get show off your comedic charms that will fly around the world via  ‘Over The Top’ ‘News From The Front’ Google+ & Facebook pages. We will post the winning entry right here next Thursday.

Email your entries to: michtoystaff@michtoy.com
FYI- Have a cool image you'd like to get captioned? Send it to us at michtoystaff@michtoy.com and we will give you $25.00 gift card for any images used.

October 18, 2016

MTSC SneaK PeeK: Painting Miniatures from A to Z, Angel Giraldez Masterclass Volume 2

Angel Giráldez Masterclass Volume 2 is a painting tutorial guide complementary to the best selling first volume Painting Miniatures from A to Z, Angel Giraldez Masterclass Volume 1.

The Angel Giraldez's second painting manual, Painting Miniatures from A to Z, Angel Giraldez Masterclass Volume 2 is a demonstration of the painting methods that, over the years, have helped Angel bring Infinity's miniature range to life. Angel has matured as an artist within Corvus Belli, and his tireless work has earned him a place among the foremost professional miniature painters in the world. This manual describes, in meticulously detailed step-by-step tutorials accompanied by hundreds of full-color pictures, how to apply Angel's techniques to some of the most outstanding miniatures the world.

...from the artist
This new volume explains new techniques and tips through hundreds of pictures of the painting process, which will help painters to continually improve their miniature painting skills. The Masterclasses section includes tutorial guides on how to paint all the different Infinity armies, with addition to detailing which colors Ángel used to paint the official Infinity color patterns. If you are a fan of the Infinity universe, or if you are a painter who wants to improve, then this new volume will be an illuminating 

This is a beautiful A4 book contains 152 full color pages full of guides and techniques.
View to Pre-order HERE

FIGURE OF THE WEEK #129: 6" Universal Monsters by Marx

The Gangs all here!
It's amazing how a certain piece of a memory can evoke a wave of emotions. One fall day in 1964, I came across a startlingly wonderful discovery in the toy department at Woolworth's aka the eighth wonder of the world. There, resting in giant bins next to army figures and other toys were wonderfully colored creatures known as Universal Monster figures by Marx. Owing to the influence of plastic army men, I was, as a kid-and still am today as an adult-fascinated with plastic figures. Like models, there was such artistry to the molding of them that they were worthy of studying for hours on end as well as playing with. These wonderful monster figures came in two different colors. I had a blue Hunchback, Wolfman and Phantom while Frankenstein, The Creature and The Mummy were cast in bright orange. I tried everything I could with them including, but not limited to, painting them with enamels like my Aurora Monster models, attempts at blowing them up and burning them into blackened gobs of plastic. Invariably, I ended up buying these figures again and again. I was in awe at how such wonders were created and made available at such a reasonable price of only a dime. In 1964, ten cents was still a good piece of change, money to be taken seriously, but it wasn't a fortune either. Ten cents was reasonable. Ten cents also paid for the incredibly fascinating 6-inch army figures and cowboy figures also by Marx.

I really loved "The Mummy" and "The Creature from the Black Lagoon" figures. Frankenstein was cool also, but The Mummy and The Creature were tops. "The Wolfman" and "The Phantom of the Opera" came in third but I loved them just the same. No idea why Dracula never made the cut. 
The set was sold both loose, and together in a plastic bag with a printed logo that read "Cinema Creatures!" The monster figurines have been re-issued many times over the years in many colors including a glow-in-the-dark set by Uncle Milton in 1991. But the original 60's versions were molded in blue and orange plastic.

Frank makes the cover of his favorite magazine

Wolfman  1964
Mummy still looking good at 50+ years!
Franke..back in the day!
The Creature looking as sharp as he did back in '64
Hunchie Re-pop c.2000s
A '64 Phantom..wave bye, bye!
1990s Reissue by Uncle Milton
1990s reissue also by Uncle Milton

October 17, 2016

MTSC PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: WWI Centenary Sets from Airfix

Battle Of The Somme. The Attack Of The Ulster Division
The summer of 2016 marks the Centenary of one of the bloodiest battles in the history of warfare; the Battle of the Somme. Also known as the Somme Offensive it started on July 1st 1916 and ran until November 18th and was intended to achieve a decisive breakthrough for Allied Forces against the German frontline on the Western Front in France. Fought on both sides of the River Somme across an 18 mile stretch of frontline trenches, the battle saw the introduction of the first tanks to the Western Front and also the first concerted struggle for supremacy in the air above the battle field.

Whilst men in the trenches were fighting and dying in their thousands, an equally frenetic battle was being contested in the skies above them by a relatively small number of opposing aviators. Aerial reconnaissance played an enormously important part in the battle with aircraft such as the BE2c photographing the German trenches but it was a hazardous undertaking with new German ‘scouts’ like the Fokker Eindecker constantly trying to shoot them down. Later in the battle the British used their new ‘tanks’ for the first time to try to break the deadlock. Initially, success was limited due to unreliability and the crew’s inexperience but later they made a useful contribution to the Allies modest advance.

By the end of the Somme Offensive over a million men from both sides had been killed or wounded but the French and British forces had penetrated just 6 miles into German held territory.

To mark the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme Airfix is issuing several new and re-packaged sets in 1/72 scale. View all Airfix WWI Products HERE

AFX-50178 Battle of the Somme Centenary Gift Set 
This set contains the two new aircraft kits and reissues of the WWI German & British figures. Unfortunately the originally planned new figures are not going to be made and these figures actually represent early war uniforms.  

• Fokker E.II Eindecker (Length: 100mm, Width: 140mm, Pieces: 34)
• Royal Aircraft Factory BE2.c (Length: 115mm, Width: 156mm, Pieces: 54)
• Male Tank Mk.1 HMLS Dragonfly 1916 (Length: 135mm, Width: 55mm, Pieces: 49)
• WWI British Infantry - 43 figures 
 WWI German Infantry - 45 figures
 Diorama Base (Length: 25" or 650mm, Width: 13' or 335mm)
 Paints, brushes and glue

View to order HERE

By the middle of 1915, Allied and German aircraft were proficient at obtaining strategically important battlefield reconnaissance information. Denying the enemy the ability to secure this information was now of vital importance. The combat introduction of the new Fokker E.III Eindecker fighter over the Western Front saw a new and bloody chapter in aerial warfare, as this advanced fighter took a heavy toll of Allied aircraft.

The undoubted technological advances incorporated in the design of the Fokker Eindecker series of armed scouts allowed the German Air Service to secure a period of air superiority over the battlefields of the Western Front. Many of the Allied aircraft designs were still considered as reconnaissance platforms first, with self defence and bombing capabilities of secondary importance.  

Facing the dedicated fighter aircraft the Germans were now operating put the Allied airmen at a significant disadvantage and as the German pilots developed their fighter tactics, Allied airmen were forced to continue flying in the face of these new dangers and often described themselves as being nothing more than ‘Fokker Fodder’. The introduction of the Nieuport 11 fighter in early 1916 saw an end of the Fokker Scourge, but not before a great many Allied airmen had fallen victim to the synchronised guns of the Fokker Eindecker 

AFX-50177 WWI Fokker E.II and BE2C Dogfight Doubles Gift Set 
 Set includes: 2 model kits, 8 Acrylic paints, 2 Brushes, 1 Poly Cement
AFX-2101 Royal Aircraft Factory BE2c - Night Fighter. 1/72nd scale, new 2016 tooling.
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AFX-1086 WWI Fokker EII (Late) Eindecker German Fighter. 1/72nd scale, new 2016 tooling
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MTSC PRODUCT RELEASE: Wargaming with Airfix Battles

Whether it’s British commandos, US Marines or Germany’s Afrika Korps, Airfix’s 1/72 scale soldiers have been fighting their wars across carpets, dining tables and gardens for decades.

Airfix is a fondly remembered part of every boy’s childhood and the company is famous for their line of injection-moulded plastic aircraft, tanks and soldiers. The Airfix brand has been synonymous with model kits and figures for years and now it’s back with a vengeance, with Airfix Battles.

Playable with all your existing 1/72nd scale figures and vehicles, Airfix Battles Introductory Set comes with everything you need to play exciting World War Two battles straight out of the box. This includes die cut cardboard counters for tanks, infantry and guns in case you don't have any figures to hand. Airfix Battles also lets you plan your army using the Force Deck. Draw the cards or select the ones you need to build an exciting army to challenge your friends. Set up the battle using step-by-step instructions in the Mission book and you're ready to play. Each player has a hand of Command Cards to move and make their forces fight, bring in airstrikes or artillery support

The game is designed to get you playing quickly, with fast and fun rules so you can play several times in an afternoon or evening with typical missions lasting from 30-60 minutes.

The Airfix Battles Introductory Set features:
  • 2 double-sided maps showing the war-torn Normandy countryside to fight over.
  • 2 sheets of die-cut counters featuring scenery, objectives, tanks, vehicles, guns and infantry so you can start playing immediately or better still grab your Airfix figures.
  • A 16 page Rulebook with introductory rules to get you playing Airfix Battles
  • A 16 page Mission book. Each mission introduces new rules leading you step by step through a series of fun narrative missions across Normandy.
  • A 54 card Force Deck, each card describing a German or American squad, tank, vehicle or gun.
  • A 54 card Command Deck to give orders to your forces
  • 5 six-sided dice. Pre-order Now & Save
Later in 2016 will see the launch of the Airfix Battles Collector’s Edition, which introduces new rules to expand your game, as well as showing you how to move your battles from the board to wargames terrain with movement in inches or centimeters instead of squares. The book will contain fantastic photography of games in action to inspire you as well as a much bigger campaign to fight your way through.

October 16, 2016

Index Product Spotlights, Tips & Tricks, Reviews, Build, Paint & Play

PRODUCT SPOTLIGHTS Reading & Reference
VIEW Adam's Armour Modeling Guide Volume 1 & 2 from AFV Modeller
VIEW Airplanes in Scale -The Greatest Guide: Jets from Accion Press
VIEW Aircraft Scale Modelling F. A. Q. from AK Interactive
VIEW Amazing Figure Modeler Magazine
VIEW Encyclopedia Of Armour Modelling Techniques Vol. 1 - Construction from AMMO of MIG
VIEW How To Paint Figures With Acrylics by Julio Cabos from Andrea Press
VIEW The Paint Guide for Figures of World War Two & Painting Guide for AFV of World War Two from Histoire & Collections
VIEW GI-Collector's Guides from Histoire & Collections 
VIEW Panzer Aces Magazine from Accion Press
VIEW Panzer : The German Tanks Encyclopedia by Laurent Tirone from Caraktere Press
VIEW The 'Painting War' Series for painting Small Scale Figures
VIEW Mr. Black Publications Scale Model Handbook Series
VIEW MTSC's Modeling World War I - Reference & Researching Part 1
VIEW Uniform Painting Reference Material- German Uniforms WWII
VIEW Painting Miniatures from A to Z, Angel Giraldez Masterclass Volume 1 from Vallejo

PRODUCT SPOTLIGHTS Paints, Tools & Supplies
VIEW Abteilung 502 Modeling Oil Paints & Auxiliaries
VIEW AK Interactive Gauzy Agent
VIEW AK Interactive Learning Series no.4: Metallics Vol. 1 Book
VIEW AK Interactive Survival Weathering Brushes
VIEW AK Interactive True Metal
VIEW AK Interactive Xtreme Metal range
VIEW THE AMAZING...Abrasive Cleaning Disc
VIEW AMMO of MIG Earth Effects - Mud & Splashes
VIEW Andrea Acrylic Paints
VIEW The Army Painter System
VIEW The Army Painter Quickshade Inks
VIEW Da Vinci Brushes
VIEW Deluxe Materials Tricky Stick
VIEW Deluxe Materials Strip Magic
VIEW Deluxe Materials Super Phatic! & Roket Card Glue
VIEW Deluxe Materials Perfect Plastic Putty
VIEW Deluxe Materials Model Glues For Plastic Kits
VIEW Flex-I-File Professional Series Brushes
VIEW Gator's Grip Acrylic Hobby Glue
VIEW GSI Creos Mr. Cap Opener
VIEW Hataka Acrylic Hobby Paints
VIEW Lifecolor Liquid Pigments
VIEW Micro Stix Adhesive Tip Applicators
VIEW MXpression Intelligent Panzer Putty Masking Agent
VIEW Painting the Great War
VIEW PanPastel Easy Weathering Effects
VIEW Tamiya Masking Products + Masking Tape for Curves
VIEW Tamiya Electric Handy Drill
VIEW Wilder Modeling Products
VIEW Wilder Weathering Oils
VIEW Vallejo Game Air Paints
VIEW Vallejo Metal Color Range, Acrylic Metallic Colors
VIEW Vallejo Modular Paint Stands
VIEW Vallejo Model Washes
VIEW Vallejo Weathering Effects Range
VIEW Weathering Brush Set for Pigments

PRODUCT SPOTLIGHTS Figures Pre-painted
VIEW Black Hawk Toy Soldier Ride To Glory: On the Trail to the Little Big Horn
VIEW Morgan Miniatures: The New Kingdom Armies of Ancient Egypt
VIEW Morgan Miniatures: The Mexican Adventure and the French Foreign Legion
VIEW Morgan Miniatures: The Tuaregs
VIEW Two Trees Zinnfiguren
VIEW W. Britain American Civil War Range
VIEW W. Britain Clash Of Empires range
VIEW W. Britain Napoleonic Wars British range
VIEW W. Britain Wrath of the Northmen range
VIEW W. Britain WWI Germans 1916-18 range
VIEW W. Britain WWII range


VIEW The Army Painter Scenic Tuft Range
VIEW Forest in a Flash- Create Realistic Trees and Shrubs in Minutes!
VIEW Magic Water

PRODUCT SPOTLIGHTS Figures 1/72nd Scale

VIEW Italeri Battle Of Rorkes Drift Diorama Set  ref. 6114


VIEW Andrea Miniatures True Cowboy kit ref.S8-F60
VIEW Master Box Models 1:35th scale WWI Range of Figure Kits


VIEW Meng Models WWI 1/35th Scale Armor Kits
VIEW Takom WWI Model Kits 1/35th Scale Armor Kits
VIEW Tamiya's WWI WWI British Mk.IV Male + WWI British Infantry Set

VIEW Across A Deadly Field from John Hill & Osprey 
VIEW Ares Wings of Glory: Giants of the Sky
VIEW Perry Miniatures Battle in a Box Set American Civil War
VIEW Bolt Action introductory game: D-Day Firefight from Warlord Games
VIEW Flames of War Great War, World War One Battles of 1918.
VIEW Zvezda Art of Tactic Tabletop Gaming System

PRODUCT SPOTLIGHTS Collectible Armor & Aircraft

VIEW Wings of the Great War: 1/72 scale Armor Collection


VIEW AK Interactive's Extreme Reality by Justin Skrakowski
VIEW AK Interactive's Learning Series no.4 Metallics Vol. 1 by Steven Lowenthal
VIEW AK Interactive's Learning Series no.5 Metallics Vol. 2 by Steven Lowenthal
VIEW Landscapes of War. Vol.II from Accion Press by Matt Koltonow
VIEW Mr. Black Scale Model Handbook WWII Special by Justin Skrakowsk
VIEW Perry Miniatures 28mm Plastic Agincourt sets by Nathan Hutchison

Tips & Tricks

VIEW Tips & Tricks: Build a Simple Spray Boot
VIEW Tips & Tricks: Using Vallejo Smoke To Create Leather & Wood Effects
VIEW Tips & Tricks: Making a Simple Cloud Background
VIEW Tips & Tricks: Making a Simple Cloud Background with Treeline
VIEW Tips & Tricks: Converting Plastic Figures with Deluxe Materials Tricky Stick
VIEW Tips & Tricks: Stop Knock Overs!
VIEW Tips & Tricks: Primer for Soft Plastic Figures

Tutorials/Builds/How To/SBS
VIEW Perry Miniatures 28mm Plastic Agincourt sets w/Nathan Hutchison
VIEW Build, Paint & Play The Perry Miniatures ACW Box Set pt.1 w/Matt Koltonow
VIEW Build, Paint & Play The Perry Miniatures ACW Box Set pt.2 w/Matt Koltonow
VIEW Build, Paint & Play The Perry Miniatures ACW Box Set pt.3 w/Matt Koltonow
VIEW Build, Paint & Play The Perry Miniatures ACW Box Set pt.4 w/Matt Koltonow
VIEW Build, Paint & Play The Perry Miniatures ACW Box Set pt.5 w/Matt Koltonow
VIEW Build, Paint & Play The Perry Miniatures ACW Box Set pt.6 w/Matt Koltonow
VIEW Build, Paint & Play The Perry Miniatures ACW Box Set pt.7 w/Matt Koltonow

VIEW Build, Paint & Review The PSC Late War British Armoured Division, Army Box pt.1
VIEW Build, Paint & Review The PSC Late War British Armoured Division, Army Box pt.2

Toys in the Attic

VIEW Aurora Confederate Raider 1958
VIEW Aurora Monster Models of the 1960s Part 1- History
VIEW Aurora Monster Models of the 1960s Part 2 'The Aurora 13' Frankenstein
VIEW Aurora Monster Models of the 1960s Part 3 'The Aurora 13' Dracula
VIEW Aurora Monster Models of the 1960s Part 4 'The Aurora 13' Wolfman
VIEW Aurora Monster Models of the 1960s Part 5 'The Aurora 13' The Creature
VIEW Aurora Monster Models of the 1960s Part 6 'The Aurora 13' The Mummy
VIEW Aurora Monster Models of the 1960s Part 7 'The Aurora 13' The Phantom of the Opera & The Hunchback of Notre Dame
VIEW Aurora Monster Models of the 1960s Part 8 'The Aurora 13' Dr. Jekyll as Mr. Hyde
VIEW Aurora Monster Models of the 1960s Part 9 'The Aurora 13' King Kong & Godzilla
VIEW Aurora Monster Models of the 1960s Part 10 'The Aurora 13' The Bride of Frankenstein
VIEW Aurora Monster Models of the 1960s Part 11 'The Aurora 13' The Witch & The Forgotten Prisoner
VIEW Aurora NFL MIniatures Model Kit 
VIEW Civil War News Trading Cards
VIEW Comic Book Soldiers - Defending Truth, Justice, And The Plastic Way Of Life Part 1
VIEW Green Army Men - Defending Truth, Justice, And The Plastic Way Of Life Part 2
VIEW Ideal Battle Action Combat Playlets
VIEW Johnny Reb Cannon
VIEW Johnny Seven OMA (One Man Army)
VIEW Kenner Building Sets
VIEW Mattel's Vac-U-Form
VIEW Operation X-500 by Deluxe Reading
VIEW Remco's Hamilton's Invaders Playset
VIEW Remco's World War I Playsets
VIEW Revell Beatles Model Kits
VIEW Soakies Monsters from the 60s
VIEW The Wacky Wonderful World of Weird-Ohs