May 30, 2014

The Decay of MIG Productions...June releases Now Available!

Now available are these great new weathering products fro MIG.

“Decay Wash” is intended to enhance the weathering of decayed, destroyed or abandoned subjects. Extreme Rust and Light Sand round out the latest unique washes from MIG Productions. 
P306 - Decay Wash 
P307 - Extreme Rust Wash 
P308 - Light Sand Wash

Rounding out the MIG releases for June are four very useful new colors in the 502 Abteilung Oil paint range.

ABT230 502 Abteilung Oils- Blue Green for German Grey 
ABT235 502 Abteilung Oils- Intense Blue for German grey 
ABT240 502 Abteilung Oils- Cream Brown for German Yellow 
ABT245 502 Abteilung Oils- Sand Brown for German Yellow 

May 29, 2014

The MichToy Caption Contest #39 Winner + Image for #40

It's Thursday so...We Have a Caption Contest 39 winner! Chris McDonald who entered via email is this weeks winner of a $25.00 Gift Card from Michigan Toy Soldier. Thanks Chris and to all of you who entered.

Here is this weeks image for Caption Contest 40. Come up with the wittiest caption for this image you will win a $25.00 gift card from MTSC. Just think... you get free stuff and you get show off your comedic charms that will fly around the world via our Newsletter, Blog, Google+ & Facebook pages. We will post the winning entry right here every Thursday. Email you entries to:

May 28, 2014

THE BEST PRODUCTS OF OF 2013 from our PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: 'Tank Fight On The Western Front, 1916' by Andrea Miniatures

WWI Modelers are in for a host of great new products in the coming years with the upcoming Centennial Commemoration of the Great War, 1914 - 1918. Leading the pack is the fantastic new diorama kit and accompanying book from Andrea Miniatures. The stunning S3-S04 Tank Fight On The Western Front, 1916 includes a British Mk. IV tank and ten figures on a scenic base. 

The Andrea Press book AP-052 Tank Fight 1916 features master painter Julio Cabos who shows how to paint the WWI diorama kit covering armor, figures and the scenic base with acrylic paints, airbrush and brush in clear step-by-step sequences. 

Check out the Video Unboxing of the  S3-S04 Tank Fight On The Western Front, 1916 that Andrea posted.

May 27, 2014

Abrams Squad: The Modern Modelling Magazine at a New Lower price!

We have been able to secure a new lower price on Abrams Squad, one of our best selling modeling  magazines and are passing that savings on to our customers. In addition to the latest issue #6 which is now in stock we also have restock on all the back issues...and all at a new lower price.

Abrams Squad: The Modern Modelling Magazine is the FIRST magazine in the world devoted to Modern Warfare modelling. Here you will find the best articles of the best modellers and writers in the world. Step by step articles, painting techniques, building techniques, illustrated reports, news, reviews, video games and much more

View and order here

May 26, 2014

Lori Nix – Not a Name Heard of Before in Modelling Circles

Lori Nix – not a name we had heard of before in modelling circles but one I am sure will be known pretty soon. This artist has published a book, "The City" of her artistic re-creations of real life that will surely get modeler’s thoughts running into creating scenes just like this. The dioramas range from 20 inches to almost six feet in diameter and take seven months to build and three weeks to photograph. Each scene is built inside her home in Brooklyn with the help of her partner Kathleen. Most of the dioramas are completely handmade. However for some, she builds the scene around a found object.

Over the past eight years, Lori Nix has created meticulously detailed model environments and then photographed them locations within a fictional city that celebrate modern culture, knowledge, and innovation. But her monuments of civilization and material culture in The City are abandoned, in a state of ruin where nature has begun to repopulate the spaces. “I am fascinated; maybe even a little obsessed, with the idea of the apocalypse. In addition to my childhood experiences growing up with natural disasters in Kansas, I also watched disaster flicks in the 1970s—Towering Inferno, Earthquake, Planet of the Apes—sitting in awe in the dark. Each of these experiences has greatly influenced my photographic work.” Nix considers herself a “faux landscape photographer” and spends months building the complex spaces before photographing them. Click here for more great images

Check out the astonishing new modelling gallery book from Lori Nix "The City"

May 25, 2014

Yesterday was WWII we have Civil War movies Here's the 10 Greatest of all time (just my humble opinion anyway). 
1. Glory (1989)
2. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
3. Ride with the Devil (1999)
4. The Red Badge of Courage
5. The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)
6. Gettysburg (1993)
7. The Horse Soldiers (1959) 
8. Lincoln (2012)
9. Cold Mountain (2003)
10. Major Dundee (1965) 

May 24, 2014

10+ Greatest WWII Movies of All Time

Memorial Day Weekend means war movies marathons on TV! Here's the 10 greatest WWII movies of all time (in my humble opinion anyway)

1. Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
2. Band of Brothers (2001)
3. Saving Private Ryan (1998)
4. Kelly's Heroes (1970)
5. The Big Red One (1980)
6. Stalag 17 (1953) 
7. Schindler’s List (1993)
8. The Longest Day (1962)  
9. The Dirty Dozen (1967)
10. The Great Escape (1998)

Ok..some more favorites. 
Von Ryan's Express (1965)
The Guns of Navarone (1961)
The Desert Fox (1951)
Midway (2005)
Battle Of The Bulge (1965)
Patton (1970)
A Bridge Too Far (1977)
Hell Is For Heroes (1962)
Hell in the Pacific (1968)
The Thin Red Line (1998)

May 23, 2014

Locked & Loaded with New AMMO of MIG Weathering Products

The May Releases from AMMO of MIG are now in-stock including...Crystal Acrylic paint. Available in four colors this paint is designed to represent glass surfaces such as headlights, tail lights, lens, infrared visors, tinted glass surfaces and hundreds of other uses.

Crystal Acrylic Paint 17ml. Bottle
A.MIG.0092 Crystal Green Acrylic Paint
A.MIG.0093 Crystal Red Acrylic Paint
A.MIG.0094 Crystal Glass Acrylic Paint
A.MIG.0095 Crystal Smoke Acrylic Paint

Airplane Weathering Range
A.MIG-7414 Panel Line Wash Set: German Early Fighters And Bombers 
A.MIG-7415 Panel Line Wash Set: German Late Fighters 
A.MIG-7416 Panel Line Wash Set: RAF Fighters And Bombers 
A.MIG-7417 Panel Line Wash Set: WWII Pacific US Navy Airplanes 
A.MIG-7418 Panel Line Wash Set: WWII Japanese Airplanes 
A.MIG-7419 Panel Line Wash Set: US Navy Gray Jets 
A.MIG-7420 Aircraft Weathering Set: Airplanes Engines And Exaust
A.MIG-7421 Aircraft Weathering Set: Airplanes Dust Effects

10 new colors in the pigment range
A.MIG-3010 Concrete Pigment 
A.MIG-3011 Airfield Dust Pigments 
A.MIG-3012 Sand Pigment
A.MIG-3013 Rubble Pigment 
A.MIG-3014 Russian Earth Pigment 
A.MIG-3015 Brick Dust Pigment 
A.MIG-3016 White Pigment 
A.MIG-3017 Primer Red Pigment 
A.MIG-3018 Middle East Dust Pigment 
A.MIG-3019 Army Green Pigments 

The Weathering Magazine Issue 7 'Snow & Ice'

TWM-07 The Weathering Magazine Issue 7
From the publisher: Inside, the theme of snow and ice is covered in depth with all of the techniques needed to set our models in a winter environment with plenty of Ice and Snow. From how to make a spectacular frozen diorama to adding subtle snow effects on a T34. Furthermore, this issue has 16 additional pages to learn and enjoy even more. As always, these techniques will be explained by the best modelers in the world. The Weathering Magazine is the perfect paint reference guide to collect and create the largest encyclopedia in a modeler’s library, the essential reference for any modeler.

May 22, 2014

The MichToy Caption Contest #38 Winner + Image for #39

It's Thursday so...because there was no clear winner for Caption 38 and a lack of entries (in other words a dud)! We have substituted the Caption 38 winner with our own caption in honor of Memorial Day.

Here is the image for this weeks Caption Contest #39. Come up with the wittiest caption for this image you will win a $25.00 gift card from MTSC. Just think... you get free money and you get show off your comedic charms that will fly around the world via our Newsletter, Blog & Facebook page. We will post the winning entry right here every Thursday.. Post your entry here or email it to:

May 21, 2014

Tips & Tricks: Stop Knock Overs!

Here's a neat idea from the Facebook page of modeler John Tolcher. A simple soft foam bumper for bottles that fits tight enough so that you can pick up the whole thing to shake the bottle or move it yet is hard to knock over.

May 19, 2014

Tips & Tricks: Washes and Groundwork

Did you know that...AK Interactive, MIG True Earth and AMMO washes can be used for blending groundwork effects together. Normally the different grasses, leaves and dirt you use will create too much of a stark contrast in color variation. Buy applying washes to all of the groundwork elements you can blend the separate items together, creating a much more realistic effect! 

Tools of the Trade: Mr. Cap Opener, Bet You Didn't Even Know You Needed One!

GSI Creos aka Gunze Sangyo GT56 Mr. Cap Opener
This tool will remove the caps from the Mr Color, Mr Metal, Tamiya and similar size paint jars. The best way to describe it is a ‘3-way’ tool as it is designed to open 3 different types of lids from this manufacturer. The clear blue component of this set is actually a rubber/gel cup in which you sit the glass bottle into in order to be able to grip it. The yellow ‘ring spanner’ looking part has ends with serrations with a different ‘pitch’ on either side. One side of this spanner is designed to open the Mr. Hobby brand of paint, while the other is designed to open their GSI Creos brand. You simply push the spanner onto the ridges of the cap, and gripping the glass base within the rubber, you twist open the offending paint pot. That rubber/gel grip has amazing grip properties. There’s not much I can say except that this works and it works very well indeed. A simple idea that works beautifully and you didn't even know you needed one!

May 15, 2014

Uniform Painting Reference Material- German Uniforms WWII

Nothing beats the real thing when it comes to referencing colors for painting uniforms. Here are some excellent uniform guides. Clicking will enlarge images

German Army WWII
Fallschirmjäger Unteroffizier (Corporal), 1944 
01 - Fallschirmschützen-Stahlhelm 38 jump helmet
02 - Fallschirmschützen Bluse camouflage sweatshirt in "Splittermuster" camo, rank insignia on the sleeves, Luftwaffe eagle on the right breast
03 - M-37 trousers
04 - M-38 gas mask in a tarpaulin bag
05 - 9 mm MP-40 SMG
06 - ammo pouches for MP-40, main belt and webbing
07 - M-31 canteen in "Fliegerblau"- "aviation blue"
08 - M-31 breadbag
09 - folding shovel
10 - Ziess 6x30 binoculars
11 - boots

German Captain (Hauptmann), 1940 
01- M-38 officers' forage cap
02 - M-35 helmet with Heeres markings
03 - M-35 officers' jacket, white markings on the collar tabs and shoulder straps (Waffenfarbe Weiss)- infantry
04 - M-34 officers' belt
05 - Zeiss 6x30 binoculars
06 - SA sport badge
07 - compass
08 - M-35 map pouch
09 - holster for Luger P-08 pistol
10 - offciers' gloves
11 - boots
12 - watch

German Cavalry Sergeant Major (Oberwachtmeister) 1939-40 
01 - M-35 steel helmet
02 - feldgrau jacket with gold ("Waffenfarbe Goldgelb") markings of the cavalry
03 - Steingrau cavalry breeches
04 - black leather belt
05 - holster for Luger P-08 pistol
06 - leather webbing- "Koppeltraggestell"
07 - cavalry boots with spurs
08 - M-38 gas mask
09 - anti-mustard gas cloth
10 - trumpet

German Corporal (Unteroffizier), 1939-1940
01 - M-35 field jacket with Unteroffizier's insignia
02 - M-35 steel helmet with Heeres markings
03 - Zeltbahn M-31 tent cloth in “Splittermuster” camo
04 - Grey ("Steingrau") trousers
05 - leather belt
06 - anti-mustard gas cloth
07 - M-38 gas mask
08 - M-24 grenade
09 - black leather ammo pouches
10 - M-31 aluminium canteen
11 - boots
12 - 7,92 mm Mauser 98k rifle
13 - Seitengewehr 84/98 bayonet
14 - wire cutting shears

Panzertruppe Leutnant, 1939 
01 - officers' cap with with pink band of the armored corps ("Waffenfarbe Rosa")
02 - black officers' jacket, Prussian Death Hussars' Totenkopf on the collar tabs.
03 - grey shirt 
04 - armored troops' trousers
05 - officers' boots
06 - headphones
07 - laryngophone
08 - protective goggles
09 - M-34 leather belt
10 - leather holster for Luger P-08 pistol
11 - leather gloves
12 - standard grey socks
13 - M-31 Meldetasche- map pouch
14 - Zeiss 6x30 binoculars

Private, Volksgrenadier Division, Italy/Greece, 1944
01 - M-40 helmet
02 - M-43 summer jacket
03 - ski trousers
04 - shirt
05 - socks
06 - boots
07 - M-41 leggins
08 - main belt
09 - ammo pouches
10 - M-38 webbing
11 - military songbook
12 - M-24 grenade
13 - face net
14 - M-38 gas mask
15 - 7,92 mm Mauser 98k rifle
16 - M-84/98 bayonet
17 - "Infanterie-Sturmabzeichen"- Infantry assault badge

SS- Haupsturmfuhrer (Captain)
01 - M-38 SS officers' jacket, with SD rhombus on the left sleeve, silver chevron on the right sleeve means that the uniform owner joined NSDAP before 30.01.1933
02 - Schirmmütze officers' cap
03 - M-44 officers' trousers
04 - M-34 officers' belt
05 - Decorations:
- Iron Cross 1st Class
- ribbons: "Kriegsverdienstkreuz" (war service cross), medal for the winter campaign on the eastern front 1941/42, bronze SA sport badge
06 - Ehrendegen des Reichsführers-SS, "Reichsfuhrer's Honorary Sword"
07 - Totenkopfring der SS

SS-Reiter (Private), 8. SS-Kavallerie Division "Florian Geyer", Summer 1944 
01 - M-40 Feldmutze field cap
02 - M-40 helemt with SS badges
03 - Feldbluse 44- new sweatshirt, inspired by the British battle dress, cavalry markings on the shoulder straps
04 - trousers
05 - M-35 belt
06 - wool shirt
07 - M-39 webbing
08 - "Florian Geyer" division armband
09 - woollen gloves
10 - Panzerfaust 60
11 - 7,92 mm Sturmgewehr 44
12 - M-84/98 bayonet 
13 - tarpaulin ammo pouches
14 - M-24 grenade
15 - Waffen SS payment book
16 - M-31 canteen
17 - M-43 leather boots
18 - leggins

Waffen SS Sturmmann (Corporal), Normandy 1944
01 - M-40 helmet with SS badges
02 - M-43 SS Feldbluse, Sturmmann's insignia on the collar tabs and left sleeve, Iron Cross 2nd Class ribbon on the button
03 - trousers from the Drillichtanzug 43 uniform, in "Tupfenmuster" camo
04 - SS main belt with webbing
05 - Patronentasche für MP-Magazine, ammo pouches for MP-38/40
06 - map pouch
07 - 9 mm MP-40 SMG
08 - breadbag, canteen, Zeltbahn tent cloth
09 - boots
10 - gas mask canister

Sergeant Major (Feldwebel), Luftwaffe, Africa, 1943
01 - M-41 field cap with Luftwaffe eagle
02 - M-41 Luftwaffe tropical jacket, yellow collar tabs of the flying personnel
03 - linen trousers
04 - main belt with holster for the P-08 pistol
05 - "Afrika" armband of the Luftwaffe's African theater units
06 - leather gloves
07 - oxygen mask (bomber version)
08 - linen pilots' cap with earphones
09 - life jacket
10 - leather boots
11 - aviation goggles
12 - Kappmesser M-37 knife
13 - "Hankart" watch
14 - compass
15 - map
16 - Deutsches Kreuz in Gold- Golden German Cross, established 1941
17 - Iron Cross 1st Class
18 - Luftwaffe pilot badge
19 - bomber crew badge
20 - pilot's military ID

Captain (Kapitanleutnant)- U-boat Commander, 1941
01 - officers' jacket, Kapitanleutnant insignia 
02 - Kninght's Cross of the Iron Cross
03 - U-boat crew badge
04 - Unofficial badges of the 1st and 9th U-boat flotilas
05 - cigarettes
06 - Kriegsmarine officers' cap
07 - leather gloves
08 - leather "U-Boot-Päckchen" - U-boat battle dress
09 - boots
10 - "Junghans" watch
11 - naval binoculars

I came across this paint guide some years back and found it invaluable over the years and thought I should pass it along... A general Vallejo Model Color paint guide for WWII German Uniforms & Equipment

Uniforms V70830 German Field Gray
Collar V70970 Deep Green
Jack boots Black
Low boots V70822 German Brown Black
Waders V70830 Field Gray
Webbing Black V70822 German Brown Black
Ammo pouches V70822 German Brown Black
Haversack V70986 Deck Tan
Canteen V70822 German Black Brown
Or V70846 Mahogany Brown
Mess Tin V70967 Olive Green
Gasmask Can V70922 Neutral Gray
Helmet V70995 German Grey
Reed Green Uniform V70920 German Uniform

Basic Uniform 1939+
Tunic German uniform V70920
Trousers Neutral grey V992
Webbing Black V70950
Ordinance Green Yellow Olive V892
Field cap German fieldgrey WWII V70830
Helmet Olive Green V70967
Tunic Collar Black green V70980

Basic Uniform 1941+
Tunic German fieldgrey WWII V830
Trousers German fieldgrey WWII V70830
Webbing Black V70950
Ordinance Green Yellow Olive V70892
Field cap German fieldgrey WWII V70830
Helmet Olive Green V70967
German Grey V70995*
Tunic Collar German fieldgrey WWII V70830  

Basic Uniform 1944+
Tunic Russian Uniform V70924
Trousers Russian Uniform V70924
Webbing Black V70950
Ordinance Green Yellow Olive V70892
Field cap German fieldgrey WWII V70830
Helmet Olive Green V70967
German Grey V70995*
Tunic Collar Russian Uniform V70924
Ammo Pouches HL Grey V70994

Uniform Variations 1944+
Tunic English uniform V70921
Trousers English uniform V921
Webbing Yellow ochre V70913
HL Grey V70994
Ordinance Green Yellow ochre V70913
Field cap Russian Uniform V70924
Helmet Yellow ochre V70913
Anklets Green V70975

Tropical Uniform/Desert
Uniform Yellow ochre V70913
Khaki V70988
Desert Yellow V70977
Webbing Mahogany brown V70846
Sand Yellow V70916
Ordinance Yellow Dark sand V847
Field cap Yellow ochre V70913
Helmet Tan Yellow V70912
Boots Red Leather V818

Panzer Crew 1939-1945
Field Cap Neutral Grey V70992
Beret Black V70950
Officer Cap German Uniform V70920
Cap/Tunic/Trousers Black V70950
Grey V70994
Waffenfarbe Sunset Red V70802
Belt/Boots Black V70950
Grey V70994
Shirt/Gloves Neutral Grey V70992

Splinter Camo
Base Color (pale) Pastel Green V70885
Base Color (dark) Russian Uniform V70924
Base Color (marsh) Buff V70976
Brown Color Beige Brown V70875
Green Color Luftwaffe Cam Green V70823
Raindrop color Black Green V70980

Bread Bag German Grey V70995
Webbing/Pouches Chocolate Brown V70872
Water Bottles Chocolate Brown V70872
Holsters Chocolate Brown V70872

1939-1940 Plain Green
Helmet German Grey V70995
Smock/Helmet Cover Green Grey V70886
Trousers/Pouches Field Grey V70830

Crete-1945 Splinter
Smock/Cover German Camo Beige- base V70821
Luftwaffe Camo Green-camo V70823
Flat Brown-camo V70984
Trousers/Pouches Fieldgrey V70830

N. Africa and Italy Camo
Smock/cover German Camo Beige-base V70821
Luftwaffe Camo Green-camo V70823
Flat Brown-camo V70984
Trousers/Pouches Desert Yellow V70977

Italian Camo Pattern 
Olive Grey-base V70888
Germ Camo Med Brown-camo V70826
Sand Yellow-camo V70916     

Zeitbahn base V70821, geometric pattern V70826, V70890
SS Collars Black/ V70896 Extra Dark Green
Haversack V70886 Green Grey
V70986 Deck Tan
V70819 Iraqi Sand
V70977 Desert Yellow
Mess Tin/ Gasmask V 995 German Grey
Helmet V 995 German Grey
Ammo Cans PS Panzer Dark Yellow
SMG Ammo Pouches V 914 Green Ochre
Map Cases " "
Map/Binoc Cases GW Dark Flesh
Geibersjager Anorak 66% V887 Brown Violet, 33% V992 Neutral Grey
M39 Grenade V975 Green
Field Flask V875 Beige Brown
V70822 Brown
Cookpot V790 Silver
M38 Gasmask case V896 Dark Green
Gas Cape V975 Green
V70886 Green Grey
Spade Holder V994 Grey 
Scabbard Black

Camo Patterns
Splinter Base V70 21 Germ Camo Beige, geometric splotch V70 26 Germ Camo Med Brown, V70823; rain dashes V70896
Base Color with V70885 Pastel Green for lighter camo, V70824 for darker camo, or V70876 Buff for marsh pattern. Then add the following in the classic splinter pattern V70875 Beige Brown and V70823 Luft Camo Green; rain dashes V70896.

Oak Leaf Base V70825 , splotch & dots V70977, add V70833 inside splotches and dots.

Base V70825 German Camo Pale Brown, splotch and dot V70962 Black Grey, add V70850 Medium Olive inside splotches and dots.

Plane Tree Base V70833, add splotches V70826, add V70896 on top with holes and dots.

Base V70 25 German Camo Pale Brown, dark spots V70 22 German Camo Black Brown, light spots V70857 Golden Olive, dark green fields V70833 Germ Camo Bright Green.

Pea Dot Base V70 35 Salmon Rose; V70988 Khaki, V70825 Germ Camo Pale Brown, V70822 German Camo Black Brown, V70833 German Camo Bright Green.

Base V70812 Tan Yellow, then add patches of V70825 German Pale Camo Brown and V835 Salmon Rose, then over that add dots of V70822 German Camo Black Brown,V70833 German Camo Bright Green and V70835 Salmon Rose.

Palm Base V70929 Light Brown + V70805 German Orange; V70822 German Black Brown, V70833 German Bright Green.