June 30, 2015

Another Somewhat Daily Dose of Useless Tidbits for June 30, 2015

Have Camera Will Travel has a really cool 360º view of the Waterloo Panorama that captures the whole painting. View it HERE

DYK- The Panorama of the Battle of Waterloo is housed in its own purpose-built building next to the Lion’s Mound (Butte du Lion) at the battlefield. On the inside walls of the cylindrical building is a massive 360-degree canvas painted by Louis Dumoulin in 1912. It was commissioned for the 100th anniversary of the battle. The painting measures 361 feet (110m) around and nearly 40 feet (12 m) high. At the base of the painting are sections of life-size diorama depicting gory details of the battlefield, mud, dead horses, and all. Sound effects evoke the noisy commotion of the day.

Face Book Finds
Historical figure painting
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The Art of the of the Toy Soldier #82. George Washington on his horse Ajax by Hartland Plastics Co. c.1950s

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"The Princess"
by Klaus Fischer. This stunning figure can be found in a S-B-S guide on the Midscaping website HERE

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June 24, 2015

Another Daily Dose of Useless Tidbits for June 24, 2015

Figure Painter Magazine Issue 26
Is Now Available for Download

from the publisher..
Issue 26- For this issue the review guys have been busy and bring you seven…yes, seven reviews! We also have some fantastic tutorials including one from Sean Fulton on how he is painting his Chapter Master for the NOVA Open Charitable Foundation and Norman ‘Normski’ Ealand joins the fray and shows us how he scratch built his 1/72nd scale lighthouse model.
We have interviews with Golden Demon winner, David ‘Sproket’ Soper and not one Pegaso Models sculptor, but two — with Ebroin Song and a brilliant Insight interview with Mariano Numitone. This issue also has Martyn Dorey’s market place article, where he takes a look at several snow effect products and Tim Fitch show us how to strip…miniatures that is!
Packed to the rafters with miniature goodness.

STILL THE BEST DEAL ON THE WEB! FPM is available as a downloaded PDF for less then $2.00 a copy.  FPM is a independent magazine dedicated to sculpting, painting, displaying, collecting and gaming with miniature figures from all genre's. The magazine has details on new releases, reviews, interviews with the industries top painters and sculptors, show reports, tutorials and a user gallery.

"I Died in Hell...They called it Passchendale"
1/35th scale diorama by Per Olav Lund
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"Don't piss down my back and tell me its raining"

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Added to Awesome T-Shirts

June 23, 2015

Product Release News: Oh La La! Pin-ups from Master Box Models.

Need a attractive female to add a little class to your next project? A new release from Master Box could be just the set you need. Simply titled 'Pin Up'  This new six figure set of 'gals' herald from the World War Two era and are in 1/35th scale. 
View Product Page Here

June 20, 2015

Product Spotlight: New From Ak Interactive Modelling Full Ahead Volume 1 : Knox & Baleares Class

Modeling Full Ahead is a new series of short books about naval modeling. The aim is to concentrate on a specific ship in depth, from pictures showing all the angles of the ship, to the model kits you can use and, of course, a detailed step by step on how to transform your model ship into an outstanding work of art. For this first issue Fran Romero, well known naval modeling master, with the collaboration of the Italian modeler Luciano Rizzato, will guide you through the difficult, but exciting, way of modeling a Knox / Baleares Class frigate. 
View Product Page Here
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Follow Fran and Luciano in their journey around the Knox/Baleares Class, from standard kits to 4 outstanding models, with different levels of weathering, and learn in an easy and practical way their master modeling techniques. A book by modelers for modelers and a ‘must have’ to improve your naval modeling skills
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Naval Acrylic Paint Set: Us Navy Camouflages Set
This set contains 6 acrylic paints specifically designed to paint US Navy camouflage during WWII war. The colors within each bottle are true to the original color, with a modification for scale effect. The formula of these acrylic paints are designed for use by both a brush and an airbrush. These paints are odorless and water soluble which avoids bad smells and the dangers of more aggressive thinners. These acrylics are manufactured by AK Interactive and are made with a formula that prevents clogging 
in the airbrush.
View Product Page Here

June 19, 2015

Another Daily Dose of Useless Tidbits for June 19, 2015

Don't forget your DAD...Father's Day is this Sunday!
200th Anniversary of The Battle of Waterloo
Michigan Toy Soldier customer Mike Switek's Napoleonic Square
diorama created with commercially sold figures and scenics.
Absolutely incredible & totally insane!
Waterloo Dioramas in 54mm using commercially sold figures.
View More HERE
WATERLOO: The History of Four Days, Three Armies, and Three Battles By Bernard Cornwell

I can't recommend this book enough. It's one of the best books on a battle I have ever read. A definitive, illustrated history of one of the greatest battles ever fought—a riveting nonfiction chronicle published to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Napoleon’s last stand. I couldn't put it down and finished it in four days! 

Check out this great REVIEW from the Wall Street Journal that sums up the book better then I ever could. 

A huge diorama of the Battle of Waterloo has been restored to its spectacular former glory after a painstaking cleaning operation to remove 40 years of dust from 31,000 figures on it. Conservationists Kelvin and Mary Thatcher spent five months blowing and sucking grime off the 21,500 toy soldiers and 10,000 horses that make up the 25 square metre model of the battlefield. It's at the Royal Green Jackets Museum in Winchester, UK. More images & text HERE

June 15, 2015

Another Daily Dose of Useless Tidbits for June 15, 2015

New images in our Relics & Militaria of The Great War album
Stunning French & Indian War diorama of the 78th Foot Grenadiers,
Battle of Sillery, Quebec, 1760. 54mm by Maurizio Berselli.
"1917 Stormtrooper" by Steven Zaloga from the
90mm Andrea Miniatures kit.
View our album Veterans of the Napoleonic Wars
New images in our Relics & Militaria of the American Civil War

June 10, 2015

FIGURE OF THE WEEK #81: Casualties from the Backyards of the 60s!

We buy and sell a lot of collections here at MTSC. I was recently sorting through a purchase of some Marx playsets from the 1960s when I came across this fella. Yup one of the ACW casualties! Shot guys, dead guys, wounded guys...they were all so cool. Firecrackers and matches helped many a soldier become a casualty of war. Doctor them up with a little red paint (or mom's nail polish in a pinch), bundle him up in some Johnson & Johnson Red Cross Tape and you had instant gore filled battle action. 

This guy definitely had a rough time but he seems in good hands even with the serious head wound he sustained as they have him all wrapped up and ready for transport to the aid station. I can picture in my head the kid in the backyard working hard to save this guy's life. Man we had it good in the 60s! 
...So today we find all the childhood backyard casualties of the imagination our FOTW.

Another Daily Dose of Useless Tidbits for June 10, 2015

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54mm diorama by Thomas Gagel featuring Andrea Miniatures he hand painted. MORE VIEWS

David Coleman has a web site featuring The Panorama of the Battle of Waterloo. This is housed in its own purpose-built building next to the Lion’s Mound (Butte du Lion) at the battlefield. He also has a 360° Panorama that captures the entire painting. Check it out...it's really cool!

June 09, 2015

Another Daily Dose of Useless Tidbits for June 09, 2015

Added 6 new photos to the album: Awesome T-Shirts.

Facebook Finds: Check out the amazing 1/35th scale WWII models created by La Models Military Models and featured on his FB page.

The Battle of Sekigahara 1600 - 1/72nd scale diorama by Michdioramas. More Views HERE

 Added 4 new photos to the album: The Dogs of War!

Random Funny Stuff for 09june2015

Product Spotlight: Super Phatic! & Roket Card Glue by Deluxe Materials

Roket Card Glue
Roket Card Glue from Deluxe Materials is an easy to use low viscosity adhesive enabling the rapid assembly of printed card models of all types. Roket card glue gives a very fast bond even on butt joints by positioning and pressing the parts together. It also has strong wicking action ideal for pre assembled close fitting joints.

I've been using Roket Card to glue together boxes from Plus Models and it makes this tedious job 100x faster and easier!

Roket Card is Ideal for:
Assembly of paper model detailing products
Assembly of paper and card stock models
Model rocket cardboard tubes.
Use sparingly, align and press parts together for instant bond. Water clean up. 50ml bottle with tip

Super 'Phatic! Glue
Super 'Phatic! Glue from Deluxe Materials  is a highly penetrating yellow aliphatic glue with wicking action for close fitting pre-assembled joints. Dries fast and bonds wood, foam, plastic. Is waterproof when set and produces tougher joints than cyano.

Ideal for:
Assembly of laser cut wood
Assembly of slot together models
Repairing splits and cracks in wood or reinforcing suspect joints.
Model rail ballast and card model construction
Model rocket cardboard tubes.