June 28, 2016

FIGURE(S) OF THE WEEK #121: Five Civil War Soldiers from CBG Mignot.

Five American Civil War soldiers from the French company, CBG Mignot. 

They are the classic 54mm size (2 1/8" high) and semi-gloss. These were manufactured in the 1950s but they were produced in this way into the ’90s. 

Mignot is the oldest toy soldier company still in operation. Known as Mignot to the English speaking world, it's known in France as C.B.G only or "Cebege". Partners Cuperly, Blondel and Gerbau trademarked the name C.B.G. in 1872. In 1875 they produced the first 55mm fully round figure for the market. The company has been producing figures in this scale ever since.

June 25, 2016

We Buy-Sell-Trade German Composition and Tin Plate by Elastolin, Lineol, Leyla, TippCo and others

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MTSC PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT UPDATE: Deutsche Kriegsmarine Joins The Visual Histories Series on Military Collecting by Andrea Press

Andrea Press: The Visual Histories on Military Collecting
Andrea Press has been publishing a series of comprehensive militaria studies featuring the uniforms, weapons, personal items effects and artifacts of WWII German and Japanese soldiers that are profusely illustrated with photographs and background from each author's personal collections and other contributors. 

These stunningly illustrated books provide a unique reflection into the lives on soldiers featured through original militaria from the great collections in the world. A must for any militaria collector these books also make an incredible reference for modelers interested in replicating as history as accurately as possible. View Collection Here

Deutsche Kriegsmarine
Uniforms, Insignias and Equipment of the German Navy 1933-1945
by Eduardo Delgado (Author). Over 500 pages, 2600 photographs (most previously unpublished) accompany the clear, in-depth explanatory text.
500 pages,Hardcover, 11.8 x 8.6 x 1.3
View a 11 page sample PDF of this title HERE
View to order HERE

Hook Up! US Paratroopers from the Vietnam War to the Cold War
Alejandro Rodríguez & Antonio Arques
The history, gear, uniforms, training and tactics used by the US Paratroopers at the time of the Vietnam War in detail through a comprehensive text and over 700 outstanding photographs over 160 pages most of them never published before. Hardcover, 11.5 x 8.25
View a 6 page sample PDF of this title HERE

US Elite Forces: Uniforms, Equipment & Personal Items. Vietnam 1965-1975
Author Marti Demiquels, has put together not only most of the pieces contained within the book, but a complete museum on the Vietnam War as well, amassed throughout an entire lifetime of passionate study and collecting.. 
250 pages of original militaria stunningly represented in over 1000 photographs. Hardcover, 8.5 x 11.5
View a 6 page sample PDF of this title HERE

GRUNT: A Pictorial Report On The US Infantryman's Gear And His Living In The Vietnam War, 1965-1975
Authored by Antonio Arqués, this book brings to life the US soldiers of the Vietnam War. 
450 pages of original militaria stunningly represented in over 3000 photographs. Hardcover, 8.5 x 11.5
View a 8 page sample PDF of this title HERE

DEUTSCHE SOLDATEN: Uniforms, Equipment & Personal Items of the German Soldier 1939-45
Deutsche Soldaten is a stunning visual history of the German soldier and provides a unique reflection of how the men lived, ate, and kept themselves clean at the front, or behaved when at rest, what were their pastimes, ambitions, worries and how they spent their leave, through the collection of personal items and other artifacts they left behind.
360 pages,Hardcover, 8.2" x 11.6"

HEITAI: A Definitive Book on the Japanese Infantryman 1931-45
In this book on military collecting, the author presents the uniforms and equipment of the Japanese infrantryman during the period 1931 to 1945. It includes chapters about weapons, food, the personal effects of the “heitai”, and many never before seen historical images.
480 pages, Hardcover 11.8 "x 8.6 "x 1.3"

MEINE EHRE HEIST TREUE: Inside the Allgemeine SS 1925 - 1945
A comprehensive study of the uniforms and other effects of the Allgemeine SS profusely illustrated with photographs from the author’s personal collection and other contributors. Also includes images of the famous Deathshead rings of the SS, personal weapons, badges and insignia, regalia, toy soldiers, etc.
1800 rare photographs, 400 pages, Hardcover 11.8 "x 8.6"

DEUTSCHE LUFTWAFFE, 1935-1945: Uniforms and Equipment of the German Airforce
This book is the result of a comprehensive study of the uniforms and flight equipment used by the Luftwaffe personnel from 1935 to 1945. From their service and flight uniforms to the flight equipment, gathered from impressive collections of original artifacts, the experience of the German airmen are shared throughout the pages of this book
360 pages,Hardcover, 8.2" x 11.6"
STURMTRUPPENWWI German Stormtroopers (1914-1918)
This book is a narration of the history of the shock and assault troops and covers their combat methods. Finally, it offers a comprehensive description of their uniforms, equipment, and weapons, along with a large number of illustrations and period photographs rarely seen.
216 pages and 200 pictures. 8.2" x 11.6", Hardcover

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June 23, 2016

Farly Mitchell's Quickies & A Somewhat Daily Dose of Useless Tidbits

RP Toolz Punch & Die Trays and Roller Set

RP Toolz have some great new additions to their range of modelling tools and for those who already use their excellent Punch and die sets these dedicated trays are a really worthwhile add on. Moulded in a strong black plastic the tray holds your chosen punch securely but in a raised position which allows the punched out discs or hexagons to drop down into the tray below. This avoids the bunching of the plastic parts in the neck of the punch which happens unless you clear the parts you have made regularly from the neck. Failing to do this can mean the plastic parts are damaged as new parts are made. This tray means you no longer need to keep clearing the neck and makes for a much faster process when producing numerous parts. The tray also conveniently holds the parts that you make ready for you to apply them to the model. These are a great addition which really adds to the smooth operation of the tools.

Also new is a Roller Set with a beautiful anodized finish and a choice of roller sizes from 4mm to 16mm. The idea of this tool is to assist modellers in rolling or curving photo-etched parts to create curves or to roll a complete cylinder. The machined curved troughs are matched to the six graduated roller sizes so that parts can be accurately shaped or the rollers used one against the other to help close your chosen cylinder. I have used a similar tool before with excellent results and if you are working a lot with photo-etched parts or scratchbuilding this is a precision made tool that you will want add to your workbench.

Published by AK Interactive
Softback format, 288 pages

If there is one modeller that has distinguished himself over the last decade, due to his amazing dioramas, it is Aitor Azkue. You'll be sure to remember some of the stunning work they featured in AFV & Air Modeller by this master Spanish modeler. His complexed and extravagant dioramas always draw a crowd at model shows, and for good reason! Often containing both armor and aircraft, Aitor's artistic flair appeals to all. This second edition has been updated and features a nice mix of gallery images of Aitor's most well-known works and step by step lessons in many of his techniques used to create the masterpieces. From the groundwork up, there's every aspect covered from making foliage and trees, converting figures and the vehicles and aircraft (even a U-Boat) and how to plan and compose a scene. With around 1800 images this is a hefty book and a visual feast that will teach any modeler a thing or two. The subjects are WWII German, even if that's not your favourite topic it's pretty irrelevant, this book shows without question that modelling is an art form when taken to this level.

Summer 2016 Issue
Military Images Magazine
In the summer of 1979, Harry Roach realized a dream when he published the first issue of Military Images magazine. He set a broad mission to document the early photographic history of U.S. soldiers and sailors. 

Roach was a pioneer. He started MI at a time when the importance of vernacular photographs of soldiers was just beginning to be understood and appreciated. He collaborated with a number of contributors, who shared his passion for historic military photographs of the citizen soldiers who forged our country. Issue after issue, subscribers glimpsed wonderful photographs and read informative, educational stories.

This was Roach’s legacy. Since he stepped aside as editor and publisher in 2000, MI has continued as the leader in showcasing, interpreting, and preserving military images.

MI's ongoing mission to showcase, interpret and preserve early images of citizen soldiers and sailors in America. Now under the direction of Ronald S. Coddington, Editor & Publisher. The magazine has grown into a spectacular showcase of American military images from the 19th century. Ron is a an active collector of Civil War era cartes de visite, and the author of three books that document the lives of citizen soldiers in blue and gray: Faces of the Civil War, Faces of the Confederacy, and African American Faces of the Civil War. He is a columnist for the Civil War News, and a contributing author to the award-winning New York Times series Disunion. Ron has more than 25 years experience as a journalist at USA TODAY, the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the San Jose Mercury News, and The Chronicle of Higher Education.

I cannot say enough good things about this publication and the Summer 2016 issue is another stunner with articles including:
At the Battle of Gettysburg, Col. Wheelock Graves Veazey of the 16th Vermont Infantry led a bold counterattack against advancing Confederate troops during Pickett’s Charge. The Vermonters was successful. In 1891, Veazey was recognized with the Medal of Honor for his courage on the battlefield.

Photo Sleuth by Kurt Luther
What is the value of a photo inscription as an identification tool? Author Kurt Luther shares how the post-war writing taped to the back of a tintype helped solve one photo mystery—and introduce another.

Finding My Great-Grandfather by Mark H. Dunkelman It’s the dream of Civil War students with an ancestor who fought for the Blue or Gray—finding an original wartime portrait of their soldier. And when it happened to Mark Dunkelman, whose great-grandfather fought with the 154th New York Infantry, it was one of the most fantastic finds he had ever had in six decades of researching the regiment.

Cardomania! How the Carte de Visite Became the Facebook of the 1860s by Ronald S. Coddington 
The carte de visite format is a blip on the timeline of photographic history, wedged between the beauty of the daguerreotype and the technical improvements later in the 19th century. But during its heyday in the 1860s, cartes de visite affordability, reproducibility and share-ability made it a social media powerhouse.

Jefferson Davis, Political Soldier by John O’Brien
In early 1861, Jefferson Davis served as major general in command of Mississippi’s army. The stint lasted only a few weeks until he was inaugurated president of the Confederate nation. During this brief period, curious Northerners wanted to see a portrait of Davis in uniform. New York photographer Charles Fredricks made it happen with a bit of photo trickery.

Antebellum Warriors
A daguerreotype of a pre-Civil War militiaman wearing chevrons and epaulettes on his uniform seems confusing. Is he a commissioned or non-commissioned officer? The answer may be a surprise.

Honored Dead, Haunted Survivors introduced by Harold Holzer
They fell in the thousands during three brutal days of carnage in a crossroads community in southeast Pennsylvania. The ground hallowed by their blood—Little Round Top and Culp’s Hill and The Wheatfield—are forever part of our American memory. A small yet significant group of the men who were killed, wounded or captured are remembered here in portraits and personal stories.

Final Harvest: The Last Journey of a Confederate Lieutenant Wounded and Captured at Pickett’s Charge by Charles Joyce 
Lt. John R. Emerson and his comrades in the 26th North Carolina Infantry marched into the hail of fire at Pickett’s Charge and like so many of the regiments were decimated in the assault. For Emerson and so many others who were shot and captured by the enemy, the day marked the beginning of a journey from which many never returned.

A Gallant Son of Orange Falls at Gettysburg by Ronald S. Coddington 
The body of Capt. Isaac Nicoll of the 124th New York Infantry was lined up with other dead after Georgia Confederates took position of part of Houck’s Ridge on the afternoon of July 2. One of the Georgians picked a Bible out of Nicoll’s pocket. The Testament’s journey from its late owner to his father in New York is the stuff of legend.

Return and Retreat at Gettysburg: A Seminarian Is Called to Arms to Defend His College Town by Paul Russinoff
Frederick Klinefelter, like many college students during the war, suspended their studies to enlist in the army. Klinefelter’s circumstances are however unusual, for he had attended Gettysburg College and was a student at the Lutheran Theological Seminary when Gen. Robert E. Lee and his Confederates invaded the North. The young seminarian joined many of his fellow students to repel the invaders, and went down in history as among the first to fight at Gettysburg.

Immortality on Little Round Top, Butchery in Saunders Field by Kevin Canberg
Two officers who served in the 140th New York Infantry, Capt. Henry Belding Hoyt and Lt. Joseph H. Pool, served with distinction in the fighting at Gettysburg. But less than a year later in The Wilderness, they would face some of the toughest fighting of the war. Both men would pay a price in the fighting at Saunders Field, a place where the glory of Gettysburg had no value.

Conspicuous Cadet at New Market: The life and legacy of VMI’s Jonathan E. Woodbridge by Katie O’Halloran Brown
Late on the night of May 10, 1864, the cadets of Virginia Military Institute were called out of bed for orders that directed them to join Confederate forces at Staunton, Va. Despite the late hour, “the air was rent with wild cheering,” as the men broke from ranks, excited at the prospect of finally having a hand in the conflict. Among the cadets was 20-year-old Richmond native Jonathan Edwards Woodbridge. His story is representative of the young men who stepped up when their country called upon them.

At Gettysburg, Life Imitates Art by Ronald S. Coddington 
The story of Amos Humiston of the 154th New York Infantry, found dead on the Gettysburg battlefield clutching an ambrotype of his three children, is one of the war’s most poignant stories. And yet an eerily similar poem written a year before Humiston’s death is forgotten.

Highly Honorable and Strictly Confidential Service by Scott Valentine
Ohio farm boy Smith Stimmel knew when he enlisted in the 7th Independent Company of Ohio Volunteer Cavalry that he was slated for unusual duty. He could not have known that he would soon by a guard at the White House and come to hold the president who lived there in the highest regard.

Uniforms & History by Michael J. McAfee
In “Gettysburg’s Damned Black-Hats and Other Distinctive Fellers, Mike introduces readers to some of the more unique uniforms worn by federals at the time of the Gettysburg Campaign.

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1:35 British Heavy Tank Mk.V Male
Whether or not you have any interest in WW1 armor I do not think that anyone could fail to be impressed by this staggeringly engineered piece of kit design. The big 13.5cm deep box is about twice the depth of the Tamiya Mk.IV to accommodate the 23 separate sprues, photoetched fret, decal sheet and metal chain. The difference in box size is because this kit comes with a completely detailed interior rather than dubious electric motors. It is once you start to assemble the interior that you begin to appreciate the complexity of the engine and powertrain and the impressive job that has been made of replicating it in plastic with an assembly sequence that is no where near as impossibly complex as the finished thing would suggest. even the steering brakes and drive chain assemblies that sit within the sponsons have been reproduced and the running strips around the edges of the rhomboid sides for the tracks are fully detailed. The Driver’s cab and Commander’s cab as well as the rear roof inspection panels can all be modelled with opened hatches with the small vision ports provided with photoetched flaps so that they can be open or closed too. Moving on to the 6pdr. gun sponsons and here again it is a densely detailed replica of the gun mount and the ready round ammunition stowage built into the mount. Doors and ports once again can be open or closed. Tracks are a single piece clip together design (hurrah!) and the kit comes with both an unditching beam and the hexagonal ‘crib’ trench crossing device to mount atop the vehicle if you wish. There is a choice of three different sets of markings on the decal sheet and a coloured guide within the instruction booklet. Detail across the kit is super crisp and I think its great to see the complex interior replicated so skillfully. The potential for cut away display models or disembowelled battlefield wrecks is huge. A simply stunning kit by any standards. 

Check out AFV Modeller Magazine no. 88 where the Editor builds Meng’s Mark V Male in a factory assembly line scenario. This is a spectacular diorama published in full colorful glory in one of my all time favorite modeling magazines. 

TRENCH RUNNER REVIEW: Steven Lowenthal Takes a Look at Perfect Plastic Putty by Deluxe Materials

Since we first introduced Perfect Putty to the US market it has become one of our best selling products of all time along with Gator Glue. We feel that Perfect Plastic Putty is an essential addition to every modeler's bench. Below Trench Runner Steve Lowenthal gives us his take on it...

Perfect Plastic Putty Review
Whether it’s due to an errand tool or a poor fitting kit, one of the banes of model building is the clean-up and sanding associated with seem filling. Over the years, modelers have used many different methods and products to accomplish this, often time consuming, task. Commercial products such as solvent based putties and liquid fillers can be messy, odiferous and hard to use. A neater solution is using a water based putty. One of the more popular of these putties is Deluxe Materials’ Perfect Plastic Putty.

The putty is packaged in a 40ml plastic tube with a wide opening and a large flat cap. It also comes with a pointed dispenser you can attach for when you want to apply a thin line.

Perfect Plastic Putty has an extra fine grain, without an overly thick consistency. It also will not attack the plastic while applying it. You can use the included tip for fine line application but I feel you can waste too much of the product with it. Instead, you can purchase a syringe. (Deluxe Materials offers one AC08-Pin Point Syringes) With the syringe, you can better control the amount you use and still apply fine lines to fill gaps or even use it to lay welds on armor. I generally apply the putty a bit differently. Using small silicon shaping tips, normally used for sculpting, I can shape the putty and get it into tight areas. 

Clean-up is the best part of using a water based putty. I’ll use a lightly moistened Q-Tip to wipe the putty away, leaving it in the gap. Be careful you don’t overly wet the Q-Tip or you will remove all of the putty you just applied. If you prefer, you can use a moistened short bristled brush, once the putty has dried,  but this will require a little more work. Regardless of method, done properly, you will be left with a smooth surface that often will not need sanding. I’ve found that small gaps can usually be filled with a single application as this putty suffers little shrinkage after drying. However, larger gaps may experience noticeable  shrinkage, requiring additional applications.

An important attribute of a good filler is the ability to scribe through it without it crumbling. One of the reasons I use Perfect Plastic Putty is I’ve had little problems with scribing through it. Thinner applications are easier to scribe through. Going slowly and waiting for the putty to be thoroughly dry before scribing though larger applications is key. It’s not foolproof, but repairs have usually been minimal in my experience.

As well as Perfect Plastic Putty works, there has been a problem that unfortunately, has turned some people off the product. While it’s not universal, people are reporting they have experienced the putty drying in the tube fairly quickly.  Myself included. Discussing this situation with others, I’ve found people have been alleviating the problem by storing the putty standing up on its large wide cap. I’ve been doing that with my current tube and I have had no issue since I first opened it over six months ago. Deluxe Materials is aware of the issue and says it’s caused by the tube allowing air into it after use. In an effort to improve their product and respond to customer’s concerns, Deluxe is currently investigating new packaging that will keep air out of the tube, much like a tube of toothpaste. In the meantime, they suggest squeezing the air out of the tube prior to capping it.

Deluxe Material’s Perfect Plastic Putty is a favorite among many modelers because of its ease of use and limited shrinkage. If you haven’t tried it yet, you may want to next time you need putty. If the last time you used Perfect Plastic Putty and it dried out, I would recommend you give it another go and use the tips to keep it fresh. 

Steven Lowenthal 
DYK-Weld seems, rivets and tunic buttons can be easily created.  Find a suitable receptacle and mix some Perfect Putty with a small amount of water to a smooth paste. Fill a small syringe with the thinned putty and elect an appropriate tip. Apply the putty in a thin bead as required and once dry it can be filed for extra effects.

Create mud effects by simply mixing Perfect Putty with a small amount of acrylic paint and water.


June 21, 2016

MTSC FIGURE OF THE WEEK #120: Zulu Warrior from LIsanto

This week we feature a fearsome mounted Zulu who comes to us courtesy of the those lovable socialists in the former East Germany. Produced in the DDR during the 1960s by the company Lisanto, this 7cm figure is actually hollow and not a true composition figure. I don’t recall the Zulus having much of a cavalry, making this fellow is a clear testament to the evils of communism and the bizarre imaginations of a people clearly shut off from the outside world.

MTSC PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: 20 NEW Wilder Weathering Oils for Modelers

Adam Wilder is not sitting idle and is constantly engaged in developing new products for Wilder Modeling , and now we have a range of opaque oil paints. The new Wilder Weathering Oils are designed specifically for modelers. They are higher liquidity than traditional artist’s oils and thus easier to apply to models for numerous effects. Wilder Weathering Oils are fast-drying to a completely matt finish. The range contains expands to 40 shades of the most popular tones with the June 2016 addition of 20 new colors.

The oils come in 20ml. plastic tubes plastic tubes are easy to squeeze and clean and prevent the oil from drying out. The tubes are similar in terms of MIGs 502 Abteilung Oils, (20 ml), but are made of plastic, which is a definite plus, as the plastic tubes do not wrinkle and do not pierce the ends of each other, which is typical for the metal ones. Another plus - an elongated, narrower nose tube. This prevents rapid clogging of the threads for the cap and helps squeeze out the paint in the desired amount.

The Wilder Weathering Oils are:
- Fast-drying to a completely matt finish
- More liquid than traditional oils
- Easier to apply
- Designed especially for modelers
- The 20ml. plastic tubes are easy to squeeze and clean and prevent the oil from drying out.

View the Wilder Weathering Olis range HERE

Here's the complete range
For convenience, I have grouped them by colors/tones:

These are the two basic colors, without which, of course you could not do range of colors. White and black paint can be used both in pure form, and for mixing with other oil colors to get the desired tone. In addition, the white oil can be used to simulate winter camouflage, because it provides a matte finish.
LS-01 Black night 
LS-02 Winter White 

Four yellow tones, suitable for tinting German dark yellow color and desert colors.
LS-03 Medium Yellow 
LS-04 Light Buff 
LS-07 dark Yellow 
LS-17 Faded Yellow 

Colors to simulate areas and streaks of rust, as well as for toning brown.
LS-05 Brown Rust 
LS-06 Medium Rust 
LS-08 Dark Red 
LS-21 Fresh Rust
LS-22 Orange Rust
LS-23 Red Brick
LS-24 Maroon Shadow
LS-25 Brown Shadow 20ml 
LS-26 Dark Brown 20ml 
LS-27 Medium Brown 20ml 
LS-28 Light Brown 20ml 
LS-29 Dark Beige 20ml

Green tones, designed for shading any green colors. Ideal for all fans of the Russian and US vehicles.
LS-14 Summer Green 
LS-15 Dark Green 
LS-16 Faded Green
LS-30 Emerald Shadow
LS-31 Oak Leaf
LS-32 Spring Grass
LS-33 Olive Green
LS-34 Olive Drab 

These two tones primarily suited to emphasize the relief and create contrast.
LS-09 Black Brown 
LS-10 Dark Grey 

Three shades of gray can be used for tinting models in a gray coloration, and primarily, of course, for German vehicles up until 1943. 
LS-11 Medium Grey 
LS-12 Light Grey 
LS-13 Panzer Grey 

The most versatile of the entire line and have tones of dust, dirt and earth.
LS-18 Neutral Earth 
LS-19 Light Dust 
LS-20 Dark Mud 

Blue tones to among other things, tint water
LS-37 Blue Patina
LS-38 Clear Sky
LS-39 Arctic Sea
LS-40 Mariana Deep

The tubes are similar in terms of oil 502 Abteilung, (20 ml), but are made of plastic, which is a definite plus for me, as the plastic tubes do not wrinkle and do not pierce the ends of each other, which is typical for the metal ones. Another plus - an elongated, narrower nose tube. This prevents rapid clogging thread oil and helps squeeze out the paint in the desired amount.