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Diorama Texture Paint - Snow Effect

Published: March 5th, 2017     
Diorama Texture Paint - Snow Effect
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Company: Tamiya

Tamiya is expanding its line of Textured Paint, this time with two different snow effect paints: Snow Effect and Powder Snow. This particular package also included a third bottle, which is “dark earth”, perfect to show some groundwork underneath the snow.

The first thing I noticed is that the snow bottles weight at least twice as much as the earth one. I suspect a different kind of “pellets” (texture) is being used here.

The Snow Effect paint has small micro-balloons (0.05-0.35mm) and the Powder Snow even smaller ones. I honestly could not see them - in the powder one, but I could feel a bit of the texture when I put a dab of the paint between my fingers. You can certainly hear a bit of a “grinding noise” when you spread the paint on a base. By the way, don’t use a brush as it will damage it. I used a plain wooden stick to spread the paint.

Panel Line Accent Color

Published: March 4th, 2017     
Panel Line Accent Color
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Company: Tamiya

Tamiya has released a “Panel Line Accent” line with 4 colors: Black, Brown, Gray and Dark Brown. They are an enamel-based wash, so it is smelly and it could attack bare plastic, so test it on a scrap piece (a runner or extra part) first.

The panel line accent is packaged in the same kind of bottle than the Tamiya Glue down to the small and thin applicator brush, which comes in very handy when applying it to a recessed panel line.

In this review I applied 3 “spots” of panel accent line to an unpainted piece (leftover) from and Eduard model and it did not damage that plastic. Not only that, but 3 applications were enough to see all the panel lines completely covered. The wash just flows on its own along the whole panel line.

Then I decided to try this product on a Bf-109F-4 which had a coat of Future on top of the decals. You can see the before/after application. They speak by themselves. Very restrained, yet clear surface detailed popped out due to the application of this wash.

Fokker Dr. 1 - Detail Set

Published: March 3rd, 2017     
Fokker Dr. 1 - Detail Set
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

If you are looking to dress up your 1/72 scale Eduard Fokker Dr. 1, a new Zoom set has been released that makes short work of this task. Consisting of a single fret with some items pre-painted, the 32 items provided will dress up the cockpit, guns, engine, and control surfaces. Modelers with some experience using small photo-etch parts should find it easy to add this set to their plane.

I was afforded the opportunity to review this PE set when I picked the recently released Weekend Edition of the Fokker Dr. 1 (kit 7438) for assessment. During the build, I used the following items:

Fokker Dr.1 Weekend Edition

Published: March 3rd, 2017     
Fokker Dr.1 Weekend Edition
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786
Company: Eduard

Eduard re-released their 1/72 scale Fokker Dr.1 late last year, but this time in the form of a Weekend Edition kit that includes the markings for two aircraft (one flown by Lt. August Raben, the other piloted by Lt. Hermann Vallendor). The kit builds up easily enough, and I can recommend the kit on its own. For this particular review, I have added parts from the Eduard Zoom set (product SS 576), which did a nice job of touching up the cockpit, engine, and guns.

Tales from the Apocalypse - The Cook

Published: March 3rd, 2017     
Tales from the Apocalypse - The Cook
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Scale: 1/16
Company: Gecco

The Cook is the lead-off figure in Gecco’s second series and follows the three figures in series one in their Tales From the Apocalypse that I believe are sculpted by Shojiro Kasai. This second series creates Scene 2: Day 1, 1:27 pm at the Diner, and goes with two other figures: a waitress named Cindy who is the sister of the heroine in the first series, and a nameless biker. This figure, the Cook, was attempting to rescue his daughter from a horde of zombies only to find out Cindy had already been infected. In his shock and horror, Cindy ripped into his neck infecting her father. At full zombified rage, the Cook, now wields his heavy frying pan against all comers.

The figure packaging is extremely well done. The outer over is portrayed as a heavily used VHS rental movie along with movie rental stickers and notes that you would have found on a VHS rental. The edges of the box are even depicted as heavily worn. The look is quite effective. I took it to show off at my local IPMS meeting and it fooled nearly everyone: “Why would you bring some worn out VHS movie to a model discussion”? The folded instructions help tell the story in a newspaper-like format.

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