Modeling Products

Reviews of general scale modeling products such as paint, glue, etc.

Geometric GLUE Tool Jig

Published: August 18th, 2015     
Geometric GLUE Tool Jig
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Company: Unique Master Models

Thank you to Unique Master Models (UMM) for generously providing an excellent tool for “field testing.”  Thank you as well to the IPMS Reviewer Corps for letting me be an evaluator. 

The gluing is a two-part aluminum block with 90-degree intersections.  The two parts are screwed together with two flat-head machine screws on the smaller end.  The whole unit is about 2 ¼ by 1 3/16 inches. 

There are many uses for the jig.  I used a simple frame assembly example to show how a complex joint could be quickly glued.  Three parts were placed on the jig and one application of CA glue secured the assembly in one step.  The first attempt was a failure, since glue was applied a little too heavily, with the assembly being firmly attached to the jig!  But a light application of thicker CA worked well.  I suggest waxing the interior jig surface a bit to reduce glue adhesion. 

Scriber

Published: August 18th, 2015     
Scriber
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Company: Unique Master Models

Thank you to Unique Master Models (UMM) for generously providing an excellent tool for “field testing.”  Thank you as well to the IPMS Reviewer Corps for letting me be an evaluator. 

The tool is small, has a nice weight or heft in the hand, and does not flex easily.  The scriber is strongly attracted to a magnet, but is not magnetic itself.  The surface is highly polished.  The longer deburring edge and the shorter scriber edge are sharp enough to start scribing right out of the cellophane package.  The cutting edges should be easily honed as needed.  The smooth sides moved easily along my steel straight edge.  I pushed the limits a bit and found there was no flex in the tool that affected the “groove.”  The primary tool design is for scribing lines in plastic, but I expect to discover other uses when the tool is in hand.  Further, the tool has that somewhat undefinable sense of “feeling right.”  

Adjustable Angle Gluing Jig

Published: August 13th, 2015     
Adjustable Angle Gluing Jig
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Company: Unique Master Models

Thank you to Unique Master Models (UMM) for generously providing an excellent tool for “field testing.”  Thank you as well to the IPMS Reviewer Corps for letting me be an evaluator.

The jig is akin to an adjustable protractor with a range of 0 to 180 degrees.  The base plate is metallic blue metal with white, etched tick marks and numbers marked in 1 degree increments.  A polished bar is screwed to the base plate at the zero position and an adjustable or positionable bar with a set screw can be locked between 0 and 180 degrees.  Both plates are 3/16 in thick and project up from the base plate about 7/16 in.  I checked the indicated angles on the jig with other tools and the angles match the precision of the jig, in other words, the angles on the jig are pretty darn good!  The setscrew on the positionable plate held well and did not slip when the jig was dropped from about 5 feet onto a carpeted floor.

Gyro-Cut

Published: August 9th, 2015     
Gyro-Cut
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Company: Gyro-Cut

Matt Greenburg was at the Columbus IPMS Nationals with a new product. They were selling like hotcakes, and after seeing the demonstration, I bought one. As a Convention Special, Matt threw in a pair of extra blades.

The knife is special because the blade rotates to follow the movement of your hand as it changes direction while cutting. This allows very good control of the curves and angles of the cut. The business card below was cut by Matt with one sweep of the Gyro-Cut.

The trick is that you start the cut and move your hand along the line to be cut, and the blade follows. Because it is angled, the tip drags the blade into cutting position, even if the line cut is not straight. So it is possible to cut a curved or wavy line just by drawing the knife along the line, just like using a pencil to draw. Acute angles (less than 90 degrees) require a little finesse, but the knife can do it. You just stop at the angle and let the blade swivel before you go very far.

So I attacked a test project. I was getting ready to paint my HK Models 1/144 Meteor. The kit comes with no instructions or decals.

Paint Sets and Paint Thinner

Published: July 31st, 2015     
Paint Sets and Paint Thinner
Reviewed by: Mike Van Schoonhoven, IPMS# 41627
Company: Ammo of MIG Jimenez

If you have been involved in modeling for the past ten years there is a good chance that you are familiar with the name Mig Jimenez. If you are not familiar with Mig, he is a Spanish modeler that has really came to the forefront of modeling techniques. Along with the techniques MIg has created a system of washes, filters, pigments and now paints. He also has several great modeling books out as well.

UK Aircraft colors from the 50's to present: This set is comprised of four 17ml bottles with dropper top. The four colors included in this set are as follows FS 36118 Medium Gunship Gray, FS 26173 (BS 638), FS 34079 (BS 641) and FS 36314 (BS 626). I used a single action siphon feed airbrush to apply them to an unprimed plastic card stock. I thinned the paint using the MIG Acrylic thinner at a ratio of about two parts paint to one thinner. Had no issues spraying through the airbrush and it sprayed out in a nice light coat. Took a few layers to build up a solid color.

Camouflage & Markings Volume 2 - Armour in Theatre Normandy Campaign Part I: British and Canadian Forces

Published: July 19th, 2015     
Camouflage & Markings Volume 2 - Armour in Theatre Normandy Campaign Part I:  British and Canadian Forces
Author: Mark Healy, illustrated by Mark Rolfe
Reviewed by: Steve Collins, IPMS# 33811
Company: Guideline Publications

This book is Part I of Volume 2 of the Camouflage S Markings series from Guideline Publications, publishers of Scale Aircraft Modelling and Military Modelcraft magazines and the Warpaint series of books.  It covers British and Canadian armored (armoured? – two countries separated by a common language) forces in Normandy.

Tru-Color Paints

Published: July 19th, 2015     
Tru-Color Paints
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: NA
Company: Tru-Color Paint LLC

When I heard that Floquil railroad paints were being discontinued, I rushed out and bought several bottles of my favorites, Grimy Black and Reefer White.  But knowing that these two or three bottles wouldn’t last forever, I asked the proprietor at my LHS (The Hobby Depot) if there was any replacement on the horizon.  Dick replied that there was already a line of railroad paints which had been out for several years, and that he had just received a stock.  Sometimes it’s good to go to a shop which carries supplies for other hobbies, like model railroading.  I bought  TCP005, gloss white, TCP009, grimy black, TCP800, flat white and TCP828 flat imitation aluminum.

The Paints

These are lacquer based paints, not enamels or acrylics.  The list of ingredients is as follows:  acetone, ethanol, MEK, toluene, propyl alcohol or butyl alcohol acetic ester.  The label warns that it’s flammable, and harmful or fatal if swallowed.  There’s also the usual precaution to use it in a well-ventilated area. 

BV-141 Masks

Published: May 6th, 2015     
BV-141 Masks
Reviewed by: Mark Costello, IPMS# 31795
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Hobby Boss released a 1/48 scale kit of the Blohm & Voss Bv 141 reconnaissance plane last year. The Bv 141 greenhouse canopy is comprised of many separate panels that require a lot of masking in order to paint the frames. Eduard has come to the rescue with a mask set for this kit. This set includes all the masks needed for all the clear parts on the kit as well as masks for the wheels.

This is the first time I have used Eduard masks for masking canopies and I have to say I am very impressed.  The pre-cut masks fit all of the openings perfectly and in just over an hour I was finished masking all the clear parts.  If I would have done this manually with tape, it would have easily taken me at least 5-6 times that long to do the same thing. For the round, machine gun window on the top of the canopy, you have to use either liquid mask or tape to fill in the center section as the Eduard set only provides the outline area.

This masking set is a great time-saver and I would highly recommend it to anyone building the Hobby Boss Bv 141.

I would like to thank Eduard and IPMS for giving me the opportunity to use and review this mask set. 

Late US Navy Paint Set

Published: April 5th, 2015     
Late US Navy Paint Set
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Company: Hataka Hobby

Thanks to Hataka Hobby and Steven International for sending samples of this new line of acrylic model paint.  Thank you to the IPMS Reviewer Corps for letting me review them!  I am very appreciative of the chance to contribute back to the scale-modeling community. 

TRN1 Pistol Grip Airbrush

Published: February 13th, 2015     
TRN1 Pistol Grip Airbrush
Reviewed by: Jim Coatney, IPMS# 46815
Scale: N/A
Company: Iwata Medea

The NEO line is Iwata’s entry-level airbrush and is advertised as ideal for first-time airbrush users. Per Iwata, “Think you want to give airbrushing a try? Not sure you want to spend much to get started? The NEO is perfect for you…. AND you’ll have a great first experience! Iwata-Medea designed the NEO for the first time user.”

The Basics

The TRN1 is a gravity-feed, dual-action, internal-mix, pistol-grip brush. The paint cup is removable, and two sizes (10cc and 2cc) are included. The needle is .35mm. No air hose is included.

Impressions

This is the first-pistol grip airbrush I’ve used, and I was surprised by how immediately it felt ‘right’ in my hand. It’s heavy enough to feel solid, but no too heavy to feel cumbersome. It is nicely balanced, so I was able to get comfortable with it in short order.