Modeling Products

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

"Ovals and Oblong" and "Ovals" Steel Templates

Published: August 23rd, 2014     
"Ovals and Oblong" and "Ovals" Steel Templates
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Company: Eduard

In recent months Eduard Models has been releasing some very useful tools for the modeler, like this series of templates. I have previously reviewed three other sets in the range: http://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/shapes-templates

This first set reviewed in this article is “Ovals and Oblong,” part number 00031, with a total of 25 shapes. There are four subsets of shapes: two oval subsets, a teardrop subset, and a circle with a flat edge subset. The last shape is very useful when scribing fuel/oil caps onto airplanes or vehicles.

The next set is “Ovals,” part number 00032, with a whopping 60 oval templates. Their dimension ranges from 1x1.8 mm to 2.8x7.6 mm. You will be hard pressed to claim there was an oval shape you couldn’t find in this template set.

Not only these templates are useful for scribing panel lines, but also can be used to simply draw panel lines with a pen or to guide a blade when creating masks for windows, mirrors, etc.

Both of these sets are etched in steel which delivers both durability and strength (i.e., they won’t get easily deformed by use).

Glue Looper

Published: August 23rd, 2014     
Glue Looper
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: Creative Dynamic LLC

How does one apply glue in a small area with maximum control over the quantity applied and with precise application? Glue Looper has provided a tool that addresses both location and quantity.

Please note that Glue Looper provides very clear and specific instructions for the use of the product, so you won’t see a lengthy repeat of those instructions in this review. Also, please note that Glue Looper provides a “how to” video on their website. We all know that a picture, in this case a “moving picture,” is worth a thousand words, so take advantage of this video prior to using Glue Looper. Go to http://www.creativedynamicllc.com to view the video.

Template Access Steel

Published: August 18th, 2014     
Template Access Steel
Reviewed by: Mike Van Schoonhoven, IPMS# 41627
Company: Eduard

How many times have you sanded away the detail on a model and then had to rescribe it by hand? Well over the past several months Eduard has released several photo etch templates of different shapes to make your scribing a little easier. This set is one of those and it is used for access panels.

The set comes on one photo etch fret, but then can be cut down into three separate templates that will then conform to the rounded surfaces of your model kit. To get the examples of what the different panels look like, I chucked a needle in my pin vise and just started working around the template lightly at first and increasing pressure to get depth in the scribing. Once this was accomplished I sand the raised edges and then applied a wash to show off the new panel.

I highly recommend this product to modelers that would like to be able to restore detail that I had been lost through sanding or adding missing access panels. I would like to thank Eduard and IPMS/USA for the opportunity to be able to review this kit.    

AK Interactive Clear Colors

Published: August 6th, 2014     
AK Interactive Clear Colors
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Scale: NA
Company: AK Interactive

AK Interactive provides a set of three clear colors in this set. AK 267 Clear Orange, AK 265 Clear Red, and AK 266 Clear Green. These colors are perfect for navigation lights on aircraft, turn signals on cars, lighting on armor, lighting and windows on spacecraft, and even jewerly on figures.

In tests, all three colors did precisely what AK advertised they would do. When applied, the end product is a very realistic approximation of a color tinted bulb, or light cover. AK states that a new formula prevents the issue of a ring or rim of “Paint” around the área to which the colors are applied, and my tests verify this claim.

These tests consisted of the application of each color on an un-prepared plastic surface. In some tests I applied each color to the tip of a thread of stretched sprue. The Paint dried in a matter of minutes and has a smooth Surface and a transluscent appearance.

During my tests I found that the best appearance is obtained by applying a light, thin coat of clear color. If one attempts to apply a large drop of color it tends to make the Paint darker. One can thin the clear color Paint with AK 268 Nitro Thinner.

Gator Glue

Published: July 13th, 2014     
Gator Glue
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: n/a
Company: Gator Masks

Gator Masks had a happy accident. Gator glue ordered the wrong products when planning to make a batch of their regular “Gator Grip” glue and accidently made a thinner product, which like the original glue.  Gator glue is water based and non-toxic.  After testing the new thinner product, they decided to add this “happy accident” to the catalog as the “Thin Blend” version of the Gator glue. This product is called “a perfect blend for Photo Etch”.

So I tried the thinner Gator glue with some PE seatbelts and a scrap piece of clear plastic and this is what I’ve discovered:

The water based aspect of this glue is very nice as if you have a bit of glue that oozes out, you can clean it with a Q-tip and water. The glue also dries virtually flat, which is a big contrast to regular superglue.  The picture shows a smear of glue (my own fault) before I hit it with a flat coat. The glue has a surface tension higher than water (i.e, it would form a small ‘drop’ at the end of a toothpick), which is useful if you want to simulate an insulator in an airplane rigging. I’ve also tested it on a clear part and there was no fogging.

Landing Gear Weathering and Wash Materials

Published: July 7th, 2014     
Landing Gear Weathering and Wash Materials
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: AK Interactive

AK Interactive offers a wide variety of items for the modeler, from paint and weathering sets and books, to model kits. The website is easy to navigate and offers a button to provide an “English” translation. Another button offers a currency exchange calculate from Euros (the posted pricing) to US dollars.

AK is on Facebook and has a You-Tube presence. To quote the AK You-Tube link, “AK's Official Youtube Channel (will) show Advanced Techniques, Tutorials, Tips & Tricks and many more things. Currently working on it :-)”

AK provided IPMS-USA their Aircraft Landing Gear Weathering Set, AK 2030, to review and I was pleased to take on this review. The AK 2030 set contains 3 bottles of “wash and weathering” liquids.

Micro Mitre Box

Published: June 7th, 2014     
Micro Mitre Box
Reviewed by: Steve Collins, IPMS# 33811
Company: UMM-USA

The UMM Micro Mitre Box is a useful little tool if you’re scratchbuilding or adding detail to a model.  Made of aluminum, it’s designed for cutting wood, metal, or plastic using their JLC razor saw.  As an aside, it also works with other brands of razor saw, so long as they’re not over .12” thickness.  This version of their box allows cuts at 45°, 60°, and 90°.  They have recently released an updated version of the box (Micro Mitre Box II) which has a brass rule imbedded in the box that is marked in 1mm increments.  There is an adjustable stop device that is screw-mounted in the bottom of the box.  It has a flat end and a slanted end to be used to hold the material in place.  There are several screw holes to allow the stop to be almost infinitely adjusted for length.

I have used the box to cut round, square, and flat plastic stock, as well as .100” I-beam stock with no difficulties.  With the narrower slots for the saw, the cuts are precise and smooth.  It’s certainly a recommended tool! 

Thanks to UMM-USA for providing the sample and to IPMS/USA for the opportunity to review it.

Dropper (Glue Applicator)

Published: May 20th, 2014     
Dropper (Glue Applicator)
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Company: Eduard

Eduard Models is releasing some very useful tools for the modelers, like this glue applicator, dropper or kapátko (probably in Czech as it is written in the package).

This photoetch fret has a total of 10 applicators. The “jaws” in the applicator comes in two sizes, small and smaller glue drop. The two sizes of drops make this tool useful for different scales or different applications. Each applicator has its own engraved grip for better handling.

I can see this tool being extremely useful while working with photoetch parts (from Eduard, what else!) and it would prevent that ‘blob’ of superglue that we all have dealt with in our builds.

Highly recommended.

I would like to thank Eduard and IPMS/USA for the review sample.

Shapes Templates

Published: May 18th, 2014     
Shapes Templates
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: N/A
Company: Eduard

Eduard Models is releasing some very useful tools for the modelers, like this series of templates.

The first set is “Circle and Oval”, SKU: 00027 with a total of 38 circular templates ranging from 0.8 to 6.2 mm. This set also has a fret with 34 oval templates, with sizes ranging from 1.8x1mm to 5.8x10.2 mm.

The next set is “Oblongs and Squares”, SKU: 00028 with 14 templates for each geometry. Their dimension ranges from 3.5 to 5 mm. The Oblongs are ‘rectangles’ with rounded corners.

Finally the last set is “Oblongs”, SKU: 00029 with an amazing total of 52 templates ranging from 0.6 mm to 4 mm.

Tweezers - Flat Tip and Crossed Type

Published: March 3rd, 2014     
Tweezers - Flat Tip and Crossed Type
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: Plusmodel

Good tools make modeling easier, and every modeler needs several types of tweezers and the toolbox. Plusmodel is now offering tweezers designed for the modeler.

Flat Tip tweezers are very useful tools when handling plastic bits and decals. The key factor with Flat Tip tweezers is that the jaws are parallel and “meet” when closed without any overhang or gap between the jaws. We’ve all seen “inexpensive” flat tip tweezers that, from the get-go, display a gap. The Plusmodel Flat Tip Tweezers, # 026, come out of the package with a perfect “bite”. These tweezers close and grip well.

Crossed Tweezers are closed “at rest” and open when squeezed. Crossed Tweezers are excellent tools used to grip and hold small parts. The Plusmodel Crossed Type Tweezers, #021 has pointed tips (some Crossed Tweezers are engineered with flat tips) and can pick up very small items, holding them firmly but gently.