Modeling Products

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

US Navy & USMC Colors From 70's to Present

Published: November 13th, 2016     
US Navy & USMC Colors From 70's to Present
Reviewed by: David Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Company: Vallejo

Vallejo makes several different types of paints- some for hand brushing, some for detailing and some pre-thinned for air brushing. Model Air is a range of liquid acrylic colors developed especially for airbrushing and has very finely ground pigments and an acrylic resin which has been designed for durability.

The set reviewed here is for modern US Navy Colors and contains eight 17ml squeeze bottles of:

Vallejo Metal Colors

Published: October 17th, 2016     
Vallejo Metal Colors
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Company: Vallejo

Vallejo has introduced a series of eighteen metallic colors in their Metal Colors line. This also includes a glossy black primer and a gloss protective varnish. Each bottle is 32ml (1.08 ounces) and has an excellent pour dropper which is angled. MSRP is $10.99 per bottle.  

The colors reviewed are:

Halifax B Mk. III canopy masks

Published: October 11th, 2016     
Halifax B Mk. III canopy masks
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

Thanks to Eduard for providing more of their excellent aftermarket parts for IPMS USA to review, and to IPMS leadership for sending it to me!

This set is simple to use; Kabuki tape masks for all the clear bits! Included are masks for all the windows, canopy parts, and gun turrets, and wheels. One benefit of these sets is the ability to mask off VERY tiny windows; in this case, all the 1/8” round porthole windows, and some of the intersecting canopy window bits. These can be less than 1/16” across, and are VERY difficult to mask; same with the turret frames, because of the complex curves. Eduard utilizes multiple small tape masks to make sure you cover all the areas without wrinkling, which leads to paint creep under the tape.

After you have installed the canopies and other items, just remove the masks with the tip of a #11 Xacto knife blade, and press into position. Spray paint with interior colors, then the final exterior colors; flatcoat, then remove the masks. Done!

American Staff Car Painting Masks

Published: October 9th, 2016     
American Staff Car Painting Masks
Reviewed by: Dave Koukol, IPMS# 46287
Scale: 1/48
Company: Hauler

Background

Of the many consumable items available to the modern-day modeler, pre-cut masking aids are perhaps one of the most useful types on the market. Originally targeting aircraft areas of interest, recent years have seen a tremendous proliferation into other genre – including military vehicles.

The Product

A recent and pleasant surprise was to see Hauler offer a masking set for Tamiya’s 1/48 scale US Staff Car kit. Having that model on the near-term build list, I just had to jump at the chance to try some Hauler masks for the first time. The set contains two sheets of finely cut, super-thin vinyl masks for glass areas and wheel hubs, and stencils for national insignia stars. A single sheet of placement diagrams is more than sufficient for applying the masks.

Weathering Environment Effects

Published: October 8th, 2016     
Weathering Environment Effects
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Company: Vallejo

I am very appreciative of Acrylicos Vallejo (AV) for sending new products for review, and I am equally appreciative of all the Review Corps crew members who take care of all of the legwork to get materials to reviewers and the completed reviews published for the modeling community. It is a privilege to be part of this manufacturer-modeler group effort.

Description

I am pleased to see more specialized weathering and detail treatments from Acrylicos Vallejo. Each of these relatively transparent stains, coupled with thicker snow and grass, is designed to effectively simulate outdoor operating conditions. Using these stains will bring a vehicle out of the showroom and elevate it to a realistic operating appearance in the snow and grass, looking thoroughly traveled. Furthermore, all sorts of diorama materials can be dressed up to show weathered appearances. Each 40 ml bottle provides about 440 scale gallons of liquid in 1:35, so your diorama and vignette stock is easily covered.