Modeling Products

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

Vallejo Weathering Effects

Published: April 8th, 2017     
Vallejo Weathering Effects
Reviewed by: Len Pilhofer, IPMS# 49932
Company: Acrylicos Vallejo

Vallejo continues their line of specially made weathering products called "Weathering Effects". They are formulated with permanent pigments and water based acrylic resins. All of these products are available in 40 ml bottles. The two types of Weathering Effects reviewed here are "Splash Mud" and "Environment Effects".

The Splash Mud is very paint-like in consistency but too thick to be airbrushed as is, very similar to Vallejo's Model Color range. The recommended application is via the splatter method. One does this by loading a stiff bristle brush - where the stiff bristles will snap back very quickly after being bent - and using your fingers to flick the Splash Mud from the brush bristles to the surface you want to muddy-up. For this review, I used a completed Jagdpanzer IV (L48) that had been lightly weathered, but not with any of the thick products reviewed here. This way, the effects of these products can easily be seen.

Aircraft Paints

Published: March 25th, 2017     
Aircraft Paints
Reviewed by: Chad Richmond, IPMS# 10346
Company: MCW Finishes

This review covers the following MCW Military Paints:

  • MIL-1102 Lichtblau RLM76
  • MIL-1105 Grauviolett RLM75
  • MIL-1010 Graugrun RLM74
  • MIL-5003 40% Flat Clear - Flat

The paints are available at $7.50 per bottle.

What modeler can't use some more paint? It's just like kits. You can't have too many. I have always been ready to try a new brand of paint just to see if it is easier to spray than whatever happens to be my chosen paint at the time. Since I have yet to find a flat coat that I like, I was especially anxious to review the flat coat and I had a couple of Luftwaffe subjects close at hand, so the RLM 74/75/76 combination was a real no-brainer. Here's the catch, though. These are high-gloss lacquer paints! If you are an environmentalist or have emphysema like me, this may not be your favored choice. They are PPG Lacquer made. Maybe a little background is needed first before we fire up the masking tape and the compressor.

Decal Solution Mark Fit and Mark Fit Strong

Published: March 21st, 2017     
Decal Solution Mark Fit and Mark Fit Strong
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Company: Tamiya

In recent years Tamiya has expanded their model line to include finishing supplies like panel line accents, diorama materials, decal setting solutions, etc.

This particular review will cover the following decal setting solutions :

Like all decal solutions, and most modeling supplies, make sure you use them in a well ventilated area. While the Mark Fit solution is not that smelly, the Mark Fit Strong has a strong vinegar smell and both have a warning about fumes being dangerous.

Based on the instructions for both solutions they instruct you to apply the decal as always, and once you blotted the water off, to put some of the setting solution on top of the decal (you are even provided with a small brush in the cap), and to not touch the decal until fully dry.

Tape for Curves 2 mm and 3 mm

Published: March 13th, 2017     
Tape for Curves 2 mm and 3 mm
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Company: Tamiya

Tamiya masking tape (yellow) has been known to modelers for many years and it is still one of my favorite tools in the bench. This tape for curves is made of a different material; it has a plastic feeling to it so it is not the typical Tamiya tape trimmed to a few millimeters.

This tape is designed to mask curves. It easily "bends" for a curve, but it does not stretch as well as it bends. I like that property of the tape actually as it ensures its width is kept as constant as possible.

In this test I used a scrap wing -which I used for some paint tests- and placed both the 2 mm (Stock 87177) and 3 mm versions (Stock 87178) of the tape on the wing, as you can see in the pictures.

I've found that the best way to "bend" the tape is to actually anchor it -I use my thumb- where I want to have a bend and with the other hand twist the tape left or right, while burnishing the tape against the plastic.

Airbrush Cleaner

Published: March 6th, 2017     
Airbrush Cleaner
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: Tamiya

I've got my spray booth set up, my paint mixed, and the compressor has been powered up and its ready to go. The paint cup is attached to the airbrush with anticipation of an enjoyable painting session. I pull the trigger............and nothing. After fiddling with the pressure and air adjustments on the airbrush and compressor, I realize that my airbrush is jammed up with dried paint. There's not anything to do but shut down the painting session and get the airbrush cleaned up.

That is where Tamiya's #87089 Airbrush Cleaner steps in. You'll need a cleaner that can loosen and dissolve dried paint, and this product is very good at doing just that. You know the drill. Disassemble your airbrush and clean each part carefully and completely. I use a small wire brush dipped in some Airbrush Cleaner that has been poured into a very small cup. Wearing gloves, I carefully scrub the airbrush parts with the wire brush, dry them with a lint-free cloth and I'm ready to go!