Modeling Products

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

Real Colors Acrylic Lacquer Paints

Published: November 28th, 2017     
Real Colors Acrylic Lacquer Paints
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Company: AK Interactive

Real Colors are AK-Interactive's excellent new line of acrylic lacquer paints. These paints are new technically in the paint formula and new artistically with the statement on paint colors. These paint colors have been determined through scientific analysis of actual WWII paint samples to produce colors as accurate as possible. In addition to the paints, AK has published a book, Real Colors of WWII, that documents the historical research and analysis that went into determining the paint colors. The Real Colors paints and Real Colors of WWII book provide a historical benchmark of paint colors that will be a valuable resource for modelers to reproduce accurate vehicle colors. I anticipate lots of discussion about the colors presented.

Sci-Fi 09 Display Base

Published: June 28th, 2017     
Sci-Fi 09 Display Base
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Scale: 1/72
Company: Coastal Kits

Coastal Kits was founded in 2011 and is based in Blackpool, Lancashire, UK. It is a family-run business that originally retailed model kits and their associated supplies. Coastal Kits began marketing their own range of display bases at the end of 2012 after their bases were well received at Telford's Scale Model World. The Business soon decided to concentrate solely on their display base product line. The range currently exceeds 220 bases in multiple scales and subjects. They also provide custom bases upon request.

The display bases are manufactured from 3mm Foamex board which is a rigid, waterproof plastic. Laminated matte vinyl is used to print the subject with the latest odorless latex ink providing a permanent and waterproof finish. The benefit over alternatives like paper-based products is that the display will not fade, lift, or bubble.

Ground Blur 02 Display Base

Published: June 28th, 2017     
Ground Blur 02 Display Base
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Scale: 1/72
Company: Coastal Kits

Coastal Kits was founded in 2011 and is based in Blackpool, Lancashire, UK. It is a family-run business that originally retailed model kits and their associated supplies. Coastal Kits began marketing their own range of display bases at the end of 2012 after their bases were well received at Telford's Scale Model World. The Business soon decided to concentrate solely on their display base product line. The range currently exceeds 220 bases in multiple scales and subjects. They also provide custom bases upon request.

The display bases are manufactured from 3mm Foamex board which is a rigid, waterproof plastic. Laminated matte vinyl is used to print the subject with the latest odorless latex ink providing a permanent and waterproof finish. The benefit over alternatives like paper-based products is that the display will not fade, lift, or bubble.

Acrylic White Putty

Published: June 9th, 2017     
Acrylic White Putty
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Company: Acrylicos Vallejo

Vallejo's name is well recognized in the scale modeling field. They have a huge array of products, and their specialized modeling products line is one of the best in the world. At our last IPMS Chapter meeting, Keith Pieper of Avalon Books gave me a tube of Vallejo's new white Plastic Putty.

The putty itself is an acrylic medium with white color and marble dust. The added marble dust makes the putty more durable than most.

The tube is fairly small, 20 ml., but with the fine applicator "spout", it goes pretty much where I put it, so I have less waste of putty when I'm doing a seam. The first time I tried it, I put the putty on the cab of an Italeri Opel Blitz ambulance in 1/72, which needed a pretty good fill between the hood and the doors of the cab. After I let it set up overnight, I sanded the seam, and it worked pretty well. Because it's white, it made painting easier, the color covered better than they would red or white putty. No primer required.

Masking Frisket Paper

Published: May 20th, 2017