Modeling Products

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

Sci-fi 4 Display Base

Published: September 6th, 2018     
Sci-fi 4 Display Base
Reviewed by: Brent Bristow, IPMS# 48487
Company: Coastal Kits

All of us, at some point, have finished a model after many weeks or months of work, and realized that it needed a display base of some sort to enhance the piece. But creating a base can often be just as time consuming as the model, and if you are ready to move on to another project, it may get put on the back burner or never get done. Coastal Kits is working to provide a solution to this problem with several premade, two-dimensional bases that allow you to quickly and easily enhance your model. For this review, I will be looking at the one of these bases, which is called Sci-Fi 4.

The base measures 250x250mm (approximately 9.84x9.84 inches) and is made of sturdy plastic board material that is 3 mm thick. It has a little flexibility but does not bend easily. As an experiment, I tried to make an indention in the top of the display with my fingernail with a moderate amount of force and was unable to make a dent in the material. If this base can withstand this, it should be able to withstand the weight of most styrene or resin models without compressing.

Mission Models Paint- Part 1 (Thinner, Polyurethane, Primer and Paint)

Published: September 1st, 2018     
Mission Models Paint- Part 1 (Thinner, Polyurethane, Primer and Paint)
Reviewed by: Blaine Singleton, IPMS# 50734
Scale: NA
Company: Mission Models

Company Overview

Mission Model paints - a new way to think about painting.

This review focuses on using Mission Models acrylic paints. I will present a ground up approach to the steps I follow to get the best finish from this new line of primers and paints.

Mission Models Paints is a relative newcomer to the model paint market with 118 custom colors for armor, ships, aircraft and cars in the line. An additional 75 colors will be added soon.  

What are Benefits to using the paints?

They have a high pigment density, no chemical odor, are easy to work with, and have great opacity with little tendency to run, sag, or spider when sprayed. And, they're environmentally safe. An additional benefit is that when sprayed, more paint is concentrated on the area being painted with less overspray.

WWII German Infantry

Published: August 23rd, 2018     
WWII German Infantry
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1:48
Company: Aerobonus

IPMS/USA thanks the Aires Aerobonus team once again for sending us this simple, excellent items for use in a diorama setting . And thanks to Phil and John for obtaining the sets for the team...

This set consists of one perfectly cast figure of an infantryman carrying a rifle. Five parts on one pour block, with main body/torso, two arms, one head with soft field hat with front bill, and one rifle. Another walking pose, good for being alone or walking with the other members of this particular set, looking to his left with mauser in hand.

The facial features are natural and after light priming take paint and detail wash well. Details include a cartridge container and overall fall/winter jacket. Triple "clip" pouch, and again a medium weight winter jacket.

As on the previous figure, I made a sling strap for the rifle by lead wire, rolling it flat under an X-Acto #11 handle on the building pad.

25-degree Sprue Cutter

Published: August 7th, 2018     
25-degree Sprue Cutter
Reviewed by: Phil Peterson, IPMS# 8739
Company: Fujiya

If you build models you are probably very familiar with Micro-Mark. Not only do they carry a wide range of modeling tools but also offer several kits in different media.

When starting a model getting the parts off the sprue cleanly helps lower the amount of clean up you need to do so finding a good sprue cutter is a great start. This product is manufactured by Fujiya out of Japan.

I tried it out on a kit I am working on for a review and it did a great job. The 25-degree angle gives good control to get up next to the part no matter the placement on the sprue. The cut was clean, but you need to make sure you are even with the part edge or you will live a bit of the connection.

They also advertise that this is a great tool for cutting soft wire but I didn't have any available to test it on. My only concern from other products is once you cut metal it may not work as well on plastic later on. I will be looking forward to seeing how well it holds it edge over time.

The handle is coated with a rubber like material that is comfortable to the touch and adds a good grip to help keep the tool from slipping in your hand.

Template Squares Steel

Published: June 11th, 2018     
Template Squares Steel
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Company: Eduard

This is a photoetch template set for use scribing/engraving square type features on any subject plastic model. This set with one sheet with 4 smaller templates within it.

In the packet includes

  • 1 photoetch sheet


This is a fantastic set for added some great additional details features to any kit or replacing engraved squares lost due to sanding and filling. They are easy to use and flexible to form around most shapes and surfaces.

Thanks go to Eduard for providing this set to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them.