Modeling Products

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

Alclad II Candy Enamels

Published: June 21st, 2012     
Alclad II Candy Enamels
Reviewed by: Ed Kinney, IPMS# 2989
Company: Alclad II

All new from the elves at Alclad II, a new line of finishes (this time, enamels with a mineral spirits base) primarily for automobiles, and trust me when I say, you need to try these for yourself.  First up, a bright silver base has been created that may be sprayed DIRECTLY on to the plastic, without primer.  I must admit that I was somewhat skeptical until I tried it, and it is, without a doubt, exactly as advertised.  Images show not only the various colors as painted on a series of 34 Ford Coupes, but also an effort of my own on an old "Snaptite" Monogram Corvette, further referred to as the "Candy Dish Corvette."

This shows all the available colors on one car to advantage.  I have used in the past some of Alclad II's tinted or "hot metal" finishes which were lacquer-based, but this product, as I have stated, is an enamel base and can be applied without fear of "crazing" the plastic underneath.  It also has some of the best "flow out" capabilities I have ever seen.  I sprayed these colors at 18psi through a Paasche "H" model airbrush as follows:

Badger Renegade Krome Airbrush

Published: June 17th, 2012     
Badger Renegade Krome Airbrush
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: Badger Airbrush Company

From time to time, one gets the opportunity to review a finely crafted and indispensable item such as an airbrush. Badger recently provided a copy of the "Renegade Krome," along with an assortment of Badger acrylic paint to IPMS/USA, and it, indeed, is an excellent airbrush.

First, there is a treasure trove of information on the Badger website about the Krome, including an informative and excellent video. To view this video, please visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2JBaqBK1kU4&feature=youtu.be

I recommend that you check out this video before your initial use of the Krome, as it will answer many questions about the use of the rear adjustment knob which controls paint flow, plus breaking down the airbrush to clean it, and reassembly after cleaning. The video narration addresses the modifications made by Badger between the Krome and earlier versions of the Renegade. These modifications have resulted in smoother "action" on all moving and adjustable parts.

"Goddess of Flight" Display Stand

Published: September 27th, 2011     
"Goddess of Flight" Display Stand
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: Scale Offerings

The Parts

The Goddess of Flight provides a sturdy and classy display base for models. The Goddess figure consists of seven parts, all cast in resin. Her feet are contained within a base that can simulate clouds or water, depending on what model she will be supporting. There are no "feet" per se, but a resin locating peg that slips into the cloud/water base.

This cloud/water base comes with a 1/4" (approx.) nut that is embedded firmly in the resin. The nut slides upward through a finished wooden base which provides lateral support for the finished Goddess and a whole lot of "class". The wooden base is circular, comes completely finished and is very attractive.

Weathering Pigments

Published: July 31st, 2011     
Reviewed by: Tom Sprawls, IPMS# 35342
Company: ModelMakerZ

Among the companies offering ways to weather and complement the realism of your scale models a new competitor has emerged. The company ModelMaker Z is now offering Pigment Powders. A selection of 17 unique colors with descriptive names such as Dark Russian Dirt, South East Asian Mud, Old Rust, Medium Rust, and Panzer Gray Fading are available. The ultra-fine pigment powders are packaged in clear half-ounce bottles with screw-on lids. Powder Pigments likes to say the bottles are transparent because "Quality and Value are Clear". Each 1/2-oz. bottle retails for $5.00 and is available from your local Hobby Shop as well as direct from the ModelMaker Z web site.

Powder Pigments can be applied by a variety of methods. Pigment Powder can be applied dry using a paint brush. The pigments can then be "fixed" in place using their own airbrush ready Model Maker Z Fixative/Thinner. Powder Pigment can be mixed with the fixative/thinner to airbrush on the subject. Describing this action as a sort of weathering paint you slowly build up layer after layer of fine particles to accomplish a realistically weathered, dusty, finish.

Alpha Precision Abrasives Modeler's Introductory Package

Published: July 14th, 2011     
Alpha Precision Abrasives Modeler's Introductory Package
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Company: Alpha Precision Abrasives Inc.

Alpha Precision Abrasives is a manufacturer of industrial abrasives. It also has selection of abrasive tools for the hobbyist. Master Detail is packaging a selection of Alpha Precision Abrasives products into an introductory package. The package includes

  • 1/8-inch Sanding Files (100/180; 120/240 and 240/320 grit)
  • 3 Plastic Sanding Needles (150, 240 and 320 grit)
  • Micro Finish Cloth Abrasive Sheet (3200, 3600, 4000, 6000, 8000 and 12,000)
  • Abrasive Cleaning Disk

The sanding files are really nice. They bend enough as to follow curved parts without damaging or deforming them, while still have enough 'hardness' as to get the sanding job done. You can clean them and re-use them several times (see below). They are color coded in each side for a different grid, however the 100/180 are both white, making difficult to know which grit is the one being used.

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