Modeling Products

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

6 NEW PRODUCTS FROM ALCLAD II

Published: March 14th, 2011     
6 NEW PRODUCTS FROM ALCLAD II
Reviewed by: Ed Kinney, IPMS# 2989
Company: Alclad II
  • ALC 311Klear Kote Light Sheen 4oz/120ml 
  • ALC 312 Klear Kote Semi-Matte 4oz/120m
  • ALC 313 Klear Kote Matte 4oz/120ml
  • ALC 314 Klear Kote Flat 4oz/120ml
  • ALC 408 Armoured Glass Tint 1oz/30ml
  • ALC 600 Aqua Gloss Clear 4oz/120ml

As has been the case for as long as I have known him, Tony Hipp seems to be on an endless quest to develop and bring to market still more excellent products for the discriminating modeler. For years, we've searched for the ultimate natural metal finishes, and when Alclad first came on the market, every other product took a distant place far behind. Tony's products, my estimation, have become the benchmark to which all standards are measured.

These new offerings are not aluminum paints, but will go a long way to make whatever your modeling project is more realistic.

Sub-Miniature Punch and Die Set

Published: January 10th, 2011     
Sub-Miniature Punch and Die Set
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Company: Roll Models, Inc.

For those of you that do any scratch building or those that super detail kits, you are well aware of punch sets. For the rest of us, a quick explanation is needed. Roll Models Sub-Miniature Punch and Die set includes a series of series of metal punches and a guide to allow you to replicate small discs. The Sub-Miniature set comes in sizes 0.063, 0.058, 0.053, 0.048, 0.043, 0.038, 0.033, 0.028, 0.023, 0.018 inches. It can be used for punching out plastic card to replicate bolt heads or used to punch paper to make masks.

The process is simplicity itself. You select the size punch you need. Slip your material to be punched between the guide bars, insert the punch and strike sharply. Out the other side comes a perfect little disk. You can do this over and over and it remains the same size.

In the pictures, I used some plastic card and punched out three circles. I used these to replicate the bolt heads on a dungeon door. It can be used for engine detail, panel detail, to replace lost rivets due to sanding and many, many more things.

Tritium.TG Series - Dual Action Pistol Style Airbrush, Top Gravity

Published: January 6th, 2011     
Tritium.TG Series - Dual Action Pistol Style Airbrush, Top Gravity
Reviewed by: Mike Hoekstra, IPMS# 46528
Company: Grex USA

I had the day off from work and had some time to spend with the Grex Tritium TG3 airbrush I recently purchased. The basic kit included the TG3 gravity-feed airbrush, three interchangeable paint cups - 2ml, 7ml, and 15ml, one needle and one crown cap. The caps are magnetized for easy on/off switch outs. The magnetic, spare needle crown cap sticks to the back of the rear handle cap - NICE feature. A tool/wrench is also included for switching out the caps and general disassembly. The total weight of the unit is 6.4oz.

The airbrush comes preset from Grex. To assist with consistent line widths, the Tritium has a Pre-set knob at the back of the airbrush. Turning it clock-wise limits the trigger and how much amount of paint sprayed. Completely turning it clock-wise will stop the trigger entirely and lock it shut. Turning it counter-clockwise, allows for more/unlimited paint and trigger extension. Turning in completely counter-clockwise allows unlimited trigger control.

Genesis.XG, and XN Series Double Action Top Gravity Fed Airbrushes

Published: January 6th, 2011     
Genesis.XG, and XN Series Double Action Top Gravity Fed Airbrushes
Reviewed by: Mike Hoekstra, IPMS# 56528
Company: Grex USA

Two more green machines added to the arsenal. The basic kit included the Genesis XG ( $149.98) airbrush with a 7ml cup capacity, .3mm nozzle, and weighs in at 4.2 OZ. To assist with consistent line widths, the Genesis has a Pre-set knob at the back of the airbrush rear handle cap. Turning is clock-wise limits the trigger and how much amount of paint sprayed. Turning it counter-clockwise, allows for more/unlimited paint and trigger extension. Just the feel of the airbrush lets you know it's solid. The balance is very nice as the rear handle cap is all metal. Not plastic  like some other airbrushes in its price range of $120. Grex also makes the comfort grip set that can be purchased separately for a more ergonomic/comfortable feel.

NEW FROM ALCLAD II

Published: December 27th, 2010     
NEW FROM ALCLAD II
Reviewed by: Ed Kinney, IPMS# 2989
Company: Alclad II

ALC306 Bottle White Primer & Microfiller

ALC309 Bottle Black Primer & Microfiller

Never resting on his laurels (or whatever else he might call them), Tony Hipp, inventor of Alclad II, does it yet again. As I have stated in several "how to" articles on this product, I couldn't stress enough the subject of surface preparation prior to applying the metal finishes. If any sanding scratches were present, they would require a base coat of a primer with filling capabilities, then sanding and polishing so that in the case of the "high shine colors", a gloss black primer could be applied, followed by whatever finish coat was desired. These new offerings cut down on the workload substantially, in that these primers may be applied, sanded and polished to the desired sheen and followed by any of the Alclad II metal finish coats, thus eliminating one or two full steps and drying time.