Modeling Products

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

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.

Adhesive Detail & Marking Film Red

Published: April 21st, 2011     
Adhesive Detail & Marking Film Red
Reviewed by: Roger Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Company: Hasegawa

Editor's note: This product comes in a variety of colors

Most model builders think of useful small hobby tools when they hear someone say TRITOOL. However, this TRITOOL item is a fundamental building material for use in scratch building, customizing or finishing models. It is a unique self-adhesive sheet of thin pre-finished foil (film) that is intended to replicate red finishes on aircraft or other models (other primary colors are available, such as white, black, yellow, orange, blue, etc.). The package contains one 90mm x 200mm sheet of material that has a red semi-gloss finish. It appears to be the correct color for reproducing a Japanese Hinomaru.

Gunze Sangyo Mr Paint Station

Published: April 20th, 2011     
Gunze Sangyo Mr Paint Station
Reviewed by: Tom Jett, IPMS# 46082
Company: Gunze Sangyo

When I saw the review list and "Mr Paint Station" and "Gunze" I was thinking this could be cool. In reality it's not exactly what the name implies. What Mr Paint Station is actually is a holding device for painting. What you get in cellophane bag are four 3" x 5" "boxes" that are built so that the corrugation is facing out. These open corrugations then allow you to place toothpicks or other thin holding clamps you may have, into them to hold parts while they dry or perhaps when you paint them.

The cellophane bag shows that Gunze may produce a set of holding sticks that are meant to insert into the corrugation, none are supplied in the Mr Paint Station package. Unfortunately I can't read Japanese, so I don't know what their actual product name is or how much they cost.

Lacking the Gunze holding stick, I tried toothpicks which do work but don't provide a secure hold given they have a smaller diameter than the corrugation. In my opinion, as primarily an armor builder, this item is best served to hold road wheels while paint dries or you weather them, or perhaps to fashion a holding jig.

Adjustable Stand for Model Aircraft and Collectibles

Published: April 20th, 2011     
Adjustable Stand for Model Aircraft and Collectibles
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Company: Flightpose

One of the long time problems modelers have had is what to do if they want to pose an aircraft in flight- after all, that's their natural habitat, in the air. Another problem we modelers have had is how to show off the underside of our exquisitely detailed airplanes or the like while they sit on their gear.

Scale Aircraft Wheel Sander

Published: March 19th, 2011     
Scale Aircraft Wheel Sander
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Company: CB Model Products

I love tools. I don't think you can have too many. Occasionally I come across one that I say "how did I live without that?"  That is what this tool is. More than a simple jig, this machined metal tool allows you to flat sand the bottom of the wheels evenly and consistently. Let's face it a perfectly round wheel is not realistic nor are the flat wheels that are common on aftermarket wheels. That is where this tool comes in, the perfect balance of weight without being flat.

How do you use it?  Simple get your tire from the kit, clean up the seam lines, set the angle, clamp the wheel between the flat spots on the tool and leave about 1/8 inch out the bottom. Then simply sand with 320 sandpaper while applying pressure to the base plate. It is that simple, but does it work?