Modeling Products

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

Black-It Out Washes

Published: October 18th, 2010     
Black-It Out Washes
Reviewed by: Rob Folden, IPMS# 45545
Company: The Detailer

As any modeler knows, a good wash can pick out details and set a model apart from the crowd. There have been a lot of tips, tricks, and formulas over the years for the perfect wash. But The Detailer may have finally done it. The Detailer has created a line of twelve pre-mixed washes in various colors.

The washes come in 1-oz. bottles and are available in colors ranging from black through grey and white to greens and even purple. There are several uses for the washes, whether you're a car modeler or a military modeler. The liquid is slightly thicker than water, and can be used straight from the bottle or thinned with water. The Detailer website shows some of the automotive uses such as blacked out grills, chrome tinting, lens and glass tinting, and various anodized metal looks.

Professional Photo Etch Scissors

Published: October 11th, 2010     
Professional Photo Etch Scissors
Reviewed by: Bart Cusamano, IPMS# 31882
Company: Xuron Corporation

Let me start out by saying that I am a photo etch (PE) addict.  Yes, that's right - if there's a model I'm preparing to build and there's any type of PE available for it, I will buy it and I will use it.  I just can't seem to help it.  OK, I feel better getting that off of my chest.  I just love PE detail parts and what they do  for the scale appearance of my models.  However, I have always struggled with removal of the parts from the frets, not only in  making a clean cut, but in not damaging or bending the PE part being removed.  I've tried about every PE part removal technique known to model-building man (or woman) and have never been totally happy with any of them.  So when given the opportunity to review this new PE scissor from Xuron, I jumped at the chance.

Reaper Miniatures Master Series Paint Set #6

Published: October 11th, 2010     
Reaper Miniatures Master Series Paint Set #6
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Company: Reaper Miniatures

I have to admit that I am a paint addict. Part of it might be that I build every type of model and part of it is looking for that perfect paint. As I was reading another modeling publication, there was a nice ad for Reaper Miniatures and their line of paints and figures. For those who are unaware, Reaper Miniatures produces metal figures for use in RPG or role playing games and sells all the associated things needed such as paint. When Ed Pugh and Reaper offered to let IPMS review their paints, I was chomping at the bit to put these through trials on figures.

Precision Punch & Die Set

Published: September 24th, 2010     
Precision Punch & Die Set
Reviewed by: Bill Kluge, IPMS# 45849
Company: Roll Models, Inc.

Punch & die sets are one of those tools that you don't think too much about until one day when you need it.  Then once you have one, you wonder how you ever did without it. Roll Models now offers the familiar Waldron set containing a punch guide and six punches in the following sizes:

.160",   .120",   .089",   .081",   .059", and .039"

Using the set is simplicity itself. One need only slightly separate the sandwich guide, slide in the material to be punched out, line it up in the appropriately sized hole, insert the punch and lightly tap it with a small hammer. You're rewarded with a perfectly round punch-out. Aircraft modelers have long used this tool to cut out small, round instrument panel dial and gauge decals. Ship modelers will find it useful when the time comes to cut out circular decals for 1/700 or 1/350 Japanese, British or U.S aircraft decals for carrier models. One aspect that I did notice was that a good magnifier came in handy as I used the smaller punches.  This was to ensure that the item to be punched was properly centered in the guide hole.