Modeling Products

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

Airbrush Cleaner

Published: March 6th, 2017     
Airbrush Cleaner
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: Tamiya

I've got my spray booth set up, my paint mixed, and the compressor has been powered up and its ready to go. The paint cup is attached to the airbrush with anticipation of an enjoyable painting session. I pull the trigger............and nothing. After fiddling with the pressure and air adjustments on the airbrush and compressor, I realize that my airbrush is jammed up with dried paint. There's not anything to do but shut down the painting session and get the airbrush cleaned up.

That is where Tamiya's #87089 Airbrush Cleaner steps in. You'll need a cleaner that can loosen and dissolve dried paint, and this product is very good at doing just that. You know the drill. Disassemble your airbrush and clean each part carefully and completely. I use a small wire brush dipped in some Airbrush Cleaner that has been poured into a very small cup. Wearing gloves, I carefully scrub the airbrush parts with the wire brush, dry them with a lint-free cloth and I'm ready to go!

Diorama Texture Paint - Snow Effect

Published: March 5th, 2017     
Diorama Texture Paint - Snow Effect
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Company: Tamiya

Tamiya is expanding its line of Textured Paint, this time with two different snow effect paints: Snow Effect and Powder Snow. This particular package also included a third bottle, which is "dark earth", perfect to show some groundwork underneath the snow.

The first thing I noticed is that the snow bottles weight at least twice as much as the earth one. I suspect a different kind of "pellets" (texture) is being used here.

The Snow Effect paint has small micro-balloons (0.05-0.35mm) and the Powder Snow even smaller ones. I honestly could not see them - in the powder one, but I could feel a bit of the texture when I put a dab of the paint between my fingers. You can certainly hear a bit of a "grinding noise" when you spread the paint on a base. By the way, don't use a brush as it will damage it. I used a plain wooden stick to spread the paint.

Panel Line Accent Color

Published: March 4th, 2017     
Panel Line Accent Color
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Company: Tamiya

Tamiya has released a "Panel Line Accent" line with 4 colors: Black, Brown, Gray and Dark Brown. They are an enamel-based wash, so it is smelly and it could attack bare plastic, so test it on a scrap piece (a runner or extra part) first.

The panel line accent is packaged in the same kind of bottle than the Tamiya Glue down to the small and thin applicator brush, which comes in very handy when applying it to a recessed panel line.

In this review I applied 3 "spots" of panel accent line to an unpainted piece (leftover) from and Eduard model and it did not damage that plastic. Not only that, but 3 applications were enough to see all the panel lines completely covered. The wash just flows on its own along the whole panel line.

Then I decided to try this product on a Bf-109F-4 which had a coat of Future on top of the decals. You can see the before/after application. They speak by themselves. Very restrained, yet clear surface detailed popped out due to the application of this wash.

Paint Retarder 40ml Bottle

Published: March 3rd, 2017     
Paint Retarder 40ml Bottle
Reviewed by: Allan Murrel, IPMS# 49715
Company: Tamiya

Tamiya acrylics can go down grainy in the right conditions (dry atmosphere, high pressure, big distance) & this retarder helps prevent this, it can also help with airbrush dry tip issues.

You mix it in with the paint or you can mix it with the thinner before thinning the paint. It can be used up to a 1:10 ratio with Tamiya Acrylic Paints.

You must remember that like most other retarders, adding too much retarder causes the paint to not dry.

Also, it is ideal for painting glossy finish surfaces and what I found very useful is using it when brushing Tamiya acrylics. As when brushing the paint starts to cure between brush strokes and using a good mix of paint, Tamiya X-20A thinner and Tamiya's Paint this can help prevent the quick drying that normally occurs.

Summary

This is a fantastic product to add with the use of Tamiya paints and I have found it a great addition to my tool box!

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

RLM Military Colors

Published: February 20th, 2017     
RLM Military Colors
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Company: MCW Finishes

Model Car World is a model company that specializes in resin car bodies and paint finishes matched to automotive colors. MCW was purchased by Wings Wheels and Waves in 2015, and they have since expanded their paint line to include military colors.

This review includes the following paints:

  • MIL-1101 Schwarzgrun RLM 70
  • MIL-1103 Dunkelgrun RLM 71
  • MIL-1106 Hellblau RLM65

MCW Paint Finishes are gloss lacquer paints. The paints come in 1 oz. bottles that have a BB inside to facilitate mixing. The paints are pre-thinned for airbrush and MCW strongly recommends applying the paints over a primer.

The paint should be thoroughly stirred or shaken before spraying. MCW also provides a thinner to be used with their paints, although I didn't need it for spraying. The paints should be applied in thin wet coats, and the lacquer dries very fast. MCW advises painting several thin coats 5-10 minutes apart. The paints are very thin but resisted running on my tests. These three colors have no discernable grain to the pigments and dried very smooth.