Modeling Products

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

Diorama Texture Paint Soil Effect

Published: February 18th, 2017     
Diorama Texture Paint Soil Effect
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: Tamiya

Tamiya has made available a group of 4 texture paints and this review highlights one of those products, namely Tamiya's "Soil Effect" texture paint.These paints are water-based and come in powder snow, snow, and "soil effect-dark earth". Several other colors have been discontinued.

An appropriate description of this paint, describing the texture would be, " gritty toothpaste", or "damp salt". Straight from the bottle, the paint does not look like paint at all, but rather a paste consisting of fine grit.

I chose to apply some of this paint to a diorama base for a dinosaur. The base was already covered with "ground", "rocks" and "vegetation" but there were areas in which the material had worn off a bit, creating a perfect test bed.

Gray Primer Lacquer

Published: February 12th, 2017     
Gray Primer Lacquer
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 expanded their paint line to include military colors.

The primer comes in 1oz. bottles that have a bb inside to facilitate mixing. The primer is pre-thinned for airbrush and is recommended by MCW for their finish paints

The primer is very thin and should be thoroughly shaken before spraying. MCW provides a thinner to be used with their paints, but the primer was pre-thinned and did not require additional thinning. The paint should be applied in thin wet coats, and the lacquer dries very fast. The airbrush should be 2 - 3 in. from the surface to obtain a wet coat.

Tamiya Masking Tape for Curves

Published: January 29th, 2017     
Tamiya Masking Tape for Curves
Reviewed by: Timothy Gidcumb, IPMS# 40925
Company: Tamiya

The MSRP for the tape products are:  5mm $6.50 and 12mm $11.50

Masking is a job that makes most modelers cringe but it is a task that at some point in your modeling career you will use. There are several different types of tapes out there that seem to do the task to a certain level but we can find complaints in all of them. I was given the opportunity to review 2 different sizes of Tamiya's tape offering's to allow you to mask curves on your model of choice. The tape is made out of a soft resin material, allowing the tape to adhere in a curved line while preventing paint from seeping into masked off areas.

Panel Line Accent Colors

Published: January 25th, 2017     
Panel Line Accent Colors
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: Tamiya

Tamiya offers a trio of "panel line accent colors", Black (# 87131) Brown (#87132) and Gray (#87133). Two of these colors were provided to IPMS for review, those two colors being black and gray. All three colors are enamel based and that means that one will need to be aware that plastic and enamel have a love-hate relationship. While the accent paints will really pop out the detail on a model, if applied too generously it can damage the plastic. Tamiya understands this issue and provides reminders of this issue to the user.

For test purposes I used the F-14 Tomcat that is currently sitting on my work bench. I picked an area that had not yet previously been highlighted or "accented" and then gave it a coat of Future to seal the acrylic and provide a barrier upon which the Tamiya accent paints could be applied.

Hellcat Mk. I Mask

Published: January 25th, 2017     
Hellcat Mk. I Mask
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

This set is designed to fit Eduard's recently released Fleet Air Arm Hellcat Mk. I, but as the Hellcat Mk. I is a F6F-3, the mask will also fit Eduard's F6F-3 kit.

Since Eduard's Hellcat includes different parts for the central canopy section to allow you to pose it either open or closed, and these parts are actually a little different, the mask set includes separate masks for each option. I chose the open option as I wanted to show off the nice interior provided in the kit.

As with Eduard's other mask sets, these are easy to apply, but I apparently inadvertently stretched the mask for the left front quarter panel of the windscreen as it was a little too wide and covered part of the rear framing. This was easily fixed with a sharp Xacto blade. One gripe I have with Eduard's masks is that often the masks have a designed in hole at the top of the canopy that the instructions say to file with liquid masking. There is normally plenty of unused tape around the pre-cut masks, so I use small sections of this extra tape to cover the holes. I then salt away the rest of the unused part of the mask as this extra tape comes in handy quite often.