Modeling Products

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

Thick Mud Weathering Effects

Published: September 3rd, 2016     
Thick Mud Weathering Effects
Reviewed by: Eric Christianson, IPMS# 42218
Company: Vallejo

We live in a Golden Age of modeling, we do. It seems that not a day goes by before some new product is offered to plastic modelers. This time around is a new set of excellent diorama weathering effects offered by Vallejo called 'Thick Mud'. As the name suggests, each of six varieties offered contains a different shaded sludge mixture that looks, acts, and cleans up like mud.

This is the stuff that we have all tried to perfect: using water, paint, pigments, real dirt, fine sand and some kind of fixing agent. Vallejo has simply taken the guesswork out of it for you, but they've smartly rendered the concoction in an easy-to-use-and-clean-up acrylic medium.

The set includes the following shades:

A-6E TRAM Canopy Masking Set

Published: July 13th, 2016     
A-6E TRAM Canopy Masking Set
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/32
Company: Eduard

Trumpeter has issued two versions of their 1/32 A-6 Intruder which was on many people's most-wanted list. While the kit is expensive, it is well done, well detailed and builds into a great replica. Of course that doesn't mean there isn't some room for improvement. While the aftermarket has been slow coming, Eduard has issued sets for the A-6E TRAM version to spice up several areas of the kit as well as a canopy masking set.

The canopy masking set is simplicity for masking the windscreen and sliding canopy. The front parts of the windscreen are two large parts made of yellow kabuki tape, and fit nicely covering that part of the windscreen. The sides of the windscreen are covered in the three corners by three parts. Be careful here as the masks are specific to which side they attach to - follow the great instructions and it will be no problem. Note that these are not full masks and cover only the edges, so either a liquid mask or your own tape are needed to complete the masking job.

Su 33 Mask Set

Published: July 10th, 2016     
Su 33 Mask Set
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

This is a mask set for the Kinetic Su-33 Kit. This set helps save time masking the canopy and wheels by providing all you need with pre-cut masks.

In the packet is:

  • 1 precut masking sheet
  • 1 instruction sheet

The masks are for the front windscreen, main canopy and the wheel hubs

Summary

This is very good and time saving when it comes to masking, which is perfect for this kit and really helps.

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

Dropper - Short Version

Published: February 4th, 2016     
Dropper - Short Version
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: n/a
Company: Eduard

Eduard has been issuing the world's best photoetch for a long time now and I have watched many of my modeling friends use all sorts of things to add CA glue to the parts - toothpicks, dental tools, sprue parts and many more. The issue is how to apply the minimum amount of glue needed. Eduard has issued a nifty little tool to help apply the glue.

The parts come on a photoetch fret with 20 droppers. The droppers have a etched lower part and come to a tip with two small forks. Use is simple- cut the dropper free and make sure not to damage the tip. It is designed to fit into a #11 knife handle. Place it into the handle like a knife blade and tighten it up.

To use it, put a pool of glue near where you work. Dip the tip in and place the tip onto where you want it. I tried different thicknesses of glue. The thinner the glue, the better it flows off but even fresh gap filling works well. It took a little practice but eventually, I got good a putting down a single dot as it shows in the pictures.

Photo-Etch Tool Kit

Published: January 7th, 2016     
Photo-Etch Tool Kit
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: Xuron Corporation

One of the lessons that I've learned over my years of modeling is that it is wise to use the tool best suited for the job at hand. I have a number of high quality tools and many of them have the label, "Xuron" on the handle.

My latest acquisition is the Xuron Tk 3600 Photo Etch Took Kit. The Xuron webpage featuring the TK 3600 states that this kit was designed for scale model builders working with delicate photo-etch. Is there any other kind of PE? The kit contains three tools for cutting, bending and holding PE parts.

Model 9180ET Professional Photo-Etch Scissor cuts the PE, Model 450 TweezerNose(tm) Plier holds the PE, and the Model 575 Micro Bending Plier bends it.