Reviews of products for scale miscellaneous models.

Acrylic Paint

Published: June 19th, 2017     
Acrylic Paint
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Company: Mission Models

Mission Models has a new line of 'airbrush ready' acrylic paints. These paints are odorless, spray easily to a nice, hard, even finish, and have less 'tip-drying' than other acrylic paints. The paints come in 1 oz. dropper bottles to facilitate measuring and contain a BB to help mix the paint.

MMP paints include the following:

  • Acrylic paint in 1 oz. dropper bottles.
  • Acrylic thinner in 2 oz. & 4 oz. bottles
  • Acrylic primer in 1 oz. bottles
  • Polyurethane mix additive in 2 oz. bottles

Acrylic Paint

MMP paints are non-solvent based, odorless, organic acrylics that produce a flat finish. The paints appear thicker than other paints. MMP says that compared to other paints that are thinned to the consistency of skim milk, MMP paints appear to be "full fat", but can still be sprayed right out of the bottle. MMP says their paints are "triple pigmented" with fine pigments to obtain coverage with thin coats of paint. The 'grain' of the pigments was not evident in any of the samples I painted as they produce a finely grained finish.

Acrylic White Putty

Published: June 10th, 2017     
Acrylic White Putty
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Company: Acrylicos Vallejo

Vallejo's name is well recognized in the scale modeling field. They have a huge array of products, and their specialized modeling products line is one of the best in the world. At our last IPMS Chapter meeting, Keith Pieper of Avalon Books gave me a tube of Vallejo's new white Plastic Putty.

The putty itself is an acrylic medium with white color and marble dust. The added marble dust makes the putty more durable than most.

The tube is fairly small, 20 ml., but with the fine applicator "spout", it goes pretty much where I put it, so I have less waste of putty when I'm doing a seam. The first time I tried it, I put the putty on the cab of an Italeri Opel Blitz ambulance in 1/72, which needed a pretty good fill between the hood and the doors of the cab. After I let it set up overnight, I sanded the seam, and it worked pretty well. Because it's white, it made painting easier, the color covered better than they would red or white putty. No primer required.

Davinci Rolling Ball Timer

Published: May 28th, 2017     
Davinci Rolling Ball Timer
Reviewed by: Ron Bell, IPMS# 12907
Scale: 1:1
Company: Academy

The Kit

This is the latest in Academy's "DaVinci Series". They are models based on sketches of some of the inventions of this amazing man. All are molded in a vinyl-like soft plastic that facilitates the press fit of the components as no glue nor paint is required. All are ingeniously engineered to go together easily and to function smoothly.

The subject of this review is a rolling ball timer. It doesn't time the rolling ball, rather the rolling ball serves as a sort of escapement mechanism for the machinery. You may think that this is a bit "Rube Goldberg" just for a timer, but remember there were no readily available clocks at the time and those that were, were not particularly accurate and were insanely expensive as well. There are forty-one parts, four of which are metal axels. The plastic parts are molded in two different colors, one a brown that simulate wood and black to simulate iron. The final effect is nicely convincing.

Masking Frisket Paper

Published: May 20th, 2017     
Masking Frisket Paper
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Company: Tru-Color Paint LLC

I did a review of Tru-Color Paints a while back, (http://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/tru-color-paints ) and I asked the guys at Tru-Color if I could do a review of their new Frisket Paper. They said OK, and I bought a 3-pack of the paper at our last IPMS Chapter meeting. I bought the 3-pack, because I thought I had a project which might need a couple of sheets, but not much more.

My project was a 1/144 Model Lancaster, which I wanted to convert from a Dam Buster to a Grand Slam carrier. RAF camouflage is usually quite difficult to do, or at least it's a fairly long project.

I took the camouflage drawing from the instruction sheet. It wasn't the same size as the model. I scanned the instruction, then put the scan in a graphics editing program (PhotoShop is popular, as is MS Paint GIMP, and Picasa). I resized the scan to match the size of the model. This allows me to print a top view of the aircraft camouflage.

Luzon 1945 The Final Liberation of the Philippines

Published: May 17th, 2017     
Luzon 1945 The Final Liberation of the Philippines
Author: Clayton K.S. Chun; Illustrations: Giuseppe Rava
Reviewed by: Phillip Cavender, IPMS# 50085
Company: Osprey Publishing

Note: This book is also available in two other formats, eBook (Pub) and eBook (PDF) both priced at $12.99

Mention the phrase Luzon 1945 and what immediately comes to mind is Gen. Douglas MacArthur's pledge to return to the Philippines after his defeat in 1942.

Osprey Publishing in their Military History Series and Clayton K.S. Chun, along with illustrations by Giuseppe Rava, have published an excellent book on Luzon 1945, The final liberation of the Philippines. Clayton K. S. Chun, Ph.D., is on the faculty at the U.S. Army War College and served in the U.S. Air Force, has published several books in the fields of economics, national security and military history. What you get is a softcover book covering 96 pages with high resolution black and white glossy, detailed historical photos. Twenty illustrated maps and images in color are also included. The book is divided into ten sections.