Miscellaneous

Reviews of products for scale miscellaneous models.

Kanthal Resistance Wire (0.2 and 0.4mm)

Published: October 5th, 2019     
Kanthal Resistance Wire (0.2 and 0.4mm)
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786
Scale: All
Company: Unique Master Models

During the IPMS USA Nationals this year, John Vojtech was kind enough to provide several of his tools from Unique Master Models (UMM) to the IPMS Review Corps, and this was one of the items I was fortunate enough to receive. Technically, Kanthal wire is a ferritic iron-chromium-aluminum alloy that has high resistance and also resists oxidation. Although the resistance of a wire means little to a modeler (unless it is being used to allow electricity to flow), resistance to oxidation is a big benefit for any applications where bare wire is needed.

This new product for UMM is advertised as being ideal for making springs, shiny antenna, and various engine or wheel bay details. The spools are 3 meters long (about 10 feet) and are available in 0.2 and 0.4 mm, both of which were provided to the IPMS for this review. UMM recommends that you do not solder Kanthal wire, but attach it using glue instead.

Scale Ruler MMR 35

Published: September 29th, 2019     
Scale Ruler MMR 35
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1/35
Company: Masterpiece Models

Masterpiece Models has provided a useful tool - a 1/35 scale ruler. This is one of a series that also includes 1/72, 1/48, and 1/32 scale. These cover all the major model kit scales. They are made from acrylic sheet, 6 inches long, 1/16th thick, and laser engraved.

This is a very useful tool when modelling and can be used for checking part are too scale, for scratch building kit parts, and diorama parts.

The ruler is clear which also makes it easier to use and see what your measuring.

I will now source the other rulers in the series as I can see so many uses for these.

Thanks go to Masterpiece Models for providing this tool for review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it.

1/32 Scale Ruler (with Metric Conversion)

Published: September 26th, 2019     
1/32 Scale Ruler (with Metric Conversion)
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/32
Company: Masterpiece Models

IPMS/USA thanks Masterpiece models for supporting the IPMS USA reviewer corps with one of their unique (and very useful) tools. I understand this was one of the items debuting at the Nooga Nats... Lucky you guys! And thanks to IPMS leadership for sending it to me for a review opportunity.

This is a clear ruler, approximately, well, ok, it's actually exactly six inches long end to end. It is, however, a simple concept. Making accurate measurements for larger kits on a clear (Styrene or Lexan, I can't tell) ruler. VERY nice.

A very convenient and accurate tool, this ruler does what it says; measures in 1/32 scale feet and meters, one on each side of the face. No turning over to read calculations, no math. Just hold it up to the part to ensure it is correctly scaled out. Can't be more basic than that, and I have already put it to use several times.

The Corr-U-Gator

Published: September 21st, 2019     
The Corr-U-Gator
Reviewed by: Ben Morton, IPMS# 47301
Scale: NA
Company: Masterpiece Models

When you click the 'About Us' tab on Masterpiece Models website this is what you'll read...

'Masterpiece Models manufactures and sells the highest quality resin assembly kits on the market today. Featuring kits for a variety of interests including WWII, Vietnam, Sci-fi, and aircraft bases. We have acquired the rights to a large selection of the Custom Dioramics line that are now available through us as resin assembly kits. Our kits are manufactured at our Vancouver, Washington, USA fabrication and casting shop."

What they have left out is that this company also has a line of dinosaur stuff: a T-Rex tooth in one to one scale, several different dinosaur skulls (Velociraptor/Triceratops in 1:9th scale), and a superb, 31" Nautilus submarine of Jules Verne fame, to name a few.

MiG First Aid Basics Pigments

Published: September 19th, 2019     
MiG First Aid Basics Pigments
Reviewed by: Ben Morton, IPMS# 47301
Scale: NA
Company: AMMO by Mig Jimenez

I am often in a quandary with how to begin an IPMS/USA product review (It usually doesn't last too long.) More often than not I'll just use the material that the manufacturers have made available via their websites. So, without further ado, via AMMO/MiG's website:

"Which are the most basic pigment colors a modeler needs to get started? Which are the most used colors across all types of modeling subjects including aircraft, ships, military vehicles, or spacecraft? This set (First Aid Basics) provides the easiest solution to the novice modeler who is just starting in the hobby and does not really know what is needed.

The set includes the most universal pigment powders most commonly used for any model and ranges from an earth tone to our popular gun metal pigment. You will be able to apply most dust, rust, and dirt effects on your models knowing that it is a selection created by Mig Jimenez himself based on the pigments that he invariably uses on all of his models.

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