Reviews of products for scale miscellaneous models.

Precision Sprue/Wire Round Cutter 02

Published: December 5th, 2019     
Precision Sprue/Wire Round Cutter 02
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette - IPMS# 33653
Scale: N/A
Company: UMM-USA

UMM-USA is one of the premier tool makers in the modeling market. John Vojtech has made many of these based upon his needs for his award-winning models. This is the Precision Sprue & Wire Cutter. This version, 02, has a rounded end. The piece comes in a plastic sleeve for easy storage.

So, let's take a look at the cutter. I personally like the rounded end version as it allows great vision for cutting. The end comes to a sharp point and that allows a fine cut on smaller parts. The part is "springy" and acts like tweezers. Because of the action at the cutting end, it allows for a very flush cut and leaves almost no clean up necessary.

So, let's take it for a test run. I started with the tires on Tamiya's P-38 kit and they cut flush. It took one cut to lose it from the sprue and a second cut from the bottom gate off. After that, there was nothing left. The sprue cutter was advertised for wire also, so I grabbed some smaller diameter brass wire and it cut it smoothly also.

This is a great weapon in your arsenal in building and for newer modelers; it should be the first thing you should buy. Recommended.

Kaiserliche und Königliche Eisenbahn-Bau Kompanie in Western Galicia 1914-1915, Vol. 2

Published: November 19th, 2019     
Kaiserliche und Königliche Eisenbahn-Bau Kompanie in Western Galicia 1914-1915, Vol. 2
Reviewed by: Bill O'Malley - IPMS# 46473
Company: MMP Books

This illustrated photo album includes over 120 B&W pictures of the Kaiserliche und Konigliche Eisenbahn-Bau Kompanie unit (German Imperial Railway Construction Company) which operated during early stages of WW1 in the Western Galicia, now southern Poland. The railways are mostly narrow gauge.

The book uses black & white photographs to illustrate various construction or repair projects by the K.U.K in Western Galicia during the early WWI years between 1914-15. Captions are provided with each of the photos to describe the location and content of the photo. The photos are clear, and many show damaged bridges being built or repaired with descriptions of various construction methods and materials. A brief, but detailed outline of military operations provides context for the projects.

The railway projects are organized in these towns or areas:

General Outline of Military Operations in Western Galicia between August 1914 and mid-September 1915

Scale Military Modeller International, July 2019

Published: November 19th, 2019     
Reviewed by: Michael Reeves - IPMS# 51129

One of my favorite start of the new month activities is to head to Barnes and Noble on a Friday afternoon and peruse the new model magazines. I usually only buy one or two each month, but it is part of my routine. Apparently though, my solitary habits aren't enough to sustain the space on the shelves as my local shop isn't stocking much as of late. So I was happy to see this sample of SMMI show up with another review. Here's the breakdown of what's inside:

T-34 Captured - looks at Robin Gilby's 1/35 ICM Pz.Kpfw T-34-747(r) - more so an overview of the painting process with no real in-build photos...describes paint and weathering stages.

The Desert General - Modelers Masterclass article on Robin Gilby's 1/35 Tamiya Leclerc Series II build- this one describes the actual build, but again- photos only represent the tank during the painting and weathering stages.

First Aid Basic Washes

Published: November 18th, 2019     
First Aid Basic Washes
Reviewed by: Michael Reeves - IPMS# 51129
Scale: All

For a good long while, Mig Jimenez has been designing and producing products that make modelers lives so very much easier. In the case of this set of washes, AMMO has packaged up a "basic" set that includes an assortment of colors that would fit the bill for anyone trying to create a foundation for weathering their model of any sort. This set provides the easiest solution to the novice modeler who is just starting in the hobby and does not really know what is needed, and adds another tool to the toolbox for the intermediate or advanced modeler.

The set includes the following five washes:

  • A.MIG-1008 DARK WASH

This universal assortment of shades allows for the weathering of practically any genre of model- from dark and streaking washes to rust shades. The package is a convenient solution that provides the user with everything they need to weather any part of the model- from tracks to exhausts to engine to the weathering of the vehicle as a whole.

Mission Models Paint, Part 4 (Clear Primer)

Published: November 7th, 2019     
Mission Models Paint, Part 4 (Clear Primer)
Reviewed by: Blaine Singleton - IPMS# 50734
Company: Mission Models

This is the fourth of a four-part review of Mission Models Paints.

Clear Primer

Why Clear Primer?

That is the question I asked Jon Tamkin owner of Mission Models Paints at the Chattanooga IPMS Convention. John looked at me for a second and I saw just a slight smile starting to emerge from the side of his mouth as if to say here is a whole new chapter in the Mission Models Paint story. After a conversation with him about the primer, I am inclined to agree with him.

What is Clear Primer

When I first heard about the Clear Primer, I was thinking to myself the primers I use are to check for defects on the model and can correct them with a little sanding. So how could a clear primer help with that?