Miscellaneous

Reviews of products for scale miscellaneous models.

Camo Netting

Published: April 22nd, 2011     
Camo Netting
Reviewed by: Roger Carrano, IPMS# 45853
Scale: 1/35
Company: Eduard

As with all Eduard products, you can expect the detail to be excellent, and these nettings are no exception. The netting is so fine and true to scale and the colors used for the camouflage is perfect. The "Woodland" net is a mixed dark and light color which matches the foliage perfectly. The "Desert" net is of course lighter, but it has both a dark and light sand color which imitates the desert's coloring perfectly. The size is big enough (5 1/4 x 9 1/4 in) to cover small munitions models and medium size tanks, but for large models, it might fall a little short. The "netting" is a little stiff (after all it is metal) so don't expect it to just fall on the model and contour itself on its own. Rolling it shouldn't be a problem but folding it might need something round at the fold to prevent it from creasing and after the fold is complete then the round object could be removed. It would have to be given some thought and planning ahead of time as to where and how it should be placed. Because it is so detailed, it's very fragile and bending it too many times could cause it to tear.

Fern Leaves in Color

Published: April 21st, 2011     
Fern Leaves in Color
Reviewed by: Roger Carrano, IPMS# 5853
Scale: 1/35
Company: Eduard

When this package arrived I pulled it out of its mailing pouch, and if I didn't recognize the Eduard Logo and packaging, I would have thought that someone had sent me real tiny leaves. That's how realistic these fern leaves looked. They are already colored green and the color is perfect. It is colored on both sides, which makes assembly easy due to not having to worry about the wrong side showing because of it not being painted. They are very thin which also make them very fragile but can be easily bent to conform to any angle or shape you may need. Even though Eduard has decided that these ferns are 1/35 scale, they can be used for just about any scale within reason. The only drawback is that there is no picture of any kind, which shows how they should be "planted" or anchored to a "branch". I guess we'll have to figure it out on our own; which really isn't that difficult. Other than that small drawback, I would highly recommend these for just about any diorama setting, which contains some kind of greenery.

I would like to thank Eduard for supplying a sample of this product and IPMS/USA for allowing me to review them.

Adhesive Detail & Marking Film Red

Published: April 21st, 2011     
Adhesive Detail & Marking Film Red
Reviewed by: Roger Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Company: Hasegawa

Editor's note: This product comes in a variety of colors www.hasegawausa.com/accessories.html

Most model builders think of useful small hobby tools when they hear someone say TRITOOL. However, this TRITOOL item is a fundamental building material for use in scratch building, customizing or finishing models. It is a unique self-adhesive sheet of thin pre-finished foil (film) that is intended to replicate red finishes on aircraft or other models (other primary colors are available, such as white, black, yellow, orange, blue, etc.). The package contains one 90mm x 200mm sheet of material that has a red semi-gloss finish. It appears to be the correct color for reproducing a Japanese Hinomaru.

Gunze Sangyo Mr Paint Station

Published: April 20th, 2011     
Gunze Sangyo Mr Paint Station
Reviewed by: Tom Jett, IPMS# 46082
Company: Gunze Sangyo

When I saw the review list and "Mr Paint Station" and "Gunze" I was thinking this could be cool. In reality it's not exactly what the name implies. What Mr Paint Station is actually is a holding device for painting. What you get in cellophane bag are four 3" x 5" "boxes" that are built so that the corrugation is facing out. These open corrugations then allow you to place toothpicks or other thin holding clamps you may have, into them to hold parts while they dry or perhaps when you paint them.

The cellophane bag shows that Gunze may produce a set of holding sticks that are meant to insert into the corrugation, none are supplied in the Mr Paint Station package. Unfortunately I can't read Japanese, so I don't know what their actual product name is or how much they cost.

Lacking the Gunze holding stick, I tried toothpicks which do work but don't provide a secure hold given they have a smaller diameter than the corrugation. In my opinion, as primarily an armor builder, this item is best served to hold road wheels while paint dries or you weather them, or perhaps to fashion a holding jig.

Adjustable Stand for Model Aircraft and Collectibles

Published: April 20th, 2011     
Adjustable Stand for Model Aircraft and Collectibles
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Company: Flightpose

One of the long time problems modelers have had is what to do if they want to pose an aircraft in flight- after all, that's their natural habitat, in the air. Another problem we modelers have had is how to show off the underside of our exquisitely detailed airplanes or the like while they sit on their gear.