Reviews of products for scale miscellaneous models.

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?

Battle of Berlin 1943-1944

Published: November 3rd, 2019     
Battle of Berlin  1943-1944
Author: Richard Worrall, illustrated by Graham Turner
Reviewed by: Bob LaBouy, IPMS# 3064
Company: Osprey Publishing

This fine book is yet another in Osprey's Air Campaign series. It concerns itself with the massive bombing efforts over Germany in late 1943 through 1944. The author provides an excellent overview it's chronology, including the daylight bombing raids over Berlin, Hanover, Peenemunde, Hamburg, Magdeburg, Stettin, Leipzig, Augsburg and numerous other targets.

Of particular interest is the outline the leadership and organization of both allied offensive and the German defensive forces--both in terms of the array of aircraft, bases and the defensive guns and equipment utilized by both axis and allies.

Micro Template Scriber

Published: October 22nd, 2019     
Micro Template Scriber
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Company: UMM-USA

UMM USA has come to modelers rescue with another excellent tool, this time, the Micro Template Scriber. As the name describes, this tool is used to scribe using templates to replicate specific shapes being added to a model or to fix what was lost sanding and filling. Modelers have used many things in the past to do this same task- needles, line engravers, etc., and each has their drawbacks. UMM has produced a Template Scriber designed to fix these problems. The engraving tip is hardened tool steel to make sure the edge stays crisp. It is very fine and will glide around the interior of the template. Very importantly, the handle is ergonomically designed and has a grip to avoid slipping and allow even pressure to keep lines consistent.

Use is simple. Place your template in the correct place and ensure it doesn't slip (taping into place is an easy way to do this). Hold the tool perpendicular to the surface in all axis and initially apply very light pressure as you follow the template's shape. Increase the pressure and repeat until increasing pressure until you get the shape you need. A little sanding to deburr and you're done.

Third Generation Scriber SCR-03

Published: October 22nd, 2019     
Third Generation Scriber SCR-03
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Company: UMM-USA

I have been using UMM scribers for quite a while now. I use it for scraping seams and engraving panels lines eradicated by sanding and filling. Its design is multipurpose, and I love it. That was the SCR-01 original scriber. Since that came out, Jon has come out with an SCR-02 and now, an SCR-03 version. The newest version is longer and thinner than the originals providing even better access to tight corners.

The part itself is manufactured from hardened tool steel and has a matte finish. One end is a sharpened hook for scribing panel lines and the other end is a flat blade which also has an edge to it. Overall length is 5.5 inches which is comfortable to hold in your hands and makes it very maneuverable even with my small hands.

The UMM web site listed above lists its possible uses as scribing panel lines with push and pull techniques, removing pin marks, trimming flash, trimming stretched sprue, deburring, piercing, scrapping, carving etc.

I highly recommend the video showing the original tool being put through the paces.


Anti-Slip Paste

Published: October 15th, 2019     
Anti-Slip Paste
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: NA
Company: Mig Productions

The anti-slip surface on tanks and airplanes are a unique feature and often not represented, especially on airplanes and helicopters. In the past the ways to replicate this were barely passable. Well that has now changed.

Ammo by Mig Jimenez has released not one but, three different versions, of this anti-slip paste. Of course, there are different scale models and so there are different 'scales' of this new paste.

The first anti-slip paste is in sand color for 1/35th scale. These would be used on vehicles like the M1 Abrams and Bradley fighting vehicles.

The second paste is designed for 1/72 and 1/48th scale models, in particular airplanes can benefit from this paste. The 'grit' is a finer one that is typical for airplanes.

The third one is a brown color designed for 1/35th scale vehicles.