Modeling Products

Reviews of general scale modeling products such as paint, glue, etc.

Sci-Fi 09 Display Base

Published: June 28th, 2017     
Sci-Fi 09 Display Base
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Scale: 1/72
Company: Coastal Kits

Coastal Kits was founded in 2011 and is based in Blackpool, Lancashire, UK. It is a family-run business that originally retailed model kits and their associated supplies. Coastal Kits began marketing their own range of display bases at the end of 2012 after their bases were well received at Telford's Scale Model World. The Business soon decided to concentrate solely on their display base product line. The range currently exceeds 220 bases in multiple scales and subjects. They also provide custom bases upon request.

The display bases are manufactured from 3mm Foamex board which is a rigid, waterproof plastic. Laminated matte vinyl is used to print the subject with the latest odorless latex ink providing a permanent and waterproof finish. The benefit over alternatives like paper-based products is that the display will not fade, lift, or bubble.

Ground Blur 02 Display Base

Published: June 28th, 2017     
Ground Blur 02 Display Base
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Scale: 1/72
Company: Coastal Kits

Coastal Kits was founded in 2011 and is based in Blackpool, Lancashire, UK. It is a family-run business that originally retailed model kits and their associated supplies. Coastal Kits began marketing their own range of display bases at the end of 2012 after their bases were well received at Telford's Scale Model World. The Business soon decided to concentrate solely on their display base product line. The range currently exceeds 220 bases in multiple scales and subjects. They also provide custom bases upon request.

The display bases are manufactured from 3mm Foamex board which is a rigid, waterproof plastic. Laminated matte vinyl is used to print the subject with the latest odorless latex ink providing a permanent and waterproof finish. The benefit over alternatives like paper-based products is that the display will not fade, lift, or bubble.

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.

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.

Vallejo Weathering Effects

Published: April 8th, 2017     
Vallejo Weathering Effects
Reviewed by: Len Pilhofer, IPMS# 49932
Company: Acrylicos Vallejo

Vallejo continues their line of specially made weathering products called "Weathering Effects". They are formulated with permanent pigments and water based acrylic resins. All of these products are available in 40 ml bottles. The two types of Weathering Effects reviewed here are "Splash Mud" and "Environment Effects".

The Splash Mud is very paint-like in consistency but too thick to be airbrushed as is, very similar to Vallejo's Model Color range. The recommended application is via the splatter method. One does this by loading a stiff bristle brush - where the stiff bristles will snap back very quickly after being bent - and using your fingers to flick the Splash Mud from the brush bristles to the surface you want to muddy-up. For this review, I used a completed Jagdpanzer IV (L48) that had been lightly weathered, but not with any of the thick products reviewed here. This way, the effects of these products can easily be seen.