Modeling Products

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

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?

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vz1RZPVqnN4

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.

ROLLMADE III Set w/ Harden AL Rod Universal Roller

Published: October 13th, 2019     
ROLLMADE III Set w/ Harden AL Rod Universal Roller
Reviewed by: Eric Christianson, IPMS# 42218
Scale: N/A
Company: UMM-USA

UMM USA (Unique Master Models) produces unique, out-of-the-mainstream tools and supplies, as well as unusual and exciting kits. Each time I go to the IPMS Nationals, the UMM booth is a must-stop venture - there is always something new and interesting, and the busy owner always takes the time to walk you through what he has for sale, and how it works.

This time around we have a photoetch bending set that comes with a graduating roller as well as two bending trays. If you haven't added this handy and versatile tool to your modeling bench, you might want to give it a try. Some roller sets will have you keep track of a bunch of differently-sized wood or metal rods that you use to press and bend PE in a tray. The beauty of using a tool like this to do the same thing is the simplicity of using a single roller for all widths, all in one tool. The hardened aluminum tool can be used for rolling and bending brass, copper and aluminum sheets.

The two trays provided are capable of bending to the following diameters: 2, 2.5, 3, 3.5, 4, 4.5, 5mm / 5.5, 6.0, 6.5, 7.0, 7.5, and 8.0mm.