Acrylic Paint

Published: June 19th, 2017     
Acrylic Paint
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Company: Mission Models

Mission Models has a new line of 'airbrush ready' acrylic paints. These paints are odorless, spray easily to a nice, hard, even finish, and have less 'tip-drying' than other acrylic paints. The paints come in 1 oz. dropper bottles to facilitate measuring and contain a BB to help mix the paint.

MMP paints include the following:

  • Acrylic paint in 1 oz. dropper bottles.
  • Acrylic thinner in 2 oz. & 4 oz. bottles
  • Acrylic primer in 1 oz. bottles
  • Polyurethane mix additive in 2 oz. bottles

Acrylic Paint

MMP paints are non-solvent based, odorless, organic acrylics that produce a flat finish. The paints appear thicker than other paints. MMP says that compared to other paints that are thinned to the consistency of skim milk, MMP paints appear to be "full fat", but can still be sprayed right out of the bottle. MMP says their paints are "triple pigmented" with fine pigments to obtain coverage with thin coats of paint. The 'grain' of the pigments was not evident in any of the samples I painted as they produce a finely grained finish.

Aircraft Profile Posters

Published: November 25th, 2016     
Aircraft Profile Posters
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: Casemate Publishing

A new release from Casemate Publishing, this set of 16 full color posters is just what every aircraft modeler and enthusiast will want for the Hobby Cave, office, or wall. Each poster is 11in x 17in and features a different aircraft. Thirteen of the posters feature aircraft from World War II while the remaining three posters feature post war jets.

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Wooden Boxes

Published: July 11th, 2016     
Wooden Boxes
Reviewed by: Eric Christianson, IPMS# 42218
Scale: 1/35
Company: Res-Im

RES_IM, a small company out of Czechoslovakia, continues to add to its list of quality aftermarket and modeling supply products, this time with a package of ten generic wooden boxes in 1/35th scale.

The small, sturdy box contains three separate baggies of resin parts mounted on casting blocks. Two large, square boxes, three medium-sized rectangular flat boxes and five smaller, square flat boxes. All boxes are solid resin and sealed. All contain excellent fine wood grain and cross members representing generic crates. No decals, markings or instructions are included - although I'm pretty sure instructions aren't needed here!

The resin boxes must be separated their casting blocks of resin, and this is no simple task. The entire bottoms of the boxes are attached, so it takes a little time and patience to separate the boxes from their backing, and it generates a lot of resin dust.

AC-47 Gunship Masking Set

Published: March 6th, 2016     
AC-47 Gunship Masking Set
Reviewed by: Greg Wise, IPMS# 44378
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

This complete die-cut adhesive mask set is "just what the doctor ordered" to cure the masking blues. Especially if you're building the Revell/Monogram AC-47 Gunship. This must have set includes: wheel mask, landing light mask, observation dome mask, windscreen panel mask, and exterior cabin window mask. The masking media used for this set is the typical high-quality product we've seen and used for years (very similar to Tamiya tape). The die-cut patterns fit perfectly to their respective proper location. They're easily peeled away from the backing paper, and repositioning is just as easy. Preparation before painting is key to a nice looking model and masking plays a vital role in this preparation. The clean sharp edges of perfectly-fitting masking are hard to beat. After placement of the mask, I lightly burnish them with a rounded toothpick to prevent any leakage.

The Bottom Line

A five - star product, I highly recommend this masking set to everyone who plans to build the AC-47. I would like to thank Eduard and IPMS for the opportunity to present this fine offering.

Royal Navy Tow Tractor

Published: February 29th, 2016     
Royal Navy Tow Tractor
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/48
Company: Skunk Models Workshop

Skunkmodel from China has released a very nice and useful kit: Royal Navy Tow Tractor. I've believe this particular tractor has seen service with the Royal Navy since the mid-1960's until the early 2010s so you have a multitude of aircraft that can easily fit into a diorama.

The box comes with 3 sprues, two of them are identical - one for each Tow Tractor - and a 3rd sprue with a total of 9 figures, although only one of them is a driver. Six of the figures are wearing short sleeve shirts which means only tropical locations for your diorama (i.e no South Atlantic or Artic operations). You still have 3 figures with long sleeves.

Assembly of the tractor is incredibly straightforward, and the fit is excellent. I honestly only had one issue with this kit, and it really relates to the (only) driver figure. When seated on the tractor, its feet will not reach the base of the tractor. I even modified the column where the seat fits, but I should have removed even further material to lower the seat maybe another 1.5 mm for a total of about 3 mm. Be aware that  you also have to modify the steering wheel column.