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US Air Force (Insignia) Display Base

Published: July 10th, 2017     
US Air Force (Insignia) Display Base
Reviewed by: Rob Booth, IPMS# 37548
Scale: 1:72
Company: Coastal Kits

Coastalkits from the UK has produced a line of model display bases in various national insignia designs. This particular design is a replica of a USAAF insignia (white star on blue background) circular cutout. The diameter is 200 mm (about 7&3/4 inches) and is suitable for small to medium sized 1/72 scale aircraft. Other insignia designs include Royal AF, Royal Australian AF, Hellenic AF, French AF, Soviet AF, and Canadian AF, along with some scaled airfield designs.

The resolution of the printing is excellent, and provides an eye-catching background setting as an added presentation touch for your latest masterpiece at contests, or in your display case at home. The artboard core of the base makes for a lightweight addition to your contest take-along accessories that will make your model stand out from those that are simply placed on top of the standard entry paperwork.

Large Circular Airfield Display Base

Published: July 10th, 2017     
Large Circular Airfield Display Base
Reviewed by: Rob Booth, IPMS# 37548
Scale: 1:72
Company: Coastal Kits

Coastalkits from the UK has produced a line of model display bases in various designs, shapes and scales from grass airfields to modern hardscapes. This particular design is a replica of the join line between an asphalt and concrete light line and taxiway in a circular cutout. The diameter is 300 mm (about 11&3/4 inches) and is suitable for small to medium sized 1/72 scale aircraft.

The resolution of the printing is excellent, and provides a realistic setting as an added presentation touch for your latest masterpiece at contests, or in your display case at home. The artboard core of the base makes for a lightweight addition to your contest take-along accessories that will make your model stand out from those that are simply placed on top of the standard entry paperwork.

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 10th, 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.