Modeling Products

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

Scale Model Jig 32-24 Scale

Published: January 24th, 2020     
Scale Model Jig 32-24 Scale
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Company: Masterpiece Models

Masterpiece Models has provided a useful aircraft building jig for 1/32 to 1/24 scale aircraft.

The Jig is designed for use in assembly of models, Painting and transporting.

There is no instructions included but the assembly of the jig is simple and the photograph on the box is enough to allow you to build it with ease. Peeling the protective paper off the acrylic sheet parts was not very easy. I suggest pulling it off very slowly works best. The black plastic vertical mounting parts need slow cleaning up of flash.

It is made from a clear acrylic sheet and comes with four adjustable supports that can be adjusted vertically and in and out.

This is a very useful tool when modelling aircraft and many science fiction subjects also. Although the jig states for 1/32 to 1/24, I did find it is also good for large 1/72 scale aircraft as well as many 1/48 aircraft. I would have like some soft felt like material for mounting on the surfaces that are in contact with the model. I will add some myself to save any potential paint damage.

I highly recommend this jig and will be using it a lot!

Wood Airbrush Stencils

Published: December 29th, 2019     
Wood Airbrush Stencils
Reviewed by: John Noack, IPMS# 23017
Scale: N/A
Company: RB Productions

Price: RB-T028: EU7 (approximately $9.23) plus S&H; RB-T043: EU9 (approximately $11.87) plus S&H

First off, my apologies to the good folks at RB Productions for a late review. RB were present at this year's Nationals in Chattanooga and were kind enough to provide us with a number of samples including these two delicate p/e stencils. Each is a carefully etched piece of brass material, the smaller measuring 2" by 3" and the larger, about 4" by 3". They are easily bent in either axis which comes in handy for use on contoured surfaces, and I suppose one could cut them into smaller sections for use on cockpits. (Beware of some very sharp and fragile edges, however).

Flexible Scribing Ruler

Published: December 27th, 2019     
Flexible Scribing Ruler
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Company: UMM-USA

UMM-USA continues it tradition of innovative and useful tools with part MN040, a Flexible Scribing Ruler. What comes in the package it a 6.5-inch-long thin stainless steel ruler. I say ruler but there are really no demarcation lines on it like what is usually thought of as a ruler. But that does not affect its use at all. This can be used in combination with any of the UMM-USA scribing tools or the Template Scriber. The ruler is 0.08mm (about 0.003 inches) thick and is very flexible and strong and can work on curved surfaces.

To give this a test run, I used a Skywarrior that has been waiting for some rescribing due to a lot of sanding/seam filling. And I do mean a lot. As you can see in the pictures, the ruler taped to the curve on the top of the fuselage which will allow a great panel line to be made. I also wanted to show the bend and this is also in one picture. Lastly, the Skywarrior has a box like fuselage so I bent the ruler around the corner one a line and it worked well. I was using my scriber from UMM for the test (version 3) and it worked great with the ruler.

Master Piece Models Rulers

Published: December 20th, 2019     
Master Piece Models Rulers
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/48 & EZ-Read
Company: Master Piece Models

Master Piece Models has an impressive collection of tools for scratch building all kind of projects. Among those tools they have rulers and scale rulers (a ruler that reads you the dimension of the model, 'scaled' to the real object).

In this review I'll cover two of such rules: The 48th scale ruler and the EZ-Read ruler.

Below are the links to the items

Both rulers are clear (that is great for whenever you are looking at drawings) and about 1/16th inch thick. They are slightly flexible, but I wouldn't try to bend them much. They are laser engraved and very easy to read, given the contrast of the engraved number and the clarity of the material.

Micro Quick-Change Drill Set (10 pieces)

Published: December 15th, 2019     
Micro Quick-Change Drill Set (10 pieces)
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786
Scale: NA
Company: UMM-USA

During the IPMS USA Nationals this year, John Vojtech was kind enough to provide several of his tools from Unique Master Models (UMM) to the IPMS Review Corps, and this was one of the items I was fortunate enough to receive. Consisting of an ergonomic plastic handle, eight drill bits, and a bit removal tool, everything you need for drilling small holes is provided in one convenient set.

Measuring 120mm in length, the handle is quite comfortable to hold and the drill bits easily slide into an opening in the end. The drill bits are designed with a grooved base that securely locks into the handle. The bits are 0.3, 0.4, 0.5, 0.6, 0.7, 0.8, 0.9, and 1.0mm in size, which are sizes commonly called out in kit instructions, and UMM recommends this set for fine detail work. The wedge-shaped removal tool aids in quickly changing out the bits.