Modeling Products

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

Profiler Scribing and Contour Guide

Published: September 7th, 2019     
Profiler Scribing and Contour Guide
Reviewed by: Blaine Singleton, IPMS# 50734
Scale: NA
Company: UMM-USA

John Vojtech and the people at UMM-USA (Unique Master Models) have come up with yet another tool that is well worth having in your collection. The Profiler Scribing and Contour Guide is a very versatile tool to help you with scribing and replicating inside and outside contours of your models.

Modelers may need to find the exterior or interior contours of parts to either scratch-build additional parts or shape/sand kit pieces to fit better. The guide is made from a thin piece of pliable metal and covered with a non-slip material. The metal can be bent in several contour position without breaking it and once bent has no memory. The guide also is sold with a blue straw like holder with plugs at either end, so it is easy to find when you want to use it.

The guide can be bent and placed on a model lined up with areas to be scribed and taped down so it does not move, then a scriber can be used along the guide.

Medium Punch and Die Set PT8 - Round

Published: September 7th, 2019     
Medium Punch and Die Set PT8 - Round
Reviewed by: John Noack, IPMS# 23017
Scale: NA
Company: UMM-USA

Another beautifully crafted tool from our friends at UMM-USA is this new punch and die set, accompanying the numerous other tools used to punch standard shapes out of thin brass or aluminum, or plastic sheet stock up to 0.080 (2mm) thick. In the set you'll find an aluminum die block with hole sizes ranging from 0.6 mm (0.024") up to 3.0mm (0.12") diameter, accompanied by the hardened tool steel punches of corresponding size.

If, like me, you've tried slicing round stock to make buttons, access covers, hatches and the like, and never managed to get parallel surfaces, you'll welcome this fine tool. It's great for adding subtle detail, for creating instrument glass, access panels, fastener heads, and the like.

Our thanks go out again to UMM-USA and John Vojtech for his generous support to the review team here.

Electric Hand-Held Polisher & Sander

Published: August 26th, 2019     
Electric Hand-Held Polisher & Sander
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: Unique Master Models (UMM)

Points To Ponder

The UMM "Polisander" (a combination of a polisher and a sander) is another unique tool available to the modeling community by UMM. The tool is powered by two AA batteries that are placed into the handle. Batteries are not included in the product. Note that the batteries, as usual, are inserted with one (+) end up and the other (-) end down. There are some indicators molded into the handle showing which battery tray is positive and which is negative.

The product box is small and sturdy, approximately 2x2x7 inches. The contents are bagged in zip-locks baggies, with the handle in one bag and the attachment head in the other. In order to insert the batteries carefully remove the blue base using the two indentions molded into the rim of the base, pushing the base away from the handle, no twisting necessary.

31 Ultra Micro Chisel (0.8mm) Double Beveled Tip

Published: August 25th, 2019     
31 Ultra Micro Chisel (0.8mm) Double Beveled Tip
Reviewed by: John Noack, IPMS# 23017
Company: UMM-USA

John Vojtech, the genius behind UMM-USA, gave us a nice collection of tools at the Chattanooga National Convention this year. I have the privilege of reviewing a handful of them and here's #1.

If you've never used a UMM product (and why not?), they are exquisitely manufactured. This particular tool is an extremely narrow (0.8mm/0.031 inch) chisel mounted in a sturdy, contoured plastic handle. The blade tip is a grooved, wedge shape.

What's it good for? Removing minute amounts of material in a controlled fashion - ejector pins, molded on detail that's to be replaced, flash removal, scribing detail into small parts, etc. I have been attempting to do this with an X-Acto knife all along, now that I have this tool I can actually maneuver the cutting surface into the immediate area rather than trying to cut at multiple angles and clean up the resulting carnage <g>.

The short summary - if you're not using a tool like this (or one of its' many cousins, UMM provides them in multiple sizes) you're doing yourself a disservice. Check out the UMM-USA website for many other one-of-a kind products, some of which we'll be reviewing here.

35 Ultra Micro Chisel 2.5mm Elliptical Tip

Published: August 25th, 2019     
35 Ultra Micro Chisel 2.5mm Elliptical Tip
Reviewed by: John Noack, IPMS# 23017
Company: UMM-USA

If you read my review of UMM's 0.8mm Beveled Tip Chisel, you'll have a general idea of the quality of these fine tools. That being said, UMM offers a wide variety of chisel shapes - 14 different tip shapes and sizes by my latest count. UMM 35 is a 2.5mm (0.10 inch) chisel blade affixed to a high quality plastic handle. The tip on this tool is elliptical, and while it will perform a wide variety of tasks (ejector pin removal, opening intakes, etc.) one unique use for the tool is for figure modelers to create or emphasize clothing folds. My figures are cartoonish and I'll probably never get to that point but the tool is perfectly sized and shaped for my purposes.

Our thanks go out again to UMM-USA and John Vojtech for his generous support to the review team here.

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