Modeling Products

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

Armored: Olive Drab: 1939-1956 Paint Set

Published: October 16th, 2018     
Armored: Olive Drab: 1939-1956 Paint Set
Reviewed by: Michael Reeves, IPMS# 51129
Scale: 10701
Company: Tru-Color Paint

Tru-Color Paint was formed in 2008 by Rick Galazzo and Scott Cohen, both of whom come from extensive backgrounds in formulating paint on the commercial scale. They set out on their own to develop this paint line of solvent based paint by reformulating the old Accupaint formulation to flow better and give a more glossy appearance after drying. They currently offer over 600 colors offered with more to follow. Sets and single bottles are available and include lines for railroad, automotive, and military aircraft and armament lines.

The specific set I tested was specifically for armored subjects painted olive drab from the years 1939-1956 and include the following colors in 1 oz. bottles:

  • TCP-1400: Olive Drab #1, 1944-1945; All Theaters
  • TCP-1401: Olive Drab #2, 1939-1941; All Theaters
  • TCP-1402: Olive Drab #3, 1942-1944; All Theaters
  • TCP-1423: Olive Drab #4, 1950-1956; US Army Only
  • TCP-403: Matte Mud, #1
  • TCP-408: Matte Aged Rust

The set also included a sample of their masking / frisket paper.

Mission Models Paint Part 2 (Clear Coats)

Published: October 14th, 2018     
Mission Models Paint Part 2  (Clear Coats)
Reviewed by: Blaine Singleton, IPMS# 50734
Company: Mission Models

This part 2 of a three-part review of Mission Models paints.The Clear Coats

Shortly after releasing their second round of paint colors Mission Models released three clear coat products to protect the paint once it has been applied to a model. The Clear coatings are Flat Clear, Semi-Gloss Clear and Gloss Clear.

All clear coats are mixed with the Mission Models thinner and depending what you use the clears coats for, the thinner proportions mix is varied, I found 30% thinner to the clear worked best for me. The Polyurethane may be used with the clear coat as it is with the paint products. Let the clear coats dry for minimum 3 hours and they are ready for applications of any masking material.

Spraying the clears are done by setting your airbrush air pressure to 10 to 15 psi and applying the clear coats in light multiple coats.

The clear coats are compatible with all the decal settings solutions that you would normally use on your projects.

Tru-Color Green Gray and Brown Paint - Military Ships Series

Published: October 8th, 2018     
Tru-Color Green Gray and Brown Paint - Military Ships Series
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Scale: All
Company: Tru-Color Paint

Thank you to Tru-Color Paint for providing an assortment of their Military Ships Series paints to review. Thank you to the IPMS Reviewer Corps for allowing me to test out some of this excellent paint line. This review focuses on product application and ease of use.

Tru-Color Paint describes this product line as a solvent-based acrylic paint. What this means for the modeler is that the same safety precautions required for enamels and others must be used with these paints. The Tru-Color website describes acrylic component as the polymer for surface bonding.

Mission Models Paint, Part 3 (Metallics)

Published: October 8th, 2018     
Mission Models Paint, Part 3 (Metallics)
Reviewed by: Blaine Singleton, IPMS# 50734
Company: Mission Models

This will be the third of a three-part review of Mission Models paints.

The Metallics

Mission Models has four new metallic paints, White Aluminum, Dark Aluminum, Duraluminum and Silver.

For this paint test I sprayed Mission White Primer after cleaning and degreasing the test surface. If you use gray or black primer you can get a variance of tonal quality for each of the metallic paints making them very versatile.

I decided to paint the White Aluminum and Dark Aluminum for this review. As you can see in the accompanying pictures the paints are very durable. Once laid down they will not pull up with masking tape and have a nice metallic sheen.

To test the ability of the paint to cover an area that's been scratched or damaged, I started with a scuffed area and was able to almost cover the damage with 6 passes of the airbrush. What that means is that this metallic paint can be touched up after application as in the case a scratch, which is usually not the case for most acrylic metallics.

Sci-fi 4 Display Base

Published: September 6th, 2018     
Sci-fi 4 Display Base
Reviewed by: Brent Bristow, IPMS# 48487
Company: Coastal Kits

All of us, at some point, have finished a model after many weeks or months of work, and realized that it needed a display base of some sort to enhance the piece. But creating a base can often be just as time consuming as the model, and if you are ready to move on to another project, it may get put on the back burner or never get done. Coastal Kits is working to provide a solution to this problem with several premade, two-dimensional bases that allow you to quickly and easily enhance your model. For this review, I will be looking at the one of these bases, which is called Sci-Fi 4.

The base measures 250x250mm (approximately 9.84x9.84 inches) and is made of sturdy plastic board material that is 3 mm thick. It has a little flexibility but does not bend easily. As an experiment, I tried to make an indention in the top of the display with my fingernail with a moderate amount of force and was unable to make a dent in the material. If this base can withstand this, it should be able to withstand the weight of most styrene or resin models without compressing.