January 30, 2016

MTSC PRODUCT RELEASE NEWS: Issue SM.01 from the new SM Series by Rinaldi Studio Press

The latest release from Mike Rinaldi comes in the form of the new SM Series (Single Model) books which are a new concept designed to fully illustrate a single model project from start to finish. Using the qualities RSP has developed throughout the best selling TANKART titles, SM Series builds upon the unique nature of discussing modeling in the How and the Why, combined with large professional photography, and clear contemporary design to bring you the greater world of scale modeling in ALL its various forms and finishes. One of the main goals for these new SM titles is the further expansion of RSP into the larger hobby as a whole. Science Fiction, Aviation, Construction Equipment and RailRoading projects, even Racing subjects will be presented throughout this new on-going series, plus they will also cover Military subjects too, often singular models not destined for other RSP titles. The books are open to All Scales - All Eras - All Subjects, which allows the series author Michael Rinaldi to tackle a greater variety of topics and finishes unlike anything he has attempted before. A core premise of the new series is to explore and redefine artisitic and creative finishes for each subject. The first 10 SM Series titles will include science fiction robots/mecha/Gundam, WWII aircraft, civilian trucks, even a WWI gun just to list a few...so much cool stuff is coming.


The first book is based on a Science Fiction topic, that being a resin kit with a most unusual and unique project, 1/35 Fichten Foo's Fantastical Fish-shaped Submersible ... inside features the full story over 95 pages and covers the build and paint in all the ways you love with RSP books to date. According to Mike the new clean open graphic layout will allow for even great storytelling and large hi-res images showcasing the reasons why, and detail the various processes and products used throughout the project. The smaller lighter book size (6 1/2" x 7 1/2") is designed for ease of use and carrying around.
View HERE

Sample pages from SM.01
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SM.02 and SM.03 will cover a civilian subject and military subject respectively (to be announced shortly -- the cover comps shown are mock-ups only, not actual). They are both currently in production and will follow closely on the heels of SM.01 to help launch the series.


This is a long term and ongoing series, and future titles will release at about 1-2 month intervals and cover a wide range of subjects from aircraft, science fiction mecha and vehicles (yes, some famous movie/anime stuff too!), unique armor projects, construction equipment, civilian vehicles, racing subjects and much much more...

Macedonians Join the Wars of Classical Greece range from Expeditionary Force

The Wars of Classical Greece
The Macedonian Army of Alexander the Great joins the The Wars of Classical Greece range from Expeditionary Force. As with all Ex-Force figures these 60mm plastic figures are among the finest ever put into plastic with all sorts of pose variations available with plug-in heads and arms.

Released in 2015
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GRK 09 R Cretan Archers
9 models – 1 Macedonian Officer + 8 Archers with bow & arrows, including option to convert 2 models into swordsmen
GRK 10 R  Agrarian Infantry
9 models – 1 Macedonian officer + 8 Agrianian with 6 javelineers and 2 slingers, with option for sword action poses 
GRK 11 R  Hypaspists
9 models – 1 Officer + 8 Soldiers, 4 in armor, and 4 unarmored – with spear plus options for javelin and sword
GRK 12 R Greek Mercenaries in Asia
9 models – 1 Officer (Spartan), 2 armored Hoplites (Spartan), 2 armored Archers, 2 unarmored Hoplites and 2 peltasts
GRK 13 R Phalangites 
9 models – 1 Officer + 8 Pikemen in armor with two-part pikes
GRK 14 R Allied Greek Hoplites
9 models – 1 Officer (Theban), 8 armored Hoplites including 2 Sacred Band Hoplites)  



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GRK15 R  Prodromoi Cavalry
5 models – 1 Officer + 4 Light Cavalrymen with lance
GRK 16 R Paeonian Cavalry
5 models – 1 Officer, 2 unarmored Medium Cavalrymen with spears and 2 Light Cavalrymen with javelins
GRK 17 R Thessalian Cavalry
5 models – 1 Officer, 2 Noble Cavalry in armor with spear and 2 Light Cavalrymen unarmored with javelins
GRK 18 R Allied Greek Cavalry
9 models – 1 Officer, 2 armored Cavalrymen with spears and 2 Light Cavalrymen with javelins
GRK 19 R Alexander’s Companion Cavalry
5 models – 1 Officer + 4 Companion Cavalrymen in armor with lance, with option of head for Alexander the Great
GRK 20 R Philip’s Companion Cavalry
5 models – 1 Officer + 4 Companion Cavalrymen with lance, with option for head for King Philip


The Macedonians were an ancient tribe that lived on the alluvial plain around the rivers Haliacmon and lower Axios in the northeastern part of the Greek peninsula. Essentially an ancient Greek people, they gradually expanded from their homeland along the Haliacmon valley on the northern edge of the Greek world, absorbing or driving out neighbouring tribes, primarily Thracian and Illyrian.

Although composed of various clans, the Kingdom of Macedon established around the 8th century BC is mostly associated with the Argead dynasty, and the tribe named after it. Traditionally ruled by independent families, the Macedonians seem to have accepted Argead rule by the time of King Alexander I (r. 498–454 BC). Under King Philip II (r. 359–336 BC), they are credited with numerous military innovations, which enlarged their territory and increased their control over other areas, leading to the exploits of Alexander the Great.

Released in 2014

EXF-GRK01R Classical Greeks- Psiloi Archers & Slingers 
EXF-GRK02R Classical Greeks- Peltasts
EXF-GRK03R Classical Greeks- Hoplites  
EXF-GRK04R Classical Greeks- Spartans Sacred-Band  
EXF-GRK05R Classical Greeks- Cavalry Set 1 
EXF-GRK06R Classical Greeks- Cavalry Set 2

Classical Greece was a 200-year period in Greek culture lasting from the 5th through 4th centuries BC. This Classical period saw the annexation of much of modern-day Greece by the Persian Empire, its subsequent independence, and it also had a powerful influence on the Roman Empire and greatly influenced the foundations of western civilization. Much of modern Western politics, artistic thought (architecture, sculpture), scientific thought, theatre, literature, and philosophy derives from this period of Greek history. In the context of the art, architecture, and culture of Ancient Greece, the Classical period, sometimes called the Hellenic period, corresponds to most of the 5th and 4th centuries BC (the most common dates being the fall of the last Athenian tyrant in 510 BC to the death of Alexander the Great in 323 BC). The Classical period in this sense follows the Archaic period and is in turn succeeded by the Hellenistic period.

EXF-GRK07R Thracian Tribal Infantry 
EXF-GRK08R Thracian Tribal Cavalry
T
he first historical record about the Thracians is found in the Iliad, where they are described as allies of the Trojans in the Trojan War against the Greeks.


EXP-PSN01 Persian- Archers & Slingers
EXP-PSN02 Persian- Kardakes Infantry with Javelin & Axe
EXP-PSN03 Persian-Provincial (Medium) Infantry
EXP-PSN03M Persian- Medes Provincial Infantry
EXP-PSN04 Persian- Satrap Guard Heavy Infantry with Spear & Bow – Persians 
EXP-PSN04F Persian- Satrap Guard Infantry with Spear & Bow – Phrygians
EXP-PSN05 Persian Light Cavalry  
EXP-PSN06 Persian- Satrap Guard Cavalry

The Persians or Medes were distantly related to the Scythians, the Hittites, the Greeks and the Romans, and they spoke a related language. They settled in what is now Iran. In 559 BC Cyrus, who was a Persian, made himself king. Cyrus (SIGH-russ) soon conquered West Asia: the Babylonians, the Assyrians, the Jews, the Phoenicians and the Syrians, and also the Lydians and the Greeks. When Cyrus died in 530 BC, his son Cambyses (cam-BYE-sees) became king. In 521 BC Darius (da-RYE-us), who was a Persian and a Zoroastrian but only a distant cousin of Cyrus and Cambyses, seized the throne. He moved the Persian capital to the new city of Persepolis.

In 490 BC, Darius tried to conquer Athens and mainland Greece. Some of the Greek cities, like Thebes, surrendered to Darius or made treaties with him. But Athens fought back and defeated the Persians, and Darius took his troops and went home. The next Persian king, Xerxes (ZERK-sees), put down a big rebellion in Egypt and then attacked Greece again in 480 BC. But Xerxes was also defeated, and went home. The Persians pretty much stopped trying to expand their empire then.
View All Ex-Force Listings to Order HERE

January 28, 2016

MTSC's Caption This Image #113 Winner + This week's photo for Caption This Image #114

CAPTION THIS IMAGE  #113 WINNER
It's Thursday so...We have a winner for this weeks Caption Contest 113. With over 125 entries received... we thoroughly enjoyed each and every one. Our thanks to everyone who participated. Keep them coming! Now it's time for the winner of a $50.00 Gift Card from Michigan Toy Soldier who just happens to be ...Arly Mitchell!
Just drop us an email to claim your prize


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CAPTION THIS IMAGE #114 TEASER
Jackass month continues with another edition of the MTSC Caption ContestCome up with the wittiest caption for this image you will win a $50.00 gift card from Michigan Toy Soldier Company. Just think... you get free stuff and you get show off your comedic charms that will fly around the world via ‘Over The Top’ , ‘News From The Front’ Blog, Google+ & Facebook pages. We will post the winning entry right here next Thursday.


Email your entries to: michtoystaff@michtoy.com

FYI- Have a cool image you'd like to get captioned? Send it to us at michtoystaff@michtoy.com and we will give you $25.00 gift card for any images used.

January 27, 2016

Another Somewhat Daily Dose of Useless Tidbits for 27january2016

Is Now Available for Download. Easily my favorite magazine right now this issue features a whopping 124 pages for less then two bucks!

from the publisher..
Welcome to issue 33 of Figure Painter Magazine.
In this issue we have some great interviews from Adrian Hopwood, who is the focus of our Best of British series and we chat with Ben ‘Rocketandroll‘ Jarvis about his latest ventures in the miniature industry. We have reviews from Bent Bristle, Nutsplanet, Infamy, Midnight Miniatures, Karol Rudyk Art and we take a closer look at what 3D sculpting apps are available for tablets and mobile phones. Also in this issue, we have tutorials from Italian painter Davide Decina who explains how he painted his version of the Acolyte Miniatures’ Butcher. I myself explain how I scratch built some scale wooden barrels for my recent Mproyec Barbarella scene and Marko Paunovic delivers his penultimate article on the massive gaming table build.


To get 2016 started off in the right way, we have an excellent insight interview with the master of freehand and multiple Slayer Sword winner, non-other than Stephan Rath.

THE BEST DEAL ON THE WEB! FPM is available as a downloaded PDF for less then $2.00 a copy.  FPM is a independent magazine dedicated to sculpting, painting, displaying, collecting and gaming with miniature figures from all genre's. The magazine has details on new releases, reviews, interviews with the industries top painters and sculptors, show reports, tutorials and a user gallery. 
Good Looks
We've added new images to our 
The Art of War WWI Collection n our Pinterest page


















Good Guide
Beautifully done group of Replicants plastic 1/32 Confederates by an unknown painter as found on Flicker. A great paint guide with lots more views of this set HERE



A miniature wargame of the American Civil War in 54mm scale. This is a recreation of the Wheat Field at the Battle of Gettysburg

January 26, 2016

FIGURE OF THE WEEK #105: WWI German Trench Diorama By The Essex Regiment + Toy Soldiers on Tuesdays

Our latest Figure of the Week is this unique one-of-a-kind hand made and painted diorama by Allen Kesley (and featured in Old Toy Soldier Magazine) of the Essex Regiment. Everything in this 54mm scene is scratch built including the figures. A true one-of-a-kind piece of The Art of the Toy 
Soldier

...more Toy Soldiers on Tuesdays as featured on our Facebook page

New in the MTSC Gallery is this American Civil War Diorama by Kevin Haines of St. Paris, Oh. Kevin created this 1/32nd scale diorama using a variety of manufactures. Included are Shenadoah Miniatires, IR Miniatures, Britains Deetail plastics and many others. Many scenics were created by hand and the corn is made by JTT. Kevin told us ..."I am always adding to it and tearing it down and setting it up a different way. 


Featured below is a collection of original loose and boxed American Civil War plastic figures from the 50s, 60s & 70s including Britains Eyes Right, Swoppets and Deetail, Herald and Timpo Toys.









January 25, 2016

Trench Runner Review: Justin Skrakowski takes a look at AK's Extreme Reality book


Extreme reality is difficult for me to think of as a “new trend” when it comes to modeling, as, isn’t this what we’ve all been striving for this entire time? But, that doesn’t mean that your average modeler’s techniques and resources aren’t light-years ahead of what they were even ten years ago. Of course the internet has had so much to do with leveling the playing field when it comes to building models; what seemed to be such closely guarded secrets concerning the process are now common knowledge to most of us. Things like pre-shading, better application of superglue, use of pigments, and of course the all-pervasive weathering techniques, have made the hobby fairly homogenous—but not in any negative way. In fact, I think that the sort of “cat out of the bag,” no more secrets approach to model building has let most of us reach levels of realness that already seemed so out of reach to the average builder. This newfound capableness that most of us have fond ourselves with has really made the modeling world so much more interesting, and in turn, so much more fun to be a part of.

But this in no way diminishes the true awe one feels when they see a single piece or a diorama that is completely indistinguishable from a photograph of the vehicle or event presented. That sort of thing where you find yourself pulling the magazine back and forth, and tilting it at different angles because you really think the artist might have just taken pictures of an old barn, or a run-down T-34, and then presented it as a model. It’s especially relevant these days since so many of us are able to produce our own pieces that we’re really proud of, where just a few years ago we were still so left in the dark as to any of the processes that delineate the good from the great builders out there. And in that, it’s also become more difficult to impress your average modeler, since, well, we’re pretty damn good at it ourselves!

This is where one of AK’s newest books comes in, the aptly titled Extreme Reality. The main artists included (and they truly are artists, I don’t think anyone would argue otherwise) are Andrew Argent, the always amazing Kristof Pulinckx, Edouard Nouaillier, John Simmons, and someone new to me who goes by the name of Doozy. Although the person responsible for most of the book and the text is (I believe, sometimes it’s hard to tell with some of these AK books, so my apologies if I have not given the proper credit) Andrew Argent.
Now, let me get my few gripes out of the way first—and, unfortunately, they are the same gripes I’ve had since I’ve been reading AK’s book offerings (in English of course, I cannot speak of this for the other editions)—but so much of the text is just a jumbled mess! And of course this is a purely visual medium when it comes down to it, and the true experience of the book lies in the pictures, but when the text comes out this poorly (and I am also in no way a “grammar nazi,” I’m sure plenty of people will be able to find typos or odd punctuation in this, so don’t think I’m pretending that I’m above any writing mishaps, but…) the sheer amount of mistakes in the text portions of the book are, at the lowest end of the annoyance spectrum, completely distracting, and at their worst, make the book just shy of disastrous. If anything, all these mistakes take so much value away from what would (and should) be an otherwise breathtaking book. The lack of concern for the presentation of the text in these books belittles the painstaking work these artists have given us in their builds. And besides being demeaning to themselves, it’s really hard to take these guys seriously when they seem to have so little regard for the readers. And I say this because these books are so, so great in every other respect, and I really wish that someone at AK was listening, because it really seems like they just put the original (Spanish I’m assuming, AK being from Spain) language into Google Translate—Hell! I don’t even think they’re using Google Translate some of the time—but whatever translation program they are using, it’s like a friend pointed out to me after trying to use Google Translate to read an email he had received from one of his friends in Germany, “You put it through the translator and now it’s turning what I’m sure is a perfectly fine email into garbage poetry!” And that doesn’t include the things that aren’t capitalized that should be, things that are capitalized for no reason, the words that have no spaces between them (or far too many spaces!), the seemingly just plain missing words, and what’s really the biggest flub, the sentences that are sometimes downright incomprehensible. And for a book that is supposed to be a step-by-step guide, when the sentences are incomprehensible it totally defeats the purpose of even having text in there.
Okay, so, now that I’m done pleading to AK to hire an editor for their English editions—you know what? Not even an editor, just someone who can merely gloss over the English (I’ll do it for free in exchange for some paints!), now that I’m done haranguing them on their butchering of the written word, on to the rest of the book, which is of course, absolutely stunning.

The book has seven separate pieces, in range from pastoral scenery to claustrophobic old barn, and has a great range of scale; from a 1:35 scale (or close to) diorama subset of old and worn French café walls that are 100% scratch-built, to a diorama of a (seemingly) simple oil drum left to the elements in astonishing 1:6.
First of all, if you’ve read anything I’ve written here before, you know that I am always in search of anything that can be of service in the ways of scratch-building. So to see Mr. Nouaillier’s section “Walls of Decay,” (which, in my opinion is the best “how-to” in the book) was nothing short of a revelation. Not to mention it being the most coherent of the step-by-step guides.

Then the oil-drum by Andy Argent! I’ve yet to branch as far North in scale as 1:6, the closest I’ve gotten is my Maschinen Krieger models which (except for a few exceptions) rarely come in sizes other than 1:20, and even in that scale I start to get very nervous re my abilities. So to see something in 1:6, and something so banal as a rusted oil-drum, become one of the most beautiful models you’ve ever seen is something that you can show anyone who tries to dispute whether building models is an art or not. Not only that, but seeing the methods Mr. Argent has employed gives me the courage to go up in scale.
And that’s really what this book is about, it’s about giving your average modeler a lot more courage to try new things. It’s like a nip of whiskey before you have to go onstage, but to your modeling abilities. After reading this book (when you can read it—okay, that’s the last time I mention it… in this article) you really do feel like you’ve learned an entirely new skillset. Whereas most books offer sort of the same things over and over again, I believe that this book can help you do things that you never thought that you’d be capable of. Especially in this era in our beloved hobby, where so much of us are already at a place in our skills where we never thought we’d be able to get to, since we have the internet to go to with any little problems, this book might just be what every modeler needs who feels like they’ve plateaued to bring their game to a competitive level—even if you’re only competing against yourself and your past modeling accomplishments, this book has enough newness in it to make you toss all your old models and feel like you can start from a whole new level of creative mastery.

 Best,
Justin

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January 21, 2016

MTSC's Caption This Image #112 Winner + This week's photo for Caption This Image #113

CAPTION THIS IMAGE  #112 WINNER

It's Thursday so...we have a winner for last weeks image contestNicholas Nasta who entered via email has snagged one of the most coveted prize in the sport of Image Captioning which is of course is a $50.00 Gift Card from Michigan Toy Soldier.

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CAPTION THIS IMAGE #113 TEASER

Jackass month continues with another edition of the MichToy Caption ContestCome up with the wittiest caption for this image you will win a $50.00 gift card from Michigan Toy Soldier Company. Just think... you get free stuff and you get show off your comedic charms that will fly around the world via ‘Over The Top’ , ‘News From The Front’ Blog, Google+ & Facebook pages. We will post the winning entry right here next Thursday.

Email your entries to: michtoystaff@michtoy.com

FYI- Have a cool image you'd like to get captioned? Send it to us at michtoystaff@michtoy.com and we will give you $25.00 gift card for any images used.

January 19, 2016

FIGURE OF THE WEEK #104: Nardi Confederate, 54mm Plastic Circa 1960s

This week’s offering comes from Italian company Nardi. Produced in the ’60s, he was used to represent officers from the American Civil War as well as from the Afrika Korps. With a curious mix of uniform and equipment (note the German belt, holster and canteen and the Civil War kepi and Western revolver) this fighting man would be ready for action no matter what scene you put him in. This guy swivels at the hip and the torsos and legs can be interchanged with other figures in the range. Ya gotta love the ingenious designs they come up with and the way manufactures squeeze every last cent out of a mold. A worthy fellow for our latest FOTW.

January 18, 2016

MTSC Product Spotlight: Panzer Putty Masking Agent by MXpression

Every now & then a remarkable custom-made model making product emerge and while this has been on the market for some time now it is gaining in popularity for use in masking models so we thought a closer look at it was warranted. 

Panzer Putty by MXpression is a dilatant Silicon Putty. Use it as a universal masking agent for airbrushing all genre and scales of modeling. This formula is specially designed for multiple uses and easy clean up. Panzer Putty easily conforms to all surfaces and details allowing for both hard and soft edge camouflages. It changes its behaviour depending on the force applied. With low force you can easily shape it. A Panzer Putty ball would bounce like a rubber ball, it will splinter when hit with a hammer and breaks smooth when ripped apart. It is not oily or sticky and is specially designed to leave NO residue on surfaces. It is also very easy to remove. and does not dry and is therefore an ideal tool to airbrush patterns on your models. And not only once but many times. View to order HERE



View Panzer Putty Tips & Tricks in pdf format HERE

View Panzer Putty "How To" guide from Scale War Machines on You Tube HERE





January 16, 2016

Trench Runner Review: Justin Skrakowski takes a look at AK's Tanker Techniques Magazine Issue 02

Man do I love it when things don’t stick to plan. Cause plans are inherently no good, I think it was Mike Tyson who said, “Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face,” and just waking up is like getting punched in the face (at least to me it always has been). So things need to be flexible, we, we need to be more flexible. Like that whole “flip-flopper” thing that circulates around politicians, what’s bad about that? You mean that time changes and they took into account something different? I’m just saying that isn’t this merely being adaptable? You know adaptation, that little thing that has kept our species alive and at the top of the food chain for 100,000 years or so now? Yeah, that thing!

That’s sorta the reason I was so nervous to get my copy of TANKER issue #2, especially after having given the first issue such a glowing review, (which you can read here if you so choose), I was just ready for the sophomore slump already… I don’t mean to be so cynical, it’s MTV’s fault, I swear (or whatever the new scapegoat is these days…)!

But look at that beautiful cover right there. Right below the giant, capital-letter logo for the magazine, the word “Tanker,” and honestly, I was expecting the headline, “Anyone Ever Heard of a Tank Called the Tiger I? Well Here’s One!” but no! Look at that, right there on the cover of issue #2 and the main image on the front isn’t even a tank! How cool is that? What’d they give us instead? A badass kit mash-up thing from the apocalyptic universe of Mad Max! Now if that isn’t a way to throw caution to the wind then I don’t know what is.
And what a great way to see that (like I had predicted from issue #1) this is not going to be just another modeling magazine. And let me (as always) reiterate that I have nothing wrong with any modeling magazine of any kind, the more the merrier I believe. I mean, if it has to do with models or painting models or building models, then I am all in. But TANKER is sort of like the mean music the older brothers were always listening to in 80s movies, it’s the Motorhead (R.I.P. Lemmy!) of modeling magazines! And I mean that in every way, 'cause this isn’t for beginners either. This is for folks who are ready to get down, build a nice model, and then make it look like it’s been through Hell. From the Mad Max tribute Buick and the “Zombie Slayer,” to the “Marder on Steroids” and the “Up-Armored Krupp Prototype;” do you see the connections there? These are vehicles, whether based on real-life or that live in imaginary worlds, that are built to kick ass. And I don’t know about you guys, but I got into building models mostly because of the ass-kicking abilities of tanks and other weapons of war, and not because they look good in a showroom. And that’s exactly the excitement that TANKER magazine is all about highlighting.

Look, it’s great that there are other magazines out there that want to show the world how serious and artful building models can be, but I think we’re at the point now where a lot of us just feel like we’re done having to explain ourselves, and having to defend our hobby to the rest of the world, and we just want to break it down to it’s most free-base, even rebellious, form. If there’s anything I try to capture the most of in my writing, it’s always been a combined aesthetic of horror movies and tough music, or something I like to call “Blood, Guts, and Rock & Roll,” and no other modeling magazine even comes close to TANKER in capturing that spirit. But also, somehow, they don’t overdo it. It’s an amazing blend of new ideas, with a solid foundation of what model-building is all about. This is perfectly seen in one of the last sections “School of Techniques,” wherein they give incredible step-by-step instructions (the best I’ve seen yet) for making impact marks and cast-iron textures on your vehicles.


And even if you don’t care about any of that stuff, the variety of pictures in the magazine is drool-worthy. Extreme close-ups, and techniques so well photographed that you don’t even need to be able to read to make this magazine useful (I am not advocating illiteracy in anyway, but even if I was, the illiterates surely wouldn’t know about it, now would they?).

Look, maybe you don’t want to have a new favorite magazine, but it looks like TANKER isn’t going to give you much choice in the matter, it just is.
Hail, Hail Rock & Roll!
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January 15, 2016

BEST OF 2015! Perfect Plastic Putty by Deluxe Materials

Perfect Plastic Putty from Deluxe Materials is a water based filler designed for modelers to specifically use on injection moulded plastic models. A single tube of Perfect Plastic Putty contains 40ml of the product and is supplied with a nozzle that can be cut to various sizes depending on the purpose you want to use it for.

Is it good?  You bet! It's another great tool to have in your modeling kit. However, I also don't consider it a be-all, end-all putty but when it comes to filling simple seams – especially 90 degree ones – Perfect Plastic Putty is a great putty to use. Especially since you can smooth it out with little-to-no sanding.

What can I say other than I highly recommend you give it a try as it is better than I thought possible. It is water based so no smelly chemicals in the mix, it can be cleaned up with water so an error in application or getting some on the carpet is easily cleaned up or removed. Just be aware that even when it's dry is still water soluble. Control over application to the model is first rate with excellent control over both flow and placement which also allows for very fine beads of filler to be applied to just about any location that the nozzle tip can reach. The really great thing is you don't have to worry about removing the excess putty prior to drying, like you do with epoxy putties such as Aves Apoxie. PPP can be smoothed out after drying, and with a brush I've been able to eliminate most seams just by using it damp (ensure it's not too wet) to remove the excess. It will take a little more effort to do once the putty is dry, but I think it works great. I've used this putty in a number of instances on every type of seam I have. I've used it to fill gaps; to correct "steps" (where one part doesn't line up entirely with another part, leaving a step), to fill holes, and to blend.


Deluxe Materials provides an excellent YouTube clip on one way to use their putty.

BEST OF 2015! The New Vallejo Metal Color Range


Vallejo Metal Color is a new range of 18 water-based metallic colors, especially designed for airbrushing. In the development of this new and innovative range, the latest generation of aluminium pigments has been used in a specifically designed formula to produce colors of exceptional resistance and adherence to plastics and metal. These can be applied directly onto many surfaces without the need for a primer, although it is recommended to use a glossy black primer to get a really to bring forth the unique and special quality of the finishes.

The viscosity of Metal Color lets you work with airbrushes using nozzle sizes as small as 0.2 mm without having to dilute the colors, but environmental conditions can alter the viscosity of the product and cause the need for further dilution with Vallejo Thinner (71061, 71361 & 71161) We recommend working with a compressor pressure between PSI 10-15, 0.75-1.10 Bar

Metal Color was developed to be used straight out of the bottle when airbrushing so no thinner is needed but you can thin down with Vallejo thinner, tap water or alcohol to change some properties such as brighness, light reflected and finish. Colors can be mixed right in the cup of the airbrush. Metal Color dries almost instantly on the model and permits immediate application of aging processes such as the use of washes, pigments, and dry-brush techniques. It is however recommended to wait an hour or so before manipulating the fresh layer of paint. 

Brush painting of the Metal Colors is possible. It is best to apply the colors over a primer and apply a second primer coat for full coverage. While these paints self-level to the surface  really well the Metal Color range was designed for airbrush application so when using a brush to apply on an entire model the final outcome over large areas may result in some uneven properties in the form of brush marks.

Metal Colors can be masked. It is always best to allow the paint to fully cure at least 12 hours before any masking. With correct application over a clean surface, with or without primer, the Metal Colors will not lift off the surface after masking. 

There is a big difference between Metal Color and Vallejo’s regular metallic Model Air colors as Metal Color offers a true metallic paint using the latest generation pigments

Metal Color Gloss Black Primer (73660, 74660 & 77660) is a water-based acrylic-polyurethane primer, which dries quickly to the touch, and confers a glossy, self leveling base coat of extraordinary resistance. The painting of the model can be continued almost immediately after applying the primer, although when using masking tape, it is recommended to allow the primer to cure for some 12 hours before beginning the masking process.

Gloss Varnish Metal Color 77657: This varnish has been formulated especially for airbrushing; it dries very fast and does not leave fingerprints (“no tack”). Gloss Varnish can be applied directly or diluted with distilled water or thinner 71261. In some cases, a layer of varnish is enough but if more layers are required, an interval of 30 minutes is suggested between each coat. Once protected by the varnish, the colors resist the application of oils, glazes, and even pure turpentine and light washes with alcohol.


VLJ-73660 Vallejo Metal Color: Gloss Black Primer 60ml  
VLJ-74660 Vallejo Metal Color: Gloss Black Primer 200ml 
VLJ-77660 Vallejo Metal Color: Gloss Black Primer 32ml 
VLJ-77657 Vallejo Metal Color: Gloss Metal Varnish 32ml 
VLJ-77701 Vallejo Metal Color: Aluminum Metal Color 32ml 
VLJ-77702 Vallejo Metal Color: Duraluminum Metal Color 32ml 
VLJ-77703 Vallejo Metal Color: Dark Aluminum Metal Color 32ml 
VLJ-77704 Vallejo Metal Color: Pale Burnt Metal Color 32ml 
VLJ-77706 Vallejo Metal Color: White Aluminum Metal Color 32ml
VLJ-77707 Vallejo Metal Color: Chrome Metal Color 32ml
VLJ-77710 Vallejo Metal Color: Copper Metal Color 32ml
VLJ-77711 Vallejo Metal Color: Magnesium Metal Color 32ml
VLJ-77712 Vallejo Metal Color: Steel Metal Color 32ml
VLJ-77713 Vallejo Metal Color: Jet Exhaust Metal Color 32ml
VLJ-77716 Vallejo Metal Color: Semi Matte Aluminum Color 32ml 
VLJ-77717 Vallejo Metal Color: Dull Aluminum Metal Color 32ml
VLJ-77720 Vallejo Metal Color: Gunmetal Grey Metal Color 32ml
VLJ-77721 Vallejo Metal Color: Burnt Iron Metal Color 32ml Bottle 
VLJ-77723 Vallejo Metal Color: Exhaust Manifold Metal Color 32ml 
VLJ-77724 Vallejo Metal Color: Silver Metal Color 32ml
VLJ-77725 Vallejo Metal Color: Gold Metal Color 32ml
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