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  1. Primers Ammo by Mig Jimenez There are a plethora of different manufacturers primers on the market these days and Mig Jimenez has release three more in the AMMO One Shot range. Each of the three primers, white, grey and black are self levelling and water based. They have been designed to preserve the detail and to dry with a hard, flat finish. Fortunately, unlike some products they have little or no smell. You should clean the kit parts of any residue from the moulding process, but this isn’t always necessary as these primers should adhere to the plastic, or any other material such as resin or PE without problem. To use you just shake the bottle well before decanting into the airbrush cup and spraying at around 20-30 PSI in thin coats until the model or parts are fully coated. Once complete clean the airbrush out with you preferred cleaner, or you can use AMMO’s own A.MIG.2001 cleaner. White Grey Black Conclusion These are really nice primers and although I’ve only done some test pieces with them they do indeed level nicely and dry to a hard enough finish to be able to sand if required. Review sample courtesy of
  2. Flesh Colours Ammo by Mig Jimenez The art of figure painting is something that some people really don’t like to try, mainly because of the flesh tones. Well with this new set from Mig Jimenez you at least have a good starting point, with the various tones and colours, which you can use to build up the look on your figures. There are highlights and lowlights in addition to the actual skin tones included in the set. A.MIG-115 Light Skin Tone A.MIG-116 Basic Skin Tone A.MIG-117 Warm Skin Tone A.MIG-118 Burnt Sand A.MIG-133 Red Leather A.MIG-134 Burnt Brown Red The paints can be both brushed or airbrushed which will please a lot of modellers, yet the new formulation has been designed primarily for brush use. Once the bottles have been shaken very well colour density looks pretty good, and whilst I haven’t used these particular colours yet I have used others in the AMMO range and they do spray well with a little bit of thinning. I wouldn’t say they were ready to spray straight from the bottle though. Conclusion This looks to be a very useful and well thought out set of colours from AMMO and will prove a very useful to those modellers with an interest in figure painting. Review sample courtesy of
  3. Weathering Magazine - Real Ammo by Mig Jimenez I have now seen a few weathering magazines from AMMO and it is good to see the quality of both the printing and content is not falling off in any way. This issues deals with taking a "Real" subject and weathering a model to accurately represent that subject. There is a fair range of subjects here to give the modeller some inspiration. The magazine takes a look at a Mexican Leopard C2 operating in a dusty desert environment, a retired locomotive, one of the last JASDF Phantoms, A Russian Kilo Class Submarine; and finally an abandoned Chieftain Tank. The various authors give a good account of the techniques used to achieve the required look. The pictures are clear and the accompanying text lays out the processes used to accomplish the finished models. Its up to the reader how far they take things. If nothing else the magazine give food for thought on how far the modeller wants to go with weathering. Conclusion This looks to be a very useful publication, although in magazine format the print quality is more like a book. Dealing with real subjects it shows you what can be achieved in miniature. Overall a high quality publication. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  4. Israeli Defence Force Special Edition Paint Set AMMO of Mig Jiménez In recent years there has been an explosion of Israeli subjects available in the AFV world, which has resulted in new paint colours being added to many ranges. This new Special Edition from AMMO contains some new formulations of existing colours that have been based on actual samples of the real thing from different periods of operation. The box is their standard size, but is finished in gloss black, with silver and white writing that makes it stand out from the crowd. Inside is a clear tray that contains six 17ml dropper bottles with the newer yellow caps that identify them as having the steel BBs inside to aid with mixing the paint during shaking. It is billed as the definitive Israeli set, and the colours are as follows: A.MIG-066 Faded Sinai Grey Lightened version of real IDF Sinai grey '82. Perfect for highlights, faded colours, and adding a scale effect without altering the tone. A.MIG-067 Light Sand Grey Lightened version of real IDF sand grey. Perfect for highlights, faded colours, and adding a scale effect without altering the tone. A.MIG-068 IDF Green Green colour used by the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) from the early years through to the Six-Day War in 1967. A.MIG-049 Red Colour used by the IDF to highlight certain items such as handles or lifting points. An essential reference for IDF models. A.MIG-131 Real IDF Sinai Grey '82 Colour used by the IDF from the First Lebanon War to this day. Merkavas, Magach and a host of other vehicles are painted in this colour. Highly accurate colour; authentically matched to the real paint. A.MIG-132 Real IDF Sand Grey '73 Sand grey tone used by the IDF from the Six-Day War to the Yom-Kippur War and up to the 1980s. Highly accurate colour; authentically matched to the real paint. The paints are thinned with either AMMO's own thinner (A.MIG-2000), or water, and can be brush painted or airbrushed if thinned to the usual consistency of semi-skimmed milk. The paint dries to the touch slightly slower than some acrylics I have used, and the box states that it will be fully dry in 24 hours, which isn't a bad recommendation for any acrylic to be honest. Many modellers have taken to this paint system like ducks to water, and now swear by it, which is a good enough testament to anyone considering making the switch. Review sample courtesy of
  5. Weathering Aircraft Magazine - BASE Colors Ammo by Mig Jimenez I have now seen a few weathering magazines from AMMO and it is good to see the quality of both the printing and content is not falling off in any way. This issues deals with the BASE colour used on a model and how that effects the overall weathering process. It also helps when you have a model that is all over one colour, or a couple of major colours. Models covered in this issue are an F-117A, Bf 109, Red Arrows Hawk, F-14, Zero, Horten 229, P-38J; and Star Wars Starfighter N-1. The volume shows how important the base coat is to achieving the final look, and to what may go on top, and how that affects things. The various authors give a good account of the techniques used to achieve the required look. The pictures are clear and the accompanying text lays out the processes used to accomplish the finished models. Its up to the reader how far they take things. If nothing else the magazine give food for thought on how far the modeller wants to go with weathering. Conclusion This looks to be a very useful publication, although in magazine format the print quality is more like a book. Dealing how a base coat affects your final model it shows you what can be achieved in miniature. Overall a high quality publication. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  6. I have a question that's proven a little confusing. For a long time I've had a bottle of Mig Productions Thinner for Washes, but this stuff seems to be nigh impossible to get anymore. Everywhere lists it out of stock, and Mig Productions itself doesn't seem to have a store anymore. All I can find is the Ammo Odourless Enamel Thinner, which I've no problem getting provided that it is similar to the Mig Productions Thinner in its softness and use with pigments (I use it fix them) and washes. Has anyone had any experience with both and is there any real difference between them? I'd really like to avoid harsh turps and stuff if I can. Gaz
  7. So here is my (pretty much) finished Takom King Tiger! Bought for me for Christmas and I've enjoyed every minute of the build. It was built out of order sort of and the idea was taken from a video I watched on YouTube so I cannot take the credit for the idea on how to display this. Paints used were Ammo by Mig King Tiger set and Tamiya. Primer was ultimate black Primer. All I need to do now is get a wooden base for the thing and maybe add some steel to the track cleats. I've done minimal weathering on this and finished it as a clean build. Thoughts welcome!
  8. King Tiger Interior & Exterior Acrylic Paint Sets Mig AMMO Launched to coincide with the new Takom King Tiger kit in 1:35 that we reviewed here, and for which AMMO drew the profiles and advised on colour choices, these two sets are out now. They are broken down to Interior (Vol.1) and Exterior (Vol.2), and both consist of 6 x 17ml bottles of acrylic paint with dropper tops, and a stainless steel ball-bearing in each to aid mixing by shaking. The boxes are cardboard with a hanger for display at one end, and inside is a clear carton holding the paints in situ, and allowing you to remove them en masse. Vol.1 Interior Colours (A.MIG-7165) The cramped interiors of German tanks were painted a cream colour where it counted, and left in red oxide primer where it didn't, and of course the ammo was either steel or brass cased, depending on a number of factors such as supplier and how short of strategic materials they were at the time. The set includes the following shades to allow you to paint the basic colours of the interior, but if you intent to do any modulation of the colours, you will need to make sure you have additional shades on hand. A.MIG-003 Resedagrun A.MIG-014 Rotbraun (floor) A.MIG-017 Cremeweiss (interior) A.MIG-194 Aluminium A.MIG-197 Brass (ammunition) A.MIG-218 Schwarzgrau (engine) Vol.2 Exterior Colours (A.MIG-7166) Three main colours were in use during the period of the King Tiger's service, with a usual base of Dark Yellow, broken up with Olive Green, and Chocolate Brown in a huge number of variations. Winter distemper camo was also applied, which is catered for in this set by the supply of a "washable" white paint, which can be applied and removed to show wear. The tracks are painted a very dark brown, which will require some additional work to give a lifelike finish, and a number of wooden parts such as the jack block are visible amongst the pioneer tools. In the set are the following colours: A.MIG-002 Olivegrun Opt.2 A.MIG-010 Dunkelgelb Mid War A.MIG-015 Shokobraun A.MIG-024 Washable White Camo A.MIG-035 Dark Tracks A.MIG-037 New Wood On the back of the box are four profiles of alternatives from the kit boxings, all of which have the required colours called out next to their profiles, as shown below: Conclusion AMMO paints are by now a known quantity, and this combination of sets will doubtless find favour with anyone building a new King Tiger, no matter what the source kit, as well as those building any late war German armour. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  9. The Weathering Magazine – Washes, Filters & Oils AMMO of Mig Jiménez Timed to coincide with the release of AMMO's new Oil Brusher range (reviewed here), this edition of the popular and useful techniques magazine is all about weathering, and a section of it is devoted to the use of oils. The magazine isn't structured like most modelling mags, which is why feel it is worthy of review of each edition. Instead of the usual format, it details the use of specific techniques by following the modellers in their build of a particular subject, which if you're expecting just a long procession of armour models, you'll be surprised to find an aircraft, well-known space craft and even a locomotive within the pages. Each article concentrates on one technique, and after a preamble from Mig himself, it proceeds as follows: Filters by Mig Jiménez Washes & Oils by Mig Jiménez Oil Dot Technique by Mig Jiménez Outside the Loft – a Hobby Boss AAVP-7A1 by Maxi Fernández Washes, Filters & Streaked Grime Effects on a A6M Zero by Mig Jiménez Oil Highlights & Combined Grime Effects on an Sd.Kfz.251 by Sergiusz Pęczek Stardust Shows No Mercy – Millennium Falcon by Konrad Dzik Old School Never Dies – A Hetzer & Sd.Kfz.232 by Pat Johnston The Forgotten Workhorse – A Fiat Ferroviaria D345 locomotive by Graziano Ghetti Acrylics on Wash Duty – Dirtying up a grey panzer by Sergiusz Pęczek Each article spans between two and fourteen pages, and follows the familiar pattern of AMMO books, with plenty of photographs of the work in progress, plus captions that complete the picture. Of course AMMO products feature heavily in the articles, with more than a couple using the new Oil Brushers, but the techniques are important in themselves and if you're not wedded to AMMO products for whatever reason, it is easy enough to substitute your own existing stocks. The modelling on display is first-rate and an inspiration to us all as to what can be achieved with a little bit of skill and some innovative products and techniques. It's just a shame that the skill part can't be bought over the counter. The magazine isn't over-burdened by adverts, and this English language version has been translated from the original language by Iain Hamilton, and is available in Spanish, French and Russian in addition. The series can be purchased individually or as a subscription from the AMMO website, or you can probably find them at your more adventurous newsagent or model shop. Highly recommended for anyone looking for a quick reference for weathering techniques. Review sample courtesy of
  10. The Weathering Aircraft - Engines AMMO of Mig Jiménez The Weathering Aircraft might not make grammatical sense to a native English speaker, but the contents certainly do. It is a quarterly publication from the modern kings of weathering AMMO, demonstrating the techniques available to the modern modeller, whilst leveraging their products into the frame, and who can blame them? The edition concerns engines, and details a number of different techniques for creating realistic engines in differing states of repair, from in-service to dilapidated, to ripped out of the airframe and lying on the ground. It follows the usual style of AMMO publications, breaking down into a number of articles by different modellers, dealing with the different types of installation in turn. The text is accompanied by copious in-progress photographs with descriptive captions to fill the gaps, and the various products used shown for your ease. Of course the majority are AMMO products as you'd expect, but you can easily substitute whatever you have in your drawer for similar effects. The techniques are the important aspect, and as already mentioned recently, it's just a shame we can't purchase talent in bottles to help us improve effortlessly. The articles are as follows: ME.262 Jumo 004B – The chief editor builds and paints a highly detailed jet engine to sling under the wing of a Schwalbe. Salmson – A WWI radial engine is built and painted, showing the different finishes used. Nakajima HA-109 – a 14-cylinder Radial engine from the WWII Japanese fighter Ki-44 is painted and fitted within the cowling. UH-1Y – A Kitty hawk Venom is built with a detailed engine visible within the inspection bay of the latest Huey variant. General Electic J79-GE-19 – The guts of this engine are exposed via the belly bay, built from a resin upgrade set. Rolls-Royce Merlin 60 – Hyper-detailing and painting the block from a Tamiya 1:32 Spitfire. Nakajima Sakae 12 – A well-worn engine from a Zero 21 is built into the fuselage of Tamiya's kit. F-105 Thunderchief – A trolley-borne engine from this Cold War warrior is built and painted, demonstrating heat discolouration techniques. Mercedes D.IIIa – Using the guts of a WNW Fokker D.VII and a 3D upgrade from Aviattic, the Mercedes lump is built up in a well-maintained museum quality model. Mercedes D.III – as a contrast a Roden engine is built as a heap of junk on a well-rusted trestle. Pratt & Whitney PW2800 – built as a vignette of a crash scene, the engine is depicted ripped out of the airframe with a damaged and bent prop still attached. Radon-Klzer 602C – What? Anakin's pod-racer from The Phantom Menace (oh, that film) is given a spectacular paint job after some sympathetic detail upgrades. The index at the front is a little out of kilter with the contents, but at least it proves I read it! The mix of content and build styles hits a good balance between shiny and shot-at, and should give any budding engine builder some useful tips on how to improve their engine building work. As usual, the magazine isn't over-burdened with adverts, and has a couple of young attractive ladies dotted through the pages in case you get tired of looking at models and like that sort of thing. A good read with plenty to offer even the experienced modeller. Review sample courtesy of
  11. Oil Brusher Paints AMMO of Mig Jiménez Using oils for weathering effects is hardly a new technique, but it has been occasionally hit-and-miss if you happen to buy the wrong oils with gritty pigment, or forget to let the oils "breathe" on a piece of card to wick away the excess oil that slows down drying and makes it harder to achieve certain effects. The lead foil tubes and their caps can also be an impediment, as they are prone to sticking in place if not used frequently, and we have all probably twisted a tube badly whilst trying to undo it at some point. Then there's finding a good brush to apply the paint, cleaning it afterward etc. etc. It can all be a bit of a faff. You know what's coming next, don't you? Let me introduce you to the new AMMO Oil Brusher system. Not the most exciting brand name, but very descriptive. These tubular pots of oil paint have been formulated not to need any oily residue wicking away, and the long black cap has a captive brush with a stiff set of bristles that works rather well. There is a scraper-lip inside the neck that removes the excess paint, and leaves the brush with just about the right amount of paint for the job in hand. The body of the bottle is clear so it's easy to see which bottle you have hold of, and there are 21 shades in the range at launch, with more on the way I'm sure. The screw cap coupled with the rigid body should prevent any clogging down the line, and if the lid does seize, there's plenty to get hold of to apply your massive forearm strength to. If that doesn't work, just run some hot water over the lid to soften any residue. Below are the available shades at launch: A.MIG.3500 Black A.MIG.3511 Red Primer A.MIG.3501 White A.MIG.3512 Dark Brown A.MIG.3502 Yellow A.MIG.3513 Starship Filth A.MIG.3503 Red A.MIG.3514 Earth A.MIG.3504 Dark Blue A.MIG.3515 Ochre A.MIG.3505 Olive Green A.MIG.3516 Dust A.MIG.3506 Field Green A.MIG.3517 Buff A.MIG.3507 Dark Green A.MIG.3518 Sunny Flesh A.MIG.3508 Dark Mud A.MIG.3519 Light Flesh A.MIG.3509 Medium Grey A.MIG.3520 Basic Flesh A.MIG.3510 Rust Clearly my test wasn't exhaustive, but was enough for me to get an idea of how the pigments would work. I experimented with streaking, shading, and "general grime", and considering the unsympathetic base colour white, the results were promising. Thanks as usual to my 1:72 He.111 wing for putting up with my experimentations. The thinners I used was some old stuff I had lying around but should give a fair representation. You will (as mentioned) need some high quality low odour thinners to blend the oils once applied, whether it is to shade an area, or to effect the oil-dot technique, but if you don't already have some on hand, AMMO have a 100ml bottle that is specifically designed for use with their products here. In use the pigment is dense, and finely ground so that gritty finishes aren't a concern, allowing you to streak, blend and paint without worry, whilst applying only as much as you wish to. Oddly, there is no fill level noted on either the bottle or the accompanying literature, but I found that they hold 10ML whilst rooting around their site. You can buy the full set or individually as you need them, but you may want to consider getting one of the new organisers that have been designed to fit the full 21, and has been laser cut from fine MDF with a white surface finish and the AMMO logo at the front. Highly recommended. Oil Brushers Organizer Enamel Thinners Review sample courtesy of
  12. Encyclopaedia of Armour Volume 2 AMMO of Mig Jiménez We reviewed the first volume of this series here on April Fool's day, and just to convince you finally that we weren't pulling your leg, here is Volume 2, which concentrates interiors and base colours for your armour models. That doesn't seem particularly much to devote a whole book of 152 pages to, but you'd be surprised. Or maybe you wouldn't if you've ever gone to town on a model. The style, layout and paper stock are a match to the previous edition as you'd expect, and it is printed in portrait orientation in a card binding that has fold-out half width leaves that are printed with glossy examples of some fabulous armour models. Mig himself makes an appearance in the Preamble, leaning against a softskin vehicle in a jaunty manner, and after that the book gets down to the serious business of painting and weathering models. 4 Materials and references for the painting stage 4.1 Tools and Materials 4.2 References 4.3 Preparation Before Painting 5 Painting Interiors 5.1 Cars and Truck Interiors 5.2. Painting AFV Interiors 5.3. Painting Engines 6 Exterior Painting 6.1 Preparation of Parts 6.2 Airbrush Painting 6.3. Priming 6.4 Preshading and Base Coat 6.5 Paint Effects With the Airbrush 6.6 Markings and Insignia Photography and the modelling on display is exceptional as we've come to expect from the AMMO studio, and it's nice to see soft skin vehicles being discussed as well as the usual heavy metal. Incidentally, I was amazed and impressed to see one of the examples was the pseudo WWI-era tank from the film Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, which I happened to be watching on Blu-Ray with my son only this week. It captures the look of the film prop perfectly, even down to the banana-peel barrel on the port side, which Indy ended up hanging from while the baddies tried to crush him against the side of the gully. What an awesome model and a classic film! Conclusion This series, like the Aviation series is almost essential reading for any modeller that wants to progress in terms of painting and weathering, and leafing through the books leave me feeling rather amateurish, but also inspires me to raise my game on my next model. Do however bear in mind that these examples are sometimes taken to extremes to demonstrate the techniques used more clearly, and you don't have to mimic them exactly. Not all tanks are knackered, rusty and covered in mud, but not all tanks are pristine and squeaky clean either. There is a whole range in between the two extremes, and they can all be correct. Extremely highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  13. 1935-2016 Mythical Russian Greens Acrylic Paint Set Mig AMMO Russian Green has a different meaning depending on many factors, including era, factory, whether the vehicle has been repainted in the field, the effects of weather conditions on the pigments etc. It's a subject that causes much head-scratching, and more than a few arguments on the internet. Mig's researchers have done their research in an attempt to simplify this process for you, but as always there is always room for exceptions to any rule. The paint set arrives in the by-now-familiar card box with a header for display, and inside are six 17ml dropper bottled with yellow caps, and a small ball-bearing to aid in paint mixing during agitation. Also included is a little booklet that describes the evolution of Russian armour paint colours, with the aid of a timeline diagram and on the back side (not pictured) are some profiles with the base colours shown for example. Included in the box are the following six shades: Name Paint Code Russian Green A.MIG-019 Alkidno Uretanovaya A.MIG-022 Protective Green A.MIG-023 Protective NC 1200 A.MIG-053 Dark Green A.MIG-915 Russian Base A.MIG-932 There are some ten shades mentioned in the booklet in total that have been used over the years in Soviet/Russian armour, and as this set only contains six shades, you will need to pick up a few more in addition, the numbers for which are below: Name Paint Code XB 518 Zashchitney Zeleno A.MIG 083 Russian Green Middle East Camo A.MIG 931 KHS 5146 Green Khaki A.MIG 056 PKHV 512 Camo Light Green Khaki A.MIG 058 Review sample courtesy of
  14. AMMO Weathering Special How to Paint 1:72 Military Vehicles I think it's fair to say that 1:35 scale has come to dominate the world of AFV modelling over the past few decades. Walk into any model show in the UK and you will find a number of traders specialising in military vehicle and accessories in this scale, with a willing queue of punters ready to part with their hard-earned. Dig a little deeper, however, and you'll find that the smaller scales have managed to carve out their own niche in the modelling world. Led by Tamiya, 1:48 scale AFV modelling has a small but growing band of followers, convinced by the compromise between the detail of larger kits and the value of the smaller scales. 1:72, meanwhile, has a large following in Europe and the Far East, offering increasing levels of detail in small and affordable packages, as well as unrivalled possibilities for the diorama builder. Enter AMMO by Mig Jimenez, the company whose aim it is to provide the 'ammo' for enthusiast modellers like us to paint and weather their models. Their product range includes a dizzying array of paint, pigments, oils and diorama accessories that provide the modeller with pretty much everything they could want (oak leaves for a diorama? Certainly, sir. Would sir like autumn, dry or decaying leaves?). The range also includes a range of books about painting and weathering models, and the latest tome in the range is dedicated to 1:72 scale military vehicles. Small scale AFVs tend to be ignored by the mainstream modelling press, so the choice of subject is to be welcomed. The book is an A4 format softback which in many ways is reminiscent of a top-quality magazine. Each chapter is dedicated to a particular subject, and there are detailed explanations of the techniques used along the way, as well as large, clear photographs of lots of gorgeous models. The book is divided into eight chapters, each of which features a different model finished by a different modeller: 'Scrapyard T-72A by Alex Clark (Revell T-72A); Panzer IV by Jan Moravik (brand not listed); BMD-2 by Mig Jimenez (S-Model BMD-2); M1A1(HA) Abrams by Fabrizio Repetto (Dragon M1A1); Tiger I Kursk by Artur Walachowski (Zvezda Tiger II); 3...2...1... Launch and E-75 88mm by Leonid Postny (Toxso Scud-D on MAZ-543 Chassis and Modelcollect E-75); and Small ScaleT-34/85 by Sergey Golikov (Trumpeter T-34/85) Tips and techniques are patiently explained, with each build broken down into multiple stages accompanied by lots of clear photographs. The book is remarkably focussed on its subject, with almost no copy wasted describing how each kit has been assembled. It really is all about painting and weathering. Full and detailed descriptions of the weathering process are provided, as well as explanations of why certain techniques have been used. Reference photographs of real rusted vehicles have been included too, in order to help show the relationship between the real thing and the miniature versions. Over the course of 120 pages the use of a range of different tools, paints and other materials are explained in detail. Products used are almost exclusively MIG's own brand, but the occasional tin of Humbrol or jar of Tamiya sneaks in here and there. While this book isn't necessarily suitable for beginners, on the other hand even the most experienced modeller could learn a few new tricks from these pages. Conclusion This is an interesting and useful reference book. The magazine-like layout is particularly appealing, as is the large number of colour photographs. My only criticism is that the conventional binding technique used will make the book difficult to lay down on the workbench whilst modelling. Some similar publications have made use of spiral binding to get around this problem, and this is my favoured format for this kind of book. All-in-all though, this is a thoroughly enjoyable and useful publication. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  15. Luftwaffe WWII Early Colors - Acrylic Paint Air Set. AMMO of Mig Jiménez AMMO continue issuing new paint sets at a rate of knots, and are garnering fans with the quality of the paint. This set arrives in the standard Plastic box designed to facilitate hang on one of those merry-go-round display stands in shops. These can hold up to 4 bottles of paint. The bottles contain 17ml of paint, plus a stainless steel ball bearing for easy mixing of the paint by shaking. The yellow caps are indicative of the new BB equipped sets, which seem to be the norm these days from AMMO. The colours in the box are as follows: A.MIG-217 RLM 02 GRAU, A.MIG-231 RLM 65 HELLBLAUb, A.MIG-232 RLM 70 SCHWARTZGRÜN, A.MIG-233 RLM 71 DUNKELGRÜN. These sets should be a welcome addition for the Luftwaffe modeller, and an addition to anyone's range of colours. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  16. Argentinian AFV's - Acrylic paint Smart set. AMMO of Mig Jiménez AMMO continue issuing new paint sets at a rate of knots, and are garnering some fans with the quality of the paint. The set arrives in the standard Plastic box designed to facilitate hang on one of those merry-go-round display stands in shops. These can hold up to 4 bottles of paint, there are only 3 in this set. The bottles contain 17ml of paint, plus a stainless steel ball bearing for easy mixing of the paint by shaking. The yellow caps are indicative of the new BB equipped sets, which seem to be the norm these days from AMMO. The colours in the box are as follows: A.MIG-051 Medium Light Green, A.MIG-081 US Post WWII Olive Drab, A.MIG-026 RAL8031 German Sand Brown. These sets should be a welcome addition for the AFV modeller, and an addition to anyone's range of colours. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  17. Modern U.S. ARMY (1950/2016) Acrylic paint set. AMMO of Mig Jiménez AMMO continue issuing new paint sets at a rate of knots, and are garnering some fans with the quality of the paint. The set arrives in the standard long cardboard box with a header to facilitate hanging on one of those merry-go-round display stands in shops. Inside is a clear tray that holds six dropper style paint pots neatly in the box, avoiding all the paints spilling out at once in a Donkey-Kong style. The bottles contain 17ml of paint, plus a stainless steel ball bearing for easy mixing of the paint by shaking. The yellow caps are indicative of the new BB equipped sets, which seem to be the norm these days from AMMO. The colours in the box are as follows: A.MIG-046 Matt Black, A.MIG-085 NATO Brown, A.MIG-025 FS33446 (modern desert colour), A.MIG-081 US Olive Drab, A.MIG-082 Interior Light Green, A.MIG-084 NATO Green. These sets should be a welcome addition for the Modern AFV modeller, and an addition to anyone's range of colours. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  18. Weathering Aircraft Magazine - Chipping Ammo by Mig Jimenez This is now the second Weathering Magazine from Ammo that I have seen, and this seems to be of the same high quality. There are 66 pages of glossy high quality paper in an A4 format, all in colour. As the title would suggest this edition concentrates on paint chipping seen in various degrees on aircraft. In addition to photos of the real thing there are models from different eras and genres showing off the techniques. These include a French Navy Corsair, Russian operated Hurricane, Japanese Ki-84; and a Star Wars Y-Wing among the builds featured. The different authors show different styles of chipping, though as the title suggests Ammo products feature. Conclusion This looks to be a very useful publication, although in magazine format the print quality is more like a book. Overall a high quality publication. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  19. German Camo Weathering Set (A.MIG 7443) AMMO of Mig Jiménez AMMO continue issuing new paint and weathering sets at a rate of knots, and are garnering some fans with the quality of the products and their fidelity to the real thing, which is always good. The set arrives in the clear plastic clamshell box with a header to facilitate hanging on one of those merry-go-round display stands in shops. Inside are five 35ml bottles with black screw caps, which don't have the new(ish) metal BBs in to aid mixing, but that's easily remedied. Each bottle has a plastic seal that tears on first opening, and unfortunately, one of the bottles in my set had leaked, but this is the very first one in years of using this type of bottle, so I expect it to be a rare anomaly that's seldom repeated. The five bottles contain different products, not just the expected washes and filters, as follows: A.MIG-1751 Dry Steppe for mud and splashes - a thick, gritty liquid with an enamel base A.MIG-1000 Brown wash for German dark yellow - a thin wash to highlight detail and bring extra tonality to the paintwork A.MIG-3007 Dark Earth pigment powder - concentrated pigment to add dust, dirt and accumulated grime effects to your model A.MIG-1203 Streaking Grime enamel mix – an enamel based liquid to create effective streaking by drawing an application downward using a brush moist with thinners A.MIG-1510 Tan for 3 tone camo filter – a thin translucent wash that subtly adjusts and tone and harmonises the colours of your paint Conclusion I have been using these useful products for years in various guises, and they are one of the most useful shortcuts during the weathering process, saving hours of mixing up your own, and removing all the uncertainty of getting the balance right. If you're unsure of how to use any of them, you can find plenty of tips, tricks and videos on the AMMO website, and if you're following their new AFV Encyclopaedia series, you'll have everything at your fingertips by the time it is complete. Review sample courtesy of
  20. Space Legions Color & Futuristic Warzone Scenarios Acrylic paint sets AMMO of Mig Jiménez AMMO continue issuing new paint sets at a rate of knots, and are garnering some fans with the quality of the paint. As well as sets for the traditional Aircraft/Armour/Maritime modellers they are now producing sets for other modelling genres. These two new sets are aimed at the sci-fi modeller, though there are many uses for the coulours in other areas. The sets arrive in the standard long cardboard box with a header to facilitate hanging on one of those merry-go-round display stands in shops. Inside is a clear tray that holds six dropper style paint pots neatly in the box, avoiding all the paints spilling out at once in a Donkey-Kong style. The bottles contain 17ml of paint, plus a stainless steel ball bearing for easy mixing of the paint by shaking. The yellow caps are indicative of the new BB equipped sets, which only came along fairly recently. Space Legions Color Set (A.MIG-7153) The colours in the box are as follows: A.MIG-086 Blue (RAL5019), A.MIG-121 Blood Red*, A.MIG-122 Bone*, A.MIG-123 Marine Blue*, A.MIG-192 Polished Metal, A.MIG-198 Gold. * Indicates a new colour added to the range. Futuristic Warzone Scenarios (A.MIG-7154) The colours in the box are as follows: A.MIG-045 Gun Metal, A.MIG-060 Pale Green, A.MIG-097 Crystal Orange+, A.MIG-124 Lime Green*, A.MIG-125 Gold Yellow*, A.MIG-190 Old Brass. * Indicates a new colour added to the range +This seems to be a clear color These sets should be a welcome addition for the sci-fi modeller, and an addition to anyone's range of colours. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  21. Modern Russian vehicles Vol.2 & Expo Camouflage Acrylic paint sets AMMO of Mig Jiménez AMMO continue issuing new paint sets at a rate of knots, and are garnering some fans with the quality of the paint and their fidelity to the real thing, which is always good. These two new sets expanding on the colours available to the Russian AFV modeller, which is rather handy given the profusion of new kits of the ultra-modern Armata variants that are coming to market. The sets arrive in the standard long cardboard box with a header to facilitate hanging on one of those merry-go-round display stands in shops. Inside is a clear tray that holds six dropper style paint pots neatly in the box, avoiding all the paints spilling out at once in a Donkey-Kong style. The bottles contain 17ml of paint, plus a stainless steel ball bearing for easy mixing of the paint by shaking. The yellow caps are indicative of the new BB equipped sets, which weren't introduced until fairly recently. Modern Russian Camouflage Colours Vol.2 (A.MIG-7161) This is the second set in the series, although we've not yet reviewed that one, you can get it here to complement this set. The colours in the box are as follows: A.MIG-046 Matt Black, A.MIG-051 Light Green, A.MIG-057 Yellow Grey, A.MIG-070 Medium Brown, A.MIG-083 Zashchitniy Zeleno, A.MIG-210 Gray Blue. Russian Expo Camouflage Scheme (A.MIG-7162) These colours are designed to match the splinter patterns used on the T-14 and T-15s at the Russian Arms Fair, with two main schemes used. The faded yellow colour is a completely new mix for the set, and the rest of the set is as follows: A.MIG-119 Cold Gray, A.MIG-210 Gray Blue, A.MIG-130 Faded Yellow, A.MIG-061 Warm Sand Yellow, A.MIG-102 Ochre, A.MIG-041 Dark Rust. Review sample courtesy of
  22. Weathering Magazine - What If Ammo by Mig Jimenez This is the first Weathering Magazine from Ammo that I have seen, but I have had sight of some of their other publications and this seems to be of the same quality. There are 77 pages of glossy high quality paper in an A4 format. These cover 3 Tanks, 2 aircraft, 1 flying saucer (well it is what if!), a Tie Fighter; and one Mech alternative history idea. There are also 5 pages of "What if" ideas to spark some imagination. The pictures are clear and the accompanying text lays out the processes the contributing modellers used to accomplish the finished models. Conclusion This looks to be a very useful publication, although in magazine format the print quality is more like a book. Even though dealing with "what if" subjects the techniques are equally at home with other subjects. Overall a high quality publication. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  23. Chinese People’s Liberation Army Colours Ammo by Mig Jimenez There is a increasing choice when it comes to PLA armour kits, with almost every manufacturer having a selection in their portfolio. But what do you paint them with? Now, Mig Jimenez is well known for his various paint ranges, and this set, in the AMMO range, has been designed for just the occasion with a selection of four of the standard colours used by the Chinese armoured forces. Pale Green, Ochre Earth Zashchitiny Zaleno Olive Drab Shadow According to the blurb on the bottles they can be both brushed or airbrushed which please a lot of modellers. Once the bottles have been shaken very well colour density looks pretty good, and whilst I haven’t used these particular colours I have used others in the AMMO range and they do spray well with a little bit of thinning. I wouldn’t say they were ready to spray straight from the bottle though. As for what colour Zashchitiny Zaleno is, well it appears to be something close to Olive Drab, but a tiny bit greener. Conclusion This looks to be a very useful and well thought out set of colours from AMMO and will prove a very useful to those modellers with an interest i the Chinese AFV’s. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  24. Modern French Armed Forces Colours – Smart Set AMMO of Mig Jiménez There has been an increase in new toolings of French armour subjects of late, which AMMO have picked up on, releasing this new Smart Set to supply all the major colours you will need for their vehicles. The shades have been formulated following extensive research on the proper colours, and allowing for a slight lightening due to the scale effect of aerial perspective washing out colours the further away from the object the viewer is. The set is supplied in a deep clamshell box, with four 17ml dropper-top bottles with yellow caps nestling within. Each bottle also has a ball-bearing inside to assist in mixing the paint by shaking, which is key with most paints, but especially acrylics. The paints are as follows: A.MIG-046 Matt Black A.MIG-060 Pale Green A.MIG-061 Warm Sand-Yellow A.MIG-064 Earth Brown This will allow you to create both the temperate and desert schemes that are worn by French vehicles in modern theatres. As with other AMMO paints, they are the same formulation, and can be used with airbrush or traditional paint brushes. Very useful for my recent VBL review here. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  25. Encyclopaedia of Armour Ammo of Mig Jiménez Following the excellent series of books on building aircraft models that we reviewed here, this new set from the same author deals with the altogether different subject of building and weathering armoured vehicles, including the sometimes scary subject of mud, although this isn't covered in the initial volume, which concentrates its focus on construction. You might think that construction would be a bit of a "teaching Grandma to suck eggs" exercise, but you'd be mistaken unless you're a modelling god with total knowledge of the most advanced techniques. I've been knocking around armour modelling for a couple of years now, and I still found it very interesting reading with tips, tricks alternative methods to achieve the same results, and even some tools that I haven't yet come across. Construction is the bedrock on which you build a good model, because if your structure isn't believable, no amount of expert painting and weathering will fool the viewer into believing it's the real thing. The book is published in a perfect bound card cover, which has fly-leaves folded within containing more information on the series as well as some pictures of finished vehicles. There are 152 pages within the cover, in a glossy white stock with colour printing throughout, giving it a quality air. It is broken down into sections, with further divisions as necessary within each section. Each technique is studied using the by-now familiar photo style, with a numbered sequence and description accompanying each step. This makes the technique under scrutiny easy to follow, and shows you what you should be aiming for throughout the process. The book is broken down as follows: 1 Tools and Part Preparation 1.1 Tools and materials 1.2 References 1.3 Removing parts from the sprue and parts preparation 2 Assembly of Vehicle Interiors 2.1 Interiors in cars and trucks 2.2 AFV interiors 2.3 Detailing engines 3 Assembly of Vehicle Exterior 3.1 Basic exterior assembly 3.2 Advanced exterior assembly 3.3 Textures 3.4 Battle damage 3.5 Exterior detail The steps to each technique are easy to follow, and the English translation is pretty good throughout. If you aren't a native English speaker, there are also editions in Spanish, Russian, Polish or French that might suit you better. Conclusion Another superb reference work from AMMO that will prove very useful to both beginner and experienced modeller alike. The information is well presented with excellent visuals and a nice clean design that makes reading a pleasure. I'll be keeping mine nearby, as a combination of a poor memory and sporadic armour builds means that I'm always forgetting the various techniques used. Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of