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Precision Ice & Snow

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    We are very interested in making realisitc scale ice and snow effects. Unlike other suppliers, we have pupose built and designed our products for the serious scale modeller from the ground-up.

    We also like Morris dancing and hangliding and drinking Hereford Pale Ale

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  1. Thanks for the mention guys! It might seem expensive but suprisingly a little can go an awful long way.. The trick is to use it sparingly, or build up your landscape a smuch as possible beofre creating drifts and similar effects. Because our material has scale weight, it will settle beneath and between grasses etc. Like in this 1/76th Orchard and with more cover........... Or will settle on top of grasses and foliage........ It all depends on how you use it, but at this level of cover the cost should not be an issue and you could treat countless dio's with one bag of refill 115g's Remember the material is only limited by the imagination of the user and is interactive and intuitive to use with as many adhesives and scenarios you care to mention.
  2. Thanks for that Rob.. Since you posted this we have increased our range of products to include different gardes of snow. Also we now produce Winter Camo paint which can be applied to both Armour and Aircraft to reproduce field applied white paintwork which can be gradually removed to expose paintwork, insignia beneath. Also we have extended and improved our ice sheet products and have added water of various hues to our expanding range of materials. See here! http://www.precisioniceandsnow.com/products.html
  3. Thank you for writing this review and sorry it has taken so long to reply to it. We have limited resources and time seems to be the most precious commodity! Since you wrote this review, we have increased our product range substantially and have improved the blending and manufacture of all of our products. This is an ongoing process. We are proud that 85% of our sales are exported across the world from the UK. We have distributors in the United States, Germany, the Netherlands and soon- Canada. Therfore we are always grateful for enthusiastic words about our materials. So thank you Britmodeller for your kind words in support of a British company which 'also' exports much of its products to countries within the Arctic Circle. (The literal Coals to Newcastle!) We have improved our kit which now includes our popular 'Winter Wash'. A simple but effective material which allows for the precise and gradual build of fine detailed snow effects at small scales. Cheers..Thanks for looking.............Steve. Our NEW kit A very snowy T-34 which is seen here with our 'Broken Ice Sheet'- 'Water'- and other materials. A not so snowy Leopard with excellent use of water and melted- powder snow effects And finally..............Our range of compliant and safe water's for all modellers.
  4. Cheers Paul- thanks for that review of our service and products. We really do try hard to help wherever we can. Sometimes its advice; sometimes we send free materials to see if they might help a tricky or difficult situation. We also will concoct special mixtures and products for custom work. What makes it all worth it, is customer satisfaction and interaction. Today we have been helping a modeller in Finland since 6.00AM this morning to get him additional materials he needs to complete this project for a competition in a few weeks’ time. Cant’ wait to see this with the arctic treatment, complete with frozen water and broken ice. Keep in touch and great to hear from you! Steve.
  5. Yes it is...Here and sorry for the awsomely late reply! http://www.thescenicfactory.com/
  6. Glad you liked our images. Please check out our website for more info. You can imprint our stuff to, either when it has set, or when it is wet. Great fun, but for the serious modeller if you see what I mean
  7. Our Tiger was just a pre-made item just to act as a canvas for our products. With all due respect to the modellers here, we would never knowingly try to pass off our simplistic models as 'the real deal' Unless stated because we are aware of the exemplary standards shown here in Britmodeller. We produce various models for test's, some better, or some worse than each other. Our focus is on our product rather than the model, though that can vary with external contributions. We will seek to improve the quality of our model depictions in the near future.
  8. The rule was simply there to show the scale. We were not measuring snow. Fantastic Diorama, well executed and everything and we are glad you know all about our snow from other threads.
  9. Life is too short to get things wrong! and anyway we were showing the scale not the size of the snowflakes, though we can do that if you want here in 1/35th scale
  10. Yeah, its great stuff. You just change the adhesive to change it for the scale you are using it for. It works for 'N' gauge railways really well. It's not toy stuff!
  11. Why we developed the range of Precision Ice and Snow Products As a modeller I was faced with a problem. How to realistically depict heavy frost and packed Ice onto the hull of an Eastern Front Panther. I’d always modelled and this project was an un-finished Academy 1/24th number which I had started at a previous time. So I sought inspiration and materials to carry out this new direction of finishing. Winter Warfare! There were a number of commercial choices available but none seemed to be able to give a solution that was realistic. One snow effect had a good colour came but unfortunately, even at 1/24th the particles of snow were too large and resembled desiccated coconut. Also, when applied the coconut particles grew end on end, rather than interlocking which produced an un-realistic growth of snow! The accompanying bottle of 'sparkle effects to give the snow glitter, were reflective spheres which reflected light indiscriminately and in an exaggerated way. A Cree torch found this out spectacularly as the surfaces coated with the stuff glared back at me like a road-sign. Krycell Another product Then, there were hollow glass spheres, (Fumed Silica) which had an exaggerated bluey-white colour. This resisted any attempt to position it as a realistic frost coating and it seemed to have a life of its own. Also it did not sparkle convincingly. The effects where like using soap suds and too see through and did not meet my modelling expectations I considered using Bicarbonate of Soda too but again it was too bluey-white, sparkled indifferently and had a puffy, aerated pneumatic appearance when heaped. I was also loathe to use a product that would degrade from contact with moisture, absorb moisture and possibly change colour. I had gone to a lot of trouble of ‘fixing’ all of the paintwork and detailing. Errant ice and Snow was not part of the equation. Ground glass had a brief excursion too but it was either too gritty, like salt or piled indifferently, also the colour was wrong again and it is not safe. The powdered variety did not develop well with adhesives, to make piled snow or to make other ice and snow effects with resins. It seemed to me that the existing effects for ice and Snow were not really suitable for precision Scale Models and were really ‘toy’ effects and had not been really developed specifically for precision scale models. The two main contenders were a really an additive for the plastic fabrication industry and chopped PVC particles with industrial reflective spheres. For inspiration I thought I would have a look at how these materials had fared on other completed models. There were relatively few examples about and the snow and ice was quite often placed around the Diorama, rather than being an integral part of it. Also the artillery pieces, tanks and all the other hardware of war were magically free of the ice and snow deposits which lay all around though. Altogether, the percentage of arctic or sub-zero and winter ice and snow conditions represented in modelling was somewhat absent and at odds with reality therefore. I felt that this was because of the materials available and their scope for use. I could see that there was little enthusiasm for obscuring detail and paintwork. The reality of warfare is that an awful lot of it was conducted in winter conditions, whether because of season, or location. It was then that I was compelled to develop Krycell and to produce something which would tick a number of boxes and address all of these issues. SCALE There was the question of scale snowflakes. It reasoned that depending on what adhesive was used, different rates of build and different sizes of snow could be achieved. This is why I decided to aim for a crystalline structured medium which would respond to different rates and types of adhesive to produce realistic builds of snow at any scale up to 1/16th COLOUR The colour had to be right. It had to reflect the environment it was in and not be too white. In other words, the whiteness had to be in scale. TRANSLUCENCY The material had to be translucent and see through in fine coverings. This quality had to be achievable at all scales. This quality had to be apparent whether it was ice or snow that was being depicted. It is important if you have laboured over the creation of a modelling masterpiece not to obscure built details and paintwork with un-realistic coatings. As in Nature it should be possible to apply a product which is completely see through and subtle. SPARKLE The material would have to have a natural sparkle and reflectivity. I hoped I could achieve a sparkle which was correct in colour too, which we did. I wanted to create a material which could be applied at one particle thicknesses which would be invisible until a light falls across the surface from a specific direction and then it would sparkle realistically Also, with the introduction of Krycell EXTRA, the sparkle effect was enhanced for larger scales 1/35th up to 1/16th . BUILD I wanted a build that interlocked rather than stacked, the crystalline structure of Krycell does just that. A material that is easy to apply in a single particle thicknesses if required and then all the way up to thick snow with everything in between WEIGHT I wanted a material which had some ‘heft’ and ‘weight ‘to it so that it would be capable of bending fine diorama details realistically. I also did not want to use a powder that did not fall vertically and that would blow around unrealistically whilst being used. IN DETAIL I wanted to push out the envelope on what could be expected in super-fine detail. I wanted the material to match-up to the level of my mine and anybody else’s modelling. I wanted to be able to photograph the results at super macro levels and to see the material behaving in exactly the same way as Natural Ice and Snow. After some trial and error we finally developed our product. Krycell. It took not an inconsiderable amount of tests and test strips to ensure we had created the material for the job. We photographed it in stupidly close detail, compared the results to real snow fall and frost and saw how closely we could achieve. We asked the opinions of some of the finest modellers across the world and the feedback was universally positive. Some found the shake and bake methods of applying Krycell at odds with their traditional methods of application, which were controlled and measured. This is understandable when you consider what a controlled process precision modelling is. However, we were suggesting nothing more than a more freestyle approach which reflected the turbulence and nuances of natural snowfall and blizzard. By applying a directional adhesive, it would be possible to achieve completely natural directional snowfall and blizzard therefore. This does not mean that Krycell powders cannot be applied to hand-glued surfaces, they can and the powders can be combined with any medium to achieve piled, shovelled residual snows. One aspect of Krycell powders is that they combine well with the finest, thinnest, clearest adhesives, PVA tends to obscure that property however. The Krycell powders can be mixed with a plethora of resins thought to create frozen ice sheets and other details.
  12. Hi, The barbed wire was sprayed directionally at a low angle to represent blizzard. I think I used photo mount which is very fine and clear. So, I sprayed a few coats 2-3 seconds applying the Krycell directionally also between coats, tapping and blowing to remove excess. Then after four coats of photo mount adhesive used snow it looked like this... After all those applications, on the wire I had the seeds and the start of frost deposits. I like frost, and I like frost at this scale on wire. However, after doing the frost test, I wanted to go further and build faster. Hairspray is brilliant because it builds quickly and evenly, alternating between apllications of spray 2-3 seconds and the applications of Krycell powder I soon started to achieve thicker layers. Not only on the wire, but also over the bricks and debris to on the floor. Thicker........................ And thicker still................................... And finally!!!!! The initial coats of PhotoMount type adhesive are great if you want to spend forever getting super-fine builds but when you move into things like hairspray, things really take off quickly. The first coat of PhotoMount is quite useful as well because it creates a good key for the later heavier layers. This pictures are of imprinted snow built up in less than 3 minutes using hairspray. Hope that is of some use to you, Cheers Steve
  13. Thanks, the tank is just a pre-assembled test piece. We use so many that we have to. If I'm lucky I get the chance to actually build something, to test on which is much more satisfying.
  14. The overall look is redolant of in theatre painting. Very nice!
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