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  1. RAF Coastal Command Acrylic Paint Set (A.MIG-7248) AMMO of Mig Jiménez RAF Coastal Command worked by the side of the Navy’s Fleet Air Arm to protect the coast of the British Isles and take the fight to the enemy with strikes on their shipping, as well as hunting the dreaded U-Boats that were taking a toll on our Merchant Navy and warships, both essential to the survival of WWII Britain. Dubbed the Cinderella Service by an Admiralty Lord, the service was always near the bottom of the list when it came to funding, and didn’t receive the adulation that others received, An example of which is that Coastal Command played an important part in the Battle of Britain, even recovering downed airmen so that they could go back into the fight. This four-paint set arrives in a clear clamshell box that has a card header with some colour use suggestions on the rear in the form of side-view profiles of some example aircraft. Inside are four bottles that are best described as murky and mostly grey, especially if they haven’t been shaken up recently. Each bottle contains 17ml of paint that is dispensed by a dropper that is found under the yellow screw-top cap. Inside each bottle is a little stirring ball that rattles when agitated. AMMO paints separate quite readily as you can see when they’ve been still for long periods, so having a ball in the bottle makes mixing them a lot easier. We’re all familiar with the quality of AMMO paints by now, and they have a pretty good reputation amongst us modellers, drying a little slower than some of the competition, which can be of benefit when hand painting details. In the box you get the following shades: A.MIG-0250 Night Blue Grey A.MIG-0217 Dark Slate Grey A.MIG-0047 Satin White A.MIG-0243 Sky Type S (BS 210) The bottles all look rather similar when they have been allowed to separate in their carton, but once agitated the differences become more apparent, although they’re all muted shades so the differences aren’t huge except for the white. You may want to pick up or already have a bottle of dark grey or black to modulate the other shades to depict fading, or to create a darker shade to paint a base onto which the pure and/or lightened colours can be applied. The profiles on the back of the box shows a Beaufighter, Beaufort, and a Wellington that is highly adapted to operation at sea, which is of course not an exhaustive list, but useful as examples. Conclusion If you want to model an RAF Coastal Command aircraft from the late 30s to the end of WWII, this set is going to be extremely useful to take away any guesswork when it comes time to paint your latest creation. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  2. Chrome Sheet (Self-Adhesive) A.MIG-8248 AMMO of Mig Jiménez There’s nothing like actual metal to represent a metal finish on a surface, and modellers have been using tin foil glued onto their kits with foil adhesive on panels for years. This product from AMMO arrives in a resealable foil bag, and contains five sheets of self-adhesive chrome foil on a paper backing, at around A4 size (280 x 195mm). The foil is very thin, measuring 0.1mm when adhered to the backing paper, measuring less than half of that when removed from the paper. It was on removal of the paper that I noticed that the film feels almost like plastic, although it looks highly realistic on the paper. I cut an oversize section away in the usual manner to apply to a panel on a fuselage half that I had lying about, and applied it to the long straight edge, burnishing it down as I applied it to the surface. It is quite forgiving and can be repositioned if it wanders off from your intended destination, but when I tried to remove another piece later it felt more difficult, possibly due to the burnishing down, but it also may be the adhesive bond becoming stronger as time goes by. Burnishing over detail was difficult due to the foil flexing back, and there was an element of bounce-back in deeper curves that made it almost impossible get it to conform, so I had to use a cocktail stick to define the panel lines well-enough to cut the panel edges to shape. Small raised areas tended to trap air pockets because of this resistance, and smaller panel lines such as inspection hatches were almost impossible to find in order to define or cut around. It doesn’t conform to the surfaces like a true metal foil does, tending to crease or pucker rather than follow the contours, and it doesn’t have sufficient flexibility to conform to compound curves, although it will adapt to smooth curves in one direction. This makes it difficult to use in foiling a model aircraft, the surfaces of which are usually a mass of compound curves in all directions with only the occasional exception. I don’t remember seeing the F-117 Wobblin’ Goblin in chrome though, so that’s a shame. Scratching the foil creates a permanent mark that can’t be burnished or sanded out like traditional metal foils, so care must be taken when applying it. The instructions advise against using metal tools in application for this reason. Conclusion The applications for this type of foil are limited to flat, single direction or lightly curved surfaces that have few or no raised or recessed details within the area to be foiled. It must be applied to shiny, smooth surfaces, and even a tiny mote of dust between the foil and surface will blemish the surface unless you remove it and reapply. Large open areas will be the primary use for this type of foil, although if you’re more skilled than this modeller, you might be able to tease more uses out of it. Not really recommended for foiling complex curved, detailed surfaces. Review sample courtesy of
  3. Modern Luftwaffe Paint Set Vol.2 (A.MIG-7247) AMMO of Mig Jiménez The post WWII German Luftwaffe were reinstated after a suitable period under the leadership of WWII ace Johannes Steinhoff and included a number of well-known WWII pilots who were still of an age to be capable of serving their country. When Germany reunified after the Soviet Union broke up, they inherited some former Soviet equipment, some of which was kept in service for extended periods, eventually being repainted appropriate colours for the newly reunified air force. This four-paint set arrives in a clear clamshell box with a card header and some colour use suggestions on the rear in the form of side profiles of some aircraft in Luftwaffe service. Inside are four bottles that are best described as murky and mostly grey. Each bottle contains 17ml of paint that is dispensed by a dropper that is found under the yellow screw-top cap. Inside each bottle is a little stirring ball that rattles when agitated. AMMO paints separate quite readily as you can see from the box photo, so having a ball in the bottle makes mixing them a lot easier. We’re all familiar with the quality of AMMO paints by now, and they have a pretty good reputation amongst us modellers, and dry a little slower than some of the competition, which can be of benefit when hand painting details. The bottles all look rather similar when they have been allowed to separate in their package, but once agitated the differences become more apparent, although they’re all shades of grey so the differences aren’t huge. You may want to pick up or already have white or dark grey/black to modulate the other shades to depict fading, or to create a darker shade to paint a base onto which the pure and lightened colours can be applied. The box shows Mig-29s, F-4 Phantoms and EF2000 Eurofighters, but that’s not an exhaustive list. Conclusion If you want to model a German post WWII Luftwaffe aircraft from the late 50s onward, this set is going to be very useful to take away any guesswork when it comes time for painting greys. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  4. Waffen SS Autumn Eichenlaubmuster Camouflage Figures Set (A.MIG-7041) Erbsenmuster Pea-Dot Camouflage Figures Set (A.MIG-7042) AMMO of Mig Jiménez As WWII progressed, all sides experimented with hiding their troops from enemy eyes by applying camouflage colours to their uniforms, helmets and overcoats in various patterns and styles. Even a slight increase in the time needed for the enemy to observe and identify approaching soldiers gives the camouflaged troops precious seconds to advance into a better position, increasing the possibility of success in their endeavours. Germany used camo extensively in later war, and true to form they used complicated patterns to hide their troops. They created the well-known pea-dot camo, as well as other variants and styles, using different shades based upon the conditions and seasons , although that meant providing more uniforms per soldier, who seldom carried extensive wardrobes with them whilst out in the field and engaged in combat. These two six-paint sets both arrive in a cardboard box with a stand-up header, inner card tray and some usage suggestions printed on the rear. Inside each set are six bottles that are appropriate to each camo type. Every bottle contains 17ml of paint that is dispensed by a dropper that is found under the white screw-top cap. Inside each bottle is a little stirring ball that rattles when agitated. AMMO paints separate quite readily, so having a ball in the bottle makes mixing them thoroughly a lot easier, especially when giving them a vigorous shake or using a mechanical shaker. We’re all familiar with the quality of AMMO paints by now, and they have a pretty good reputation amongst us modellers, drying a little slower than some of the competition, which could be a useful benefit when you’re talking about painting figures. The paints are as follows: Waffen SS Autumn Eichenlaubmuster (A.MIG-7041) AMMO.F-502 Outlining Black AMMO.F-507 Matt Earth AMMO.F-533 Dark Brown AMMO.F-557 Brown Orange AMMO.F558 Beige Pink AMMO.F-559 Orange Rust Erbsenmuster Pea-Dot (A.MIG-7042) AMMO.F-510 Uniform Sand yellow AMMO.F-533 Dark Brown AMMO.F-547 Pale Earth AMMO.F-555 Lime Green AMMO.F-556 Dark Green AMMO.F-558 Beige Pink The shades should be pretty useful for creating a good range of tones to your figure’s uniform, and if you use a wet palette, you should be able to create a myriad of shades between each one to help your figure look more realistic. They cover well and the colours are strong, with the base shades offering a backdrop to begin building up your scheme, and the darker shades adding extra depth where needed. If you’re painting WWII German troops and you don’t have the right colours, you could certainly save yourself some time and head-scratching by picking up these sets, just needing a little bit of patience and talent to make good on your plans. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  5. Long Live The Brushes (A.MIG-5879) Brush Care AMMO of Mig Jiménez Every brush painter knows that you need to look after your brushes, even more so for the expensive ones you have. If looked after they will last and perform correctly. This new product from AMMO is a brush care soap you use after cleaning your brushes. After cleaning moisten with water and work product in until it foams. Then rinse out. This will work for brushes no mater what type paint is being used. This is a small pot about 4 cms across but you dont use much so should last a while. Review sample courtesy of
  6. Vignettes MUD Acrylic Textured Pastes Light Earth (A.MIG-2152), Sand (A.MIG-2156) & Vietnam Earth (A.MIG-2159) AMMO of Mig Jiménez Creation of ground works have been revolutionised by the introduction of pre-prepared pastes from various manufacturers, and now we have this range of texturing products from AMMO in smaller 100ml pots with a white screw-down lid. Each pot provides a different colour and texture of paste to be used in specific circumstances, as per the name on the front of the label. The pots are pre-sealed by thin tear-off covers that come off when first opened, revealing the glutinous mass beneath, and here you need to be careful, as shaking the pots can introduce bubbles that aren’t easily dispersed in the thick liquid. If you put the pot down firmly, you may end up with a big “plop!” and small quantities of paste spattering you and your workplace. I can testify to this, as I have had to clean a little of the sand coloured paste off my keyboard and jacket in such circumstances just the other day. At this point, it’s worth mentioning that it is acrylic paste, which made it easier to get off my black jacket before it dried, using a wet-wipe and some kitchen roll. In order to get a feel for these pastes, I ladled out a quantity onto small plastic cards, spreading it reasonably thin and smooth on each one, then introducing a little texture to the layer either on purpose or by happy accident. Whether the shapes were retained by the drying material indicated that the slump of the paste was low, which should allow the modeller to create ruts and other shapes in the layer with confidence that it will remain in the dried paste. I used an artist’s palette-knife to apply the layers, cleaning it between colours, although you may wish to mix your own colours and textures if you’re making a diorama where that would be appropriate. I left the cards to dry overnight, as they were still a little soft by the end of the session. The next day they were all touch dry, but a little softness remained in the thicker areas, and that softness remained the following day or two, although slightly reduced each day. After taking the photographs for the review I flexed the cards to see if I could dislodge the paste, and it stayed in place tenaciously, despite having been applied to an unprepared and shiny plastic surface, although a few cracks did appear, which is only to be expected due to how much I flexed it. Larger clumps can be picked or scraped off with a suitable blade or tool, so corrections or flat-spots can be made later without needing to resort to tactical nukes to dislodge the paste. Incidentally, the paste dries with a slightly glossy or satin aspect, and although it’s likely you will lay some paint over the base coat to vary the tone, it will create a good base upon which to build, thereby saving some paint and time. It also gives an impression of wet ground thanks to its shiny surface, and the larger grained earth pots appear as if they were damp ground where the soils are reaching saturation point before water starts to pool on the surface. Conclusion Application was easy with the correct tools, and the palette knife is definitely the right tool for the job, as it would ruin any paint brush you used, and as to blowing it through an airbrush? Don’t be silly!!!! Allow plenty of time for the paste to dry, and you should end up with realistic base on which to build your diorama or vignette. Highly recommended. Light Earth Ground (A.MIG-2152) Sand Ground (A.MIG-2156) Vietnam Earth (A.MIG-2159) Review sample courtesy of
  7. StuG III Early & Mid Colours (A.MIG-7185) Used from 1939 To 1943 AMMO of Mig Jiménez More paint from those prodigiously productive people at Ammo. This set includes six colours in 17ml bottles within the pack, each with a dropper top and yellow cap that is an indicator that there is a stainless steel "stirring ball" inside to assist with mixing the paint, which is also mentioned on the box. This is a good thing, as AMMO acrylic paint does tend to separate out when left untended. By now it's common knowledge that AMMO paints are pretty good, and I have a few friends that swear by them. They go on easily, settle down and once fully dry after 24 hours they are robust enough to withstand careful handling. They dilute with AMMO thinners (A.MIG-2000) or water, and can be airbrushed or brush painted. This set covers the camouflage used on the initial batches and subsequent mid-range Sturmgeschütz III (StuG III), which was a tank destroyer based upon the chassis and running gear of the Panzer III, with a fixed gun instead of a turret. As they were intended to be ambush predators, they were camouflaged heavily to help them blend in with the surrounding countryside while they waited for their hapless prey to amble into range. The colours within the box are as follows: A.MIG-0002 RAL 6003 Olivegrün Opt.2 A.MIG-0008 RAL 7021 Dunkelgrau A.MIG-0009 RAL 7027 Sandgrau A.MIG-0010 RAL 7028 Dunkelgelb (mid war) A.MIG-0015 RAL 8017 Schokobraun A.MIG-0024 Washable White Camo The paints can be airbrushed or brush painted, and you can of course mix the shades to give yourself even more variety, as is demonstrated on the box front and back, which shows a few examples of the use of these (and other) colours to create highly realistic vistas. The washable white is one of AMMO’s products that can be thinned or attenuated by applying water with a brush after drying to work the paint and simulate the effects of wear and tear from weather and use of this temporary winter camouflage distemper that was often applied over the summer camo with a large brush or even a broom, either fully or partially at the whim of the commander of the tank. Your artistry will of course play a part in whether you achieve such levels of brilliance, but this is a good palette to start your StuG painting career or step it up a level. There is also a mid to late set available with the next product code up from this one, in case your StuG career is going to be a long one with multiple builds from different parts of the vehicle’s career. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  8. Japanese Infantry Acrylic Paint Set (A.MIG-7040) AMMO of Mig Jiménez The Japanese military juggernaut rolled through much of Asia at the beginning of WWII, sweeping all before them, whether they were British, Chinese or Australian/New Zealand troops that they came across. Their uniforms colours were tuned to their environment, and were somewhat paler than those from the cooler climes of Europe for example, with a more sandy aspect that merged well into the drier, less verdant areas of the world. This four-paint set arrives in a clear clamshell box with a card header with some colour use suggestions on the rear in the shape of a superbly well painted figure of a Japanese soldier stood at rest on a vignette base. Inside are four bottles that have been picked to match the colour of the various parts of the soldier’s uniform, from the cloth of his fatigues to his leather belt and harness, all the way to his cap and steel helmet. Each bottle contains 17ml of paint that is dispensed by a dropper that is found under the yellow screw-top cap. Inside each bottle is a little stirring ball that rattles when agitated, a fact that is advertised on the sides of the bottle. AMMO paints separate quite readily as you may probably be aware, so having a ball in the bottle makes mixing them a lot easier. We’re all familiar with the quality of AMMO paints by now, and they have a good reputation amongst us modellers, and dry a little slower than some of the competition, which can be of benefit when hand painting details of figures for example. The paints are as follows: AMMO.F-505 Figures Paints Pale Yellow Green FS-33481 AMMO.F-514 Figures Paints Field Grey Shadow FS-34086 AMMO.F-541 Figures Paints Rust Ochre AMMO.F-554 Figures Paints Khaki Green The bottles all look rather similar when they have been allowed to separate in their carton, but once agitated the differences become apparent. You may want to pick up or already have white or dark grey/black to modulate the other shades to depict fading, or to create a darker shade to paint a base onto which the pure and lightened colours can be applied. Bear in mind that many soldiers would have tunics and trousers from different batches of dye, or of differing ages that would result in their shades being slightly at variance with each other. Taking the time to depict this divergence can really add some realism to your project. Conclusion If you want to create a believable figure of a Japanese solider, this set is going to be very useful to take away the guesswork when it comes time for paint. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  9. Masking Tape 20, 10, 6 & 2mm AMMO of Mig Jiménez Masking tape for modelling was revolutionised by the introduction of Kabuki tape from a well-known Japanese model manufacturer, and since then it has gone on to become one of the modeller’s staples. It is traditional low-tack paper tape that was allegedly used in Kabuki theatre in the construction of the intricate shadow-puppets and scenery, which is where the name comes from. Whether that’s true or not I have no clue! This new tape from AMMO is available in a range of widths, and each one is supplied on a standard sized roll with 25m/82ft of tape on each one, although I’m not about to unroll one to check that assertion. The tape is bright yellow and each roll arrives in its own resealable clear foil bag with the AMMO logo and colour scheme printed upon it. The 20mm, 10mm and 6mm rolls are wide enough to be quite sturdy, while the two 2mm rolls we were given are flexible and if you are rough with them the tape could fall off the reel and make a mess, so treat the narrow ones with care, possibly reusing the bag to keep dust and fluff out of the reels. The tack of the tape is very familiar, as is the texture and stretch of it, so no surprises there either. One thing or note is that as it has been wound around a larger reel (just over 8cm diameter), the tape comes off the roll with less curl and is fractionally easier to handle as a result. It burnishes down well, and even those areas I tested on acrylic paint came up easily without any lift at all. Conclusion It’s a large roll kabuki tape that has all the same properties as the rivals, so if it’s available near you or you need some tape and your favourite online retailer sells it, you can grab a roll or two as part of your order with confidence. Highly recommended. 2mm Tape 6mm Tape 10mm Tape 20mm Tape Review sample courtesy of
  10. 7.5cm Sprgr., Nbgr & Pzgr. Patr.Kw.K 40 (Stu.K.40) Shells w/Ammo Boxes (35375) 1:35 MiniArt via Creative Models Ltd Arriving in a shrink-wrapped figure box, this set contains five sprues in grey styrene, allowing the modeller to make up fourteen of two types of shell, with six spent cartridges that have slide-moulded hollow openings, and three large slatted ammo crates that are capable of holding three shells of one type. Also included are six single shell canisters with slide-moulded lids, and there are decals for each type of shell, plus stencils for the ammo boxes and canisters, just to finish them off. The shells are all a single part each, but the boxes are made up from five or six sides (depending if opened) with supports for the rounds moulded into the bottom, and additional straight handles on each end. The end walls also have depressions moulded-in to prevent the shells from rattling round, and the optional lids also have more supports moulded-in, and your work on the shells will be visible through the slats whether the lid is open or closed. Detail is excellent as you’d expect, and the shells will just need a little preparation to remove the two sprue gates and the unavoidable moulding seam before painting. The instructions are on the rear of the box, and show the correct location of the shell stencils for both types, plus a colour chart showing Vallejo, Mr Color, AK RealColor, Mission, AMMO, Tamiya plus swatches and colour names that should provide more than enough information to make informed paint choices. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  11. Cold War Soviet Fighters-Bombers Paint Set Vol.2 (A.MIG-7239) AMMO of Mig Jiménez This six-paint set arrives in a cardboard box with a new more recycling-friendly card inner tray with some colour use suggestions on the rear in the form of three-view profiles of the aircraft. Inside are six bottles of various green and brown camo shades in different stages of separation. Each bottle contains 17ml of paint that is dispensed by a dropper that is found under the yellow screw-top cap. Inside each bottle is a little stirring ball that rattles when agitated. AMMO paints separate quite readily, so having a metal ball in the bottle makes mixing them a lot quicker and easier. We’re all familiar with the quality of AMMO paints by now, and they have a pretty good reputation amongst us modellers, and dry a little slower than some of the competition, which can be of benefit when airbrushing or hand painting details. 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-0051 Medium Light Green A.MIG-0058 Light Green Khaki A.MIG-0063 Pale Grey (RLM76) A.MIG-0076 Brown Soil A.MIG-0135 Burnt Cinnamon A.MIG-0206 FS34079/BS641 (RLM81) The bottles all look rather similar when they have been allowed to separate in their carton thanks to gravity, but once agitated the differences become apparent. You may want to pick up, or already have white or dark grey/black to modulate the other shades to depict fading, or to create a darker shade to paint a base onto which the pure and lightened colours can be applied. There are many, many Soviet Cold War era aircraft models out there in every scale, so whether you’re a first-time modeller in this category or not, the colours will come in very useful to simplify the painting process, especially the choosing of shades. One addition that would have been useful would have been the actual Soviet paint codes or names to simplify the process further. You may have noticed in the photo above that someone at AMMO has inadvertently labelled the Su-25 Frogfoot as a Mig-25. They won’t live that one down in the hurry! Conclusion If you want to create a realistically painted Cold War Soviet fighter or bomber, this set and its stablemate Volume 1 are going to be very useful to take away any guesswork when it comes time for paint. Review sample courtesy of
  12. German Marineflieger Paint Set (A.MIG-7243) AMMO of Mig Jiménez Germany was one of the primary partners in the Panavia Tornado Multi-Role Combat Aircraft project in the 70s, reaching service toward the end of the decade with some users, and in the 80s for others. They ordered over a hundred airframes to replace their ageing Starfighter fleet, providing the maritime attack and reconnaissance roles, carrying Kormoran anti-ship missiles amongst their other munitions. They also operated Westland Mk.88 Lynxes in the anti-surface role, serving from the 80s with a brief break due to some stress cracks in the fuselage, and due to be replaced by the NH.90 in due course. This four-paint set arrives in a clear clamshell box with a card header with some colour use suggestions on the rear in the form of three-view profiles of the aircraft. Inside are four bottles that are best described as murky and mostly grey. Each bottle contains 17ml of paint that is dispensed by a dropper that is found under the yellow screw-top cap. Inside each bottle is a little stirring ball that rattles when agitated. AMMO paints separate quite readily as you can see from the box photo, so having a ball in the bottle makes mixing them a lot easier. We’re all familiar with the quality of AMMO paints by now, and they have a pretty good reputation amongst us modellers, and dry a little slower than some of the competition, which can be of benefit when hand painting details. The paints are as follows: A.MIG-0249 FS34086 ANA 613/RAL 7009 A.MIG-0235 FS36152 Dark Grey AMT-12 RAL 7012 A.MIG-0226 FS36622 Grey RAL 7035 A.MIG-0227 FS25042 Sea Blue ANA 606/RAL 5008 The bottles all look rather similar when they have been allowed to separate in their carton, but once agitated the differences become apparent. You may want to pick up or already have white or dark grey/black to modulate the other shades to depict fading, or to create a darker shade to paint a base onto which the pure and lightened colours can be applied. All the older Tornado kits, as well as the new Revell kits will be a great base to paint yourself a German Tornado. Conclusion If you want to create a German Maritime aircraft from the 60, 70s and onward, this set is going to be very useful to take away any guesswork when it comes time for paint. Review sample courtesy of
  13. Wet Effects, Fuel Stains, Fresh Engine Oil Brushers Enamel Paint & Brush System for Modelling AMMO of Mig Jiménez We’re probably all broadly familiar with AMMO’s Oil Brusher range of colours, which offer easy access to diluted oil paints in a handy tube that incorporates a finely pointed brush in the cap for quick & simple application to your model. AMMO have now extended this to a range of enamel-based brushers that give you the same instant access to other effects that can be applied straight from the brush onto your latest masterpiece without the drawbacks of having to mix them yourself or the risk of spilling an open-topped bottle all over your keyboard. I’ve done that in the past with glues and the likes, which gets expensive in the long-run. Each Brusher contains 10ml of product in the same slender tubular bottle with applicator brush in the screw-topped cap, with the name of the effect on the label that is wrapped around the circumference. The label also covers the usual safety warnings and an admonishment to shake well before use, which is well-worth listening to, as enamel paints separate out over time. The brushes are finely tapered, but in my sample the bristles were hooked over from being pressed into the base of the bottle, but this worked out quite well during application. I sprayed one of my test fuselage halves with some Gunze WWII US AFV Green that was left over from my son’s Pershing project, and left it to dry for a while. Then I applied the three effects, using (from left to right) Wet Effects first, then Fuel Stains, and finally Fresh Engine Oil, all after a good agitating with my bicep used as motive power. You can see how they worked out in the picture below, and I was quite pleased with the end results, which were achieved after a few moments of work. Fresh Engine Oil Brusher (A.MIG-1800) This is the darkest of the three shades, and represents recent deposits of oil, straight from the sump, system or nearest leak. It has a glossy brownish hue that is of course reminiscent of the real thing, and in the bottle it appears almost black with the vaguest tint of brown that become evident when you tilt it. Surface tension seems to have drawn additional pigment from the “oil” to the edges, giving it a well-defined border, possibly because it is more viscous than the others tried here. Fuel Stains Brusher (A.MIG-1801) Fuel isn’t generally too dark a shade, and this bottle shows this to good effect, having a light brownish tint that is obvious when looking at the liquid in the bottle. On the model it creates a satin effect, with a brown/yellowish tint to wherever you brush it on. Wet Effects Brusher (A.MIG-1802) This bottle contains a clear satin to gloss varnish, depending on what type of surface you apply it to. It spreads a little on a matt surface like the example above, and it imbues a sheen to the surface that represents a wet surface, either from rain, spray or spillage. The satin effect suspends the wetness in time, and the sheen will stay on your model unless you apply another varnish over the top. Conclusion All of these effect Brushers should be used on your model late in the painting and weathering process to ensure that they are not obliterated by the application of other varnishes or filters, and always pay attention to how gravity draws liquids on surfaces, as well as the angle and texture of the surface itself, remembering to create random shapes, spots and streaks that conform to the scale in which you are modelling wherever possible. They are intended for models that have been painted with acrylic paints, or after an acrylic barrier coat has been applied between enamel or lacquer paints to prevent them from dissolving the coats beneath. Convenience is key to this product, and it can’t get much more convenient than this. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  14. AV-8S Spanish Matador Acrylic Paint Set (A.MIG-7245) AMMO of Mig Jiménez Spain was one of the overseas customers for the Hawker/BAe Harrier, built in the UK, but sold as US aircraft due to political friction between UK and Spain at the time. They operated the first generation Harrier as the Matador from the mid 70s, with a small quantity bought directly from the UK later on to replace those lost or too badly damaged to be repaired. When Spain withdrew their first-generation Matadors, they sold the remainder to the Royal Thai Navy, who were unable to maintain them well enough to keep them in the air for very long. This four-paint set arrives in a clear clamshell box with a card header with some colour use suggestions on the rear in the form of three-view profiles of the aircraft. Inside are four bottles that are best described as shades of grey and white. Each bottle contains 17ml of paint that is dispensed from a dropper that is found under the yellow screw-top cap. Inside each bottle is a little stirring ball that rattles when agitated. AMMO paints separate quite readily as you can see from the box photo, so having a ball in the bottle makes distributing the pigment in the bottle a lot easier. We’re all familiar with the quality of AMMO paints by now, as they have a pretty good reputation amongst us modellers, and dry a little slower than some of the competition, which can be of benefit when hand painting details. The paints are as follows: A.MIG-0211 FS36270 Medium Grey (Cockpit) A.MIG-0047 Satin White (Underside) A.MIG-0119 Cold Grey (Sides) A.MIG-0241 FS36440 Light Gull Grey (Upper surfaces) The bottles all look rather similar when they have been allowed to separate in their carton, but once agitated the differences become slightly more apparent. The white can be used to modulate the greys to depict fading, or by using a darker grey if you have one to hand to paint a base onto which the pure and lightened colours can be applied, if that's your thing. The cockpit colour is also good to have in the box, and the set has been produced with the new AMMO themed boxing of the Kinetic early Harrier in Spanish guise in mind, which is available now. Conclusion If you want to create a more unusual "niche" Harrier or have the new AMMO kit, this is going to be very useful to take away any guesswork when it comes time for paint. Review sample courtesy of
  15. Stalingrad Vehicles Colours (A.MIG-6146) ISBN: 8432074061465 AMMO of Mig Jiménez Stalingrad was the turning point of Operation Barbarossa, Hitler’s invasion of Soviet Russia, throwing aside their non-aggression pact and proving as if proof were needed, that he couldn’t be trusted one iota – a common theme with psychopaths. After astonishing initial successes, rolling over the unprepared forces of the Soviet army and causing death and destruction on a previously unprecedented scale, they floundered at Stalingrad thanks in part to Hitler’s obsession with taking control of a city bearing Stalin’s name, but also thanks to the awakening of the sleeping bear that was the might of the Soviet military, Stalin emerging from hiding in his Datcha, and their new T-34 medium tank. This book is a new volume from AMMO, and covers the various units that were engaged in the fighting on both sides, a conflict that took a heavy toll on both the combatants, people and the infrastructure of the city of Stalingrad where the two sides met. The book is perfect bound in a card cover that has colourful folded inner flaps advertising other AMMO products, and within the cover are 88 pages of content in full colour, printed on glossy paper. The text is in English, Spanish and Russian, and after a short introduction it is broken down into short chapters that deal with one unit at a time, beginning with the Germans and finishing with the Soviet component. Each section has a short text introduction that gives a brief run-down of the unit’s history and then tells of its exploits during the battle and where it ended up. The profiles of vehicles from each unit have a caption giving some information about the location and sometimes a little about what they did and where. The profiles are excellent, showing the vehicles in the condition that they would have been seen in at the time, streaked with grime, covered with winter distemper and individual markings, which are sometimes depicted in a larger size nearby. It’s a shame there aren’t more profiles from different angles to assist the modeller in portraying that individual vehicle, but with AFVs there are seldom that many markings anyway, so there’s not much you’re missing. Conclusion This is a book for the profile-lover, who enjoys the visual delights that these pieces of artwork provide. The background of the various units and vehicles is possibly a little light for the historian, but it can be an interesting primer for the proverbial deep dive into any part of the Stalingrad legend. Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  16. How to Paint 4BO Green Vehicles Solutions Book #11 (A.MIG-6600) ISBN: 8432074066002 AMMO of Mig Jiménez WWII Soviet vehicles, particularly AFVs were generally given a good coat of a paint that we refer to generically Soviet Green, which has an internal military code of 4BO. It’s a can of worms to the colour purists, as any forum user will know. Storms in a paint pot are common, so I’m making no comment on the colours presented, as they’ve been photographed, printed, scanned and reproduced upon your screen, 99.75% of which have never been colour calibrated. I know, how does one do that? Painting a vehicle a single, solitary colour can be problematic if you just splash a coat of exactly the same colour over the whole hull/chassis, leaving it looking bland and toy-like if you’re not careful. Here comes a magazine to help you with your struggles. AMMO have a range of Solution Boxes designed exclusively for carrying out the painting and weathering of certain subjects, and this accompanying series of magazines have been launched to put the flesh on the bones of the Solution Boxes. Unsurprisingly called Solution Books, they are useful whether you’ve bought the solution box already or have your own tools available and don’t need any more than information on techniques to complete the job. It’s best to have a dry run through the book first though, just in case you’ve missed something as you don’t really want to stall half way through if you can avoid it. Arriving in a magazine binding, it’s more of a bookazine really as you’ll doubtless come back to it again and again. Consisting of fifty pages plus the covers (there is some content on the cover), the first section revolves around the tools, paints and solutions you’ll use during the task and the descriptions are given in English, French, Spanish and German with a picture of each product by the side. After a brief introduction and a shot of the kit being used, which is the Zvezda 1:35 T-34/76, we get down to it in the AMMO style with a step-by-step description, starting with the brown primer applied over everything including the tracks. The next few steps cover the painting, use of oil brushers and enamel thinners to subtly change the tones of nearby panels, then moves onto washes, chipping, streaks, dust, mud, splashes, muddy road wheels and track preparation are also covered, and finally, oil and fuel spills just to finish off the lived-in look of any in-service machine. Toward the end is an overall shot of the finished model with a set of arrows showing which products were used where, and on the back page you’ll find some profiles of various tracked vehicles used by the Soviets in WWII. Conclusion Whilst it might be teaching your grandmother to suck eggs for the experienced modeller, it would be a great help to anyone looking to grow their skillset, or someone like me that has an awful memory and often forgets what to do because I also build aircraft…slowly. It’s also a great advert for other AMMO products of course! Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  17. WWII Regio Esercito Colours Paint Set (A.MIG-7180) AMMO of Mig Jiménez This four-paint set arrives in a clear clamshell box with four bottles inside, each containing 17ml of paint that is dispensed by a dropper found under the yellow screw-top cap. Inside each bottle is a little stirring ball that rattles when agitated. AMMO paints separate quite readily as you can see from the box photo, so having a ball in the bottle makes mixing them a lot easier. We’re all familiar with the quality of AMMO paints by now, and they have a pretty good reputation amongst us modellers, and dry a little slower than some of the competition, which can be useful to avoid paint drying on the tip of your needle when spraying. The paints are as follows: A.MIG-0238 FS34092 Medium Green (verde Medio) A.MIG-0275 Giallo Mimetico 3 (Giallo Sabia) A.MIG-0277 FS34159 Green Grey (Grigioverde) A.MIG-0912 Red brown Shadow (Marrone Rossiccio) Conclusion It’s great to be able to get boxes of paint that will set you up to paint a WWII Italian AFV project in one hit with just the addition of some white and black to assist you with modulation if that’s your methodology. The paints are rich with pigment, brushing and spraying well with many adherents to the brand from all walks of modelling life. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  18. WWII US Paratrooper Uniforms Paint Set (A.MIG-7039) AMMO of Mig Jiménez This six-paint set arrives in a card box with a new card inner tray (for easy recycling), with some colour use suggestions printed on the rear (see above right), although it’s a bit hard for me to tell which is which at a glance due to the lack of numbers next to the swatches. Inside are six bottles, each containing 17ml of paint that is dispensed by a dropper found under the white screw-top cap (white caps for figures sets). Inside each bottle is a little stirring ball that rattles when agitated, helping get the paint moving when you shake it. AMMO paints separate quite readily as you might already know if you have any of their range, so having a ball in the bottle makes mixing them a lot easier. We’re all familiar with the quality of AMMO paints by now, and they have a pretty good reputation amongst us modellers, and dry a little slower than some of the competition, which can be useful to avoid paint drying on the tip of your needle when spraying, or on your brush when painting figures, which might be especially useful for this set to allow blending etc. The paints are as follows: AMMO.F-504 Yellow Green AMMO.F-560 Khaki Grey AMMO.F-561 Green Violet AMMO.F-556 Light Ochre AMMO.F-563 Buff AMMO.F-564 Military Green Conclusion It’s great to be able to get sets of paint that will set you up to paint the uniforms of your US paratrooper figures in one go with just the addition of some lightening and darkening to assist you with modulation if that’s your methodology. The paints are rich with pigment, brushing and spraying well with many adherents to the brand from all walks of modelling life. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  19. Leather Colour Range Paint Set (A.MIG-7036) AMMO of Mig Jiménez This six-paint set arrives in a card box with a new card inner tray (for easy recycling), with some colour use suggestions printed on the rear (see above right), although on my example, it looks like there should be some text next to the swatches. Inside are six bottles, each containing 17ml of paint that is dispensed by a dropper found under the white screw-top cap. Inside each bottle is a little stirring ball that rattles when agitated, helping get the paint moving when you shake it. AMMO paints separate quite readily as you might already know if you have any of their range, so having a ball in the bottle makes mixing them a lot easier. We’re all familiar with the quality of AMMO paints by now, and they have a pretty good reputation amongst us modellers, and dry a little slower than some of the competition, which can be useful to avoid paint drying on the tip of your needle when spraying, or on your brush when painting figures, which might be especially useful for this set to allow blending etc. The paints are as follows: AMMO.F-508 Brown base AMMO.F-531 Light Brown AMMO.F-532 Red Brown AMMO.F-533 Dark Brown AMMO.F-538 Bright Orange AMMO.F-541 Rust Ochre Conclusion It’s great to be able to get sets of paint that will set you up to paint leather and other brown shades in one go with just the addition of some white and black to assist you with modulation if that’s your methodology. The paints are rich with pigment, brushing and spraying well with many adherents to the brand from all walks of modelling life. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  20. WWII Regia Aeronautica Late Colours Paint Set (A.MIG-7238) AMMO of Mig Jiménez This six-paint set arrives in a card box with a new card inner tray (for easy recycling), with some colour use suggestions printed on the rear (see below). Inside are six bottles, each containing 17ml of paint that is dispensed by a dropper found under the yellow screw-top cap. Inside each bottle is a little stirring ball that rattles when agitated. AMMO paints separate quite readily as you can see from the box photo, so having a ball in the bottle makes mixing them a lot easier. We’re all familiar with the quality of AMMO paints by now, and they have a pretty good reputation amongst us modellers, and dry a little slower than some of the competition, which can be useful to avoid paint drying on the tip of your needle when spraying. The paints are as follows: A.MIG-0202 FS30219 Tan (Nocciola Chiaro 4) A.MIG-0276 Verde Oliva Scuro 2 A.MIG-0262 IJN Ash Grey (Grigio Azzuro Chiaro 1) A.MIG-0275 Giallo Mimetico 3 A.MIG-0070 Medium Brown (Marrone Mimetico 53193) A.MIG-0023 Protective Green (Verde Mimetico 53192) Conclusion It’s great to be able to get sets of paint that will set you up to paint a late war Italian aviation project in one hit with just the addition of some white and black to assist you with modulation if that’s your methodology. The paints are rich with pigment, brushing and spraying well with many adherents to the brand from all walks of modelling life. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  21. Does anybody have comments on the accuracy of AMMO by Mig Jiménez colours for WWII RAF aircraft? I'm fed up with buying new paint at my LMS and discovering noticeable differences when compared with the colour swatches in RAF Museum reference book British Aviation Colours of World War Two. AMMO recommends the following: Dark Earth..........................A.MIG-070 Medium Brown Dark Green.........................A.MIG-915 Dark Green Sky.....................................A.MIG-243 Sky Type S Interior Grey Green............A.MIG-219 Interior Green Ocean Grey........................A.MIG-245 Ocean Grey Medium Sea Grey..............A.MIG-246 Medium Sea Grey Middle Stone.....................A.MIG-030 Sand Yellow Azure Blue.........................A.MIG-257 Azure Blue
  22. The Weathering Magazine – Accessories AMMO of MIG Jiménez (AMIG4531) It can be said that the accessories used on a model can often make the model or diorama itself. All of those accessories build the overall picture. This magazine in the Weathering series really deals with armour models and the accessories you would use with them, though with the inclusion of tanks parts such as Mantlet covers, and figures, it may be stretching the "accessories" tag a little. Each article concentrates on one technique, and after a preamble from Mig himself, it proceeds as follows: German Jerry Cans WWII Sandbags and stowage Tank ammunition and ammo crates Details - Cans, bottles & crates Painting Weapons How to paint a manlet cover G.I Green - uniform colors Painting Furniture Each article spans a reasonable amount of 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,, 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. While related to armour or vehicle projects the principles can be applied across the board. 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
  23. Masking Sheets 1mm Grid (A.MIG-8045) AMMO of Mig Jiménez If you’ve ever wished that you could get larger sizes and bigger areas of kabuki-style masking material, wider than 40mm that’s available on rolls, you’ve had your wish granted with the release of their masking sheet that we reviewed here. AMMO have now released this new set of five sheets with a 1mm grid printed on it in a clear foil bag with branding over-printed and a green label in the middle, with a stated size of 290 x 145mm per sheet written in yellow on the front. The bag is resealable, which will allow you to keep the dust out, and other than that there’s not an awful lot to say, other than to extoll the virtues of Kabuki tape, which is a paper-based washi tape that gets its name from Kabuki theatre, where it is presumably used on the paper puppets, characters and backdrops. It is a low tack tape that can last years in position on your model without leaving any residue (I’ve done this in the past), is flexible so that it can conform to curved surfaces well, and you can burnish it down to reduce the likelihood of paint creeping under the edge, although not squirting too much paint on a masked model is still the best way to avoid creep. The grid is very handy to check the size of shapes you’re planning on masking, and it also looks a bit cool in situ before you spray paint all over it. The grid is printed in ink of course, and may have a coat of clear varnish over it to protect the printing as it seems shinier thank the bare tape, but I felt it would be a wise decision to test whether the ink could be removed by solvents that are present in most of our paints. I first tried Isopropyl Alcohol (IPA or Isopropanol), and it slowly brought a little of the printing off, although it was more visible on the bud than the tape. The Liquid Reamer brought it off much quicker as expected, because it is a much “hotter” chemical. The take-away is not to blast too much paint on at once, and resist handling until the paint is actually dry to the touch. If you’re at the stage where there is a lot of IPA or cellulose thinners taking off the inked grid, you probably have much bigger problems than a bit of grey mixing with your paint! Having played around with it for a while, it might be wise to peel larger sheets of masking material off the backing paper before drawing out or transferring your design, applying it to a flat surface such as a mirror or a spare tile to finish preparation. Peeling the paper off a very complex design may cause a few more grey hairs as well as risking puckering the edges with the resultant stretching and potential lack of adhesion. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  24. US Vietnam Uniforms - Figures Set (A.MIG-7034) AMMO of Mig Jiménez This set is for your US Uniforms of the Vietnam period. This four paint set arrives in a clear clamshell box with a card header with some colour use suggestions on the rear. Inside are four bottles each containing 17ml of paint that is dispensed by a dropper that is found under the yellow screw-top cap. Inside each bottle is a little stirring ball that rattles when agitated. AMMO paints separate quite readily so having a ball in the bottle makes mixing them a lot easier. We’re all familiar with the quality of AMMO paints by now, and they have a pretty good reputation amongst us modellers, and dry a little slower than some of the competition, which can be useful to avoid paint drying on the tip of your needle when spraying. The paints are as follows: AMMO F-503 Dark Olive Green AMMO F-504 Yellow Green AMMO F-544 Pacific Green AMMO F-535 Italian Green Camo Conclusion It’s great to be able to get sets of paint that will set you up for any Vietnam project. The addition of some white and black to assist you with modulation will help if that’s your methodology. Review sample courtesy of
  25. Regia Aeronautica Cockpits - Air Set (A.MIG-7236) AMMO of Mig Jiménez This set is for your WWII Italian cockpits. This four paint set arrives in a clear clamshell box with a card header with some colour use suggestions on the rear. Inside are four bottles each containing 17ml of paint that is dispensed by a dropper that is found under the yellow screw-top cap. Inside each bottle is a little stirring ball that rattles when agitated. AMMO paints separate quite readily so having a ball in the bottle makes mixing them a lot easier. We’re all familiar with the quality of AMMO paints by now, and they have a pretty good reputation amongst us modellers, and dry a little slower than some of the competition, which can be useful to avoid paint drying on the tip of your needle when spraying. The paints are as follows: A.MIG-0238 Verde Mimetico 2 A.MIG-0272 Giallo Mimetico 4 A.MIG-0273 Verde Anticorrosione A.MIG-0194 Matt Aluminium Conclusion It’s great to be able to get sets of paint that will set you up for any Italian WWII cockpit project in one hit (or not as it may seem) with just the addition of some white and black to assist you with modulation if that’s your methodology. Review sample courtesy of
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