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  1. Encyclopaedia of Figures Volume 0 (A.MIG-6220) AMMO of Mig Jiménez The mere mention of figure painting causes a great many modellers from other genres to break out in a cold sweat, because replicating a realistic human face, fabric and other details at small scale is a terrifying prospect to us. Figure painters obviously like a challenge, but I'm sure even those brave souls would appreciate some hints and tips to improve the finish on their models. This is a Quick Guide to figure painting, which is the precursor to the full series, and it may be all you need or want to enable you to raise your game in the figure department. It also coincides with the release by AMMO of a number of figure related products, such as paint sets, oilbrushers and other books. As already mentioned, this isn't meant to be a full, detailed instruction on how to paint figures from A to Z, which is only fair as it extends to 48 pages within its magazine binding, so much is covered, but not in massive detail. It's a great way to determine whether that's enough to get you going, or whether you want to hear more and would be interested in the full volumes when they arrive, and I suspect that is its goal. The pages are broken down as follows: 1.0 Original Concept and Sculpting 1.1 Legends of the Jade Sea 2.0 Workbench 2.1 Lighting and organising the workbench 2.2 Brushes 2.3 Mixing palette (Wet palette) 3.0 Assembly and Preparation 3.1 Cutting tools 3.2 Sanding and filing tools 3.3 Drilling tools 3.4 Fastening devices 3.5 Glues and cements 3.6 Putties 3.7 Final assembly 4.0 Primer 4.1 Cleaning 4.2 Priming 4.3 Preshading 4.4 Lighting 5.0 Painting with Acrylics 5.1 Acrylics 5.2 Techniques 5.3 Airbrush 5.4 Painting metals. Non-metallic metals technique 5.5 Textures 5.6 Varnishes Looking down that list of subjects, you might think that there's an element of "teaching your grandmother to suck eggs", which of course there is bound to be with any modelling book if you've already taken up the hobby. Where it differs from books on armour of aircraft however, is how these subjects apply specifically to figure painting, with the theme of a particularly handsome Orc used throughout to guide us. It doesn't matter if you're a WWII or mounted cavalry figure painter though, as the techniques can be applied to pretty much any figure, or anything organic, and even some things inorganic. I learned a few things whilst reading it, and most people probably will too, unless they only read books to confirm their already encyclopaedic knowledge! There is a fair quantity of text, interspersed with picture driven step-by-step "how-to" methods with copious captions, and the pictures are of exceptional quality as we've come to expect from AMMO publications. There's some pretty obvious product placement at times, but as it's an AMMO book, you can't really blame them, and everyone knows that "other brands are available" anyway, but it was nice to see "Swann Morton – England" on the pictures featuring scalpel blade as an Englishman, reminding us we still have a little industry left in our sceptred isle. There are also a number of instances where the author tells us that larger subjects such as airbrushing figures will be covered in greater detail in the full volumes, which is fair enough, and you couldn't really expect it all to be crushed down to singularity proportions to fit within these relatively few pages. Conclusion It's a great taster of what's to come in the series, or you could use it as a refresher to reignite your desire to paint figures, or even to improve your existing skillset a little without committing yourself to a long quest to become a master of the art… yet. An enjoyable read and a feast for the eyes and braincells that should appeal to anyone with an interest in figure painting, and is considering trying to "git gud". Review sample courtesy of
  2. Streaking And Vertical Surfaces Brush Set (A.MIG-7604) & Dioramas & Scenic Brush Set (A.MIG-7601) AMMO of Mig Jiménez Brushes are an essential part of any modeller's toolkit, whether or not you use an airbrush for the majority of your paint application. Detail painting, touch-ups and weathering are all manual jobs that require some paint brushes, so with AMMO's goal of being able to provide specific tools and products to help us all achieve modelling nirvana, we now have a number of brushes available from them, which can be bought singly or in sets such as these. Each set comes in a long box, and contains four brushes that are individually wrapped, and protected further by a clear tube over the bristles and shiny metal ferrule. The handles are made of wood, and coated with a high-gloss AMMO yellow paint with the brand and size overprinted in black for maximum visibility and clarity, and the tip dipped in black too. The bristles are high quality synthetic, so no squirrels were harmed in their creation, and they are suitable for use with acrylic, enamel and oil paints with no worries about them melting! I have been using them for a little while to see how they perform, and have been pleasantly surprised at their quality. They hold their point (where appropriate) well, don't dry out too quickly in use, and when cleaned the paint leaves very little residue in the root of the bristles. Their light colour also makes it easy to see whether you have cleaned them properly, which is a bonus. Streaking & Vertical Surfaces Brush Set (A.MIG-7604) This set contains a long pin-striping (liner) brush in size 1 for individual streaking, two size 6 with a filbert (curved) and angled head, and a size 8 saw flat that has its bristles cropped to a castellated shape for multiple streaks in one swoop. That last one is a bit funky, and as long as you ensure that you don't create a line of uniform streaks, it works really well. The other brushes can of course be used for washes, oils and filters just as well as with ordinary paints. Dioramas & Scenic Brush Set (AMIG7601) This set has three round brushes in sizes 000 (written 3/0), 1 and 6, with another size 6 with a flat head for larger areas. The 3/0 is a nice brush for finer work, but its bristle seems larger than my other 000s, so bear than in mind. Conclusion If you're looking to stock up on brushes, this is a great way of doing so, and they're relatively inexpensive into the bargain, so you can get lots of different types and hone down to the ones you really enjoy using. There are a great many more brush sets than the two we've reviewed here, so have a mooch around while you're buying and pick some others out that might suit you too. Review sample courtesy of
  3. WWII German and Soviet Figures Paint Sets (A.MIG-7021 & A.MIG-7023) AMMO of Mig Jiménez Mig Jiménez's company AMMO has been producing acrylic paints now for some years, and they have a deservedly good reputation in the hobby. There are an ever-widening range of shades, available singly and in sets to bolster your collection and make painting specific themes easier. These two sets are under the Figures Sets banner, and are designed as a one-stop pack to permit you to paint uniforms with the addition of a brush and a little skill. Each set arrives in a blister pack with four 17ml dropper-type bottles that have a white cap, but still have the little metal mixing balls that you'll find in all the new paints from AMMO. The header card has a figure on the rear with the colour call-outs showing where they have been used in painting the examples, although you'll have to visit the AMMO website for a little more assistance with techniques, where you'll find lots of help in video and step-through form. Furthermore, a new set of encyclopaedia books for figure painting are underway, so if you're a little clueless on how to achieve the superb results you see online and at shows, prepare yourself to be enlightened. We'll bring you some reviews of these books and the other figure-related products that are being released to coincide with the books in the near future. German Field Grey uniforms (A.MIG-7021) AMMOF512 FIELD GREY FS-34159 AMMOF513 FIELD GREY HIGHLIGHT FS-34414 AMMOF514 FIELD GREY SHADOW FS-34086 AMMOF502 OUTLINING BLACK Soviet Uniforms WWII (A.MIG-7023) AMMOF503 DARK OLIVE GREEN FS-34130 AMMOF504 YELLOW GREEN FS-34259 AMMOF505 PALE YELLOW GREEN FS-33481 AMMOF506 MEDIUM RUSSIAN GREEN FS-34092 More sets will be along soon, so we'll expand this review as time goes by. Review sample courtesy of
  4. 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 Following the initial releases, the intended subject matter has broadened with the colour range erring toward Sci-Fi, as evidenced by the Warhammer 40K and Gundam themed names of some of the more recent colours, which meshes with the (fairly) recent book and paint set releases that have firmly placed AMMO in the Sci-Fi miniature and modelling arena. This should attract a larger customer base from the widening of genre, although the Warhammer 40K guys are used to everything being available from their own shops, so that may be a tougher market to crack. To save you craning your neck due to the increased slant of the bottles in the picture, and risking injury, the colours are as follows: A.MIG.3523 Dusty Earth A.MIG.3531 Mecha Dark Green A.MIG.3525 Red Tile A.MIG.3532 Starship Bay Sludge A.MIG.3526 Space Purple A.MIG.3538 Silver A.MIG.3527 Marine Blue Streaking Brushers A new batch of Oil Brushers have arrived now, and these are intended as useful streaking colours, allowing you to apply an amount to an area, then later streak it in your preferred direction with a thinners dampened brush to mimic the effect of nature on rust, dirt and general grime. Very convenient! A.MIG-1250 Medium Brown A.MIG-1255 Winter Grime A.MIG-1252 Red Brown A.MIG-1258 Streaking Dust A.MIG-1254 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. I've noticed during use that if you store your Oil Brushers upside down, or at least tilted so that the brush is exposed, that the bristles can dry out. This has prompted me to order the Oil Brusher Organizer, which you can find a link for below, as it's a good investment to keep your fine-tipped brush in good condition throughout the life of the product 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 Streaking Brushers Organizer Enamel Thinners Review sample courtesy of
  5. World War III The World in Crisis (A.MIG-6116) Ammo of Mig Jiménez I'd like to open by saying DON'T PANIC! You haven't missed anything on the news, and the world as we know it isn't going to come to an end…. Yet. Set in an alternative reality and only a few leaps of faith into the future, this book is a modelling book, but depicting some of the hardware that would be likely to be used if diplomacy came up against a brick wall, a Lesser-known character from "In The Night Garden" managed to get their missile systems to work, or someone's really really big brain accidentally lent on the big red button. That's as close to a political rant you'll get, and we'd really appreciate it if you'd keep politics out of the comments too. This perfect-bound book extends to 200 pages between stout card covers which fold-over to give the impression of a dust-jacket, printed in full colour on good quality glossy paper. It isn't a reference book, as the main thrust of the book is fabricate, with a focus on the techniques you can use to give modern "grey jets" a more weather-beaten in-service look as if they have been pressed into combat with no time for niceties such as a good wash and polish every time they return from a sortie. It opens with a build-up to conflict, and then moves through the hypothetical phases of conflict, demonstrating aircraft from all the major participants from the UK, US and Russia to North Korea and China. Introduction 1. Warnings 2. Trade War Shenyang J-15 Flying Shark 3. Outbreak Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey 4. Total War: Pacific Front Sukhoi Su-35 Flanker E Chengdu J-20 Fire Dragon 5. Europe, A Second Front? Eurofighter Typhoon 6. Local Fronts: India Sukhoi Su-30 Flanker C General Atomics MQ-1 Predator 7. The Winds Are Changing Sukhoi Su-57 Foxcat Lockheed F-35C Lightning II Mikoyan Mig-29 Fulcrum McDonnell Douglas F-15K Slam Eagle Epilogue Each aircraft is shown during construction, adaptation and painting, with a heavy emphasis on wear-and-tear, plus some interesting colour schemes that can be seen in the accompanying page spreads, and each step is documented with photos and captions, with a preponderance of the products used being AMMO offerings, but it's their book, so why not? You could well argue that the weathering is "overdone and unrealistic", but as I often say, they are showing you the techniques in a manner that is easy to see, and you can copy them slavishly to get the same results, or tone them down to what your perception of an active war machine would be. There is also a higher than usual amount of text in between build articles, which is of course creative prose that will be of interest to many, but try not to get too wound up if you don't agree with the timeline – it's only make believe afterall. My only complaint is the overuse of mugshots of the major political leaders, as politicians turn my stomach at the best of times! Conclusion A harmless bit of escapism (hopefully!) that gives more than a nod to the What-If genre, whilst dishing out lots of tricks and tips to weather your models. As well as English, the book is also available in Spanish. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  6. Depot Areas & Sludge Tracks Weathering set (A.MIG-7470) Ammo by Mig Jiménez More weathering products from those prodigiously productive people at Ammo. This set is six enamel washes and includes A.MIG-1002 TRACKS WASH, A.MIG-1004 LIGHT RUST WASH, A.MIG-1407 ENGINE GRIME, A.MIG-1408 FRESH ENGINE OIL, & A.MIG-3020 METAL SLAG (pigment). This set is designed to compliment the "Fast Method" set we reviewed here. You can of course mix these to create highly realistic vistas. Your artistry will of course play a part in whether you achieve such levels, but this is a good palette to start you railway diorama career or step up a level. Of course there are many other uses for these prducts outside of railway modelling. Review sample courtesy of
  7. The Weathering Magazine - Die Cast From Toy to Model Ammo by Mig Jimenez We have now seen a few weathering magazines from Ammo and it is good to see they are keeping up the same high quality. There are 78 pages of glossy high quality paper in an A4 format, all in colour. As the title would suggest this edition concentrates on painting & weathering techniques to make your die cast models more lifelike, and less toy like. Even if you dont have any Die Casts the weathering techniques can be used elsewhere. This title features Excavators, trains, cars, trucks, figures & buses. Different products are show , 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. Another good thing with Ammo publications is they are available in a wide range of languages if your first language is not English. Overall a high quality publication. Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  8. M1A2 SEP Abrams Main Battle Tank in Detail (A.MIG-5950) (ISBN: 8432074059509) Ammo by Mig Jiménez The M1 Abrams is America's current generation of Main Battle Tank used extensively in the Gulf Wars and beyond, with various upgrades to the original specification applied throughout its service life in answer to deficiencies in the original design, or new combat circumstance, such as the asymmetric combat that is inherent in the Middle East giving rise to the TUSK and TUSK II urban upgrade kits. The M1A2 SEP (System Enhancement Package) upgraded the armour to new and refurbished Abrams tanks to improve performance. This book is a new edition of their original book, which has been updated and expanded with additional information and pictures. It is perfect bound in a card cover and extends to 143 pages with a huge number of high quality photos of the Abrams, many of which are candid, and show the crew either in action or posing for the camera. It has just a few sections due to the nature of the book, which are as follows: The 144 page is an advert for their M2A3 Bradley, which is a two volume sister title to this one, as the Bradley and Abrams usually operate closely on the battlefield. The photographs are almost all high quality, with just a few slightly lower due to circumstances beyond the photographer's control, with tons of detail visible, as well as crew personalisations and crew appearing in a great many shots too. The has clearly been a high level of cooperation between the US Army and the photographers due to the nature of some of the shots both from in the field and at maintenance depots and bases. There are even some photos of the new Barracuda camouflage system that the Army is trialling to help reduce the visual and infrared signature of the Abrams and thwart the enemy. Some of the field and base maintenance photos will be of great use to anyone that wants to build a diorama, as it shows items such as the engine compartment without the gas-turbine in, tracks being added/removed and some of the tools in the background, as well as mechanics at work. Conclusion A worthy title for anyone considering building an Abrams, or just if you're interest in armour. The pictures are impressive, and the captions add an extra dimension to the story, which makes for interesting reading. Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  9. Urban Diorama Acrylic Colours (A.MIG-7177) Ammo by Mig Jiménez More paint from those prodigiously productive people at Ammo. This set includes six colours in 17ml bottles in 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 pack. 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. The name of the set should give you a good idea of the colours involved, which are muted browns, greys and reddish browns, typical for brick built structures, tiled and slate rooves, cobbled areas and so forth. The colours are as follows: A.MIG-041 Dark Rust A.MIG-059 Grey A.MIG-064 Earth Brown A.MIG-075 Stone Grey A.MIG-102 Ochre Brown A.MIG-921 Red Primer Light Base 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. Your artistry will of course play a part in whether you achieve such levels, but this is a good palette to start you diorama career or step up a level. Review sample courtesy of
  10. Modelling School – The Modelling Guide for Rust and Oxididation (A.MIG-6098) Ammo of Mig Jiménez AMMO have a sizeable library of books under their belts, ranging from magazines to reference guides, as well as technique masterclasses such as this one. This volume is focused tightly upon the decay of our technological marvels after they fall out of use, although the techniques expounded can also be used with more restraint in almost any weathering task by just dialling back the application of the various effects used. The author Jari Hermilä professes to have a liking for all things rusty, and enjoys modelling decaying vehicles more than most, all of which is evident through his enthusiasm for the subject. The book is perfect-bound in a thick card cover, with 175 pages inside, and a skill level marked in the top left corner of 3, indicating that it's suitable for your average modeller, but as long as you can read English and have paints, washes, brushes etc., there's nothing to stop even an absolute novice from diving in, as long as they take it easy and don't try to learn too much with one model. Having fallen into that trap myself many moons ago, it can become a bit over-facing. The pages are broken down into chapters, starting with the basics, going through step-by-step examples, and then incorporating those techniques into finished models, again showing the process in detail. The chapters are as follows: 0.0 Prologue 1.0 Introduction 2.0 Tools needed 2.1 Paintbrushes 2.2 Airbrush 2.3 Other Tools 3.0 Materials Needed 3.1 Paints 3.2 Washes 3.3. Pigments 3.4. Special Effect Fluids 3.5 Reactive Chemicals 4.0 Basic Techniques 4.1 Chipping 4.1.1 Paintbrush 4.1.2 Sponge 4.1.3 Chipping Fluid Technique 4.2 Washes 4.2.1 Pin Washes 4.2.2 General Washes 4.2.3 Streaks 4.3 Pigments 4.4 Reactive Chemicals 4.4.1 Burnishing Fluid for White Metal Tracks 4.4.2 Burnishing Fluid for Photo-Etch and Other Brass Parts 5.0 Rust Effects 5.1 Rusty Exhaust 5.2 Fresh Rust 5.3 Old Rust 5.4 Unpainted Steel 5.5 Bronze Rust 5.6 Oxidised Aluminium 5.7 Rusty Tracks on Abandoned Vehicles 5.8 Rusty Burned Vehicle 6.0 Special Effects Over the Rust Surfaces 6.1 Welded Joints 6.2 Dust and Mud 6.3 Water 6.4 Oil, Grease and Fuel 7.0 Example Models 7.1 Submarine Type XVIIB (Revell 1:144) 7.2 Il-2 (Tamiya 1:48) 7.3 Chieftain Mk.11 Range Target (Takom 1:35) 7.4 Panther scrap yard (Dragon 1:35) 7.5 Rusty Locomotive BR-42 (hobby Boss 1:72) 8.0 Gallery of Rust 9.0 Epilogue The techniques are simple to understand, and as long as you have the tools and supplies necessary, you are limited only by your imagination and artistic skill, as well as your ability to "see" realistic patterns and transfer them to your model in scale. Each of the models are discussed and pictured over several pages so that enough space can be devoted to the description of the techniques used, which is good to see, as people often learn better when they see things carried out in a practical manner. Also, don't lose sight of the fact that these models have been made to display what's possible, and it is then up to you to apply what you have learned, whether you choose to dial it back to a particular scene you wish to portray, or take it up to 11 to show off what you have learned. It's your hobby, so crack on with it as you see fit! Photography is first class, showing every step of the way in clear detail, with accompanying text and captions filling in any blanks. In between each section of the techniques there are a few photos of real examples of rust and oxidation, which is carried through to some of the models later on. You might wonder how an Il-2 could rust out, but as they carried heavy armour on their forward fuselage this rusted badly, as evidenced by pictures taken by Mig Jiménez himself. It's not a case of an aluminium tank covered in rust, or a wooden prop with metallic chipping marks! Of course there are a great many AMMO products on display here, as why wouldn't you use your book to advertise your own stuff? There are also other brands shown, and if you have pinned your colours to another brand of paints and washes, or that's simply what you have, it's not difficult to transpose your own stocks into the process in place of them. Conclusion If you have some of the other How To books from AMMO, there may be an element of cross-over in terms of general content, but having a "rust bible" in one place is definitely something worth having. There is a boat-load of content in the book, and if you have a hankering for decay and rust, you will keep coming back to it again and again, especially if your modelling is sporadic or memory poor like mine. Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  11. Metallic Colours Acrylic Paint Set (A.MIG-7175) Ammo of Mig Jiménez AMMO's range of paints is expanding quickly and not just with the range of colours, but also the genres that it caters for. This set of metallic paints could quite easily be used in almost every genre from Sci-Fi through aircraft and onto vehicle modelling, so it should have a wide appeal. The fact that they are acrylic is a plus-point too, as no-matter how got a lacquer paint is, there is always a worry about the fumes and clean-up that requires noxious and highly flammable chemicals. While acrylics aren't totally free of odour and chemicals, they are much more conducive toward modelling within sight and smell of families. No, I'm not insinuating you or your family smell, but paints do. Acrylics just smell less! There are twelve 17ml bottles in 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. This is a good thing, as AMMO 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. The pack contains two trays of six paints each, so we'll break down the review into two parts. I have roughly sprayed patches of each shade onto a half fuselage of an Eduard 190, and would first add the caveat that the test piece had already been sprayed a few times, and was prepared by adding a new coat of glossy black primer to accentuate the metallic sheen. Any fingerprints (there is at least one), or soft detail is a result of multiple layers of paint. I also sprayed the initial colour (Gun metal) a little bit thick, which is my fault. I also think that the Steel and Polished Metal colours could have done with their lables being swapped, as most companies have a steel that is a darker shade than polished metal. These are the shades from the first tray: The second tray contains another six colours, as follows: I feel that the brass and gold colours could have been thinned a little better (my fault again), but as I'm trying to show the colour, I elected not to strip the whole thing and start again. Thinning is done either with AMMO's own thinner (A.MIG-2000) or with water. I also find Ultimate Thinner to be good with these paints, and clean-up is easily accomplished with Ultimate Airbrush Cleaner, with some PremiAir foaming airbrush cleaner to get the more stubborn metallic particles out of the paint cup. I have seen a number of modellers online that have been brush-painting this paint and obtaining excellent results, especially as highlighting colours, or for dry-brushing. Coverage is also good with a brush, but as usual your mileage will vary depending on the quality of your brush and how well you agitate the paint. I use a "manly paint shaker" (a re-purposed and re-badged nail-varnish shaker) to ensure proper particle dispersion, and I noticed that initially the brass, gold and copper bottles were the most reluctant to let go of the stirring ball, so shake these ones until your arm is tired, just to be on the safe side. A general rule of thumb is that if the ball isn't moving right from the start, you need to shake it for much longer to break up any gummy residue in the bottom of the bottle and get everything mixed well enough for application. Conclusion It has been a goal of mine to find a replacement to my lacquer metallics for some time, and I have tried more than a few types during that period, with little success. These shades from AMMO should come in very handy next time I actually get round to doing some modelling! Review sample courtesy of
  12. Railway "Fast Method" Acrylic Paint Set AMMO of Mig Jiménez This set of acrylic paints from AMMO is a quick method for painting up the tracks on your diorama or railway layout in a more realistic manner than leaving them bland and uninviting, but without spending hours on every last detail. There are six 17ml bottles in 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. This is a good thing, as AMMO paint does tend to separate out when left untended, but soon mix in once agitated. The colours included are as follows: A.MIG-0034 Rust Tracks A.MIG-0040 Medium Rust A.MIG-0042 Old Rust A.MIG-0046 Matt Black A.MIG-0073 Earth A.MIG-0072 Dust They are intended to be used through your airbrush, but there's nothing to stop you from painting them by hand, however the layers will be thicker, and you won't be able to achieve blending effects easily like you can with an airbrush, so by all means try brush painting but with those facts in mind. The method is pretty straight forward - You start working with the three rust colours on the rails, using A.MIG-0034 RUST TRACKS as the base colour. Then you apply several very diluted layers of A.MIG-0042 OLD RUST and finally with A.MIG-0040 MEDIUM RUST to give the rails a more natural, random look. Once the rails are coated, the wood is painted in with A.MIG-0073 EARTH and with A.MIG-0072 DUST in varying amounts to imitate the dust and debris. Finally use A.MIG-0046 MATT BLACK to shade the central area of the railways to depict the oily deposits that are left over time by passing locomotives and rolling stock. You can also add tiny droplets of raw paint here and there to portray larger drops from standing or slow-moving trains, and you can add a little brown to the black to give different hues. When the paint is dry, apply a track rubber (an abrasive eraser that is used to clean rails) to remove the paint from the contact surfaces so that your rolling stock can still pick up the electricity that they need to run. This simple technique should permit you to prepare long lengths of track quickly and easily, whilst giving you a realistic look without spending a lifetime on the task. 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 gentle handling. If you want to add a little extra strength to your work, you can apply a layer of matt varnish over the finished paint before you rub off the contact surface, but be aware that removing the paint from there will be just a little harder as a result. The method should be posted up on their website in due course in case you wanted something a bit more professional than my description Review sample courtesy of
  13. Lucky Varnish, Gloss and Ultra Matt AMMO by Mig Jimenez When my colleague Mike reviewed the previous incarnations of these varnishes he found there was a problem with reaction to pain and bubbling. So we had high hopes that the formulation had been changed to prevent this. It would appear that AMMO, have indeed sorted out this problem, only I found another problem. On doing a trial spray at the recommended pressures etc, the gloss went on white and splotchy, whether this was due to the warm temperatures we are currently experiencing in the UK on not, I do not know. I also tried the matt varnish and while it went on better, but still reacted to the underlying paint., When dry it had lightened the paintwork to a dull white sheen. See attached photos, gloss on the left, matt on the right. Wet Dry Conclusion Now, I love AMMO products, I use their paints and scenics almost exclusively without any problems at all, and have always had superb results, so it’s a bit surprising they cannot get these varnishes right, in fact there is something very wrong with these products, as even I can’t get them this wrong. Review sample courtesy of
  14. Encyclopaedia of Armour Volumes 3, 4 & 5 AMMO of Mig Jiménez We reviewed the opening Volume of this series here, and followed it with Volume 2 here back in 2016, after which we somewhat lost track of the release schedule. We are now playing catch-up with the remaining three Volumes thanks to the good folks at AMMO, and bring you the final three in one easy-access review, plus the links above to go back and see the early parts. In case you haven't yet seen the earlier reviews or played catch-up by following those links, this is the AFV version of AMMO's popular series of books on Aircraft Modelling Techniques from 2015 that we reviewed here, and is a complete reference guide for modellers of all levels to improve their techniques, learn new ones, or like myself remind themselves of how to do things if it's been a while and you can't remember. What was I saying? Oh yes – The books are split between the stages of building, painting and completing an AFV model, with all the sub-steps and variations on techniques in between that the author feels may suit some of us better than others. They are laid out in a common-sense manner, with a heavy visual content that is captioned to clarify where necessary, and as these are books to teach the use of the techniques, they often use the extreme level that they can be taken to, in order to demonstrate the look at its most exaggerated, so that you can see it easily and then choose for yourself how far you want to go toward that extreme. They aren't telling you that THIS is the only way to build a model as some people think, simply demonstrating the ultimate end of said technique to give you the tools to go forward and interpret it yourself in the striving for realism or artistic expression. It's absolutely your choice, as it's your hobby. All books are printed in the same style both physically and in terms of layout, print style and format, with a stiff softback cover that has half-width fold-out sections on the inside. After a chapter listing it's straight on with the task at hand, which is education and entertainment. The tutorials are pictorially rich as mentioned above, with step numbers and captions on just about every page, going into extraordinary detail on how the techniques are achieved, even down to the best masking techniques and tools used. Volume 1 - Construction https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235000159-encyclopaedia-of-armour Volume 2 – Interiors & Base Colour https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235010718-encyclopaedia-of-armour-volume-2 Volume 3 - Camouflages 7.0 Camouflage Painting 7.1 Materials and References for Camouflage Painting 7.1.1 Tools and Materials 7.1.2 Camouflage Painting References 7.2 Multicolour Camouflage Schemes 7.2.1 Hard-Edge Camouflages 7.2.2 Semi Hard-Edged Camouflages 7.2.3 Soft-Edged Camouflages 7.2.4 Stripes and Mottling 7.3 Chipped Paint 7.3.1 Chipping Fluids: Features 7.3.2 Chipping Effects with Chipping Products 7.3.3 Other Chipping Techniques 7.3.4 Scratches and Pitting 7.4 Filters, Washes and Oils 7.4.1 Filters 7.4.2 Washes 7.4.3 Oils 7.5 Winter Camouflages 7.5.1 Chipped Whitewash 7.5.2 Washed-Out Whitewash 7.6 Desert Camouflages 7.6.1 Lightly Weathered Desert Camouflages 7.6.2 Chipped Desert Camouflages 7.6.3 Makeshift Desert Camouflages 7.7. Primer Colour and Bare Metal Finishes 7.7.1 Primer Colour 7.7.2 Bare Metal Surfaces 8.0 Advanced Painting Techniques 8.1 Light Techniques 8.1.1 Zenithal Light 8.1.2 Colour Modulation 8.1.3 Illumination by Panels 8.1.4 Spotlight Technique 8.2 Black and White Technique Volume 4 – Weathering 9.0 Weathering Effects 9.1 Weathering Materials and References 9.1.1 Tools and Materials 9.1.2 References for the Weathering Effects 9.1.3 Preparation Work for the Weathering Stage 9.2 Dirt Accumulations 9.2.1 Accumulated Dirt Stains 9.2.2 Rust Stains Accumulations 9.3 Streaking Grime 9.3.1 Streaking Grime Marks 9.3.2 Rain Marks 9.4 Streaking 9.4.1 Dirt Streaks 9.4.2 Rust Streaks 9.5 Dust and Earth 9.5.1 Scuffed Dust 9.5.2 Dust and Earth Stains 9.5.3 Dusting with Pigment 9.6 Mud Effects and Splashes 9.6.1 Dry Mud 9.6.2 Medium Mud 9.6.3 Fresh Mud 9.6.4 Mud Splashes 9.7 Oil, Fuel and Wet Stains 9.7.1 Oil and Grease Stains 9.7.2 Fuel Stains 9.7.3 Water and Wet Stains 9.8 Rust Effects 9.9 Winter Weathering 9.10 Desert Weathering Volume 5 – Final Touches 10.0 Final Steps 10.1 Materials and Graphic References 10.1.1 Materials and Tools 10.1.2 Graphic References 10.2 Tracks Assembly 10.2.1 Flexible Rubber Bands 10.2.2 Non-Workable Styrene Tracks 10.2.3 Workable Tracks 10.3 Painting and Weathering Tracks 10.3.1 Fairly Clean Tracks 10.3.2 Rusty Tracks 10.3.3 Tracks on Dry Soil 10.3.4 Tracks on Wet Soil 10.4 Painting Wheels 10.5 Exhaust Pipes 10.5.1 Painting Exhausts 10.5.2 Exhaust Soot Stains 10.6 Tools 10.7 Tow Cables 10.7.1 Replacing Tow Cables 10.7.2 Painting Tow Cables 10.8 Clear Parts 10.8.1 Periscopes 10.8.2 Headlights and Tail Lights 10.9 Armament 10.9.1 Machine Guns 10.9.2 Rifles and Other Guns 10.10 Antennas 10.11 Wood Parts 10.12 Metal Items 10.12.1 Bare Metal Items 10.12.2 Painted Metal Items 10.13 Fabric and Canvas Items 10.14 Natural Elements Gallery - 27 pages of photos of the models built for this book Conclusion This is a must-have collection of modelling assistance that will appeal to pretty much all AFV modellers, as a dip-in refresher, a good read or to glean some new techniques to try on your next model. There's a little repetition if you look at the series as a whole, but as a ready reference, these sections come into their own, not assuming you have any of the other Volumes to detail things such as your toolkit. Apply the techniques as restrained or as flamboyantly as you see fit, and as long as you're enjoying it, you're doing it right. Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  15. 17ml Storage System – 60 Bottle Paint Rack AMMO of Mig Jiménez Once you've got a decent stock of any brand of paint, it becomes a bit of a pain keeping them neat and tidy, as they can take up quite a bit of shelf or drawer space, and looking at the tops of paint bottles that are all the same colour in a drawer isn't the easiest way to find a particular colour. A paint rack is a damn good investment once you've reached critical mass, and as a lot of manufacturers use those handy 17ml dropper bottles, one in that size could come in handy. AMMO have teamed up with HobbyZone from Poland, and created a stackable modular rack that will hold 60 of the aforementioned dropper-bottles, and although you didn't hear it from me I think you might be able to put other brands in there too. The rack comes flat-packed in a sturdy brown box that keeps shipping costs reasonable, but of course it will need a little assembly before use. There aren't any instructions in the box or on the website however, which might prove a bit discouraging at first, but after studying the photos it soon becomes evident how it goes together. The outer frame is made from four lengths of 6mm MDF, and has been cut with loose-fit dovetail joints at the corners, and has a series of diagonal grooves router-cut into the inner faces. The 3mm fibreboard/hardboard racks and other parts are similarly pre-cut and have a white painted upper surface, which accents the wooden finish, especially where the AMMO logo has been cut into the top hanger. The five rack parts have partial circular cut-outs in the leading edge, which are set diagonally from row-to-row to allow the bottles to be closer-packed, with the bottom row having a narrower "kick board" to hold the bottom row in place. A central stiffener runs vertically behind the racks, preventing them from bowing under the weight of the bottles, which is good news, as particle boards can sag as they age due to absorbing tiny amounts of moisture. How to build it? I'm not about to preach that my method is the perfect one, but in case you're undecided here's how I built mine. I first glued one joint with PVA, holding it square using two engineer's squares I have, letting it set overnight, after which I did the other long edge so I had a U-shaped frame to put all the racks in. With those joints set up I put set it on its side with the grooves for the rack upward. Then I glued the ends of the correct racks in place, taking care to offset them as I went. While the glue was still wet I then glued the opposite end on the corners and in each groove, using my engineer's squares to keep it down, and a couple of claps to ensure it stayed square. The top hanger sits on a set of tab and slot grooves for strength, and it has a small nib at each end that also supports the sides and helps to hold the rack square. That was also clamped to the frame while the glue set. There is a cut-out in the rear of the bottom frame so that if you have two or more racks you can place them atop each other, saving space by hiding the hanger behind the rack. You can place your rack on the desk against something sturdy, but they are designed to be wall-mounted, as evidenced by the two holes in the top of the hangers that will take a screw or any wall-fixture appropriate to your installation. As each bottle weighs around 36g the combined weight of the rack and paints will be approaching 3kg, so make sure you fix it securely or you'll be a bit sad when it drops off the wall. Conclusion It's a cool rack for a decent price, but I would have liked some instructions if I'm honest. The frame could stand to be a little more rigid by the addition of a few small webs in the corners, but unless you're unlucky and careen into it one day, it should stay intact with the liberal application of PVA (wood) glue of a decent brand and strength. Bear Hobbies have been kind enough to provide this rack for review, and I'd like to just take a moment to thank them for their support, and for Mark's enthusiasm for our hobby. You can find his shop in the Vendor Section, or follow the link from his logo below to his site. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  16. Bare Metal Aircraft Colors (A.MIG.7216) AMMO by Mig Jiménez Bare metal colours are a fairly personal choice and some folks swear by a brand that other folks swear at. AMMO have come up with set of acrylic metal colours that will be useful for some of the latest releases, as well as old faithfuls. They arrive in a clear clamshell box with four colours inside, all of which are in 17ml dropper bottles that have yellow caps and mixing balls inside to help distribute the pigment. Like most AMMO paints they separate quite quickly when left unagitated, but a quick shake will soon bring them back to the correct shade. Included in the pack are the following colours, although this is slightly at variance with the website, which substitutes Polished Metal for the included Burnt Iron that was found in my set: A.MIG-045 Gun Metal, A.MIG-194 Matt Aluminium, A.MIG-195 Silver, A.MIG-187 Burnt Iron The paint dispenses readily from the droppers, and once thinned either with water, AMMO thinners or my preferred one-size-fits-all Ultimate Thinners, sprays nicely through my 0.2mm Mr Hobby airbrush, so it should cope with all the larger sizes with ease. It goes down nicely, and has a fine pigment size, so won't appear toy-like when it hits the photo-booth, as you can see from the examples applied to the spare fuselage half from the recent Eduard Royal Class Fw.190A kit. I didn't mask anything up, as I was keen to crack on, so you'll have to forgive the hazy transitions between the colours as I was having issues with my own skills. The Burnt Iron appears more metallic and has a more reddish tint in the flesh than on the photo, but as I was trying to capture the full range from dark to light, it appears a little dark and not quite so burned in the picture. The instructions on the bottle advise leaving the paint to dry for a day, but it was touch-dry within 10 minutes, although I wouldn't recommend handling that early normally. The next day I performed a gloss varnish test with an acrylic varnish, and the colours stayed bright and didn't react one bit. It's a subjective thing, but if anything I feel that it slightly improved the lustre of the bright metallics, and brought out the reddish tone in the Burnt Iron. Conclusion An excellent starter set of metallic shades from the Ammo range, despite the slight confusion on what's included. They go down well without covering detail, are robust once dry, and stay metallic under gloss varnish. That ticks all the boxes for airbrushing, which is by far the best method for applying metallic if you have the facilities. Highly recommended Review sample courtesy of
  17. Sherman Tanks Vol.1 WWII Commonwealth (A.MIG.7169) Ammo of Mig Jiménez By now we're all pretty familiar with the AMMO range of paints, and many folks are very happy with how they brush and airbrush, so I won't bore you with any of that malarkey. The sets popping out from the AMMO factory are very useful, as they act as a one-stop shop for your project in hand. This time, if it's a Sherman tank that you're wanting to paint (not to be confused with its namesake, the General), then you might want to read on. Arriving in their now standard cardboard box with header flap, this set contains six colours that are specifically mixed with your Sherman in mind, either directly for this pack, or already extant in their range, which explains the non-consecutive numbers of the individual paints. You might initially think that all you need is green, but many, many Shermans were painted with camouflage colours in service, and if the slight flood that ruined the profile book hadn't happened, I'd be able to refer you to that for examples. Sadly, it's now illegible, but we're trying to get another copy for review, so bear with us. In the box is a vacformed clear plastic tray that keeps the six bottles together when you remove them. The bottles are industry standard 17ml dropper bottles with the now-traditional yellow caps that indicate there is a steel ball-bearing within the bottle to aid in paint agitation. This will be a huge help, as AMMO paints do separate when left to settle. A damn good shake will see all the pigments and carrier mixed back together, and you also get a pleasing clatter of the bearing, telling you it is doing its work. In the box you get the following colours: A.MIG.061 BS381c No.61 Light Stone (labelled warm sand yellow) A.MIG.110 SCC 1A British Brown (1941-42) A.MIG.111 SCC 2 British (1941-44) Service Drab A.MIG.112 SCC 15 British (1944-45) Olive Drab A.MIG.113 British Khaki Green No.3 (1939-42) A.MIG.217 BS 381x No.34 Dark Slate (also RLM02) Now we wait for Volume.2 to arrive, although Volume.2 and Volume.3 have become available since we received our sample. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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
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