AMMO by Mig First Steps Set
I received a good-sized package from AMMO the other day and this set really sparked my interest. I had used the extra thin cement recently when I couldn't find my normal Tamiya Extra Thin due to the not so rare package labeling issues that pop up. I had heard of the Decal Set and Fix solutions and have been wanting to try them out for some time now. The opportunity presented itself with this set and I had to grab it up! From their website:
All the necessary materials for the assembly, masking, and decal application on your model.
It is a complete and comprehensive set that includes the products used most in the assembly and clean up processes that complement the painting steps in aircraft, military vehicles, dioramas, and every other modeling subject. This set is the ideal solution for modelers seeking all of the products required to quickly and accurately assemble models.
Includes the references:
A.MIG-2025 EXTRA THIN CEMENT (polyester plastic glue) 30 mL
A.MIG-8013 SLOW DRY CYANOACRYLATE 21 mL
A.MIG-2031 ULTRA GLUE - FOR ETCH, CLEAR PARTS & MORE (water-based acrylic adhesive)- 40 mL
A.MIG-2029 ULTRA DECAL-SET 30 mL
A.MIG-2030 ULTRA DECAL-FIX 30 mL
A.MIG-2032 ULTRA LIQUID MASK- 40 mL
A.MIG-2039 ARMING PUTTY. ACRYLIC TYPE 20 mL Tube
A.MIG-2040 ARMING PUTTY. CLASSIC 20 mL Tube
A.MIG-8570 SNIPERBRUSH COLLECTION SET of 7
While I am by no means a master modeler, I will endeavor to do my best to give my take on each of these products as I have used them in some of my various projects going on during Christmas vacation.
What's Inside the Set....
To start things off, the Extra Thin Cement-- I have actually been using it off and on for the last few months from a purchase of my own. It is not truly a substitute for the Tamiya Extra Thin as I had hoped. It acts more like what I remember Ambroid Pro-Welder acting. I have not used MEK, but it is "hot" and seems to act like I have heard others describe MEK. It evaporates quickly so you can't apply it to one part and then add another part to it effectively, but follow the directions for holding the parts together and adding the cement to the seam and the hold is immediate and strong. The odor of the glue is also quite strong, so if you are sensitive to such things, make sure to use it in a well-ventilated area.
Next up is the Slow Dry Cyanoacrylate glue- it says it's ideal for gluing all kinds of surfaces- plastic, metal, rubber, ceramic, wood, and cardboard. Upon unscrewing the cap, I was surprised to see it was open already and I didn't have to cut off the tip as per usual. Hopefully it is resistant to drying out unlike most CA I have used. I used it to try to attach some Dragon figures on a desert base covered in earth pigment. I did not get great attachment....even after holding it well past the time it would normally take for CA glues I have used in the past. It could be due to the shifty nature of the pigment, so I gave it another go on another project. Adding PE and resin bits to an AFV Club Mammoth truck kit gave great results.
Next up are the two decal solutions I have been eager to try. Similar to the MicroScale products, the AMMO Decal Set and Fix (like Sol) do a pretty comparable job in setting the decals in place and having them conform to the contours of the parts. I have included a DAK jerry can showing the letters on the white X-- those letters aren't decals or painted on...that's the detail molded into the can that the decal fix molded the decal right into...pretty impressive. Like the MicroScale solutions, there is the scent of vinegar present- although much stronger in AMMO solutions.
The Ultra Glue for Photo-Etch and Clear Parts is next. It's very similar to my go-to Gator Grip glue, only it is much thicker in nature. It can be thinned with water so its very easy to adapt to your personal use. It isn't terribly tacky, but I was able to successfully attach some PE screens to my recently completed Tamiya Sd. Kfz. 222 armored car with no issues. They mention applying the glue with a brush, and cleanup is easy with just water. I used a cotton swab with equal effectiveness. It dries completely clear in about 6 hours.
The Ultra Liquid Mask is used to quickly and easily cover area you don't want paint to reach on your model when spraying. Its to be applied right from the bottle using either a brush or swab and you allow it to air dry for 20 minutes. To remove, you gently rub it until it comes off and it does not attack paint or transparent plastic parts. I used it on the Mammoth and it seemed to work as advertised.
Next up are two types of Arming Putty with one being the Classic and the other the Acrylic type. I don't normally use putty as I have been making my own with old sprue dissolved in Testors cement for quite some time. Both of these tubes are specially designed to cover and correct gaps and surface defects on your models. I am not sure what is different in the two formulas exactly, but both seem to be pretty comparable in their use. Both, once allowed to dry for 24 hours, are able to be sanded smooth. I used the acrylic type on a large vinyl figure on a huge gap between the torso and belt area and it filled quite well-- no issues and easy to use.
Last, but certainly not least, are the Sniper Brush Collection of 7 different sizes and colors. They are similar to the ones I usually get from Badger to clean out my airbrushes. While that is certainly a use for these, AMMO lists some other excellent uses- from applying paint chipping using paint, or even removing chipping fluid in small dabs with a water-moistened Sniper brush. They can be used to apply pigments and are soft enough to be used with the decal solutions above to place and apply pressure to applied decals.
AMMO by Mig has supplied another extremely useful set of materials to make your time in the hobby easier and more effective. While it´s true that as a modeler, I am set in my ways and not always willing to try new things when I have something that works for me. However, as is sometimes the case, our tried and true supplies can be hard to find at times of need, or even worse get discontinued never to return. It is helpful to know what is out there as viable replacements or even just to have something new and different to make useful. In all those senses, AMMO has you covered.
Highly Recommended for Beginner to Advanced builders looking to fill their toolbox with nearly everything you need to start assembling a model.
Thanks goes out to AMMO by Mig for this review set sample.
Reviewed by Michael Reeves, AMPS Albany
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