Ammo has bundled together a nice mixed-media selection of products intended to make weathering tracks just about as automatic as it
gets. As stated on the package, this set will assist the modeler in producing realistic DRY
EARTH track runs.
What's in this Set?
As mentioned above, this is a "mixed-media" set, containing 2 acrylic products, 2 enamel based products, and a container of powdered pigment for good measure. The specific products
in this set are;
17 ml A.Mig - 192 Polished Metal acrylic
17 ml A.Mig - 034 Rust Tracks
35 ml A.Mig - 1002 Track Wash enamel
35 ml A.Mig - 1751 Dry Steppe enamel, ( medium density mud splashes )
35 ml A.Mig - 3003 North Africa Dust
The set has no instructions included in the packaging, but unless you are quite new to the hobby, the use of the products contained in this set is probably pretty familiar to you already. HOWEVER, the Ammo by Mig website ( www.migjimenez.com ) has some very nice step by step tutorials on the use of their products, including one for this set. If you've been around a bit, chances are that you've developed your own techniques for weathering tracks, but it's always nice to see what the pros recommend. So...I printed out the "how-to" for this set, and decided to use it.
My crash test dummy for this review is a shelf queen started in a hotel room a couple of years ago, a 1/48 scale KV-II. The link and length tracks on the beast, even in quarter-scale,
are massive enough to use in testing this set. I usually do NOT weather tracks still on the sprues, but for the purposes of this review, that's exactly what I've done here..
Step 1 - I airbrushed the unprimed ( the how-to DOES call for priming your track, I don't always follow instructions well...sigh ) tracks with the Rust Tracks acrylic. This paint airbrushed like a dream straight from the eyedropper bottle perfectly with no thinning required. The bottle has the stainless steel mixing ball in it, to ensure proper mixing.
I like this color quite a bit as a starting point for well used tracks, it should contrast well with later colors to be added.
Step 2 - Next, I dabbed on the enamel Track Wash, which has a similar tone, yet darker color than the enamel. For a wash, this stuff is REALLY thick! This 35ml bottle will go a long way if you thin the wash some. I dabbed this wash on in a rather splotchy, uneven manner. You don't want to "paint" the tracks with this, or you'll completely obscure the original color.
Okay, this is beginning to get interesting...
Step 3 - Now I began using the Dry Steppe ( medium density ) Mud Splash enamel, daubing it on, once again rather randomly. Man, this stuff is REALLY thick, think brand-new milkshake thick here. The how-to recommends using thinners with this material, it's easy to see why! ( and yes, I did. )
I could have thinned this material quite a bit more I think...but at least corrections would be easy to do if desired, either by application of more thinner, or even by re-applying ( thinned ) Track wash enamels.
Step 4 - Next up ( once the enamels applied in the previous steps have dried ) is the application of the dry North African pigments. Again, a random method of application was done, heavier here, lighter there. I applied the pigments with an old trashed brush, with the bristles cut down to about a quarter inch.
As the North African pigments and the Dry Steppe Mud Splash enamel are quite similar in general tone, there's not a whole lot of dramatic effect added here, it's more subtle, with the pigments working into the creases and crevasses in the track links. I am liking the overall effect.
Step 5 - the final step in the "how-to" process is to add the exposed, burnished raw metal highlights to the tracks, using the Polished Metal acrylic color. You can paint the highlights, or go for more of a dry brush method. I have to confess to being more of a pigment over paint kinda guy for this application, I just prefer pigments to metalize things. That said, the Polished Metal paint did a more than acceptable job in this case...your mileage may vary.
Overall, I am satisfied with the appearance of the Polished Metal highlights on the tracks, despite a personal preference for pigments to do this job. In addition, this color is very finely grained, and unlike a lot of acrylic paints, actually did dry brush reasonably well.
Completed set of tracks...well, there is the small matter of clipping, trimming, cementing...and touch ups.
If getting a convincing weathering job done on your tracks has been a problem for you, buy this set. If getting a convincing weathering job done on your tracks HAS NOT been an issue, buy this set anyway...the products within the set are all uniformly top shelf and you'll find many varied uses for them.
As a one-stop set for doing tracks, and making them look realistic, this set would be awfully hard to beat. The materials provided all work very well for what they're intended for, and will provide very nice results.
Thanks to AMMO by Mig for the review sample
Reviewed by Chuck Aleshire, AMPS Chicagoland
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