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Diorama Texture Paint - Snow & Powdered Snow Effect

Catalog Number:
87119-87120
Published:
Wednesday, July 5, 2017
Manufacturer:
Tamiya
Retail Price:
$???
Reviewed By:
James Spellmire

Diorama Texture Paint

 Snow Effect & Powdered Snow Effect

Tamiya

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Tamiya has recently released textured paint for various diorama affects, including snow, soil, sand/grit, pavement and grass. This review is on their Snow Effect and Powdered Snow Effect paint.  

The Products

From Tamiya's home website regarding the Snow Effect product::

"Recreating Snow Surfaces.   In diorama creations, snow is often used to express a winter field, severe cold atmosphere, and even a moment of quietness. This water-based paint features a paste-like texture with white marble particles (0.05-0.35mm) which realistically recreate snow surfaces. When used in conjunction with the Powder Snow Effect paint which has finer marble particles, a wide variation of snow surfaces can be richly recreated. The bottle contains enough paint to cover a B4-sized area (1 coat)."

"Wide Variety of Snow Expressions.  There are a variety of snow surface conditions to be reproduced. Apply the "Snow Effect" in combination with "Powder Snow Effect" to change the snow coverage condition to reproduce various snow surfaces. The paint also features easy application and has no unpleasant smell."

"Snow = Sugar?  This snow effect paint can also be used for recreating sugar frostings on miniature sweets replicas. Apply to the desired place using a toothpick and when the paint dries, the particles settle onto the surface without the need for cement.   ※ When using the completed sweets replicas as accessories, apply a topcoat of varnish to prevent the texture paint from coming off."

From Tamiya's home website regarding the Powdered Snow Effect product::

"Recreating Powder Snow Surfaces.  This water-based paint features a paste-like texture with white fine marble particles (0.01-0.20mm) which realistically recreate powder snow surfaces. When used in conjunction with the Snow Effect paint, a wide variation of snow surfaces can be richly recreated. The bottle contains enough paint to cover a B4-sized area (1 coat)."

"Wide Variety of Snow Expressions.  There are a variety of snow surface conditions to be reproduced. Apply the "Snow Effect" in combination with "Powder Snow Effect" to change the snow coverage condition to reproduce various snow surfaces. The paint also features easy application and has no unpleasant smell."  

I opened both jars, and this is what I saw:

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Using the Product

Each "color" has the consistency of soft peanut putter.  I used a small spatula to extract a bit of each and applied it to a resin painted base road base.

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 The Snow effect is on the left,,  Powdered Snow effect on the right.

Using an old paintbrush, I smoothed each blob flat with water.

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 Once dry, the effect is very realistic..  However, I could only see a slight difference between the Snow and Powdered Snow.

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Although these products seem to be good representations of snow in 1/35 and 1/48 scales, I wanted to see how these products look when used with very small scaled  models. I used a combination of both to base a 1/100 King Tiger by Zvezda. This time I thinned the texture paints in a small tub and then merely top coated the base previously spray painted white. I tried to create a driven snow effect by applying the Snow and Powdered Snow directly onto the base with an old paintbrush.

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I think these textured snow paints produce realistic scale snow even with such a small vehicle.

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If your model or diorama depicts snow, these products are Highly Recommended for Beginner to Advanced builders.

Thanks goes out to Tamiya  for these review samples.

Reviewed by James Spellmire

 

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