Pastels Parts A and B
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Catalogue Number and Description:
Weathering Pastels 87079 (A) and 87080 (B)
||Around AUD$12.00 each set
|Contents and Media:
||In each set, three sections
of waxy pastel (25mm x 25mm x 4mm), an applicator with a brush
on one end and a pad on the other, all in a small plastic
container measuring 80mm x 50mm.
||Dust, stains, soot, you name
it, you can do it with this.
Reviewed by Glen Porter
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I am relatively new to armour modelling and I stick
strictly to 1/72 scale so it would probably come as no surprise to
learn that I have had nothing to do with pastels up to now.
A few weeks ago, at a model club meeting, a friend of mine showed me
some Tamiya weathering pastels that he had brought along to show the
other members and we decided to try them out on a Mirage Grant that
I was entering in the competition.
The first thing I noticed was that it dulled done
the markings which were far too bright anyway and it gave it that
dusty look that any desert tank should have. We were then able to
put fuel stains around the filler caps and down the side of the
vehicle plus gun powder soot around gun muzzles and exhaust stains
in the appropriate places.
I was totally amazed at how affective this product was and how easy
to use. The Grant was awarded a gold in the competition.
There are two sets - A and B.
The A set comes with three colours, Sand, Light Sand
and Mud. The Sand is roughly the colour of British Light Stone and
the Light Sand is a lighter version, say around Portland Stone. The
Mud is a medium brown with a slight grey touch to it. Set B also has
three colours, Snow, Soot and Rust. The Snow is, I think, badly
named as I don't think you could use it to simulate snow but as you
can dry-brush with this product it has many uses. The Soot and Rust
are self explanatory.
Each set comes with an applicator, about 55mm long, with a foam pad
on one end, for applying the pastels over large areas, and a soft
haired brush at the other, for cleaning off the excess and
dry-brushing. All this is contained in a small plastic case with a
The pastels themselves, seem to have a slightly waxy texture to them
which gives a good adhesion quality and I haven't noticed any finger
prints even though I have handled the models extensively.
So far, I've used them on about five Armour models, three of them,
Iíve had on Hyperscale, so I asked Brett to shoot them in the same
poses and post them side by side with this review.
Click the thumbnails
below to view larger images:
I've also tried them on some 1/72 scale figures
using the Snow (dry brushed) to bring out the high-lights with
What I haven't had a go at yet, is using them on
Aircraft models in the desert as I believe they wouldn't have to sit
around long on the ground before they got a healthy coat of sand.
For any of you who haven't tried pastels yet, these seem like a good
way to start as they are relatively inexpensive and will last a long
Review Text Copyright © 2005 by Glen Porter
Images Copyright © 2005 by Brett
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