MIG Productions Weathering Powders

Reviewed By Dave Morrissette, #33653

MIG is a new company to me and the first product for review is a set of weathering powders for use in all types of modeling. The six colors tested were: light rust, standard rust, smoke black, ash white, dust and copper rust. Each comes in a plastic container that is very handy and seals well. The materials inside are finely ground pastel-type powders that vary from a dark carbon black (smoke black) to dust (light tan color) to ash white (bright white color). These came at a perfect time for me to try as I was ready to finish two models and could give them a good try out.

Both models were already coated with flat clear when I did I stated the weathering. The first model was Tamiya’s Me262 A-1a and I used the smoke black around the exhaust. I dipped a small amount of powder out onto a paper palette and used one of Micro Mark’s dry-brush style brushes to apply the powder. I spread the material near the exhausts and pulled forward with the brush. I used a clean brush to work in the material into the flat finish. The black gave a good impression of charring near the outlets. I also tried the dust color by working it into the landing gear and wheels. Same process and it looked pretty good. I flat coated when this was finished. One of the properties of chalk-like applications like this is that when over coated, they sometimes shift color. In this case, the MIG powders toned down slightly which gave a nice scale effect. I was using Testors Dull Coat at the time so the reaction might vary with other flats. I was also working on a werewolf mounted to a jail cell pedestal and thought it would be a great opportunity to do a set of rust stained jail bars. Again, the piece was already coated with flat lacquer. This serves two purposes. First, it gives tooth for the weathering powders to grab onto and second if the color doesn’t look correct, the powders can be removed. I used dust, light rust and standard rust on the bars and applied them with the same method as discussed above. They looked quit convincing after several applications.

In conclusion, MIG has a very nice product that has applications across all forms of modeling from armor to aircraft to railroading. These powders are specifically meant to be used for weathering and do a fine job of making a vehicle look more aged and realistic.

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