From time to time I try to show a few new materials and tools on my blog. The items shown below are new to me even if they have been around for a while.
First up is a new flush cutter that works for brass or phos bronze small gauge wire and plastic sprues. The tool is being offered by P-B-L and is identified as P-B-L-843ex. The tool is Swiss made and modified at P-B-L. The tool is expensive at $44.95 but really is beautifully crafted with comfortable padded handles. I tried it out on a few tasks and found that it cut wire smoothly with a lot of control. I recommend you try this wonderful cutter.
The tool can be purchased direct from P-B-L at their online catalog.
The next item is an acrylic paste made by Ammo MIG. It is intended to simulate concrete for various projects on your layout.
I purchased a container on eBay from Burbank Hobbies. The product is a thick liquid with the consistency of thick pancake syrup. I tried it out on a mockup of a concrete wall section. The material was applied with a wide brush follwed with a metal rod that allowed me to level the surface. The Ammo MIG concrete dries fairly quickly in an hour or so. The texture turned out the somewhat coarse but it might be a good material to create a stucco surface. I like the texture for this application. I tried to to float a thin coat of the material on the surface. It did fill in some of the irregularities from the original application.
I will try sanding the material to see what happens. Being an acrylic material, it can be tinted with an acrylic paint to create the look of older concrete. I will continue to play around with this product to what can be done. The large container sells for $12.95 plus shipping. There are a number of online sources for AMMO Mig products.
That’s all for now.