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Washable white paint
Washable white camouflage paint
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by: Roman [ BIZARRE ]


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Introduction

Without a doubt, Miguel “Mig” Jimenez is one of the most influential modellers around the World, not only due to his models, but also due to his educational activity through Modelling FAQ books and numerous DVDs and seminars. Mig is always willing to share his views and knowledge with modellers and has also founded several companies specializing in weathering and painting products for modeling, including his personal brand AMMO of Mig Jimenez. The products are not only of a very good quality but also offer innovative approaches. The subject of this small review is one such novel trick – washable paint. Supplied in a standard 17ml paint vial with a lid it is available as a separate product or inside the Soviet WW2 camouflage set from AMMO (6-jar paint set ref# A.MIG-7107).

Review

In principle there are several ways of doing a white wash on a model over the regular paint – you can airbrush/brush paint enamels and then wash it off with thinner, paint it with a brush/airbrush without making it worn, and perhaps the most frequently used technique – distressing the paint after a layer of hair spray or chipping fluid. The “Washable white camo” from AMMO (ref. A MIG-024) is somewhat closer to the very first option – enamel painting with subsequent removal of paint. But the difference is that here you will work with an odour free paint using tap water as a thinner, meaning less harm to your body. The application is also very easy and as stated on the label it is suitable for both airbrush and brush painting.

For test purposes I took a hull from old Trumpeter T-72 model and painted it with some acrylic greens. Next “Washable white” was airbrushed in varied coats on the model and set aside for 10 minutes to dry. On one of the sides I made stripes to show a different effect. Once the paint was dry I started rubbing it with a brush moistened in tap water. Peeling starts immediately and by controlling the amount and flow of water you can achieve different effects – completely washed off white paint, accumulation of paint in the corners, streaking and so on. If you would like to remove as much as possible you can just put water on top of the paint, wait until it dissolves and remove excess liquid with a piece of sponge. On one of the sides I made scratches with toothpick and then washed some paint over just to show a different approach to weathering the white wash. In total it took about 10 minutes to remove the paint as per pictures provided. Very fast and very efficient!

Another application for this paint is tactical markings painted with white paint on tanks or APCs. I brushed some numbers on the side of the model and few minutes after washed them off using tap water. Again, we get simple and fast way to make weathered/old markings. This would be suitable for worn hand painted camouflage, recognition stripes in Berlin 1945, hand painted slogans with streaking paint or recognition stripes on Ukrainian army vehicles during the current conflict.

Conclusion

To me this product is a highlight of the year (2014) and I used it on several models with very pleasing results. Of course, this AMMO product does not replace the hair spray/chipping fluid technique completely in representing the application and weathering of white camouflage as the way it was/is applied varies between conflicts and time, but it is a fantastic tool that gives white washed vehicles a different dimension. Some might say that they could reach the same with enamels, sure, why not, but more options are always better for us modellers.
SUMMARY
Highs: Easy application, great control of paint, quick way to get pleasing result with white wash or hand painted markings, stripes, etc.
Lows: None I experienced.
Verdict: Very highly recommended.
Percentage Rating
95%
  Scale: N/A
  Mfg. ID: A.MIG-024
  Suggested Retail: 2,3 euro
  Related Link: Official web store
  PUBLISHED: Feb 08, 2015
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 89.52%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 92.22%

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Copyright ©2019 text by Roman [ BIZARRE ]. Images also by copyright holder unless otherwise noted. Opinions expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of AeroScale. All rights reserved.



Comments

there are washable dust and mud paints available from AMMO as well. Just check their webste
FEB 09, 2015 - 01:30 AM
One problem with each new iteration of Mig and his work is the proliferation of the same items. I have quite a bit of the original MIG products, and since then there have been two other companies bringing out his brand. What is the difference? Just who gets the check? Or are the new AMMO products an improvement or otherwise different than what is already on the market from MIG and AK Interactive? I pose this question not to seem impertinent, but because we currently have a huge overlap of the same items from different vendors.
FEB 10, 2015 - 08:30 PM
I don't think that MIG productions makes any acrylic paints.
FEB 11, 2015 - 02:59 PM
Roman, that's right, but my point is simply that now there are all sorts of products originating from Mig Jimenez and it would be nice to see a side-by-side comparison of them so we can evaluate which ones are worth the money.
FEB 11, 2015 - 09:48 PM
I see. I think we don't have comparison reviews here. When it comes to actual selection I have most of the brands without overlapping. Ordering what I don't have when I see something that might be useful.
FEB 12, 2015 - 12:52 AM
No, we don't do those sorts of reviews on Armorama, and I was not implying either we should or that this review is anything but very good as is. I was simply saying that Mig J now has three versions of his products out there with three different companies, and I'm sometimes bewildered by the overlap.
FEB 12, 2015 - 10:16 PM
I know that there are lots of ways to get the white wash look and that everyone will have a preferred or cheap method, but this does look to be an easy product to use and get the right look. I do agree with the reply about the quantity as I always feel a little ripped off by these small bottles, just as I did when Tamiya shrunk their bottles. As such I wish a container size was selected and stuck to, and I would hope they select the larger container rather than the small one.
FEB 13, 2015 - 02:09 AM
I don't know,Mig can do anything he wants product or company wise. I don't care how many companies he uses to put out products with.It just means more choices and options for us.I just read reviews and modelers experiences and make a choice.Others mix their own,so it don't matter to them.But I don't see it as a problem.
FEB 13, 2015 - 02:26 AM
Roman, great review, thank you. Bill, I agree with what you are trying to say here. In my younger years I had testors and floquil to choose from and then into the 90s I focused on Tamiya and Gunze with some Model Master stuff in there as well. After about an 8 year hiatus from the hobby I've gotten back into things last year and now Vallejo and all things Mig/AK have entered the market. All fantastic products but the one question that is always on my mind when I'm looking at finishing supplies is where is the "overlap" or similarities? Of course, the way through this is to buy and try...and that I have been doing. In the end, however, I'm glad to see so much in the market. In the end, that's good for us modelers/consumers.
FEB 13, 2015 - 07:43 PM
   

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