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Rain & Dust set
Liquid Pigments Rain & Dust Makeup
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]


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RailRoad Modeling

Introduction
Lifecolor, a division of Astromodel of Italy, enhances their huge selection of acrylic paint and pigment sets with the new product Liquid Pigments. Rain & Dust Makeup, set LP03 is one of three sets in the series. It consists of five "paints" (the box refers to them as washes) and a liquid pigment remover. These liquid pigments allow modelers to create rain and soot streaks, and dusty layer effects upon any subject from any country and any era.
    The new adjustable Green Chemistry pigments technology allows you to simulate soot traces, topsoil and rain residues. These are very easy to apply with an airbrush, brush or any other technique. - Lifecolor

Liquid Pigments Rain & Dust Makeup
This set of six 22ml screw-top bottles is packed in a good looking flip-top box. English and Italian text on the back of the box explains how to use Liquid Pigments.

This set includes:
    LPW 11 Rain Marks
    LPW 12 Road Dust
    LPW 13 Light Earth
    LPW 14 Dark Dust
    LPW 15 Soot
    RE Remover

A set cost $20 American (16.99 including VAT) while additional pots of pigment can be purchased for 3.40, with Remover available for 2.00.

LifeColor does not explain what Green Chemistry is. Regardless, although these 'paints' are water soluble, LifeColor includes RE Remover, which LifeColor recommends use of, especially when the pigments have dried. Remover can also be used to blend the liquid pigments.

The idea of a Liquid Pigment (LP) seems to be that of a concentrated wash that does not leave a hard edged puddle yet creates a smooth gradation when dry. Very finely ground pigments are suspended in a thin acrylic solution. LifeColor formulates them to be applied by brush, airbrush or sponge without thinning.

LifeColor paints demonstrated in previous reviews (Please see [ MORE REVIEWS ] , above or below) have performed very well through my airbrush; the application illustrations on the back of the box all appear to demonstrate brush application. So I decided to forego application with an airbrush. After all, there are many modelers who still don't have one yet desire expert looking finishes.

Application
I used two methods to apply the LP, straight with a brush, and my "splatter" technique. LifeColor states that it is preferred to apply these to a satin or glossy surface. For demonstrative purposes I applied these washes to a 1/35 Tiger, a 1/48 T-34, and HO boxcars - one steel, one wood. All the models have a flat finish except for the Rio Grande boxcar which is OOB (Out Of the Box).

Applied to the Rio Grande boxcar, LPW 15 Soot at first pooled up. Working the LP with a brush broke the surface tension a bit. It initially dried with a uniform film. Then I attacked it with a brush moistened with Remover.

I brushed dusty LPs onto the side of the wood boxcar and splattered it onto the roof. LPW 15 Soot was brushed onto the ends.

The tanks received a treatment of splattering. When they were dry, Remover helped remove portions of LP where wear would occur. Additionally, the slab-sided Tiger got brushed with LPW 11 Rain Marks.

The wet LPs pooled well next to protrusions, into nooks and crannies, and along edges. They are easy to manipulate by blending or removing with Remover. Once dry, normal handling did not rub any off. None of the models shown have received a sealing coat.

Look below at bottom gallery of photos which demonstrate dirt and soot streaks on 1/1 rail cars.

Instructions
They are printed on the back of the box. The English and Italian text is very fine and challenging to read.

Conclusion
Liquid Pigments Rain & Dust Makeup affords modelers yet another painting technique for simulating the grimy layers of dirt that modelers love.

Liquid Pigments are easy to use and perform very well. They are easy to manipulate and blend. Both Remover and water work well as thinner.

Liquid Pigments work great with application by brush. I have no reason to think it would work any less impressively through an airbrush.

Unlike many dry pigments, Liquid Pigments seem very durable and permanent without a clear coat when dry.

I judge Rain & Dust Makeup to have no drawbacks of any concern and I highly recommend this set for modelers who need to simulate dust.

Please remember, when contacting retailers or manufacturers, to mention that you saw their products highlighted here - on RAILROAD MODELING.
SUMMARY
Highs: These liquids dry without a sheen and did not rub off with normal handling. They are easy to use.
Lows: Very small type for the instructions. Otherwise nothing worth mentioning.
Verdict: These liquid pigments are a good set to allow modelers a good series of grimes and dirt to authentically smut up a model.
  Scale: N/A
  Mfg. ID: LP03
  Suggested Retail: $20 (14.16 ex.VAT)
  Related Link: Rust Wizard
  PUBLISHED: Mar 16, 2016
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 87.00%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 89.44%

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About Frederick Boucher (JPTRR)
FROM: TENNESSEE, UNITED STATES

I'm a professional pilot with a degree in art. My first model was an AMT semi dump truck. Then Monogram's Lunar Lander right after the lunar landing. Next, Revell's 1/32 Bf-109G...cried havoc and released the dogs of modeling! My interests--if built before 1900, or after 1955, then I proba...

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