Frontiart

Monday, 8 June 2015 10:10:05 Europe/London

 

We have been selling models on and off for over 20 years so at this stage I feel I have seen everything, it’s hard to release something that has a big impact but these kinds of models do come along every now and then.

Last February at the Nuremberg Toy Fair we found a range of Models called Frontiart, at first they seem just like any other manufacturer form China but in reality they are not! It is the first time in a few years (maybe since CMC) that I saw a range of 1/18 models and had to have them on the site.

Frontiart say their models are closer to a piece of art rather than a collectable model, this sounds a, little bit pompous until you get one of them into your hands. The quality of the mould, quality of the paint, choice of models and detailed finish has to be seen to be believed.

They are not cheap models but we feel the price reflects the quality, we don't stock items that are not up to quality.

 For our first order we have 6 different 1/18 models coming in, a model from each price point.

 

Audi R8 ST 1/18

Frintiart Audi R8

Aston Martin One 77 1/18

KOENIGSEGG - AGERA R 2011 Shiny Carbon 1/18

Frontiart

 

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Postage Stamp Models

Friday, 27 March 2015 10:45:24 Europe/London

Postage Stamp Diecast Model Aircraft

 

We constantly like to bring new ranges and 2015 will be no different. This week we took our first (small) delivery of a new range of Diecast Aircraft models called Postage stamp.

 

Postage Stamp Diecast Model Aircraft

 

The range comprises of accurate Diecast military planes, commercial airliners and Space Aircraft thus giving the collector a huge choice across the range which includes WWI and WWI models and modern day Jets.

New packaging coupled with updated liveries and new tooling will make this range very popular with aviation enthusiasts in both military and civilian genres.

 

We have only 4 models in stock at the moment but expect more as they year goes on.

 

Each model comes with a display stand and comes in sturdy presentation packaging.

Postage Stamp Diecast Model Aircraft

 

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TAMIYA POLYCARBONATE SPRAY PAINTS

Wednesday, 26 November 2014 13:07:17 Europe/London

TAMIYA POLYCARBONATE SPRAY PAINTS


Here at ID Models we can never have enough paints, if we go too long without a new stand/range of paints we begin to feel uncomfortable. So this week we received a new stand of Tamiya PS Polycarbonate paint, Whoo Hoo! 


These spray paints were especially developed for decorating transparent polycarbonate bodies used in R/C car modeling. Each can contains 100ml of paint, which is the appropriate amount for finishing the model. Paint the body from the inside, keeping the can about 30cm from the surface. After curing, apply another coat. Small details should be brush painted beforehand, using Tamiya bottle paints for polycarbonate. These paints are impervious to oil and fuels, so they can be safely used on gas-powered R/C bodies.


PLEASE NOTE PS PAINTS ARE NOT SUITABLE FOR PLASTIC KITS.

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ZVEZDA DISNEY PIXAR CARS

Tuesday, 25 November 2014 14:26:05 Europe/London

ZVEZDA DISNEY PIXAR CARS


Just in time for Christmas we have received the ideal stocking filler for any Disney 'Cars' Fan, CARS Snap Fit Model kits (only €6.50) There is no glue or paint requred, just click and play!

Each kit contains

  • A Model to assemble (about 20 parts)
  • Detailed instructions
  • Decals
  • Information collectors card

 

Collect all 8

LUIGI     CARS FINN MCMISSILE   CARS DOC HUDSON   CARS LIGHTNING MCQUEEN


CARS SALLY    CARS FRANCESCO   CARS KING   CARS MATER

 

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ID Models - 10 Christmas gift Ideas for 2014

Monday, 24 November 2014 14:52:53 Europe/London

ID Models - 10 Christmas gift Ideas for 2014

  1. Gift Voucher

 

The ideal gift for the person who is impossible to buy for but always knows what they want! With an ID Models gift voucher you have no time limit on when you have to use it (a simple extension request will add another 12 months) it can be used on the website, in the warehouse or over the phone. Vouchers start at only €10.00.

  1. Motormax

 

Motormax is our best value range of 1/18 and 1/24 diecast models. They start at €14.95 and go up to €34.95. The American Classics are the most popular; each model has opening doors and bonnet, lots of chrome parts and a display base. If American classics are not your thing Motormax also do beautiful modern classics like the BMW M3 and Lamborghini Aventador. 

  1. MODEL KITS

 

For as long as I can remember a plastic model kit such as Airfix has been a hugely popular gift at Christmas. Even in this day and age of computers and technology there is still a place for the traditional style toys. Complete kits (including glue and paint) start at only €8.95. So if you are looking to keep anybody away form the TV or computer for a few hours over the holidays, a model kit is the perfect gift.

 

  1. GEOWORLD

 

Geoworld are an educational range of paleontology and archaeology based toys that will amaze any young ‘wanna be’ Indiana Jones. The dig & discover range is the most popular, discover the treasures within the pyrite block, then learn about your discovery with the booklet provided.

There is a big range of products to choose form, weather your interest is Dinosaur bones or real fossils and gem stones, there always something to capture the imagination.

 

 

  1. Nanoblock

 

The world’s smallest building blocks! With such tiny blocks you can build very detailed models, everything from the Taj Mahal to a  cute little frog. Either build and display the model or leave it up to your imagination and build anything you want, there are lots of ideas on Youtube of things to build. 

  1. METAL EARTH

 

By far the best new product for ID Models in 2014, the detail and accuracy in each model has to be seen to be believed. Whether you want to build a windmill or a star wars AT-AT there are plenty of different items to choose from. I recommend starting off with something simple (single sheet model like the Eifel tower) and build up to Capitol Hill or Sydney Opera House. There is no gluing or soldering, we recommend a tweezers to make it easier.

Once finished Metal Earth models make really spectucalar display pieces. We recommend 12+ but anybody can build them with a bit of help.  

  

  1. TAMIYA RC

 

New to us this year is the Tamiya RC Range, a cut above what we have done before but still great for anybody who is getting in RC or RC racing. Buy the Combo deals to ensure that you have everything you need to start racing. Have a look at our previous Blog post on ‘What’s in the box’ to get a better idea of what is involved in building an RC Kit.

  1. CMC DIECAST

 

CMC are the ultimate collectable display model, each model is had built and can contain up to 1500 individual pieces. They make the perfect gift for the person who is impossible to buy for but would appreciate the detail and engineering that goes into building one of these beautiful collectors’ items.

 

 

  1. TRONICO

Tronico are a range of construction, farm and aviation metal kits that bold together (very like meccano) to create either beautiful display models or in the casr of the RC kits something to play with! Each model comes with all the tools needed and with new improved colour coded instructions building one of these is challaging but a great pleasure.  

 

  1. TV AND FILM

 

We all have a favourite TV show or movie that we have watched a hundred times but still look forward to seeing it again, with our range of TV & Movie models you can now have a permanent reminder of that show or Movie. Browse or TV & Film section to see if there is anything that would suit, the A-Team and Ghostbusters are still the most popular.

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WHATS IN THE BOX - Tamiya Midnight Pumpkin RC Kit

Tuesday, 11 November 2014 15:16:46 Europe/London

WHAT'S IN THE BOX - TAMIYA MIDNIGHT PUMPKIN RC KIT

 

After years of dabbling in the lower end RC (mainly kid’s models) we have  decided to make a return to Tamiya Rc Kits and Pre-built RC Models. This is very nostalgic for me as I remember as a 16  year old kid selling these in The Model Motor shop in stillorgan shopping centre, that was over 20 years ago! 

 

We received our first shipment of RC Kits and Pre-Built this week, all are up on the website. Tamiya RC is one of the most reliable and robust RC models on the market  but in the event of a breakage, all spares are available to keep you up an running.

 

To give you an idea of what is involved in building a Kit I thought I'd do a 'What's In The Box" with the very lovely Midnight Pumpkin.

TAMIYA 58365 12800 Midnight Pumpkin RC CAR b

It may look a little complicated but tamiya produce some of the best assembly instructions on the market. Most kits require paint but this kit is pre-finished in a lovely black/chrome, all you need to do is apply the decals.

TAMIYA 58365 12800 Midnight Pumpkin RC CAR

 

To match the stunning looking body you have a super strong chassis, built to last.

TAMIYA 58365 12800 Midnight Pumpkin RC CAR

 

After you are finished oodling the chrome body your attention will be drawn to the massive, soft monster tyres, these guarantee great off-road fun

TAMIYA 58365 12800 Midnight Pumpkin RC CAR

 

There are lots of nuts/bolts/screws but the instructions ensure that A. they will all be out in the correct place and B. you will not be left with a pile of let over pieces wondering where the hell I went wrong!

TAMIYA 58365 12800 Midnight Pumpkin RC CAR

 

Finally, If you want everything you need (except the 8aa batteries for the transmitter) I highly recommend buying from the Combo Deals section, they include everything you need to start racing.

 

TAMIYA 58365 12800 Midnight Pumpkin RC CAR

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Change to postal rates

Wednesday, 13 August 2014 16:39:51 Europe/London

 


For the past 6 years we have been providing free shipping on all orders in Ireland,we were the only model shop in Ireland offering this service, maybe even the only Irish online store to offer this service?

Over the past few years An Post have increased their postal charges and become a lot more strict with package sizes (we probably pushed the limits on package size!) and due to these factors we are going to have to introduce a small postage charge on low value orders.

We have also had problems with small orders not turning up or turning up late so now most orders will go via a courier service. 


The good news is that any order over €6.00 will still qualify for free shipping anywhere in Ireland, any orders under the value of  €6.00 will incur a postage charge of €2.50.

This change will help us continue to provide competitive prices and fast efficient service.

 

These charges will come into affect from Friday August 15th


Thanks


Craig.

 

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Nanoblock

Thursday, 24 July 2014 12:07:08 Europe/London

Back in February I saw Nanoblock at the Nuremberg Toy Fair and was very impressed. Nanoblock is the world’s smallest micro sized building blocks, measuring just 4x4x5mm for the smallest piece. Each pack contains between 80 and 700 pieces which offer intriguing and absorbing models, ranging from a little dog to the Empire State building.

 

Nanoblock

 

 

 

As well as building the models supplied you can also just build what ever you want.

NAnoblock

 

The best way to start your collection is with the miniature series, these contain between 70 and 200 pieces, once you have mastered the mini series you can progress onto the 'Sights to see' collection with 200-600 pieces per pack.

 

Nanoblock

 

 

 

We currently have about 20 different packs in stock with more due between now and Christmas.

 

 

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Metal Earth 3D Models Update

Wednesday, 14 May 2014 17:05:52 Europe/London

We have had the chance to build some of the new Metal Earth 3D Model Kits, they really look fantastic, going to have to build some of the more complicated ones later this week!

 

MMS003 P51 Mustang

Metal Earth MMS003 P51 Mustang

 

MMS016 Eiffel tower.

MMS016 Eiffel Tower Metal Earth 3D Model Kit

 

 

 

To give you a better idea of how they look before assembly, here is a photo of a 2 sheet model.


Metal Earth 3D Model Kits

 

 

 

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Metal Eartd 3D Models

Wednesday, 7 May 2014 11:14:22 Europe/London

METAL EARTH 3D MODELS

Metal Earth 3D Models

 

At the Nuremberg Toy Fair earlier this year we spotted a little stand in on of the massive halls, Metal Earth, what they were displaying blew us away.

 

These small 3D models of everything form a spider to The white House have to be seen to be believed. These amazingly detailed 3D Models start as 4” square steel sheets and finish as amazing 3D Models. Use the easy to follow instructions to pop out the pieces, bend the tabs, and connect them at the attachment points, simple!

 

 

 

Once finished we recommend displaying them on the Metal Earth stands with LED lights, you will not be able to stop looking at them!

 

 

There are different size/skill level models. The more expensive ones have 2/3 sheets per model.

 

Have a look at the videos below to see how easy it is to assemble  great these little 3D models and how good they look when finished

 

We dont do the solar spinning stand but the LED stand makes the model look great on display, espcially in low light.

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What's In The Box? - Bel Kits - BEL- 003 Ford Fiesta RS WRC 2011

Wednesday, 26 March 2014 16:20:53 Europe/London

 

 

 

After my last trip to the Nuremberg Toy Fair in January I came back with one product that I really wanted to get my hands on, Bel Model Kits. These guys had a tiny stand with only a few models but it was jammed all the time! 

The quality and detail is some of the best I have seen, with super quality decals and photetched parts the finish you get is hard to beat.

 

Below are some images of BEL003 Ford Fiesta.

 

 

 

 

 

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Guillow's Blasa Planes

Friday, 25 October 2013 09:20:31 Europe/London

Guillow’s Balsa Planes.

Guillow's Logo

 

We are delighted to announce that we are now stocking the Guillow’s Balsa planes range. We have 10 different types in stock with more to come.

 

Guillow’s balsa planes are laser cut balsa kits which when complete make a great looking model plane that can fly. You can either use the rubber band (included) or upgrade the mode to a motor for flying.

 

There are several different series depending on how hard and what kind of plane you want.

 

SERIES 200 - 80 years ago, these WWI fighters were engaged in thrilling dogfights over the Western front. Today they have a heroic niche in aviation history that has not or ever will diminish with time. Magnificent war birds of the 1914 - 1918 era. Fighters made famous by World War 1 aces like Bishop, Richthofen and Guynemer. The last word in scale realism for the super detail fan and a flying aircraft for those who build and fly. Fly with included rubber power motor or convert to electric or gas engine. These balsa airplane kits contain Laser cut balsa parts, scale WWI plastic wheels, full set of decals and vacuum formed plastic parts.

 

SERIES 300 - These popular private planes are still in use today by many private pilots. Whether built for scale or contest flying, the balsa wood airplanes in this series represent the finest in design and flight capability. Each can be flown using either the rubber motor included in the kit or converted to gas engine or electric motor (instructions for using electric power supplied in kits). 

 Guillows Balsa Plane 302

SERIES 400 - World War II models for rubber power, U-Control and free flight. The ultimate in scale design and construction. From the extra special instruction sheets and plans to the well laser cut balsa parts sheets, these balsa wood airplane kits truly represent the last word for those seeking the unusual in value, quality and completeness. For ages 12 and up.

 Guillows Balsa Planes 400

SERIES 500 - Our most popular kit series (16½" wing span). These easy building balsa airplane kits contain die-cut balsa parts, plastic cowls and canopies, decals, plastic prop, wheels, tissue and a 24-page model building booklet. For ages 10 and up.  Approx 1/30 scale.

Guillows Blasa Planes 500

 

SERIES 600 - Build by number models - ideal for individual use or for group model building such as in a school class. Each balsa airplane kit contains the right combination of building material and "power package" to assemble an attractive model with good flying ability. For ages 10 and up.

 

 

SERIES 700 - he Arrow and Fairchild are easy to assemble "Build-by-Number" model kits.  These planes build light and are great flyers!

Guillows Blasa Planes

 

SERIES 800 - Beautiful large scale balsa models, from the famous Stearman PT-17 trainer to the history making Spirit of St. Louis. Our latest release, the DC-3, can also be built as a C-47 and decals & instructions to build either model are included. Each model is a small but faithful replica of an airplane widely known for deeds in wartime or, like the Cessna Skyhawk, for its present day popularity. Here is model building worthy of the time and effort, you would be hard pressed to find a finer kit available. Scale models as only Guillow makes them, kits contain the best quality materials and instructions that have made Guillow kits the "Best in Balsa".

 

SERIES 900 - Sleek rubber powered models of WWII fighters for indoor or outdoor flying. Built light, they are great flyers with ample wing areas and effective rubber motor/propeller combinations. Kits contain top quality balsa, plastic nose cowls, canopies and decals.

Guillows Balsa Plane

 

 

To complete the model you will need.

 

Balsa Glue We stock Humbrol balsa Glue, you will also need standard glue.

 

Standard Glue - (for any plastic) Revell

 

White Glue – For bonding tissue (coming soon into stock) any PVa glue will do. This can also be watered down and used instead of Dope to seal the plane.

 

Dope This will seal the paper and make it ready for painting. Check out this video for full instructions on how to use it.

 

Sharp Cutting blade The balsa parts are laser cut but are held onto the stencils by small tabs which need to be cut. We stock a large range of blades suitable for the job.

 

Sandpaper – Any fine sand paper will do.

 

Paints We have all the paints you will need, click HERE to see our full range.

 

This is one part of making these balsa planes that may be a little tricky, I have copied the guide from guillow’s to give you a helping hand.

 

How do I tissue cover a model?

To cover with tissue provided in kit ... I use a 50/50 % mixture of White Glue and water to adhere the tissue onto the framework !!!!

Sand framework VERY WELL !!!

Mix your "glue mixture" - 50% water and 50% White glue

Cut a piece of tissue a bit oversized for the piece you are covering (lets say the rudder in this case)

Paint some glue mixture down around the perimeter of the rudder structure

Lay your tissue down and smooth it out as much as you can by pulling a bit and smoothing with your fingers

Paint ANOTHER coat of glue mixture THRU the tissue (around the perimeter) to assure a good bond

Let glue dry and then trim off excess tissue with sharp razor blade.

repeat for other side of rudder . . . overlapping tissue slightly !

When the part is all done, dry and trimmed, you can mount it on your plane.


There is a great FAQ section on Guillow's website where all you building questions will be answered click HERE. 

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Airfix Quick Build

Wednesday, 9 October 2013 11:18:47 Europe/London

AIRFIX QUICKBUILD

AIRFIX QUICKBUILD.

 

We just received the Airfix Quick build range into stock, a great little collection of snap fit model aircraft.

 

They make a great gift,  all models are pre painted and require no glue, just snap them together and you end up with a great toy to display or play with.

 

There are six in the range, selling for €12.95, click HERE to see the full range.

 

PACKAGING

AIRFIX QUICKBUILD Spitfire

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Corgi Jan/June 2014 Catalogue, Irish selection

Thursday, 3 October 2013 16:25:09 Europe/London

CORGI CATALOGUE JANUARY/JUNE 2014 IRISH RELEASES.

 

We just received the new Corgi catalogue for Jan/June 2014 and we were delighted with the selection of Irish models due for release.

 

They are now all up on the website, sigh up for stock notification so you don’t miss out. As we receive delivery dated all models will become available for pre-order.

 

First up we have a great selection of Northern and Southern Irish models. We think the Eddie Stobart will be a popular one, we were often asked when will Corgi do an Irish Stobart.

 

CORGI CC13749 Scania R Curtainside Trailer, Eddie Stobart          €89.95

Eddie Stobart Ireland

CORGI CC15511 Volvo F12 Fridge Trailer, Keenan International    €84.95

Corgi CC15511

CORGI CC12839 Scania T, Montgomery Transport, Northern Ireland  €54.95

Montgomery

CORGI CC13759 Scania R Fuel Tanker, Wilson McCurdy, Ballymena €89.95

Corgi 13759

 

CORGI CC14033 Volvo FH (Face Lift) Moving Floor Trailer, Woodside €89.95

Corgi CC14033

CORGI CC14118 DAF XF Fridge Trailer, Blair International     €89.95

Corgi CC14118

 

CORGI CC13760 Scania R Topline Feldbinder, McCann Haulage, County  €89.95

Corgi CC13760

CORGI Scania Topline Houghton Parkhouse ‘The Professional’ Livestock Transporter, Seamus Black Livestock Haulage €89.95

Corgi CC12914

 

After a few quiet years Corgi have also released 2 new Irish buses. These are going to be the best seller of the Irish stuff, New casting, Bus Eireann, Irish, all add up to this selling out soon after it is released.

CORGI OMNIBUS om46702a Wright Eclipse 2, Bus Eireann 215 Blarney €42.95

OM46702A

CORGI OMNIBUS om46702b Wright Eclipse 2, Bus Eireann 203 Farranree via Parklands  €42.95

Corgi OM46702B

 

And finally there will be a Garda car in the Vanguard range, again this is going to be popular, a great looking model of a Cortina MK4.

 

CORGI VANGUARD VA11908 Ford Cortina Mk4 1.6L, Garda €28.95

VANGUARD Va11908

 

The full range of the Corgi Jan/June 2014 catologue will be added to the website soon.

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Humbrol Weathering Paints

Thursday, 4 July 2013 22:08:13 Europe/London

More paints….

After declaring 2012 the year of paints 2013, has been quiet on the paint front, until now!

We have just received two new ranges of weathering paints from Humbrol.

First range are the Humbrol Weathering powders, these were released earlier in 2013 but sold out instantly. They are a great product for giving the perfect finish to any modelling project. Here is a basic guide for their usage.

Usage

Used to create realistic weathered effects.

Substrate

Weathering Powder can be applied to most substrates depending on the method.

Application

Weathering Powder can be applied dry or mixed with several Humbrol products.

Drying Time

Dependent of application methods.

How to Clean

Dependent of application methods.

 The below video is a great guide on how to use them.

 

 Also in are Humbrol weathering wash paints, very different to the the powder but also give any modelling project a really good finish.

Usage

Used to create realistic weathered, oiled and grime effects on scale models.

Substrate

Humbrol Enamel Washes can be applied to most substrates depending on the method.

Application

Brush straight from the jar. Thin with Humbrol Enamel Thinners.

Drying Time

10-20 minutes - Drying times may vary with additional Thinners.

How to Clean

Humbrol Enamel Thinners

Good video guide on how to use them.

 

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Retirement Gift Ideas For Men

Monday, 8 April 2013 22:06:00 Europe/London

Retirement Gifts for Men

Looking for a retirement gift with a difference? Then we can help!

For a thoughtful a gift with impact we have a great selection of Limited edition highly detailed diecast models.

Each diecast model is an exact replica of a vehicle seen on the race tracks or road. For exact and stunning detail Each Limited Edition Model is hand made from up to 3000 pieces. You will be amazed at the level of detail , from real leather seats to copper piping in the engine, these models will surprise and delight for years to come.

 CMC Ferrari Transporter

If you think a gift with more of a challenge is more appropriate then our selection of Model Kits will be sure to solve your dilemma. Each kit contains a highly detailed model, Instructions and decals, guaranteed to give hours of enjoyment.  

Plastic Model Kit

To give the perfect finish we can also supply all paints, brushes, glues and tools necessary .

For those who are more adventurous we also offer Compressors and Airbrushes.

If you want any advice or have a question please do not hesitate to contact us, we would be delight to help.  

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Matrix Scale Models

Wednesday, 13 March 2013 12:17:21 Europe/London

MATRIX SCALE MODELS

Matrix Models Porsche 911 4 Door

 

New to the market for 2013 are Matrix Scale Models, we saw their product at The Nuremberg toy Fair in Germany and were very impressed with the range and quality.

 

Matrix Scale Models are a very high quality Resin model with photoetched parts. Each model comes in a Perspex case. Matrix Models are currently exclusive to ID Models in Ireland.

 

We have 3 models on the way,

 

We highly recommend signing up for stock notification for these models, with very low runs we will only receive one shipment per release.  The Porsche is already sold out from Matrix Models before it has even been released.

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Do you know you will never need to miss out again?

Wednesday, 20 February 2013 22:01:52 Europe/London

 

Do you know you will never need to miss out again?

 

With stock arriving weekly it is sometimes easy to miss out on the exact product you are waiting for. At ID Models we like to make your life easier. To make sure you never miss out on your favourite product we have launched a new easy to use stock alert system.

 

It takes 3 easy steps

1* Register an account http://idmodels.ie/customer/account/create/

2* Find the product that you want to be notified about.

3* Sign up for notification; you will then get an email notifying you as soon as your item arrives into stock, simple!

 

You can unsubscribe from any stock alert at any time.

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How to ‘Weather’ a Model

Thursday, 14 February 2013 12:32:00 Europe/London

 

How to ‘Weather’ a Model

 

Weathering is exactly like it sounds – making your models look used and a bit real. It’s a handy trick for tanks and train diesel engines, for example, which wouldn’t be known to be spick and span in reality. If it’s not spick and span in reality, then why should your model be?

Where to Weather

First of all, have a think about where your model would show signs of wear and tear in real life. Some likely places are:

  • The edges of metal panels
  • Propellers
  • Exhaust ports
  • Around nuts and bolts
  • Dents and creases
  • The fronts of army vehicles

 

Painting Techniques for Weathering

  • Don’t forget to prime the model before you paint it. Luckily for you, we have primer (http://idmodels.ie/rev39622.html) in stock
  • Dry brushing. This involves dipping your brush (we recommend the Tamiya sponge brush http://idmodels.ie/tamiya-weathering-sponge-brush-fine.html  in black paint, wiping it, then feathering brushstrokes lightly around where you’re weathering. Do this again with brown. Layer, my friends, layer
  • Follow these layers with broze and then silver so it’ll get nice and rusty-looking (if that’s what you want)
  • For more earthy weathering, do exactly the same thing but with earthier colours – different greens and browns for mud and grass, for example
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Nasty, Nasty Mold Lines

Monday, 11 February 2013 12:33:04 Europe/London

Nasty, Nasty Mold Lines

 

I’m not talking about the kind of mold in blue cheese, I’m talking about the kinds that stick to your plastic models and wreck your head. There’s some different ways of removing these lines from plastic miniatures and even other different ways to remove them from metal miniatures. Protip: don’t wait to remove mold lines until you’ve painted your model because that would be A Very Silly Thing To Do.

Plastic Models

  • Tools needed: a craft knife (http://idmodels.ie/rev29006.html), a dustpan and brush (to clean up), and, ideally, a magnifying glass (http://idmodels.ie/expo-heavy-duty-helping-hands-with-glass-magnifier.html) to better see what you’re doing (scale models are small, after all)
  • Find the mold line. It will run in a continuous, irritating ridge around the model
  • Pointing the blade of the craft knife away from you at about a 45 degree angle, begin to shave off the mold line. The keyword in that sentence, by the way, was ‘shave’. Nowhere did it say ‘hack’

 

Metal Miniatures and Mold Lines

  • Tools needed: a metal file, a pair of model clippers, a dustpan and brush (again, for cleaning up), and, again, ideally a magnifying glass (http://idmodels.ie/expo-heavy-duty-helping-hands-with-glass-magnifier.html) to make sure you haven’t missed any bits
  • Find that nasty irritating mold line
  • Clip off any metal tags or overhang. Protip: don’t clip off bits of the model
  • Gently run the metal file along the mold line to smooth it out. Operative word: gently

 

Did we miss anything? Do you have any personal tips or tricks you’d like to share?

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Best Paints for Weathering a Model

Wednesday, 6 February 2013 12:23:33 Europe/London

 

Best Paints for Weathering a Model

Following on from our post about how to weather models, we now give you the best paints to do so.

Texture Paints

Texturing is fun. The paints, naturally enough, have a different texture to other paints, which is something I’ve always loved. While we do have an entire texture paint section at your disposal (http://idmodels.ie/tools-paint.html?cat=189), I can recommend two straight off the bat to set you up:

 

Weathering Paint Sets

Having a palette that fits together on a model is important, because painting models is like any other form of painting, and colour is obviously important. You always want to strike the right note. We have two weather palettes for you to eye up, which will ensure that all your colours are just right:

 

Single Colour Paint Options

Obviously, there is a vast range of single paints on offer, everything from matt white spray paints (http://idmodels.ie/tam85027.html) to dirty black acrylics (http://idmodels.ie/dirty-black-rc401-acrylic-rail-paint.html).

Go forth!

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Top 5 Traits Every Model-Making Space Should Have

Wednesday, 30 January 2013 12:17:56 Europe/London

Model Building Workshop

Top 5 Traits Every Model-Making Space Should Have

Sometimes there are features with top model-makers in magazines or online and their workspaces look fantastic, all light and air and space, space, space. They have fancy paintbrush racks and tool trays and everything.

These are all fine if you’re a top model-maker yourself or a hardcore enthusiast, but if you have a setup like that as a beginner, you won’t really notice how great it can be. Also, when you’re starting, space and kit like that cost money, which seems to be in short supply these days! Hint: check out the ID Models shop (http://idmodels.ie/Manufacturers.html) so that we can make amazing modeling spaces of our own.

Top 5 Must-Haves for Model-Making Workspaces

  1. 1.    Tools. (http://idmodels.ie/tools-paint.html) Obviously these are essential but there might be ones that you’ve overlooked. Have you thought about needles or pins for cleaning paint out from recesses in the model? What about bits of wire for customization? Check out our tools and paint section (http://idmodels.ie/tools-paint.html) for more ideas
  2. 2.    Worktable. You might think this is an obvious one but there are qualities in some worktables that make them better than other kinds. You want as much space as you can get. Preferably the table will have a lip of some kind around it (protip: make one with modeling clay) so that bits don’t roll off when you least expect them. Your cutting mat should be in a different section to the other sections of the desk. We’re not saying be excessively organized, but be ready
  3. 3.    Storage. You might not think it but storage, if it’s not done right, can take up a lot of room. There’s a good bit of equipment, after all – paint brushes, brush soap, thinner, sandpaper…paints, though, are the main ones that take up an awful lot of space. Check out (http://idmodels.ie/tools-paint.html?cat=35) the storage solutions we have on offer for model-makers
  4. 4.    Freedom from the Housemates. Housemates, family, pets, no matter what you call them, not everyone has the luxury of being able to live alone. Even with that, greasy cooking smoke, dust, bits of thread or fluff or God-knows-what in the air, all of these are very capable of sticking to freshly-painted Diecast models that cost you a lot of money (trust me). Try to find somewhere that’s closed off from the general living areas
  5. 5.    Last but not least: Health and Safety. By health and safety, we mean a comfortable chair (in case you get really absorbed in what you’re doing) and, ideally, a magnifying glass to save your eyes. We have a heavy-duty one with extra accessories that will make your lives so much easier and improve your painting no end (http://idmodels.ie/expo-heavy-duty-helping-hands-with-glass-magnifier.html).

 

Your turn. What’s your workspace like?

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Model Making

Wednesday, 30 January 2013 12:02:17 Europe/London

Getting Ready To Make Models

 

You’ve just been bitten by the modelling bug. You’re buying magazines, reading forums, looking at inspirational paintjobs, and are ready and raring to go.

 

How Do You Start?

 

First, make sure your model is clean. Sometimes it can be dusty or smudged with oil from your skin or even mould marks from the moulding process. Your paintjob can be the best in the world only to be let down by these little details. I’d advise cleaning these parts with warm soapy water. Be sure to rinse it properly! You’ll also have to leave the model to dry naturally because if you use a towel, your model could get covered with fluff, which is a disaster (trust me). Protip: hairdryers (on low settings!) = good.

 

What Do You Do When You Stop?

 

One of our big bugbears as modellers and ID Models staff happens when a model is left to dry, paint all perfect…only to have dust settle on it while it’s set out and drying. Some people fashion little tents made out of clingfilm to keep the dust off, and then put it somewhere safe to dry, like up on a bookcase or something. Don’t leave your model where children or pets can get at it, and don’t leave it in the open air!

Do you have any tips to share?

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All About Scale Models

Monday, 7 January 2013 10:34:41 Europe/London

All About Scale Models

Hello everyone! Happy 2013! I hope you all had a lovely holiday and are bright-eyed, busy-tailed and ready to go. If you’re dragging a bit and wishing you were back in bed on a Monday morning like this one though, don’t feel bad because you’re not alone.

We had a great Christmas over here in ID Models, and are looking forward to a year of an even more diverse offering of scale models, and to expand on our railway model range and snap kits.

Bearing in mind that we currently have enough paints to render and weather a full-scale cruise liner, you’ll be finding plenty to do to while away the time until the summer (and by you I mean me).

Scale Models

Speaking of scale models, you could well be wondering what I meant by that term. I mean, not everybody’s an expert, right? So if you’re new to our website and are at a loss as to what the numbers on top of all of our products could mean (1:50, 1:43, 1:76 for example), here’s a crash course:

Definition of ‘Scale Model’, as found on Wikipedia and which is pretty spot on:

- A representation or copy of an object that is larger or smaller than the actual size of the object, which seeks to maintain the relative proportions of the physical size of the original object.

So Who Makes and Buys Scale Models?

People build or collect scale models for loads of different reasons. There are even college degree courses in model-making, for modellers with a view to getting a job in the architectural or film industries (think Lord of the Rings and sets of The Hobbit).

They could also create scale models for engineering companies or tech companies who want to test the probably performance at a certain stage of development without having to actually make the product for real. Salesmen sometimes use them as well, and even artists make them (if they’re into that sort of thing).

Hobbyists and, well, people like us, would generally assemble or even mould their own die cast models, or build and operate model railway systems, collect products from war games or fantasy series, model ships/cars/planes etc., as well as remote control vehicles (as well you know).

So there’s the scoop!

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Tamiya Spray Paints

Tuesday, 1 January 2013 11:54:00 Europe/London

Tamiya Spray Paints

 

How great does that stand look? It took me hours to assemble. I’m not joking. After stocking Revell for many years, we’ve decided to get a hold of all Tamiya paints that we can and have them in stock too.

How to Use Tamiya Spray Paints

 

Cans of Tamiya spray paint are extremely useful for painting large surfaces. The paint that Tamiya use is a synthetic lacquer that dries and cures in a short space of time. Each can is 100ml of paint, which is enough to fully cover two or 3 1:24 scale sized car bodies.

Combining Different Kinds of Paint

 

Tamiya spray paints are not affected by acrylic or enamel paints. So, that means that after you spray the entire assembly, details can be added or picked out using enamel and/or acrylic paint. By combining three different kinds of paint, the decoration of plastic models really becomes a lot more effective.

The full range of Tamiya Spray Paints are available on our website to purchase, and can be viewed here.

All the best,

Jess

 

Tamiya Spray Paints
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Christmass Shipping Dates

Wednesday, 12 December 2012 12:24:56 Europe/London

Christmas does a strange thing to the idea of time you have in your head, doesn’t it? You think, ah sure yeah, it’s the 11th, still ages ‘til Christmas, still loads of time, I don’t need to panic just yet about the shopping (that’s what Christmas Eve is for)…but actually, it’s less than two weeks away.

 

Yep that’s right - this day two weeks, Christmas Day was yesterday. Right at this exact time on this day in two weeks, we’ll all be lying on our couches watching Star Wars and eating selection boxes right now … or anything else people do on Stephen’s Day that doesn’t involve Star Wars.

 

So, to get you organised, we have all the postal dates you’d ever need. At least now you can plan a bit (if, like me, you haven’t started yet).

 

I’m going to put the important ones in really bold writing so you know they’re important:

 

Our last shipping date for the island of Ireland is Thursday, December 20th. The last order date is Wednesday 19th of December – rather safe than sorry.

Our last shipping date for the UK is the 19th of December.

Finally, if anybody out there is planning on buying me a present, I really like the CMC DIECAST Ferrari 250 California SWB. It’s retro, it’s black, the seats are real red leather, and the scale is 1:18. The code is M094. A real, full-size one would be just as good.

There’s no excuse for you now.

I’ve even put a price reduction on it to help you out. See? I’m not that hard to buy for after all.

 

Happy Wednesday!

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James Bond Special Blogpost

Wednesday, 5 December 2012 07:53:00 Europe/London

I thought we’d wait a while after Skyfall was released because I figured everybody would probably be a bit sick of the Bondmania going on. Even last night on the Variety Show (not that I was watching it or anything *cough*) there was Bond all over the place and I admit it was getting a little tiring.

That being said, I mean, I really do like Bond. I watched the films growing up and it’s something that’s always stuck with me. I have a fondness for some of the older cars & vehicles that seem a bit OTT now, but what can you do. You have to love the ridiculousness, right?

We have some of my soft spot favourites from the Bond collection in stock, and I’m never really sure if they’re for my own enjoyment or for you to check out.

I think a shout out is needed especially to Little Nellie, a fiercely armed gyrocopter that featured back in the day in You Only Live Twice.

There’s this fantastic scene where they build her really fast out of a box, but the only clip I could find on online was of the gyrocopter in action, which is still pretty cool.

We have her in stock as a Fit the Box (4”) diecast model (Code:TY95126), and she’s part of Corgi’s James Bond range.

Bond models that we have in stock reach from the Aston Martin DB5 (Code: TY95302. Corgi again) as featured in Goldfinger all the way up to Skyfall itself, with both the Merlin AW 101 Helicopter (1:100, Diecast. Code: IT48182) and the Agusta Westland AW101 helicopter kit (1:72, Diecast. Code:  IT1332); both models are available on pre-order only (!), and are by Italeri (so you know they’re awesome and lovingly detailed).

I’ve listed our other Bond models below. Would you be getting nostalgic about any of them yourself?

Lotus Esprit Underwater. Code: TY95702. Price: €4.95

James Bond Gift Set (Daniel Craig). Code: CC93983. Price: €39.95

Aston Martin Vanquish. Code: TY95202. Price: €4.95

Jaguar XKR. Code - TY95401. Price: €4.95

Rolls Royce. Code - TY95609. Price: €4.95

Space Shuttle. Code: TY95802. Price: €4.95

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STOCKING FILLERS TOP 8

Friday, 30 November 2012 15:05:56 Europe/London

Stocking Fillers Top 8

 

This Christmas season, ID Models have set up a special area of our website full to the brim of those small and perfect gifts that it always seems so hard to find.

We're already taking orders for Christmas so make sure to get organised and avoid disappointment. And remember - all prices include shipping throughout the island of Ireland.

These aren’t my personal favourites at all…honest! 10 is such an overdone number, isn’t it?

·         Tornado IDS MiniKit

At 2.95, this is the lowest priced stocking filler on our list. Specs: Code - REV06708. Scale - 1:225. Brand - Revell.

What can I say, it looks mighty cool. The Panavia Tornado is a family of twin-engine, variable-sweep wing combat aircraft, which was jointly developed and manufactured by the United Kingdom, West Germany and Italy.

·         Lotus Esprit Underwater

€4.95. Specs: Code - TY95702. Brand - Corgi. Recommended ages 6+. Call me nostalgic. This model featured in the Bond movie The Spy Who Loved Me, (1977).

·         Dig & Discover - Authentic Marine Fossils

€6.95. Specs: Code - GEOED359K. Brand - Geoworld. Geoworld Eduproducts is the line of educational toys which takes inspiration from the themes of nature and the past. All the products are complemented by in-depth material.

·         Anakin Skywalker’s Jedi Starfighter

€7.95. Specs: Code - REV06720. Brand - Revell. From the Star Wars universe. Anakin Skywalker, Jedi Knight, flew this Asthersprite-class Starfighter during the Clone Wars, when he led the Republic navy.

·         Diecast Models of Ireland - Irish Tractor

€9.95. Specs: Code - 76710ID. Brand - Diecast Models Of Ireland

·         Dump Truck 1:87 Diecast Model

€13.00. Specs: Code - OXFA40D. Scale - 1:87. Brand - Cararama.

·         Cave Bear Skeleton Excavation Kit

€12.95. Specs: Code - GEOCL137K. Brand - Geoworld. Like the Authentic Marine Fossils above, the cave bear is made by Geoworld Eduproducts. The cave bear was a kind of bear that lived in Europe, and became extinct about 27,500 years ago.

·         BAE Hawk Red Arrows, with new tooling

Was €18.95 NOW €16.95. Specs: Code - CC99301. Scale - 1:72. Brand - Corgi. The BAE Systems Hawk is a British single-engine, advanced jet trainer aircraft. Operators of the Hawk include the UK’s Royal Air Force as well as a number of other military operators. The Hawk is currently still in production.

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Murphy Models Trains!

Wednesday, 28 November 2012 17:21:00 Europe/London

Murphy Model Trains!

I’m sure you probably know by now that the latest releases from Murphy Model Locos pulled into the ID Models station (see what I did there) at the end of October. We were looking forward to getting our hands on these beauties for ages, and it was well worth the wait.

What We Have

In our first batch we received

  • the Irish Class 071/111 diesel locomotive CIE Supertrain livery (code MM0071)
  • the Iarnród Éireann Silver and Black Freight Livery (code MM082)
  • the Class 071/111 diesel locomotive in NIR blue livery (as on loan to IE) (code MM0112), which is pictured here.

I know that shops and salespeople all over the world use every tactic under the sun to try to get you to buy stuff, and of course we’d never use any of these cheap sales tactics. However, in all seriousness, these trains will go up in price because they’re only available from the manufacturer on a limited run anyways.

Why we’re stocking them below the RRP

So at the moment, the full RRP is 174.95, and we’re selling them at 158.95. We received a bit of a discount for ordering early, which was fantastic, so we figured we’d share the love.

So, when the first batch sells out, the price will go up.

From You to You

So, they’re available in our online shop in the Murphy Models section, and its first come first served!

They make a very classy, special Christmas gift…from you to you.

All the best

 

Jess.

 

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What Is Diecast

Thursday, 22 November 2012 15:45:27 Europe/London


 

CMC Bugatti



What is Diecast

 

Diecast models are made by pouring molten me

 

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al under very high pressure into a mould cavity. It works kind of like an injection mould, in that the cavi

 

ty is made using two strengthened pieces of steel that have been worked into a certain shape by machine.

Most diecast models are made from metal that doesn’t contain much more than trace amounts of iron – such as lead, aluminium and zinc. Because there’s not much iron to be found in these, the finished diecast model is very light and corrosion-re

 

sistant (it wouldn’t be great if your beloved 1:18 Bugatti Type 57 SC Atlantic rusted the way that iron does).

There are some variations in diecast, such as pore-free discasting, which removes any air bubbles or defects that could occur during the casting, or, like injection moulds the metal can be injected into the cast cavity. This would reduce scrap metal.

There are four steps involved in making a diecast model –

  1. Die preparation The die, or mould, is prepared by spraying it with some kind of lubricant, under the same principals as greasing a baking tray.
  2. Filling The metal is then poured or injected into the mould at really high heat and high pressure. It’s left to solidify.

     

  3. Ejection Each diecast is fit with ejector pins, which make it easy to remove the model from the mould without damaging it.
  4. Shakeout This involves just removing any scrap parts such as sprues or runners, so that the product is nice and clean. I generally think about this bit as removing any knobby parts from a snapkit model when you take it out of the plastic frame.

After the shakeout, the product is inspected for any defects such as air bubbles and if it passes the test, it’s good to go to be painted or packaged.

 

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Christmas Gift Ideas For Under €20.

Wednesday, 21 November 2012 22:32:11 Europe/London

 

 

Wooden Jigsaw

This time of year the  pressure com

es on, the panic of what gift to buy sets in... as an expert, when it comes to panic buying, I thought I would try make your job a little easier!

We all love the big gifts but there is nothing nicer th

an having a pile of little presents to open on Christmas Day (or any day for that matter!), with this in mind I've put  together all our best gift ideas for under €20 into one Category, Stocking Fillers, there are hundreds to choose from, starting for less than €5 and with free shipping you can't go wrong.

There's a really good variety, lots of great gift ideas, everything from  diecast James Bond cars, plastic and metal kits of cars, planes and trucks; or maybe something from our range of educational Dinosaur Toys?  You'll find something in there for everybody, old and young. 

So, take the hassle out of shopping, just click, pay and your order will arrive the very next day!

Click HERE for our great range of gifts for under €20.

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Nuremberg 2012

Monday, 28 February 2011 17:30:57 Europe/London

Nuremberg 2012

The Spielwarenmesse International Toy Fair Nürnberg was really cracking this year, and it was a successful show all around. I mean really, their website doesn’t call it the No 1 toy fair in the world for nothing.

We’ll get into all the excitement in a bit, and until then, here’s a short video Craig took of a team train in action, up on the the ID Models YouTube channel.

(link - http://www.youtube.com/user/IDModelsIRL?feature=watch)

 


 

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