As a retail business owner and an avid hobbyist I often find myself looking for other buyer reviews before buying from webstores. I thought I would start a series of reviews on the webstores I have purchased from and the products I have bought. I hope this is helpful to you all.
This time Cool Mini or Not http://www.coolminiornot.com/shop/, I stumbled across a couple of products that CMoN carries while surfing over at Dakka Dakka.
I have been casting models in my home for years now using either Alumilte with rtv silicon molds or Molten pewter and oven baked silicon molds. Both are great but mold supplies run $30 and up for a small figure or 2 if lucky,and if you mess up when making the mold you gotta start over. So at home casting is very cost prohibited unless you need a very large run of models.
That is all a thing of the past with these products. Instamold makes molds by placing the material in nearly boiling water until it becomes pliable. Then you make you mold. Either one sided open pour or squash molds, or 2 part molds can be made. Once a mold is made run it under cold water or plop it in the freezer and it sets quickly. Best of all the product is reusable, just reheat and reuse.
ProCreate is a modeling resin like the well known greenstuff. but it can set up much harder and seems to hold a better edge for fine detail.
Check out the legs in this post as an example of bits cast with these products. http://warfrog.blogspot.com/2011/05/tyranid-tervigons-wip.html . One set is a conversion from the carnifex kit the other 4 are custom cast by me from that conversion.
Combined you can re-create your own custom bitz very quickly as the molds can be made easily in 15 mins and the ProCreate says it sets in around 2 hours.
My Experience in ordering from Cool Mini or Not was normal. They shipped quickly and nothing went wrong
The 2 products are outstanding for a gaming modeler or converter, For me it has totaly change how I go about converting models and building armies.
I will absolutely do business with Cool Mini or Not again and recommend them to others.
Buy these now if you ever make your own terrain, custom weapons, bits, whatever. These two earn a huge 5 out of 5 from me