UMM-USA is dedicated to fine scale modeling, encompassing model kits, accessories, and specialized tools. Owned by John Vojtech, a fine scale modeling veteran. UMM-USA is an on-line Store, importing and exporting kits, modeling tools and supplies, and seeks and offers solutions on technical issues. In addition, his services currently include design and production of master parts, casting of original masters, photo-etched masks, decals, and building made-to-order models for customers. You can see a sampling of John Vojtech's finished projects in the Our Gallery section of the Web site.
John Vojtech was born near Prague, in the Czech Republic and currently lives in Deerfield near Chicago, Illinois USA with his family. As a young boy, John was taught about the modeling by his father. This passion for modeling led him to later teach modeling theory and practice at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. What has long been a hobby is now his profession. Drawing upon his success, John has expanded into new fields, offering consulting services, teaching, seminars, exhibitions, as well as continuing to teach modeling theory and practice to the young generation interested in this work. John Vojtech is also a member of IPMS / USA International Plastic Modelers' Society (National), member of IPMS / Richard I. Bong Chapter (Milwaukee, Wisconsin), IPMS / Lakes Region Scale Modelers (Crystal Lake, Illinois), IPMS / Butch O'Hare Chapter (Downers Grove, Illinois) as well as AMPS Armour Modeling Preservation Society (Illinois).
Brand new at IPMS Nationals in Omaha this year was UMM’s latest plastic scribing tool: The Micro Cut scriber. This scriber features the thinnest cutting tip of any of their scribers. One immediate benefit is the small tip will allow you to get into extremely tight areas to clean up existing lines or to scribe brand new lines. Another nice touch is the ergonomic knurled handle helps keep a better grip on the tool than without (I don’t know how old my current scriber is, but it does not have a knurled handle). I will also note that it is quite sharp and cuts the plastic much better than my current scriber. You won’t need to press hard for it to cut a very thin piece of plastic out, which is a good thing. When using scribers, its always better to not hurry. Proceed with a light touch, then follow up with increased pressure on additional passes until you are satisfied. It always easier to make an additional pass then to dig too deep and make a mess of the cut.
It is highly recommended to keep the scriber perpendicular to the surface you are scribing and just a little practice will get you on your way. You can use a couple of different grips:
Pencil Grip - hold it between your thumb and index finger as you would a pencil.
Overhead Grip - hold it again between your thumb and index finger but have the handle underneath you palm.
Having the proper tools for your project will help you to achieve a higher level of quality for your “build”. UMM-USA scribing tools fill that role. For those of you who attend IPMS Nationals, you should find this at UMM-USA’s table and John Votech will be happy to give you a demonstration. You can also find it on his website above. This product is a superb scribing tool based on the high quality of the cutting point, comfort, ergonomics, and ease of use.
My thanks to John Vojtech and UMM-USA along with IPMS/USA for the chance to review this great modeling tool.
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