by: Todd Michalak [ ]
Recently I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to review one of Masterpiece Models latest creations, the EZ Read Ruler. Within two days after completing my review, I received another small package in the mail; this time it contained Masterpiece’s expansion of measuring tools, EZ Read Scale Rulers specific to our hobby. So new in fact, they have not even had time to put these new rulers up on their website at the time that I am writing this review!
As scale hobbyists, we are always on the lookout for new and better tools to use on our projects. Masterpiece Models has just released a new product to their ever growing line of tools, the EZ Read Ruler! Okay…okay, “it’s just a ruler”, I am sure that is what some might say. But to anyone an accurate measurement or straightedge will not agree with that!
Masterpiece Models is a Washington State based manufacturer of originally designed resin model kit and diorama bases. Among the unique model kit offered by Masterpiece, they provide a fine selection of their own manufactured modeling tools; such as the Corr-u-gator© for creating corrugated metal in scale, The Slicer for cutting quickly and easily cork for dioramas and the Sandbox which is a dust-free sanding system.
Most recently, Masterpiece Models released the first design of measurement tools for the scale modeling community, the EZ Read Ruler. Scrap-booker extraordinaire Shellie Geigle, of J&S Hobbies and Crafts, identified the need for an easy-to-read measuring device. The owner of Masterpiece Models, John Geigle and ingenious husband of Shellie, went to work engraving the new design for J&S Hobbies and Crafts. Noticing that quality, easy to read tools have always been needed within the modeling community, John set out to produce Masterpiece Models’ version of this measuring tool, the EZ Read Ruler.
Now typically, you would not think there was much that could be said about a simple ruler; as long as it measures accurately, that is all that really matters. But in the case of the EZ Ruler, John has made the design easy to read by adding engraved calibration markings that appear white on a clear base allowing for easily seeing where the calibration lines are located. This is a twelve inch standardized ruler in length. Taking things one step further, specific numbering of the calibration marks were added in both 1/8 inch and 1/16 inch increments. This helps those individuals to easily identify which marks they need to transfer the measurement from.
The ruler is a full 1/8 inch thick which provide a decent edge for working with both pencils and pens as well as cutting tools such as a #11 hobby knife. The clear plastic design to the ruler aids in locating positioning on the work surface. The plastic is a durable clear acetate design for long lasting use.
On the heels of the EZ Read Ruler, Masterpiece Models wanted to take things to the next level. After the release of the EZ Read Ruler release, John quickly went to work on designing specific scale rulers for the hobby enthusiasts. The next round of rulers to be released are 6 inches in length with both metric and imperial scales in 1/32nd, 1/35th, 1/48th, and 1/72nd scales. The cost of these scale specific rulers will be $4.99 US.
These scale rulers, are similar to the EZ Read Ruler in that they are crafted from a clear solid plastic with calibration marks etched into the surface giving the user easy to read markings. The thickness of these new rulers is slightly thinner in thickness than the EZ Read Ruler which is down to about 1/16th of an inch and of course the length has been reduced to 6 inches. There is a small hole drilled into each ruler at one end so they may be stored on a hook or pin close to the user’s working space.
As I mentioned above in my review, the calibration markings are etched to specific scales represented both feet and meters in the corresponding scales. The lightweight design to these scale rulers make for quick and easy use and the clear factor allows for the user to see what they are measuring, marking or cutting extremely well. The low cost of these rulers from Masterpiece Models make it an easy decision for anyone looking to fill a few empty spots on the tool bench with some quality measurement tools!