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Tales from the Apocalypse, The Waitress

Published: May 19, 2017
Company: Gecco

I’ve never met a Japanese kit that wasn’t top-quality, and the Tales From The Apocalypse series from Gecco Models is no exception.

This series of figures carries a 1980s-era B-Movie Horror theme. In what may be the most brilliant packaging of any models I’ve ever seen, these figures are packaged in look-alike VHS tape boxes.

Number 5 in the series, is a Diner waitress, wearing… more

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Tales from the Apocalypse, The Traffic Guard

Published: May 11, 2017
Company: Gecco

I’ve never met a Japanese kit that wasn’t top-quality, and the Tales From The Apocalypse series from Gecco Models is no exception.

This series of figures carries a 1980s-era B-Movie Horror theme. In what may be the most brilliant packaging of any models I’ve ever seen, these figures are packaged in look-alike VHS tape boxes.

Number 3 in the series, is a traffic guard/Street… more

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Soviet Small Arms WW2

Published: February 8, 2017
Company: Hauler

Most of the time, Figures in small scales, such as HO (1:87) are armed with weapons that roughly represent their 1:1 scale real-world counterparts at best, and more often than not, look like sticks or worse.

If you have any 1:87 scale WW2-era Soviet troops that need improved weapons, this is for you.

The kit is composed of 1 sheet of photo-etched brass, containing 10 WW2-era… more

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Welder

Published: February 7, 2017
Company: Hauler

I started out with this small, bagged resin and Photo-Etched brass kit, thinking it would be a quick, enjoyable build. What I found was much more complicated.

The kit consists of 1 Photo-Etched Brass sheet containing the Acetylene Torch/Welding cart and two different welding guns, depending on your preference, and 1 resin sprue consisting of the welder figure, two spoked wheels, two… more

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Ruined Factory with Base

Published: July 22, 2013
Company: MiniArt

Once again, I’ve chosen MiniArt’s 1/35 diorama series for my conversion project. Like the other kits in this line, the walls and base are thin vacuformed styrene. The air ductwork is also vacuformed in halves, like the walls. This requires a lot of putty-work to clean up the gaps as usual, so I do not recommend this kit to beginner modelers. However, despite the extra modeling work required… more

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Railway Station

Published: July 11, 2013
Company: MiniArt

MiniArt is quickly becoming one of my favorite companies to review products from. Now MiniArt has released a new line of 1/72 scale kits. This is the first major release from this new line. For HO scale railroaders and 1/72 wargamers, this new system of modular brick wall structures will be a nice addition.

The kit comes molded in several colors, all of which are moot if you are going… more

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Office Furniture

Published: March 4, 2013
Company: Plusmodel

Plusmodel is one of my new favorite model companies from the Czech Republic. This kit consists of 50 parts which completely surprised me with the thinness and extreme quality of the resin castings. Every part was cast perfectly – no bubbles, warping, or unsightly defects in any way. These are all signs of a well-thought out casting process.

The furniture built extremely easily; all the… more

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Cylon Centurion

Published: March 4, 2013
Company: Moebius Models

This is the latest in large-scale figure kits from Moebius Models. Parts number is actually unknown (I forgot to count and it isn't listed on the box), but it consists of 13 sprues molded in light grey and the clear eye lens. The instruction manual is styled after printouts in the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica series with the cropped corners, rounding out this excellent kit from… more

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Workshop

Published: December 7, 2012
Company: MiniArt

MiniArt has released a huge number of diorama and scenic kits, all designed with the scratchbuilder and kitbasher in mind. This kit is a simple unreinforced brick workshop, suitable for almost any era or location in the world that has used this type of construction technique. I have kitbashed this into a two-story custom building and changed the scale of the model closer to 1:48 (a.k.a., O… more

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Old Radios

Published: November 5, 2012
Company: Plusmodel

This review is for Plus Models Old Radios set in their "Easy Line" product range.

The kit consists of three resin cast radios from different decades of the first half of the 20th Century.

These are just simply washed with soap and water to remove the mold-release agent and then painted appropriately with Vallejo and Citadel acrylics. The radios need to be snipped from their… more