Figures & Dioramas

Reviews of products for scale figures and diorama models.

Hauler U.S Field Safe 1/48 48394

Published: November 26th, 2019     
Hauler U.S Field Safe 1/48 48394
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1/48
Company: Hauler

Hauler has provided another addition to the great diorama releases. This is a 1/48 scale U.S. Army field safe from WWII.

Included is:

  • three resin parts
  • photoetch sheet
  • instruction sheet

The detail quality is great; The parts are very delicate parts that need careful removal from the resign bases.

The assembly is quick and easy. Please be careful with the photoetch interior parts as they need to be assembled as tightly as possible to slide into the safe opening.

The final part is painting.

Thanks go to Hualer for providing this kit to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them

Hauler –Safe 1/48 48391

Published: November 24th, 2019     
Hauler –Safe 1/48 48391
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1/48
Company: Hauler

Hauler has provided another addition to the great Diorama releases. This is a 1/48 Scale U.S. Safe from Pre - WWII period.

Included is:

  • 13 resin parts
  • photoetch sheet
  • small decal sheet
  • instruction sheet

The detail quality is great; The parts are very delicate parts that need careful removal from the resign bases. I did manage to lose the small resin safe handle. So I had to make one myself

The Assembly is quick and easy.

Please be careful with the Photo etch interior parts as they need to be assembled as tightly as possible to slide into the safe opening.

Next is the painting then adding the decals. The Decals did tend to roll up and were hard to place due to this. The addition of the gold bars were a nice touch.

Thanks go to Hauler for providing this kit to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them

Baggage Carts

Published: November 6th, 2019     
Baggage Carts
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1/35
Company: Hauler

Hauler has provided another addition to their great Diorama releases. This is two Baggage Carts (Wire Mesh Containers) for use anywhere. They are like ones used at Airports, Train stations, in factories etc.

The detail quality is great; The parts are very delicate parts that need careful removal and added to the assembly. You can build two complete assemblies with this kit.

The kit contains One Photo etch sheet, eight resin wheels and an instruction sheet.

The Assembly is quick and easy with no real issues, as long as you are experienced with Photo Etch parts.

The final part is painting which is free for you to do as you please. I chose a medium grey as used at most post war airports around Europe.

Thanks go to Hauler for providing this kit to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them

Wild Wild West Outhouse

Published: October 15th, 2019     
Wild Wild West Outhouse
Reviewed by: John Noack, IPMS# 23017
Scale: 54mm
Company: Masterpiece Models

John Geigle of Masterpiece Models gave us a number of review items in Chattanooga this year and because I love to build the quirky and unusual stuff, I volunteered to do the dirty work (I'm going to try my best to avoid puns during the rest of this review, as difficult as that is for me.) and put this one together.

This kit is provided as a single sheet of laser cut wood along with two small resin hinges. The wood grain detail is etched directly into each part, and a front and rear mirror image of each component is provided. First steps are to separate all of the parts from the sheet and glue these mirror images together, which I did using white glue and lots of clamps. Allowing these to dry overnight, I then assembled the entire structure using CA glue, which took about 20 minutes. I have some small aluminum angle blocks which came in handy establishing the 90 degree corners. Masterpiece provides internal bracing strips for the walls and door, which add a lot to the look of the kit.

American Gasoline Loaders (1910s)

Published: October 13th, 2019     
American Gasoline Loaders (1910s)
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Scale: 1/24
Company: ICM

Figures

This is another kit in ICM's series of Model T vehicles and figures, and includes two figures that can be posed loading gasoline cans into the rear of ICM's Model T Light Delivery Car, or other 1/24 truck. The Figures and Delivery Car are combined in another ICM Kit, #28019. Gas and oil can accessories are included with the kit.

The kit comes on three sprues molded in soft light gray plastic, one sprue with the two figures, and two duplicate sprues of the gasoline and oil tanks. The instructions come on a single page, double-sided, 8 1/4" x 11 1/2" sheet. One side shows a diagram of the sprues and identifies paint colors in Revell and Tamiya colors. The opposite side of the instructions are color illustrations of the figures showing part numbers and detail painting.

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