Figures & Dioramas

Reviews of products for scale figures and diorama models.

Jogging some miles. Tyra

Published: December 13th, 2018     
Jogging some miles. Tyra
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Scale: 1/24
Company: Master Box Ltd

Master Box Ltd, out of the Ukraine, has been a leader in 1/35 figures for a while. They expanded into 1/24 female and fantasy figures in 2016, starting with their first series of six female figures representing the World War II era. This current series, Dangerous Curves, is ideal for modern automotive or truck vignettes and dioramas. Tyra is the latest edition following eight previous kits.  I'm sure there will be more on their way.

 

Browning .50 Caliber Shells and Cartridges

Published: December 6th, 2018     
Browning .50 Caliber Shells and Cartridges
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/35
Company: Master Model

For those wanting to do dioramas and figures, there is a lot of guns involved and Master Model has come to the aid of modelers everywhere with two sets. They both represent .50 caliber machine gun rounds with an options of spent shell casings or full cartridges. Each set contains 25 pieces of magnificent metal work.

Mike (Beach Boy) Barrington

Published: December 6th, 2018     
Mike (Beach Boy) Barrington
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Scale: 1/24
Company: Master Box Ltd

Master Box Ltd, out of the Ukraine, has been a leader in 1/35 figures for a while. They expanded into 1/24 female and fantasy figures in 2016, starting with their first series of six female figures representing the World War II era. This current series, Truckers, is ideal for modern Class-8 truck vignettes and dioramas. Mike (Beach Boy) Barrington is part of the first six kits in this series with more on their way.

The kit comes in a standard end opening box. Pulling out the parts, you will first see that the box is probably three times too large, but in return you get a nice painting on the cover by V. Petelin, and instructions on the back with color callouts in Vallejo, Lifecolor, Tamiya, and Mr. Color. I will note that the plastic figure sculpted by A. Gagarin is not identical to the cover paining, but it is very close. Figure represents a truck driver with his hands on the wheel. Packaging of the eleven parts are protected within a re-sealable bag.

Laurie "Lightning Bolt" Barnes

Published: December 5th, 2018     
Laurie "Lightning Bolt" Barnes
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra, IPMS# 11198
Scale: 1/24
Company: Master Box Ltd

For some time Master Box has been exploring an up-to-now largely ignored area in the mainstream modeling fraternity - science fiction figures - through their "Spaceport - At the Edge of the Universe - Strange Company's Adventures" series. Up until now, the action centered mainly around a rogue's gallery of characters in a sleazy cantina somewhere on the fringes of the law and known space. Laurie adds an interesting potential element of additional trouble as she is one of two new figures who are clearly intent on raiding the cantina, although I do find myself wondering who her target might be.

As with most of the figures in this range, she comes on a single gray sprue with a limited number of parts. Assembly is quite straight-forward with only a little filling needed around the shoulders. I chose to lower her arms slightly to offer a better view of her face. That really is an AWFULLY big gun!

Israeli Paratroopers, 1954-2016

Published: December 1st, 2018     
Israeli Paratroopers, 1954-2016
Author: David Campbell; Illustrator: Peter Dennis
Reviewed by: Marc Blackburn, IPMS# 42892
Company: Osprey Publications

Israeli Paratroopers, 1954-2016 is one of the latest offerings of a long running Osprey series that examines elite forces from around the world. The elite series follows a certain formula; something that Osprey is very good at. Each volume covers origins, a short chronology, organization and various operations that fall within the time span of the book. As with many Osprey publications, this one includes historic and contemporary photographs, and a series of plates that feature the uniforms, equipment, and lengthy captions that touch upon the history about the paratroopers. I am surprised that the Israeli paratroopers have not been covered until now. Regardless, this is a handy one volume history.