Figures & Dioramas

Reviews of products for scale figures and diorama models.

Chernobyl #2

Published: September 19th, 2020     
Chernobyl #2
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra - IPMS# 11198
Company: ICM

Once again ICM is modeling one of the worst man-made disasters of the 20th century - the catastrophic explosion and meltdown of the Number 4 nuclear reactor at Chernobyl in 1986 - an event that would impact most of the world in one fashion or another.  That ICM has the boldness to create such a fascinating look at recent history in model form says a lot about this company's choices of subject.  The fact that they are continuing with this series says even more.

In the Chernobyl #1 set, we explored the sealing of the area and the first radiation checks by local authorities.  In this set, we confront the conflagration itself, with firefighters taking the first steps to control the resultant fires caused by the explosion of the reactor.  This set combines a large fire engine, four new firefighter figures, a bit of debris and a picturesque backdrop that duplicates the cover of the box.

The 3rd SS Panzer Regiment by Pierre Tiquet

Published: September 19th, 2020     
The 3rd SS Panzer Regiment by Pierre Tiquet
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell - IPMS# 49715

This book covers the complete history of the 3rd SS Panzer Regiment - part of the Totenkopt Division. The subject is approached from the men's stories, profiles, battles and weapons used.

The "first person" accounts are the highlight of this book. It is written in such a way that it draws you in and you are there experiencing what they did. I must admit I enjoyed this so much and learnt a lot about the feeling, day to day routines as well as the battles. The soldier's profiles are another great way to help you understand who these people were.

The regiment was formed in late 1942 in France but was transferred to the Eastern front and was involved in many major campaigns and battles in this part of the war.  The chapters are broken down well and each covers major events and periods in the regiment's history.

The illustrations, photos and documents are impressive and significantly added to understanding the whole period in history for these men.

US WASP (1943 – 1945)

Published: September 17th, 2020     
US WASP (1943 – 1945)
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra - IPMS# 11198
Scale: 1/32
Company: ICM

The Women's Airforce Service Pilots organization was a unit during World War 2 in which women became trained pilots in order to test or ferry aircraft to war zones, the whole intent being to free more male pilots for combat roles.  Formed from the Women's Flying Training Detachment and the Women's Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron, the WASPs merged these two into a single unit in 1942 and carried out their various duties until 1944.  Despite their service, WASPs were accorded no military standing and did not receive any of the benefits accorded male members of the Army Air Corps.  Thirty-eight members of the unit died while transporting military aircraft or cargo, towing targets for live anti-aircraft training, or performing any of a number of other high-risk training missions in the service of their country.  In 1977, thirty-three years afterwards, the survivors were finally granted veteran status.  In 2009 the unit was collectively awarded the Congressional Gold Medal for their selfless duty.

Rafale Pilots- Seated in A/C

Published: September 15th, 2020     
Rafale Pilots- Seated in A/C
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette - IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/72
Company: PJ Production

Belgium PJ Productions makes wonderful resin aftermarket pieces in all scales to enhance many models. This set is a couple modern European pilots in 1/72nd scale. They are listed for a Rafale but would work in any similar plane also. The set comes with six pieces of finely cast dark gray resin- two pilot bodies and four arms. The pilots are NOT duplicates of one another and are different which is an excellent detail. 

Assembly was straightforward- I removed the parts with a razor saw and scraped a couple fine seam lines off (there were very few) and glued the arms into position with super glue. The super glue filled any minor seams, so no putty was needed. I mounted the pilots on poles for painting and primed with Alclad gray.

AMMO by Mig Figures Set- IDF Uniforms

Published: September 13th, 2020     
AMMO by Mig Figures Set- IDF Uniforms
Reviewed by: Michael Reeves - IPMS# 51129

Anyone who has used AMMO products knows that the company is prolific in the endless useful and specific sets of paints, washes, and pigments they release. Their range of acrylics for figures are designed to make painting a breeze thanks to the ease of application, with the 17mL dropper bottles. All colors in the range can be mixed with each other and with the full range of AMMO by Mig Jimenez acrylic colors. Each adapts perfectly to the traditional techniques of painting in layers or wet pallet blending as well as new mixed techniques. Each color is suitable for both brush and airbrush application. These acrylics are water-soluble and formulated to be safe and non-toxic. If airbrushing, I would suggest thinning first as the paints are thick out of the bottle which make them great for brush painting.