Figures & Dioramas

Reviews of products for scale figures and diorama models.

Ammo Figures Set – British WWII Uniforms

Published: November 16th, 2020     
Ammo Figures Set – British WWII Uniforms
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery - IPMS# 14003
Scale: NA

The AMMO website listing for this set of AMMO paints includes this description; "The AMMO range of acrylic paints for figures has been designed to make your painting sessions a more enjoyable experience thanks to the speed and simplicity of use. This set includes 4 colours for painting the infantry uniforms widely used by British troops during WWII. The colours have been selected through rigorous research of period uniforms, allowing you to accurately paint the base tones of uniforms, add highlights, and enhance details."

The four colors included in this set are AMMO F-504 Yellow Green, F-545 British Brown, F-546 Ochre Brown, and F-547 Pale Earth.

Use the link provided in this review to visit the web page for this product. That url is: https://www.migjimenez.com/en/acrylic-colors/3287-british-uniforms-wwii-set-8432074070337.html).

Berlin Wall

Published: November 13th, 2020     
Berlin Wall
Reviewed by: Phil Peterson - IPMS# 8739
Scale: 1/35
Company: AFV Club

Those of us of a certain age remember well the Berlin Wall and what it stood for and probably still remember when it was torn down in 1989.  Those of you who are younger may never heard of it.  If not, it is worth an internet search.

The kit has already been reviewed here and a very nice job was done so I went for a less weathered look, partly to be different and partly because I haven't decided how I want to display it yet.  It yearns for a vignette or diorama setting.

The build is pretty simple.  There are 3 sections of wall each made up of 3 parts.  There are also 3 pieces to place on top of the wall though only 2 are needed for the 3-piece section.

British Vickers Machine Gun

Published: October 28th, 2020     
British Vickers Machine Gun
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery - IPMS# 14003
Scale: 1/35
Company: ICM

ICM has released a kit of a Vickers Machine Gun in 35th scale. The kit includes 21 parts, and that includes two versions of the body of the machine gun. One version has the water jacket molded onto the barrel cylinder, and the other version does not have the water jacket in place. An ammo can, consisting of three parts, is included. The lid on the ammo can is molded in the open position so that the ammo belt attached to the machine gun can then have its other end attached to the ammo inside the ammo can, giving the finished project the appearance of being loaded and ready for use. If one is using the barrel with the water jacket, there is a container representing the water can that consists of 5 parts. There is no "hose" part to connect the water container to the water jacket. The lack of a water hose is not a problem. That part can be made by stretching sprue, allowing the builder the flexibility to place the water container and gun as desired when building a diorama. Also, there is a choice of tripods. Both tripods are molded as a single piece.

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.