Figures & Dioramas

Reviews of products for scale figures and diorama models.

Dog House with Dog

Published: June 29th, 2020     
Dog House with Dog
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette - IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1:35
Company: Brengun

One thing I find very refreshing amongst the modeling community is some of the ideas that come out and this one caught my attention immediately- a dog and his (or her?) doghouse. The set is very simple and comes as five parts. The doghouse is cast as one piece and the roof is separate. The dog, a burn drum and a milk container also come. All are cast perfectly and the only preparation was washing the parts and removing the casting blocks.

In looking at this review, I could have just painted the parts but it just begged for a little base and a diorama. So before paint, I grabbed a little wood plaque and added some groundwork with Durham's Water Putty. I impressed the doghouse and drum into it and grabbed a 1/32nd scale pilot and pushed in some shoe prints and let the material dry. The ground was painted several shades of brown and washed with black and dark brown. I added some pieces of railroad ballast for rocks and glued in some grass. More washes and several rounds of flat coat (along with painting the edges black) and we were ready for giving the dog a home.

Gunslinger Series Kit No. 3

Published: June 21st, 2020     
Gunslinger Series Kit No. 3
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra - IPMS# 11198
Scale: 1/35
Company: Master Box Ltd

If you were ever a fan of the Saturday morning cowboy series back in the '50's and '60's, or enjoyed the classic Sam Peckinpaw movies, this figure should be fairly familiar to you. Labeled as "Pedro Melgoza, bounty hunter", the beautiful illustration on the box cover bears an unmistakable resemblance to Tom Selleck. As I've discussed before, Masterbox is unique in the modeling world for illustrating the products BEFORE sculpting them, and I believe this is a good example.

On opening the box, you find both our bounty hunter figure as well as a very nicely done mount with two complete heads for some variety in the choice of poses. Sorry to say, ladies, but the figure within does NOT resemble Tom Selleck, but appears much more a typical Bandito figure to my eye. The figure assembles quickly, with only the setting of the shotgun across the shoulders requiring a little finagling. No putty was required.

Nieuwpoort 1600 - The First Modern Battle

Published: June 13th, 2020     
Nieuwpoort 1600 - The First Modern Battle
Reviewed by: Will Kuhrt - IPMS# 46746

Thank you Bill & Phil for all you do for the Reviewers!

Synopsis per back cover: The Eighty Years War began as a limited rebellion of Dutchmen seeking religious tolerance from their Spanish overlords, but it quickly escalated into one of the longest wars in European history. Spain's failed invasion of 1599 and the mutinies that followed convinced Dutch leaders that they should go on the offensive, and the following campaign pitted the sons of two famous leaders against each other: Maurice of Nassau and Albert of Hapsburg. One led an unproved new model army, the other Spain's "unbeatable" tericos; each commanded well over 15,000 men.

Cobblestone Street

Published: June 11th, 2020     
Cobblestone Street
Reviewed by: Bob LaBouy - IPMS# 3064
Scale: 1/35
Company: Tiger Werke

Summary

This is a review of a base which is made of finely molded piece of medium grey resin base. I thoroughly enjoyed working with this diorama base. Unlike many of the bases I have previously worked with, the Tiger Werke base is (a) reasonably priced, (b) lays flat on the table without having to be sanded or otherwise manipulated, (c) takes a variety of paints and or primers (I used an acrylic by Mission Models, though I also tested a small patch with both Alclad's Lacquer and their Aqua Clear Gloss--both of which worked very well), (d) finished up with a patch work mosaic pattern of what to my mind resembles a cobblestone pattern and (e) used a number of Vallejo Model colors to paint the individual tile pieces. I suspect there is a multitude of cobblestone designs or patterns available, all the way from what I tried to represent to dusty or very dirty street scenes (see color and pattern notes below).

Also, worth mentioning, I could not find any scale or size references for the Tiger Werke bases. I have displayed my base with a 1/35th scale Takom Panther Ausf. D. in what I see is a typical European street scene.

Marsden Matting Artillery Base

Published: June 10th, 2020     
Marsden Matting Artillery Base
Reviewed by: Ben Morton - IPMS# 47301
Scale: 1:35
Company: Tiger Werke

Kit Made For: Suitable for WWII to Vietnam eras

"Resin accessories for the scale modeling enthusiast". That is the tag line from Tiger Werke's website. Tiger Werke is a 'new to me' manufacturer of resin accessories primarily geared toward the armor modeler in all of us. Although I should mention that Tiger Werke has been around since 2014 and has recently been acquired by Phil Cavender

With apologies to Phil (et al), I stole this next bit from their website. Under this new ownership, they have the exclusive right to manufacture and distribute Tiger Werke's complete line of 1/35th scale resin items. Included in Tiger Werke's line are paved and cobblestone street sections, building fronts, roadside shrines, fountains, and AFV Wedgies.

Additional items also include the manufacturer of various stowage and accessory sets for Allied, German and British vehicles. With the purchase of Tiger Werke, several items not previously distributed will be made available.

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