Figures & Dioramas

Reviews of products for scale figures and diorama models.

Flat Tile Roof

Published: March 15th, 2011     
Flat Tile Roof
Reviewed by: Andy Renshaw - IPMS# 35806
Scale: 1/35
Company: MiniArt

Those of us that enjoy building dioramas will like this new set from MiniArt. The kit titled "Flat Tile Roof" contains all the parts for two panels of tile roofing. These panels can be used single, covering a 9-1/2 x 5-3/4" area each, or used together to formed a peaked roof that will cover roughly twice the size of a single panel depending on the pitch.

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British Infantry, North Africa, 1941 - 1943

Published: March 14th, 2011     
British Infantry, North Africa, 1941 - 1943
Reviewed by: Mark Aldrich - IPMS# 39295
Scale: 1/35
Company: Master Box Ltd

Master Box continues to release some really nice and different figure sets. These rests are very different than other sets on the market and usually very "in action" type poses. They also make a series of dual sets. These are designed to be easily made into a combat action series of figures. On their website, this is listed as #2 which means the German figures should be #1. The only issue is that there currently is no #1 set. There is however, an Italian Infantry in Africa set #1 and this must be the set to be used in conjunction with the #2 set.

RAF Fighter Pilot - Battle of Britain

Published: March 9th, 2011     
RAF Fighter Pilot - Battle of Britain
Reviewed by: Roger Rasor - IPMS# 34117
Scale: 1/32
Company: Ultracast

Ultracast has added a 1/32 scale RAF Battle of Britain pilot to their growing line of resin figures. With the recent releases (and rereleases) of numerous 1/32 scale Spitfire kits, it's not surprising that this manufacturer has chosen this time to offer a kit that builds into an appropriate figure for this aircraft.

Kevin Dallimore's Painting and Modelling Guide Master Class

Published: March 5th, 2011     
Kevin Dallimore's Painting and Modelling Guide Master Class
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo - IPMS# 46363

Kevin Dallimore's book might be the one-stop shop for the figure painter. It briefly covers the basics of figure preparation and painting (showing step-by-step pictures of the 3-color method) on the first 30 pages and then dives into different painting styles and projects. Some of the techniques described in the book include: 5-color method, dry-brushing; diluted washes; non-metallic paint for metallic looking finishes; textured leather; ancient shield painting; skeletons and more.

The above techniques are applied to a wide range of subjects, from Napoleonic figures, to Ancient Romans, Sci-Fi, Fantasy figures (Orcs of all kinds and colors), WW2 paratroopers, Old West characters and animals. Step-by-Step pictures clearly explain and show how to achieve realistic finishes by methodically applying the techniques described in the book.

SS Tiger Tank Commander 1944-45

Published: March 2nd, 2011     
SS Tiger Tank Commander 1944-45
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner Jr. - IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/35
Company: Ultracast

With the new Dragon Tiger tanks on the market, more people than ever are building tanks. I'm one of them. Armor, more so than aircraft, lends itself to figures. Enter Ultracast with their line of resin figures.

Molded in light cream bubble free resin, this figure features two heads, one with a headset and one without. The headset head has a nice action pose of the commander yelling. The neck is nicely rounded so you can articulate the head as you want, up, down, and left or right, excellent flexibility.

You also get two left and three right arms so you can pick and choose how you want your figure to look. The arms are keyed with square pegs so you can alter the look of the parts easily. Amazingly the thumbs are not grouped with the others and articulated and perfectly molded.

The body has a natural lean to the side for posing it inside the turret. Unlike some figures this one is a complete body. It is also a single piece of resin with only tiny pour blocks at the bottom of the feet so there is virtually no cleanup. Amazing casting. The P-38 holster is particularly well done.