Figures & Dioramas

Reviews of products for scale figures and diorama models.

The Gift of the Move - Operation Milkman

Published: April 20th, 2011     
The Gift of the Move - Operation Milkman
Reviewed by: Tom Jett - IPMS# 46082
Scale: 1/35
Company: Master Box Ltd

Operation Milk Man is another fine "vignette-in-a-box" from the folks at Master Box, and distributed by Dragon Models. This clever vignette depicts four German soldiers taking a brief respite from the rigors of combat to enjoy a few spoils of war ...fresh milk!

The four figure set shows two soldiers milking the cow (one doing the pulling and one to hold the cup), a third figure is supervising the milking operations while leaning up to the cow. The last figure is gulping down a cup of the fresh milk from his canteen cup undoubtedly wishing he had a big hunk of Apple Strudel to go with it!

All four figures are cast in dark yellow styrene. They are nicely and naturally posed, and generally speaking the detail is good for plastic figures. The weakest a part on all the figures are the heads, with one being particularly "block-headed", and the others a little on the "fat" side. These are all easily replaced by a good quality set of resin heads from your favorite producer, Alpine, Hornet, Verlinden etc.

French Dragoon (Napoleonic Wars)

Published: April 12th, 2011     
French Dragoon (Napoleonic Wars)
Reviewed by: Rod Lees - IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/16
Company: MiniArt

This was a "mom saw it, and I bought it" modeling effort. Here in OKC (the home of Hobby Lobby Corporate) they have a discount outlet for the wedding crowd; and that is where they drop the occasional "model samples"; the store is called the "Basket Mart".... Depends on when you show up if you get cool stuff. 98% of the time, nothing... but in this case I walked in and instant birthday gift for the horse-loving mother of mine, who just turned 21 this week. (HA!)

Ya'll know I am an aviation/naval/sometimes armor guy. And in this case, I had an opportunity to do something a bit different. Waaaay different. Having visited Waterloo, I was aware of the time period this model represents; Warfare was changing again, and the use of cavalry was still being finessed. This kit represents a time period unlike any other... Muskets, Swords, and Horsepower.

Soviet Naval Infantry WWII

Published: March 31st, 2011     
Soviet Naval Infantry WWII
Reviewed by: John Lyons - IPMS# 47470
Scale: 1/35
Company: Zvezda

Short History:

Due to the nature of the war with Germany the Soviet Navy took a back seat during the Great Patriotic War (WWII). However, one of the areas they were able to contribute greatly was with personnel.

During Naval Infantry's early battles in 1941 and 1942 they showed high morale by their sheer willingness to accept high casualties during the desperate fighting for their own naval bases. Their stubborn tenacity unnerved the Germans, leading them to be nicknamed the 'Black Death' by their German foes because of this and their black uniforms.

The kit:

6 figures of the famous Soviet Unit "Black Death"

ZVEZDA has put out a nice looking kit, lots of details and equipment. All the parts come on 2 trees, with an instruction sheet that has nice painting directions.

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.

Parts:

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.