Figures & Dioramas

Reviews of products for scale figures and diorama models.

Panzerfaust 60

Published: December 29th, 2019     
Panzerfaust 60
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell - IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1/35
Company: Eduard

This is a Brassin resin set to make 8 Panzerfaust 60 anti-tank weapons used by Germany in world war two.

The set contains the following sets:

  • 6 x resin Panzerfaust 60 (in unarmed condition)
  • 2 x resin Panzerfaust 60 (in armed condition)
  • 1 decal sheet
  • 1 instruction sheet

The resin parts are very clean and no flash. The resin base part is easy to remove

The parts once painted, and decals added make a very realistic Panzerfaust.

Summary

This is a great set for adding very detailed rifles to any model that needs it.

Thanks go to Eduard for providing this set to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them.

Sten Mk.II Submachine Gun

Published: December 29th, 2019     
Sten Mk.II Submachine Gun
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell - IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1/35
Company: Eduard

This is a Brassin resin set to make 8 British Sten Mk.II submachine guns as used by the British during world war 2. This was the most common submachine gun used by the British and this set gives you parts to make two variants (4 of each) plus 4 magazines.

The set contains the following sets:

  • 8 x resin Sten guns
  • 4 x resin magazines
  • 4 straight tube stocks
  • 4 formed tube stocks
  • 1 colored photoetch sheet
  • 1 instruction sheet

The resin parts are very clean and no flash. The resin base part is easy to remove. The photo etch parts form the straps for the Sten guns. There is also a mix of two straps for both versions of the Sten guns.

The parts assemble very easily and give a very realistic Sten guns when complete. They are idea for adding to figures, as stowed equipment or for dioramas.

Summary

This is a great set for adding very detailed submachine guns to any model that needs it. I would recommend this set to everyone.

Thanks go to Eduard for providing this set to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them.

Soviet Naval Aviation (Pilot and Land Crew WW2)

Published: December 25th, 2019     
Soviet Naval Aviation (Pilot and Land Crew WW2)
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo - IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/48
Company: Reskit

ResKit from Ukraine has released a two-figure aftermarket set for the 48th scale aviation modelers. The figures are for a Soviet Naval Pilot and a Land Crew personnel, both of them in a military salute standing position in winter clothes.

You can see in the pictures that the figures as casted have superb surface details and all the folds in the clothing will render beautifully for shadows. There are no evident bubbles nor holes in the figures, showing the quality of the casting.

There are no instructions, but the assembly is straightforward and there is a color image on the box that guides how to paint the figures.

The casting blocks are somewhat large, but the casting block connectors are small and delicate and will be easy to remove and clean the parts.

Recommended.

I would like to thank ResKit and IPMS/USA for the review sample.

Poor Cinderella 32mm Figure

Published: December 20th, 2019     
Poor Cinderella 32mm Figure
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette - IPMS# 33653
Company: Morland Studios

Morland Studios produces an excellent line of 32mm and 54mm figures, 200mm busts as well as bases and scenics with the focus on quality display miniatures. This review is the 32mm Poor Cinderella sculpted by Kevin Contos and based on the artwork of Howard David Johnson. This item is 32mm and comes with four parts. There is a base with the main figure and then the two baskets. The base is plastic and the rest of the parts are white metal. All the parts are very well cast and required only some minor scraping to remove the seams. I primed all the metal parts with Alclad gray. When dry, I glued the figure to the base for ease of painting.

The painting started with the face. I used Scale 75 paints for the face. As you can see in the pictures, this is a small kit (I added a penny for size. A lot of time was spent using a visor. Acrylics were used throughout. One thing that hits you immediately is the astounding amount of detail- from the apples in the baskets to the detailing of the clothes, it is just everywhere.

USN Deck Crew "Vietnam"

Published: December 19th, 2019     
USN Deck Crew "Vietnam"
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette - IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/32
Company: Videoaviation

This latest set from Videoaviation.com includes two Navy crewmen and an Aero 12 ordnance cart with two boxes of fuses suitable for Vietnam era planes like the F-4 and A-4. The figures are one "red shirt" ordnance man and one 'green shirt" aircraft mechanic circa 1965-1968.

Inside the pack, you will find 16 parts in cream colored resin- one figure is three parts and the other is four parts. The remainders of the parts make up the cart and fuses. There are also painting/assembly instructions and even more photographs on the web site. There are slight seam lines as with all resin cast parts and these are easily scraped away. Fit of the parts is great and no filler was used. I left the heads off for easier painting. All parts were washed thoroughly with dish soap and dried. The cart was assembled without wheels. The arms were attached to the figures and all the parts primed with Alclad grey primer.

The cart was painted yellow and washed with oils and weathered and flat coated. The tires have yellow rims and black tires and followed the same procedures. These were added and the entire cart flat coated with Dull Cote and the cart was done.