Figures & Dioramas

Reviews of products for scale figures and diorama models.

Special Cargo - Handle with Care Sandy and George Skip

Published: July 27th, 2019     
Special Cargo - Handle with Care Sandy and George Skip
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus - IPMS# 35035
Scale: 1/24
Company: Master Box Ltd

Master Box Ltd, out of the Ukraine, has been a leader in 1/35 figures for a while. They expanded into 1/24 female and fantasy figures in 2016, starting with their first series of six female figures representing the World War II era. This current series, Truckers, is ideal for modern Class-8 truck vignettes and dioramas. Sandy and George "Skip" is the ninth release in this series with more on their way.

The kit comes in a standard end opening box. Pulling out the parts, you will first see that the box is probably three times too large, but in return you get a nice painting on the cover by V. Petelin, and instructions on the back with color callouts in Vallejo, Lifecolor, Tamiya, and Mr Color. I will note that the plastic figures sculpted by A. Gagarin are not identical to the cover paining, but it is very close. The figures represents a truck driver with his left hand on the steering wheel and his other hand on Sandy's "waist". Packaging of the eighteen parts are protected within a re-sealable bag.

Master Box "Irene Leroi"

Published: July 2nd, 2019     
Master Box "Irene Leroi"
Reviewed by: Michael Reeves - IPMS# 51129
Scale: 1/24
Company: Master Box Ltd

I've always been a huge fan of Master Box figures-- using them in vignettes and dioramas whenever I can. So when I got the email offering up one in 1/24 scale, I jumped at the chance not knowing anything about this new line. I figured I could use it with a car or truck like some of their previous lines featured. So while I was waiting for the shipment to arrive, I started doing some research.

This particular figure is part of a new series called "At the Edge of the Universe" set in a world called Steamplanet. Being a huge Firefly fan where the sci-fi steampunk meets the old West, this looked right up my alley. The back of the box provides a bit of an idea of the setting. The whole thing has me wanting either a book series or movie based on the story ideas presented in this line of figures - with additional kits featuring space security forces, ruffians, ladies, and robots.

Armies of the Italian Wars of Unification 1848–70 (2): Papal States, Minor States, & Volunteers

Published: May 27th, 2019     
Armies of the Italian Wars of Unification 1848–70 (2): Papal States, Minor States, & Volunteers
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus - IPMS# 35035

Gabriele Esposito is an Italian researcher and a long-time student of military history. His main field of research is the military of 19th-century Latin America, but his interests range from the Ancient world to modern post-colonial conflicts. He has authored over 16 books, several works in the UK, including MAA 499 Armies of the War of the Triple Alliance 1864-70 and MAA 504 Armies of the War of the Pacific 1879-83, and is a regular contributor to many specialized magazines. He lives in Benevento, Italy.

Giuseppe Rava was born in Faenza on July 16, 1963, and took an interest in all things military from an early age. Entirely self-taught, Giuseppe has established himself as a leading military history artist, and is inspired by the works of the great military artists, such as Detaille, Meissonier, Rochling, Lady Butler, Ottenfeld and Angus McBride. He has illustrated over 50 books, many of those for Osprey Publishing. He lives and works in Italy. You can find him on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/GRava-art-590032097752808/.

USN Pilot (50s), Seated in Aircraft

Published: April 29th, 2019     
USN Pilot (50s), Seated in Aircraft
Reviewed by: Rob Benson - IPMS# 44038
Scale: 1/48
Company: PJ Production

Thank you PJ Production for providing this elegant aircraft accessory pilot figure, and thank you to the IPMS Reviewer Corps for letting me review it! I am very appreciative of all you do for the scale modeling community.

WW2 USN gunner, Seated in Aircraft

Published: April 29th, 2019     
WW2 USN gunner, Seated in Aircraft
Reviewed by: Rob Benson - IPMS# 44038
Scale: 1/32
Company: PJ Production

Thank you PJ Production for providing this elegant accessory gunner figure, and thank you to the IPMS Reviewer Corps for letting me review it! I am very appreciative of all you do for the scale modeling community.

The pilot arrived in a small blue cardboard box, with a small plastic bag inside holding both the pilot figure and a casting plug with arms. The light tan resin showed no sign of mold release and the minimal flash was easily removed without compromising the fine surface details. The resin is not too brittle or too soft. The separate arms allow custom positioning to suit the application, and the arm-torso join surfaces are flat, easily allowing drilling or flexible wire or pin to reinforce the joint. The neck-torso joint allows the gunner's head to be looking to one side or another, instead of stiffly aft. I have my gunner looking up and slightly to his left. He will be gripping the firing handle of a twin 0.50 in an SBD (still under construction), although an OS2U or SB2U would also be suitable. I expect that a TBM would also be good, but some modification might be needed for the gunner to fit in the turret.