Figures & Dioramas

Reviews of products for scale figures and diorama models.

EASTERN REGION PEASANTS WWII ERA

Published: June 6th, 2011     
EASTERN REGION PEASANTS WWII ERA
Reviewed by: Roger Carrano - IPMS# 45853
Scale: 1/35
Company: Master Box Ltd

The Master Box Company just keeps turning out these very unique kits made exclusively for building dioramas and/or vignettes. They come out with the most peculiar subjects that will add that finishing touch to a diorama or base a diorama around one of these kits and then you realize how we ever got along without these kits. This time they have come out with the Eastern Region Peasants in the WWII era. When I opened the box I wasn't surprised at the great detail and preciseness of their clothes, facial expressions and other small items which adds to the realism but, in fact, I knew that these figures and such would be held to their high standards as always. The kit includes five figures depicting a family of peasants speaking to the youngest child. And as far as the price is concerned, the value can't be beat.

The Amazing Spiderman

Published: June 5th, 2011     
The Amazing Spiderman
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette - IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/8
Company: Polar Lights

Spiderman, Spiderman- does whatever a spider can..... Can't get the song out of my head. When this offering came up for review from Round 2, I really wanted it being a huge fan of the Marvel comics. We are in the great age of styrene for modelers of figures with lots of companies reissuing old kits and many new ones coming out!

This kit is not just Spiderman; there is a second figure, Kraven the Hunter, a full diorama base and a backdrop for it. All for $24 - a great price. The kit itself is molded in red plastic and is only 24 parts. The biggest problem was how to do the webbing on the spider suit- more on that later.

France 1944

Published: June 2nd, 2011     
France 1944
Reviewed by: Andy Renshaw - IPMS# 35806
Scale: 1/35
Company: Master Box Ltd

When I first saw this as a "work in progress" on Master Box's website it instantly went on the "must have" list. I believe it was the combination of the US Airborne assisting some distressed civilians that caught my eye. This wasn't your normal "in action" or stand-and-point pose, but something unique that had instant diorama possibilities! Toss in the horse cart driven by a nun, and you have a winner with this set of figures.

In the box there are three sprues giving a total of two horses, a cart, and eight figures. Eight? Yes, there are two bonus figures included that are not shown on the box art. That's a total of 147 parts, which makes this probably the largest figure set I've ever seen! The cart and figure sprue are all new, however the sprue with the horses and bonus figures are from #3538 "Somewhere in Europe, 1944". Parts are very cleanly molded with some great detail, but do show the more low-tech molding (but not low-quality) that Master Box uses through some thick sprue gates and seam lines. Having worked with a lot of Master Box figures in the past, these are nothing to be afraid off and a few passes with the file during clean up eliminates the issue.

Civilians, Western Region WWII Era

Published: June 1st, 2011     
Civilians, Western Region WWII Era
Reviewed by: Andy Renshaw - IPMS# 35806
Scale: 1/35
Company: Master Box Ltd

Masterbox has been a godsend for the plastic figure world by releasing subjects beyond the traditional standing or "in-action" military figures. This latest release of WWII civilians is a fantastic set and fills a much needed gap. Civilian subjects had previously been only available in resin, and then fairly limited.

Within this set are parts for four civilian figures, Western Europe, ranging from young children to older men. A single sprue contains all 48 parts, which are nicely molded with no flash. You still get a little of the "low tech" molding with large sprue gates, but the parts themselves are crisp and full of detail. The faces are very well sculpted capturing the age of the figure very well. I would be hard-pressed want to replace them in resin, as they really are perfect. The four figures comprise of:

Soviet Insignia and Medals 1940-1943

Published: May 18th, 2011     
Soviet Insignia and Medals 1940-1943
Reviewed by: Andy Renshaw - IPMS# 35806
Scale: 1/35
Company: Eduard

Anybody who has seen period photos of World War II Soviet soldiers will note that many times their uniforms are decorated with medals and awards. Occasionally a figure manufacturer will provide these molded into the chest leaving the modeler to paint, but the majority of plastic figures do not. Eduard has been working through various subjects within its colored photo etch range, and now we get not just one, but two sets of Soviet World War II uniform insignia and metals in full color! This review covers the early war period, 1940-1943.