Diorama with Park Wall

Published: February 17th, 2013     
Box Art
Box Art
Reviewed by: Jeffrey Brown - IPMS# 42302
Scale: 1/35
Company: MiniArt
Price: $15.95
Product / Stock #: 36051
Product provided by: MRC

This review is of the MiniArt Diorama with Park Wall, part of their diorama series of bases for armor models. It was a pretty easy build, and it looks nice when finished, but it did take some work and some modifications to make it look good.

First of you get a sheet of very soft plastic to use as the base. This has some very nicely done details with the pathway and some small rocks in the road. The base is marked off for where you will put the wall.

You have to cut the wall pieces out of this single sheet of soft plastic. You have to be very careful doing this, as one slip of the blade can ruin a piece or cut off some detail. Building the wall was a challenge in that the pieces have nothing to grab onto when you glue them. I ended up using some styrene strips to help hold the walls together. Once they were set, I used some white putty to cover the seams, and a small stiff brush to add some texture. Once this dried, I glued the walls to the base. While it took some work, in the end they look very nice, and when painted they are well detailed.

The next step is assembling the extras that come with the kit. In my opinion, these are more than worth it, since you get items that you might not use here but can use on other dioramas. The park bench is really neat, as are the manhole covers and drains. While I did not use them for this base, I am going to use them in another MiniArt build that I should finish reviewing soon. The plastic for the extras seems to me to be of a little better quality than the walls and base, but in the end everything worked, and that is the main point.

I finished it in a winter theme, adding a little snow and a Wespe. All in all, it was a nice little project that is not too time consuming, and provides a nice background for your vehicle.

I would like to thank MRC for supplying the review item and IPMS/USA for the review opportunity.

  • Wall halves with styrene stiffeners 1
    Wall halves with styrene stiffeners 1
  • Wall halves with styrene stiffeners 2
    Wall halves with styrene stiffeners 2
  • Putty and texture added to top of wall
    Putty and texture added to top of wall
  • Column seams puttied
    Column seams puttied
  • Wall painted
    Wall painted
  • Completed diorama
    Completed diorama
  • Bench, drain, and manhole
    Bench, drain, and manhole
  • Drain and manhole closeup
    Drain and manhole closeup

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