US Air Force (Insignia) Display Base

Published: July 10th, 2017     
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Reviewed by: 
Rob Booth, IPMS# 37548
Scale: 1:72
Company: Coastal Kits
Price: $8.20
Product / Stock #: CKC20001

Coastalkits from the UK has produced a line of model display bases in various national insignia designs. This particular design is a replica of a USAAF insignia (white star on blue background) circular cutout. The diameter is 200 mm (about 7&3/4 inches) and is suitable for small to medium sized 1/72 scale aircraft. Other insignia designs include Royal AF, Royal Australian AF, Hellenic AF, French AF, Soviet AF, and Canadian AF, along with some scaled airfield designs.

The resolution of the printing is excellent, and provides an eye-catching background setting as an added presentation touch for your latest masterpiece at contests, or in your display case at home. The artboard core of the base makes for a lightweight addition to your contest take-along accessories that will make your model stand out from those that are simply placed on top of the standard entry paperwork.

I used this base as a presentation setting for my 1/72 Hasegawa P-51D at last weekend's Chile Con IV in Albuquerque, NM. While bases are not "judged" per se, presentation never hurts, and I'm sure it helped earn the 1st place hardware I received. I will purchase several more of these. Highly recommended.

Thanks to the IPMS Reviewer Corps and Coastalkts for the opportunity to review this item.

  • My 1st Place P-51 build displayed on Coastal Kits' display base
    My 1st Place P-51 build displayed on Coastal Kits' display base
  • 1st Place award next to my winning build displayed on Coastal Kits' display base
    1st Place award next to my winning build displayed on Coastal Kits' display base