Figures & Dioramas

Reviews of products for scale figures and diorama models.

Finnish Tank Crew

Published: July 21st, 2017     
Finnish Tank Crew
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra, IPMS# 11198
Scale: 1/35
Company: MiniArt

Over the relatively short time that MiniArt has existed, I have been consistently impressed by the imagination and daring of their figure releases.  They have released wonderful civilians, troops and tank crews, often filling gaps no other manufacturer has been able to do.  I've had wonderful results from their French and Italian tankers, and look forward to getting their Hungarian tank crew soon.

MiniArt has done it again with this current release, filling a void that has been in the armor field for quite awhile.  On examining the contents of the box, you get five full figures, two of whom are in relatively typical light grey overalls, two in what can only be described as "pseudo-Russian" uniforms, and a single figure who really seems to exemplify the Finnish, with a mix of a Russian-style black leather jacket, Finnish riding pants and very local-looking boots.

Workshop Windows: Square and Round

Published: July 16th, 2017     
Workshop Windows: Square and Round
Reviewed by: Ben Morton, IPMS# 47301
Scale: 1/35
Company: Plusmodel

Plus Model was established in 1990 in The Czech Republic. Their product range is comprised primarily of 1/35th scale resin kits, conversion sets, and accessories which are vacuum cast from polyurethane plastic

They offer a superb line of quality dioramas made from a specially hardened gypsum, styrene sheets, of varying thickness for your own use and design, and other modeler accessories or tools. They also have a wide range of printed-paper 1/35th scale accessories - scale posters, road signs, rations boxes, tents, etc.

Japanese Military Field Kitchen Equipment

Published: July 11th, 2017     
Japanese Military Field Kitchen Equipment
Reviewed by: Ben Morton, IPMS# 47301
Scale: 1/35
Company: Plus Model

Our Czech Republic pals, Plus Model, have a new set of accessory items to spiff up your latest project. The Japanese military field kitchen equipment consists of forty resin pieces and a small sheet of photo etch. The photo etch is for the carrying handles and clasps on some of the various containers and buckets. In my review copy the photo etch sheet was absent so I'm basing that statement on the assembly instruction illustrations included with the kit.

The resin pieces are excellent, nicely detailed, and free of any casting issues. The kit includes:

Farmer's Cart

Published: July 10th, 2017     
Farmer's Cart
Reviewed by: Ben Morton, IPMS# 47301
Scale: 1/35
Company: Hauler

Hauler, of The Czech Republic, produces high quality photo-etched sets for AFVs, airplanes, cars, railway vehicles, resin accessories for dioramas, and resin kits. The subject of this review is a Farmer's cart.

These hand carts were typically used on small farms and in villages throughout Europe. There are examples of similar type hand carts still in use today in the United States, principally by the Amish.

The eight parts are cast in light gray resin. The wood grain of the floor and sides of the farmer's cart is nicely rendered. The detail on the two spoked wheels is somewhat lacking but the metal rims are a nice touch. The only flash, on my review example, was on those spoked wheels. But a hobby knife or small file will solve that problem.

US Air Force (Insignia) Display Base

Published: July 10th, 2017     
US Air Force (Insignia) Display Base
Reviewed by: Rob Booth, IPMS# 37548
Scale: 1:72