Figures & Dioramas

Reviews of products for scale figures and diorama models.

Don’t Even Think About . . .

Published: April 7th, 2018     
Don’t Even Think About . . .
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra, IPMS# 11198
Scale: 1/24
Company: Master Box Ltd

No one can slight Master Box Models for a lack of both imagination and daring. Their figures have set the bar for the entire injection molding industry in terms of concepts and boldness, and this new addition to their 1/24th scale stable is no exception. Set in a sort of "Star Wars" cantina, this is the first of an eight-figure set which includes saucy ladies, robots, strange elfin characters and burly mercenaries.

The first in a series entitled "At the Edge of the Universe. Strange Company's adventures. Episode 1. The first meeting," shows a level of ambition I've rarely seen in plastic. Theoretically, this is supposed to eventually include not only the original eight figures meeting for the first time in this cantina setting, but further figures in the line showing them on their adventures together - a sort of SF story in plastic. Whether Master Box can sustain such an output and whether the market will absorb it are two different issues, but this is a very good start indeed.

RAF Pilot (1960’s)

Published: April 5th, 2018     
RAF Pilot (1960’s)
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/32
Company: PJ Productions

PJ Productions from Belgium is well known for their wonderful resin figures and accessories. This instance is a RAF pilot in flight suit from the 1960's in 1/32nd scale. The kit includes four resin pieces with the body being one-piece cast and the arms and head separate. Casting is good with a slight amount of flash and is all done in cream colored resin. The box is your instructions as far as color for the pilot and his uniform.

Assembly is first with the casting lines being removed from the arms and these were attached to the body. The head can remain separate for painting if desired. Fit is good, so it can be added later. There were slight seams at the arm and I used glazing putty smoothed with lacquer thinner to eliminate the seams.

RAF Pilot in Tropical Clothing (WWII)

Published: April 5th, 2018     
RAF Pilot in Tropical Clothing (WWII)
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/32
Company: PJ Productions

PJ Productions from Belgium is well known for their wonderful resin figures and accessories. This latest kit is a RAF pilot in tropical flight clothes from the WWII era and is made in 1/32nd scale. The kit includes five resin pieces with the body being one-piece cast and the arms and head separate. Note that there is a separate piece for the oxygen hose and it is small and between the head and left arm. Don't mistakenly throw it away. Casting is good with a slight amount of flash and is all done in cream colored resin. The box is your instructions as far as color for the pilot and his uniform.

Assembly is straightforward. Get rid of the casting blocks and seams by gently scraping. Glue the arms onto the body. I used glazing putty smoothed with lacquer thinner to eliminate the seams. I added the oxygen hose which fits into the hose molded into the body and runs to the side of the mask on the face.

Mud and Water

Published: April 5th, 2018     
Mud and Water
Reviewed by: Tim Wilding, IPMS# 47420
Company: Ammo by Mig Jimenez

Ammo by Mig Jimenez is expanding their line of acrylic diorama products with these products; Dry Earth Ground #2101, Dark Mud Ground #2104 and Slow River Waters #2204. These products come in a large mouth, 250ml plastic bottle. The Dry Earth Ground is a tan, gritty paste like it has fine sand in it. The Dark Mud Ground is a dark brown, smooth paste. The Slow River Waters is a slimy green gel. The bottle says you can pour this, but it seems way too thick to do that. Here are the descriptions from Ammo's website to explain each product better:

German Assault Pioneer Team and Goliath

Published: April 5th, 2018     
German Assault Pioneer Team and Goliath
Reviewed by: Eric Christianson, IPMS# 42218
Scale: 1/35
Company: Tamiya USA

Tamiya has recently released their own boxing of the diminutive Goliath tracked mine. The kit comes complete with two mines and control boxes, tethered by steel wire to one of three highly detailed figures. Molded in crisp, yellow plastic, the contents of the box are typical of Tamiya kits, and the three figures are just about as good as it gets in terms of detail and craftsmanship.

History

The Goliath tracked mine - (Leichter Ladungstrager Goliath or Goliath Light Charge Carrier) was a name given to two German unmanned, disposable demolition vehicles used during World War II. These were the electrically powered Sd.Kfz. 302 and the petrol-engine powered Sd.Kfz. 303a and 303b. The -302 is the version represented in the Tamiya kit.