Figures & Dioramas

Reviews of products for scale figures and diorama models.

Polish Legions 1914–19

Published: June 20th, 2018     
Polish Legions 1914–19
Author: Author: Dr. Nigel Thomas - Illustrator: Johnny Shumate
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Osprey Publishing

Dr. Nigel Thomas graduated from Tiffin Boy's School, Kingston-Upon-Thames in 1964 and proceeded to attend Manchester University, earning a BA in Modern Languages. He attended Durham University and Newcastle University where he obtained his MA in German History and Literature. He was awarded a PhD on the Eastern enlargement of NATO. Nigel is an accomplished linguist and military historian and formerly a Principal Lecturer in French and German Languages and Politics at Northumbria University, He is now a freelance military author, translator and military uniform consultant. His interests are 20th century military and civil uniformed organizations, with a special interest in Germany, Central, and Eastern Europe. He has written more than 20 books on military history and uniforms, many of them with Osprey. He lives in Tyne and Wear, UK.

Japanese Refueling Cart

Published: May 27th, 2018     
Japanese Refueling Cart
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Company: Hauler Brengun

Hauler has provided another addition to the great Diorama releases from Brengun with this Japanese refueling cart for use with Japanese WW2 Air forces. These were used to manually pump fuel for military logistics operations.

The detail quality is great; there is a lot of easily removable flash and no other noticeable imperfections. The parts once removed from the mold base are ready to assembly. The parts are very delicate parts that need careful removal and added to the assembly.

The Assembly is quick and easy. Please be care cutting the parts as I did find a few air bubbles in the cart frame which did lead to a couple of breaks that need repairing. The Axle is not numbered on the instructions and this is in fact part number 5.

I was a little disappointed that the rubber hose was not including in the kit.

The final part is painted as shown in the box and looks great as an addition to any diorama.

Thanks go to Hualer for providing this kit to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them

Water Pump Set

Published: May 22nd, 2018     
Water Pump Set
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra, IPMS# 11198
Scale: 1/35
Company: MiniArt

I must confess a high level of personal modeling interest in well-made accessory sets like this. As a lover of all things dioramic, I am always on the lookout for fiddly bits that will add that extra level of interest to a scenario in the making. This set is just such an example.

MiniArt continues to provide us with set after set of delightful, well made bits, and this one offers some really useful items. There seems to be a movement these days to not considering your Tiger or Panther tank really complete without a bucket hanging off the rear end, and this kit comes with no less than eight (plus three pails) of the finest buckets I've literally ever seen in this scale. Coming in two styles - three, if you count the pails, they feature such details as weld seams and fine stamped ridges. Also included in the kit is the village pump, which has a posable handle and a separate metal drain, a wash basin and a couple of milk or water pails with lids. Frankly, there isn't a thing in this set that isn't useful.

Ancient Greek Medusa

Published: May 22nd, 2018     
Ancient Greek Medusa
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra, IPMS# 11198
Scale: 1/24
Company: Master Box

MasterBox continues to floor me with their bold choices of modeling subjects (especially figures) and this one is no exception. First of a series of figures based on classic Greek mythology, the Medusa here is created in 1/24th(75mm) scale and is a relatively easy build of a truly legendary icon.

Typical of MasterBox figures, there are some discrepancies between the illustration and the sculpture. Unlike most figure manufacturers, MasterBox creates a new figure by first eliciting an illustration. Then the sculptors work on the finished item using the illustration as a guide. In this case, the illustrator created a Medusa that looks something like a sorority girl with a skin condition and a bad hair day. The sculpture, if anything, is actually better, as the features are far more authentically Greek. In fact, the first time I looked at the face she reminded me of the Statue of Liberty, which is itself crafted along the classic Greek standards for feminine beauty.

Bird Houses

Published: May 9th, 2018     
Bird Houses
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Scale: 1/35
Company: Matho Models

Thank you to Matho Models for providing a neat diorama accessory for review, produced with innovative technology. Thank you to the IPMS Reviewer Corps for allowing me to review these birdhouses! Matho Models has a widening line of 1/35 scale details and bases. Their website has scale search options using larger and smaller scale product lines, but at this time, 1/35 dominates.

This birdhouse will provide an eye-catching detail for any diorama. The scale of the house is 1/35, but they should work well in 1/32 and the smaller ones in 1/48. Four styles of birdhouses and 1 open bird feeder are included, with 3 examples of 3 different styles, 2 examples of 1 style, and a single open nesting platform for a total of 12 houses. The roof supports for the open nesting platform or feeder were damaged in transit. The supports can be easily replaced with plastic rod. These houses are made with 3D printing technology and require only minimal assembly before painting. The solid printing medium is translucent, and takes paint very well. It will not take very long to paint up and weather all of the birdhouses included in this set.