Figures & Dioramas

Reviews of products for scale figures and diorama models.

Armor Display Base (Small)

Published: August 7th, 2018     
Armor Display Base (Small)
Reviewed by: Mike Lamm, IPMS# 50139
Scale: 1/72
Company: Coastal Kits UK

Coastal Kits is based in Lancashire, UK, and began marketing their own range of display bases at the end of 2012. Since that time, their business has grown and concentrates almost exclusively on printed display bases for just about any type of model you ever wanted to build in just about any scale. Looking thru the offerings on their website is almost overwhelming there are so many choices, and they will even custom-make bases.

The display bases are manufactured from 3mm Foamex board, which feels like a rigid mousepad. The material is basically a waterproof plastic, with a printed display on one side. The pre-printed image is a high-quality image on a laminated, wipeable matt vinyl surface which, unlike paper products, will not raise or bubble.

Steel Storage Locker

Published: July 12th, 2018     
Steel Storage Locker
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/35
Company: Hauler

Hauler continues it releases of wonderful diorama and vignette pieces with set 35105 which includes all the parts needed to make two lockers. Not foot lockers, think lockers like gyms and high school.  The set comes as a single photoetch sheet consisting of twelve parts in brass.

Construction takes good folds so I grabbed my Hold and Fold and set out to build it up. The first set of folds is to the four outer walls and top. These fold to make the body of the lockers. I glued the seam tight and moved on to the next step. You fold a front lip to the top divider. This is added to the vertical divider and this slid into the locker frame from the bottom. I used a Glue Looper and thin CA to secure. The bottom was added and same way and secured.

The largest problem I had in the build were the two locker doors. They are very thin and have lovers on the top and bottom To this, you add a our ring of backing and for the life of me, they kept bending when adding the backs. I managed to get them fairly straight through working with smooth pliers and weight. I added the claps to the doors and lockers.

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.