Figures & Dioramas

Reviews of products for scale figures and diorama models.

European Counter-Terrorist Units 1972-2017

Published: November 6th, 2017     
European Counter-Terrorist Units 1972-2017
Author: Leigh Neville
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: Osprey Publishing

September of 1972, during the Olympics, a terrorist attack on the Olympic Village aimed at Israeli athletes was broadcast, world-wide, on television. This, certainly, was not the first use of terrorism to achieve a political goal, and it wasn't the last, but it was the first such attack to draw the attention of the world to the crisis, and to do so "live and on TV".

The author, Leigh Neville, creates a roadmap of terror attacks and those Counter Terrorist Units that have been created and trained to stop them. With excellent, full-color illustrations of men in uniform by Adam Moore, this book provides, in clear and concise detail, the evolution of terrorist attacks from Munich, in 1972, to the current year of publication, 2017. Both attackers and defenders have evolved, changing tactics, techniques, weapons, and gear. That evolutionary process continues up to today, and will surely continue in years to follow.

Armies of the First Carlist War 1833-39

Published: October 30th, 2017     
Armies of the First Carlist War 1833-39
Author: Gabriele Esposito
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: Osprey Publishing

The First Carlist War is most likely little known among those who are not drawn to military history in Europe, more precisely in the Iberian Peninsula. But this publication does not focus on military history, although there is sufficient history to frame the content with facts and figures about the military aspect of the First Carlist War. Rather, this publication is an entertaining and excellent resource regarding the uniforms and weapons used in this particular conflict.

The author, Gabriele Esposito is a well-known expert in the military history of 19th-century Latin America. While Latin America is the main area of interest for Mr. Esposito, it is by no means his sole area of expertise. Mr. Esposito has authored several books published by Osprey, those being MAA 499 Armies of the War of the Triple Alliance 1864-70, and MAA 504 Armies of the War of the Pacific 1879-83.

German Machine Guns Set

Published: October 28th, 2017     
German Machine Guns Set
Reviewed by: Ben Morton, IPMS# 47301
Scale: 1/35
Company: MiniArt

One of the latest entries into MiniArt Models line of WWII Military Miniatures is a German Machine Guns set. There is enough styrene in the box to build two MG 34's, two MG 42's and one ZB 53.

The ZB 53 was a Czech design and were from captured stocks after the German Army invaded Czechoslovakia at the beginning of WWII. The Germans later changed the designation to MG 37. All of these weapons utilized 7.92x57 ammunition. Fun Fact: The MG 42, although redesigned and improved, is still in service as the MG 3.

Along with the machine guns there are parts for ammo cans, barrel canisters, and ammunition belts. MiniArt thoughtfully includes photoetch bits for the carrying straps/slings of each gun, handles for the ammo cans, and the cooling vanes/heat shields on the barrel of the ZB 53. All in all, you get 84 pieces of plastic and 38 photoetch bits. I found assembling those slings fiddly but on reflection a better in scale method eludes this author.

Modern Soviet Pilot with HUD

Published: October 15th, 2017     
Modern Soviet Pilot with HUD
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Scale: 1/48
Company: Aires Hobby Models

A perfect addition to your diorama or display base is this Aires Aerobonus figure. This Russian Pilot figure is designed to be used with any modern Russian aircraft or helicopter. Aires Aerobonus provides a resin figure with separate arms and head on one pour stub with side bars to protect the figure. Of note is the re-sealable packaging that Quickboost uses that makes the parts easy to review and then stuff back into the package securely. The supplied instructions provide color drawings for painting.

UN Navy Aero 12C Cart

Published: October 6th, 2017     
UN Navy Aero 12C Cart
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/32
Company: Videoaviation

Videoaviation is a small company out of Italy manufacturing big things; in this case, they provide large scale modelers the items missing from many of our 1/32 models to bring them to life, particularly in a diorama setting if you have room! In this case, a crew of modern day carrier crew members in action poses.

First, kudos to Videoaviation for providing total instructions, including basic painting for the figures. Some still do not have internet capability (gasp) so this is important. I found the instructions helpful.

This set comes in a top opening box containing resin items for one figure in a "pushing walk" Ordinance man, or "Ordie", in pose to be used behind the accompanying Aero 12 Bomb transport cart. He has a skull cap, ear defenders, goggles down, and basic uniforms as seen on recent and current (Desert storm to present) naval aviation operations. The parts all appear to be CAD designed, so accuracy is spot on.

Also included are two Navy Mk 84 BSU-86B High drag bombs with thick a