Figures & Dioramas

Reviews of products for scale figures and diorama models.

Kate - I'll Be Right There

Published: January 17th, 2018     
Kate - I'll Be Right There
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Scale: 1/24
Company: Masterbox Models

Masterbox Models, out of the the Ukraine, has been a leader in 1/35 figures for a while. They expanded into 1/24 female and fantasy figures in 2016, starting with their first series of six female figures representing the World War II era. This current series, Dangerous Curves, is ideal for modern automotive displays.

The kit comes in a standard end opening box. Pulling out the parts, you will first see that the box is probably three times too large, but in return you get a nice painting on the cover by V. Petelin, and instructions on the back with color callouts in Vallejo, Lifecolor, and Mr Color. I will note that the plastic figure sculpted by A. Gagarin is not identical to the cover paining, but it is close. The hair is slightly different and the blouse neckline is cut differently. Packaging of the thirteen parts are protected within a re-sealable bag.

MK44H-0 Whiteknight

Published: January 7th, 2018     
MK44H-0 Whiteknight
Reviewed by: Craig Gregory, IPMS# 49320
Scale: 1/20
Company: Hasegawa USA

This Whitenight is from a Japanese manga where the "MK44 is a Heavy Armored Fighting Suit which humans using for the defense from an attack of the mad computers." Hasegawa manufactures the MK44H-0 and several other suits from the Maschinen Krieger ZbV 3000 manga. I have only been modeling for a few years and I normally model modern jets, sci-fi spacecraft or real space. However; since I'm not a Star Wars vs. Star Trek, Picard over Kirk kind of guy, I decided to try something new.

Hasegawa's MK44H-0 Whitenight Prototype is a 1/20 scale armored suit composed of over 180 pieces. The pieces are modeled on 12 sprues; mostly of blue-grey plastic. A vinyl tree of bushings allows the smooth articulation of the suit in various positions and stances. There is a ton of detail in this model, especially in the cockpit area. The cockpit area of the model is a slip and slide, push/slide contraption that allows the front of the model to be separate and the interior exposed. (Fit problems forced me to model the suit with the cockpit area sealed; details below.)

Soviet Paratrooper vs Mujahedeen Fighter Afghanistan 1979-89

Published: December 22nd, 2017     
Soviet Paratrooper vs Mujahedeen Fighter Afghanistan 1979-89
Author: David Campbell; Illustrator: Johnny Shumate
Reviewed by: Robert Head, IPMS# 48922
Company: Osprey Publishing

Osprey is a publishing house in the United Kingdom that should be a household name to the swarms of us modelers. Osprey continues to expand their Combat series with the 29th book in this installment. The combat series examines specific units and armies of a particular nation. In this installment the combat series will examine the Soviet paratrooper vs the Mujahedeen during their excursion in which would be a humiliating defeat and dubbed the Soviets "Vietnam War".

For the Combat series, the chapters are organized as follows:

  • Introduction
  • The opposing sides
  • The Kunar Valley
  • Panjshir V
  • Hill 3234
  • Analysis
  • Aftermath
  • Unit Organization
  • Bibliography
  • Index

In 1979 the Soviet Union moved from military 'help' to active intervention in Afghanistan. Four-fifths of the Afghan National Army deserted in the first year of the war, which, compounded with the spread and intensification of the rebellion led by the formidable guerrilla fighters of the Mujahedeen, forced the Soviets to intensify their involvement.

The Cavalry Lance

Published: December 22nd, 2017     
The Cavalry Lance
Author: Alan Larsen & Henry Yallop; Illustrator: Peter Dennis
Reviewed by: Robert Head, IPMS# 48922
Company: Osprey Publishing

Osprey is a publishing house in the United Kingdom that should be a household name to the swarms of us modelers. Osprey continues to expand they're not so old Weapon series with the 59th book. The weapons series covers select weapons based on Innovation, lethality, impact and how they determined how warfare was changed in today's combat environment.

For the Weapons series, the chapters are organized as follows:

  • Introduction
  • Development
  • Use
  • Impact
  • Conclusion
  • Glossary
  • Bibliography
  • Index

The development of cavalry firearms and the widespread disappearance of armor from the European battlefield saw a decline in the use of the cavalry lance in early modern warfare. However, by 1800 the lance, much changed from its medieval predecessors in both form and function, was back.

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 uni