Figures & Dioramas

Reviews of products for scale figures and diorama models.

Baggage Carts

Published: November 6th, 2019     
Baggage Carts
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1/35
Company: Hauler

Hauler has provided another addition to their great Diorama releases. This is two Baggage Carts (Wire Mesh Containers) for use anywhere. They are like ones used at Airports, Train stations, in factories etc.

The detail quality is great; The parts are very delicate parts that need careful removal and added to the assembly. You can build two complete assemblies with this kit.

The kit contains One Photo etch sheet, eight resin wheels and an instruction sheet.

The Assembly is quick and easy with no real issues, as long as you are experienced with Photo Etch parts.

The final part is painting which is free for you to do as you please. I chose a medium grey as used at most post war airports around Europe.

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

Wild Wild West Outhouse

Published: October 15th, 2019     
Wild Wild West Outhouse
Reviewed by: John Noack, IPMS# 23017
Scale: 54mm
Company: Masterpiece Models

John Geigle of Masterpiece Models gave us a number of review items in Chattanooga this year and because I love to build the quirky and unusual stuff, I volunteered to do the dirty work (I'm going to try my best to avoid puns during the rest of this review, as difficult as that is for me.) and put this one together.

This kit is provided as a single sheet of laser cut wood along with two small resin hinges. The wood grain detail is etched directly into each part, and a front and rear mirror image of each component is provided. First steps are to separate all of the parts from the sheet and glue these mirror images together, which I did using white glue and lots of clamps. Allowing these to dry overnight, I then assembled the entire structure using CA glue, which took about 20 minutes. I have some small aluminum angle blocks which came in handy establishing the 90 degree corners. Masterpiece provides internal bracing strips for the walls and door, which add a lot to the look of the kit.

American Gasoline Loaders (1910s)

Published: October 13th, 2019     
American Gasoline Loaders (1910s)
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Scale: 1/24
Company: ICM

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This is another kit in ICM's series of Model T vehicles and figures, and includes two figures that can be posed loading gasoline cans into the rear of ICM's Model T Light Delivery Car, or other 1/24 truck. The Figures and Delivery Car are combined in another ICM Kit, #28019. Gas and oil can accessories are included with the kit.

The kit comes on three sprues molded in soft light gray plastic, one sprue with the two figures, and two duplicate sprues of the gasoline and oil tanks. The instructions come on a single page, double-sided, 8 1/4" x 11 1/2" sheet. One side shows a diagram of the sprues and identifies paint colors in Revell and Tamiya colors. The opposite side of the instructions are color illustrations of the figures showing part numbers and detail painting.

Great Other

Published: October 8th, 2019     
Great Other
Reviewed by: Ben Morton, IPMS# 47301
Scale: 1/16
Company: ICM

ICM Plastic Model Kits is offering the figure modeler an additional 'Game of Thrones' character for their collection. The previously release was an excellent 1/16th scale plastic kit of the 'King of the Night.' also known as the Ice Zombie King (or is it Zombie Ice King?) from the Game of Thrones series on HBO.

The Great Other, within the faith of Sailor, is also known as The Lord of Darkness, Soul of Ice, or God of Night and Terror within the folklore of the Game of Thrones saga. Or, you can just call him Al!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uq-gYOrU8bA

This companion figure is molded in fifteen, light gray plastic parts with a three-piece display base, in black styrene, and a single clear bit for the Great Others weapon of choice. This spear is tipped with 'Dragon Glass'. (Obsidian, for those that may be unfamiliar.). Additionally, ICM includes a painting guide and an 8x11 glossy, Hollywood-type print of the box art that is suitable for framing. Or, I suppose you could use it as a painting guide.

Japanese Refueling Cart

Published: August 24th, 2019     
Japanese Refueling Cart
Reviewed by: David Wrinkle, IPMS# 45869
Scale: 1/72
Company: Brengun

I was intrigued by this model offered by Brengun that would be a great piece to add with your Japanese ground-based aircraft display base. My hopes are that I will eventually have an opportunity to try the 1/48 scale version of this accessory.

Typical with Brengun's other releases, they provide the end user with some extremely nicely cast parts molded in a darkish grey resin. If there were any imperfections, they were not noticeable to my eye. I found the parts delicate buy not fragile. The resin was reasonably pliable making removal from the pour stubs easily achievable with a little patience. I can't overstress to double, triple, and quadruple check the instructions before removing the parts. I had a small oops where I removed and discarded a small portion of the support frame. Thankfully I was able to recover my error with a scratch-built pump mount.