Figures & Dioramas

Reviews of products for scale figures and diorama models.

WW1 Belgian Infantry

Published: July 30th, 2021     
WW1 Belgian Infantry
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra - IPMS# 11198
Scale: 1/35
Company: ICM

ICM has finally filled a big gap in their ongoing World War 1 Infantry series by releasing a set of early-war Belgian Infantry. Unlike most of the previous sets which displayed figures advancing toward an unseen enemy, this set displays Belgian infantry in what must be the most iconic fashion for the period depicted - fighting from a defensive position.

The set includes three infantry figures in the traditional shakos, all crouching or kneeling, two actively firing their rifles and one cocking or reloading his weapon. It also includes an officer figure armed with sword and pistol. The set includes two sprues of equipment suitable for Belgian infantry from 1914 all the way to 1918, when they wore khaki uniforms with helmets.

Factory Gate

Published: June 29th, 2021     
Factory Gate
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra - IPMS# 11198
Scale: 1:35

With the loss of the famous Verlinden line of diorama accessories, other small manufacturers have been stepping in to fill the void. Danger Close Dioramics is one such company, with a line of nineteen products as of the time of this writing. Their "factory gate" accessory is one such product, consisting of six dark grey, non-porous resin pieces which, when assembled, make a diorama backdrop piece about ten inches in length.

Like another item from this company that I've examined, this one is also entirely composed of open-face mold castings, meaning that the backside of each piece varies quite a bit in quality - everything from slight underfills (with resin cupping along the edges) to some overfill issues, which necessitate quite a bit of grinding down. I found a Dremel with a sanding drum to be absolutely essential to grind things down to a decent match. If you elect to tackle this issue, be absolutely sure to wear a mask and if possible, have an exhaust fan running, as the dust from this process can be extremely hazardous.

Budda Temple

Published: June 29th, 2021     
Budda Temple
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra - IPMS# 11198
Scale: 1:35

Danger Close Dioramics is a relative newcomer to the area of diorama accessories, but they seem to be expanding their offerings at a good pace. The subject of this review in their Buddha Temple in 1/53th, which features a statue, base with steps, background wall and 1 side wall. DCD also includes several strips of bamboo-like plastic that can be used to enhance the scene if one wishes.

All resin parts are molded in a fairly dark gray ono-porous material which, although not bubble-free, is still relatively clean. All items in this set were clearly cast from open-face molds, so that back sides are not particularly pristine, with some overfill as well as some underfill with a certain amount of resin "cupping" along the edges. This does mean, however, that there are no casting blocks to remove.

WWII RAF Cadets

Published: June 29th, 2021     
WWII RAF Cadets
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra - IPMS# 11198
Scale: 1:32
Company: ICM

ICM continues with its growing tradition of providing suitable pilots for its newest 1/32nd releases, in this case the Tiger Moth training aircraft. Like most ICM figure sets, this one is comprised of four figures - three RAF cadets and an officer/trainer. One cadet is trying on a parachute harness while his classmates look on. This is a very simple set of figures to assemble, as there is only one piece of equipment between the four of them - the parachute harness.

As is typical of ICM, there are some subtle differences between the box art and the included figures. The only one that actually surprised me was that the officer on the box art is depicted holding a pipe, whereas the figure enclosed is not. His arm is in the same position, but no pipe, which makes for a slightly stilted-looking pose. This set does not appear to be sculpted by ICM's master figure sculptor, A. Gagarin, and it shows in the comparatively stiff poses that all the figures exhibit. That being said, it doesn't really detract from the figures and they certainly paint up very nicely and look the part.

Leather Color Range

Published: June 23rd, 2021     
Leather Color Range
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead - IPMS# 34786
Scale: NA

For figure builders, or anyone who builds models that might have some leather (seat covers and the like), one of the latest releases from Ammo by Mig is a six-piece leather color range set. The colors vary from dark brown to rust ochre and should satisfy all your brown leather painting needs. The paints all have a stainless-steel mixing ball already contained in the bottles to aid in mixing, and the colors can be mixed to provide the base color, shadows, highlights, and even scratches and tears. I would highly recommend this set to any modeler looking to add some brown leather to their builds.

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