Figures & Dioramas

Reviews of products for scale figures and diorama models.

Napoleon’s Imperial Guard Uniforms and Equipment, Vol II, The Cavalry

Published: January 18th, 2021     
Napoleon’s Imperial Guard Uniforms and Equipment, Vol II, The Cavalry
Reviewed by: Marc K. Blackburn - IPMS# 42892
Company: Frontline Books

This the second volume in a series devoted to the uniforms and equipment of Napoleon's Imperial Guard. The first volume concentrated on the Infantry and I have not seen it. This volume focuses on the cavalry. The Imperial Guard, as the name suggests, was Napoleon's personal guard that expanded into the elite regiments of the French Army. The material culture of the military through the ages has always attracted buffs, historians, and modelers. The author, rather than relying on secondary sources has dipped into archives and museum collections to understand the nitty gritty details, in particular colors and construction. As the author points out, despite the evidence that does exist, in many cases, we will never know many of the details that made up the uniforms of Napoleon's elite guard. I can only assume that the first volume is a similar layout.

Polish Regiment Representative Officer

Published: December 31st, 2020     
Polish Regiment Representative Officer
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery - IPMS# 14003
Scale: 1/16
Company: ICM

ICM is offering an injection-molded kit of a Polish Regiment Representative Officer in 1/16th scale. The figure is well dressed and well-armed, with a sword and scabbard in hand, and a pistol strapped to the waist belt on the back side of the figure.

The figure consists of 26 parts on two runners. The larger runner holds 20 parts, all of which will assemble into the figure and weapons. The smaller runner holds 6 parts making up an impressive base. In its final form, the base will consist of only 3 of those 6 parts. The base "frame" is a rectangular part that gives the base its height as well as a flat, untextured surface upon which 1 of 3 textured "walking surfaces" can be affixed. The first option resembles a textured surface of bricks, in the traditional staggered, straight row pattern. The second option is, again, a pattern of bricks, this selection featuring the bricks laid out in curved rows. Lastly a surface of large steppingstones is provided.

American Civil War Union Infantry

Published: December 21st, 2020     
American Civil War Union Infantry
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra - IPMS# 11198
Scale: 1:35
Company: ICM

It never rains but it pours. The first company to release styrene figures from the Civil War was Dragon, which released a terrific set of Union soldiers in 1/32nd scale some decades back. Unfortunately, they never followed up with the promised Confederate infantry, as they apparently didn't feel the sales merited it (hard to understand, as I literally bought a case of them for myself).

However, recently two different companies have suddenly released figures from that era - Masterbox and now ICM. ICM, in my opinion, has taken the lead in this arena by releasing BOTH Union and Confederate troops.

This particular set of Union infantry provides four soldiers, two firing their weapons, one reloading, and one apparently just having received return fire. Unusual for IM figure sets, this one does not include an officer figure. However, if you happen to purchase the Confederate infantry set from ICM as well, this includes an officer figure which is extremely easy to convert - just shave the braid off the sleeves and kepi, and give him a couple of shoulder boards.

Chernobyl #3: Rubble Cleaners

Published: December 21st, 2020     
Chernobyl #3: Rubble Cleaners
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra - IPMS# 11198
Scale: 1:35
Company: ICM

It's a little hard after all this time for the average person (like me) to really understand the magnitude of the disaster that was the 1986 Chernobyl Reactor #4 meltdown. Although the Russians themselves are pretty tight-lipped about the whole thing, it is roughly estimated that somewhere above 300,000 workers ( called "liquidators," ironically) were cycled through the clean-up process between 1986 and 1989, although as many as 500,000 might have been involved. At least 40 died immediately or only shortly thereafter, and of the rest . . . well, the stories aren't pleasant. One worker from a team of around 30 states that he and four others are the only ones alive today, all others having succumbed to cancers of various sorts. What the ultimate death toll was (or will be) is unknown, but it may have resulted in as many as a million premature deaths worldwide.

German Luftwaffe Ground Personnel 1939-1945

Published: December 20th, 2020     
German Luftwaffe Ground Personnel 1939-1945
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery - IPMS# 14003
Scale: 1/32
Company: ICM

Product Description

ICM has released a kit in 1/32nd scale featuring a "crew" of 3 Luftwaffe ground personnel in uniforms that would be worn from 1939 to 1945. The kit also includes a 200 liter fuel drum, a pair of smaller containers for liquids, a fuel pump to attach to the fuel drum, and a toolbox with the lid closed. Two of the figures appear to be wearing the same uniform, while the 3rd figure, standing and carrying one of the aforementioned liquid containers in his right hand, is wearing a slightly different uniform, lighter in color than his crew-mates.

Product Packaging

ICM packages this kit in a strong and durable cardboard box that has a tab that slides into a slot, keeping the box tightly closed until that tab is pulled out of the slot. Inside that box you will find the instruction sheet and the parts runners, the runners being contained in a sealed clear bag. Upon receipt, I noted that all the parts were still attached to their runners, but even if one were to come loose it would still be found, safe and sound, in that clear bag.