Domestic Animals

Published: May 1st, 2011     
Box Art
Box Art
Reviewed by: 
Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/35
Company: Master Box
Price: $13.00
Product / Stock #: MB 3566

Kit Review:

The domestic animals set is a welcome addition to the 1/35 scale diorama, adding some more every-day objects (or animals) to the traditionally military-focus aspects of dioramas.

Master Box has released a single sprue of 26 parts containing two cows and one goat. The box shows two goats, but it is just two suggested painting options. The sprue attachment points are medium sized and some part preparation and cleaning is needed. Care is needed when removing parts from the sprue as to avoid damaging detail. Overall detail is good, with clearly detailed faces, eyes and ears. You can even see the ribs in the cow sides. The goat hair might be a bit overdone but that makes painting and washing easier.

The parts have no locating pins and there are some mold lines that need to be removed. The mold lines tend to run along the legs and bellies of the animals. The overall fit is below average. I've used a few clamps to get the parts to fit and I then ran liquid cement along the join. Still I needed some putty and sanding, mainly along the back and the neck areas of the cow. The goat parts have a better fit than the cow.

Scale accuracy is difficult at best when dealing with 'live objects' due to the natural variation on size of animals, but from my measurements the cow and goat backs are about 3 and 4.5 feet tall, respectively which seems to be about right.

The sprue has a limited-run flavor to it given that has no location points, the medium size sprue attachment points and prominent mold lines. I would recommend this set for the averaged to experience modeler.

I would like to thank Master Box, Dragon Models (http://www.dragonmodelsusa.com) and IPMS/USA for the review sample.

  • Underside box art
    Underside box art
  • Cow after filler added
    Cow after filler added
  • Goat after filler added
    Goat after filler added
  • Finished cow
    Finished cow
  • Finished goat
    Finished goat
  • Finished cow and goat
    Finished cow and goat

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