Figures & Dioramas

Reviews of products for scale figures and diorama models.

Armies of the Italian Wars of Unification 1848–70 (2): Papal States, Minor States, & Volunteers

Published: May 27th, 2019     
Armies of the Italian Wars of Unification 1848–70 (2): Papal States, Minor States, & Volunteers
Author: Gabriele Esposito
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Osprey Publishing

Gabriele Esposito is an Italian researcher and a long-time student of military history. His main field of research is the military of 19th-century Latin America, but his interests range from the Ancient world to modern post-colonial conflicts. He has authored over 16 books, several works in the UK, including MAA 499 Armies of the War of the Triple Alliance 1864-70 and MAA 504 Armies of the War of the Pacific 1879-83, and is a regular contributor to many specialized magazines. He lives in Benevento, Italy.

Giuseppe Rava was born in Faenza on July 16, 1963, and took an interest in all things military from an early age. Entirely self-taught, Giuseppe has established himself as a leading military history artist, and is inspired by the works of the great military artists, such as Detaille, Meissonier, Rochling, Lady Butler, Ottenfeld and Angus McBride. He has illustrated over 50 books, many of those for Osprey Publishing. He lives and works in Italy. You can find him on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/GRava-art-590032097752808/.

USN Pilot (50s), Seated in Aircraft

Published: April 30th, 2019     
USN Pilot (50s), Seated in Aircraft
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Scale: 1/48
Company: PJ Production

Thank you PJ Production for providing this elegant aircraft accessory pilot figure, and thank you to the IPMS Reviewer Corps for letting me review it! I am very appreciative of all you do for the scale modeling community.

WW2 USN gunner, Seated in Aircraft

Published: April 29th, 2019     
WW2 USN gunner, Seated in Aircraft
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Scale: 1/32
Company: PJ Production

Thank you PJ Production for providing this elegant accessory gunner figure, and thank you to the IPMS Reviewer Corps for letting me review it! I am very appreciative of all you do for the scale modeling community.

The pilot arrived in a small blue cardboard box, with a small plastic bag inside holding both the pilot figure and a casting plug with arms. The light tan resin showed no sign of mold release and the minimal flash was easily removed without compromising the fine surface details. The resin is not too brittle or too soft. The separate arms allow custom positioning to suit the application, and the arm-torso join surfaces are flat, easily allowing drilling or flexible wire or pin to reinforce the joint. The neck-torso joint allows the gunner's head to be looking to one side or another, instead of stiffly aft. I have my gunner looking up and slightly to his left. He will be gripping the firing handle of a twin 0.50 in an SBD (still under construction), although an OS2U or SB2U would also be suitable. I expect that a TBM would also be good, but some modification might be needed for the gunner to fit in the turret.

Imperial Japanese Navy Pilot

Published: March 17th, 2019     
Imperial Japanese Navy Pilot
Reviewed by: David Wrinkle, IPMS# 45869
Scale: 1/32
Company: PJ Production

PJ Production is a Belgian company that is self-described as a company who specializes in the creation and production of resin scale models and accessories aimed at amateurs of military aircraft kits and aviation-related dioramas in 1/72nd, 1/48th and 1/32nd scale.

U.S. Army Field Safe

Published: March 16th, 2019     
U.S. Army Field Safe
Reviewed by: Mike Lamm, IPMS# 50139
Scale: 1/35
Company: Hauler

Hauler produces photo-etched and resin upgrade sets for armored fighting vehicles (AFVs), airplanes, cars, railway vehicles, and dioramas. They also produce a few resin kits. Their products are in most of the common scale sizes, 1/72, 1/48, and 1/35, but they also produce a number of other items in common railroad hobbyist scales.

This diorama accessory is a US Army Field Safe. The safe itself is a resin box, with 3 additional pieces of resin representing the combination dial, door handle, and the actual door with "US" stamped on the front. There is a small photoetch sheet, which contains six pieces of photo-etch that will make up the inside shelves for the safe. A simple instruction sheet is included too.

Construction goes together very easily. The shelves are assembled, then fitted inside the actual safe. The 2 small pieces of resin representing the combination dial and door handle attach to the indentations on the front of the door, and the door attaches neatly to the actual safe body. There wasn't much clean up needed and everything went together in a matter of minutes to provide a very reasonable example of a safe.