Figures & Dioramas

Reviews of products for scale figures and diorama models.

Her Majesty’s Estafette

Published: October 3rd, 2018     
Her Majesty’s Estafette
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Scale: 1:35
Company: Industria Mechanika

This is a high-quality resin kit of a unique steampunk vehicle with figures. The part fit is exceptionally good, but there are some small & delicate parts to work with, and resin experience is important.

Industria Mechanika is a low volume, high quality 'garage' kit company focusing on original concept designs of steampunk, airships, fantasy, fantastical figures, and other whimsical creations. Many of IM's kits are original designs created by its owner and designer, Michael Fichtenmayer, or other designers. The kits are produced in resin of the highest quality, and many include photoetch, decals, and other accessories.

Her Majesty's Estafette is designed by Christohe Desse, who has designed several other kits for Industria Mechanika. Desse is a special effect artist and modeler for advertising, tv, film, and games in France, Germany and Singapore. Christophe enjoys creating cartoony or stylized characters and supercharged muscle cars.

Ringtrichter Richtungshörer Horchgerät (German WWII Acoustic Monitor Tool)

Published: September 10th, 2018     
Ringtrichter Richtungshörer Horchgerät (German WWII Acoustic Monitor Tool)
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Scale: 1/72
Company: CMK

Background information from Wikipedia:

Ringtrichter Richtungshorer Horchgerat, or literally 'hearing aid for anti-aircraft guns' were developed in the First World War as military reconnaissance devices to locate guns on the battlefields. The successes were modest, however, because artillery fire is only short-term sound events, and there were several gun positions on the battlefields so that the localization was difficult. The directional receiver was much better suited for the localization of aircraft. By means of several devices, the true position of a relatively slow sound source moving in the subsonic range could be determined by cross-bearing. They were still used during the Second World War in order to locate enemy aircraft, even in weather such as fog or darkness. With the increasing speed of aircraft and the invention of radar technology, the Richtungshorer was largely obsolete.

This kit is from Czech Master's Kits (CMK), which is now part of Special Hobby.

Browning .50 cal. Cartridges and Empty Shells

Published: September 10th, 2018     
Browning .50 cal. Cartridges and Empty Shells
Reviewed by: Ben Morton
Scale: 1/35
Company: Master Model

One of the perks about being a member of the IPMS/USA Review Corps is that occasionally you get pre-notification from a manufacturer on their latest releases. Along with this notification comes the opportunity to order, for review, any of those newer items. Such an opportunity was recently presented to reviewer corps members by Master Model of Poland.

Master Model of Poland is a company that was created by a passion for modeling. Their focus is on providing metal details to give the modeler the opportunity to build replicas of the originals. Their turned brass and aluminum items include gun barrels (naval, armor, and aircraft), antenna sets, ship masts, and aircraft pitot tubes. These items range in scale from 1/700th to 1/24th.

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Sci-fi 4 Display Base

Published: September 6th, 2018     
Sci-fi 4 Display Base
Reviewed by: Brent Bristow, IPMS# 48487
Company: Coastal Kits

All of us, at some point, have finished a model after many weeks or months of work, and realized that it needed a display base of some sort to enhance the piece. But creating a base can often be just as time consuming as the model, and if you are ready to move on to another project, it may get put on the back burner or never get done. Coastal Kits is working to provide a solution to this problem with several premade, two-dimensional bases that allow you to quickly and easily enhance your model. For this review, I will be looking at the one of these bases, which is called Sci-Fi 4.

The base measures 250x250mm (approximately 9.84x9.84 inches) and is made of sturdy plastic board material that is 3 mm thick. It has a little flexibility but does not bend easily. As an experiment, I tried to make an indention in the top of the display with my fingernail with a moderate amount of force and was unable to make a dent in the material. If this base can withstand this, it should be able to withstand the weight of most styrene or resin models without compressing.

WWII German Infantry

Published: August 24th, 2018     
WWII German Infantry
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Aerobonus

IPMS/USA thanks the Aires Aerobonus team once again for sending us this simple, excellent items for use in a diorama setting. And thanks to Phil and John for obtaining the sets for the team.

This set consists of one perfectly cast figure of an infantryman with a pail/bucket and a rifle. Six parts on one pour block, with main body/torso, two arms, one head with helmet, one bucket, and one rifle. Standard fare with a lifelike pose in walking mode, looking to his left with helmet in hand.

The facial features are natural and after light priming take paint and detail wash well. Details include a cartridge container and overall fall/winter jacket. It looks to be around 1940-42 uniform to me as an uninitiated figure guy.

I added a metal handle for the bucket from fuse wire, and made a sling strap for the rifle by the same wire, rolling it flat under an X-Acto #11 handle on the building pad.