Figures & Dioramas

Reviews of products for scale figures and diorama models.

Soviet Naval Aviation (Pilot and Land Crew WW2)

Published: December 24th, 2019     
Soviet Naval Aviation (Pilot and Land Crew WW2)
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo - IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/48
Company: Reskit

ResKit from Ukraine has released a two-figure aftermarket set for the 48th scale aviation modelers. The figures are for a Soviet Naval Pilot and a Land Crew personnel, both of them in a military salute standing position in winter clothes.

You can see in the pictures that the figures as casted have superb surface details and all the folds in the clothing will render beautifully for shadows. There are no evident bubbles nor holes in the figures, showing the quality of the casting.

There are no instructions, but the assembly is straightforward and there is a color image on the box that guides how to paint the figures.

The casting blocks are somewhat large, but the casting block connectors are small and delicate and will be easy to remove and clean the parts.

Recommended.

I would like to thank ResKit and IPMS/USA for the review sample.

Poor Cinderella 32mm Figure

Published: December 20th, 2019     
Poor Cinderella 32mm Figure
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette - IPMS# 33653
Company: Morland Studios

Morland Studios produces an excellent line of 32mm and 54mm figures, 200mm busts as well as bases and scenics with the focus on quality display miniatures. This review is the 32mm Poor Cinderella sculpted by Kevin Contos and based on the artwork of Howard David Johnson. This item is 32mm and comes with four parts. There is a base with the main figure and then the two baskets. The base is plastic and the rest of the parts are white metal. All the parts are very well cast and required only some minor scraping to remove the seams. I primed all the metal parts with Alclad gray. When dry, I glued the figure to the base for ease of painting.

The painting started with the face. I used Scale 75 paints for the face. As you can see in the pictures, this is a small kit (I added a penny for size. A lot of time was spent using a visor. Acrylics were used throughout. One thing that hits you immediately is the astounding amount of detail- from the apples in the baskets to the detailing of the clothes, it is just everywhere.

USN Deck Crew "Vietnam"

Published: December 18th, 2019     
USN Deck Crew "Vietnam"
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette - IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/32
Company: Videoaviation

This latest set from Videoaviation.com includes two Navy crewmen and an Aero 12 ordnance cart with two boxes of fuses suitable for Vietnam era planes like the F-4 and A-4. The figures are one "red shirt" ordnance man and one 'green shirt" aircraft mechanic circa 1965-1968.

Inside the pack, you will find 16 parts in cream colored resin- one figure is three parts and the other is four parts. The remainders of the parts make up the cart and fuses. There are also painting/assembly instructions and even more photographs on the web site. There are slight seam lines as with all resin cast parts and these are easily scraped away. Fit of the parts is great and no filler was used. I left the heads off for easier painting. All parts were washed thoroughly with dish soap and dried. The cart was assembled without wheels. The arms were attached to the figures and all the parts primed with Alclad grey primer.

The cart was painted yellow and washed with oils and weathered and flat coated. The tires have yellow rims and black tires and followed the same procedures. These were added and the entire cart flat coated with Dull Cote and the cart was done.

Deck Crew Aircraft Maintenance

Published: December 18th, 2019     
Deck Crew Aircraft Maintenance
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette - IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/32
Company: Videoaviation

Videoaviation.com continues its excellent streak of 1/32nd scale diorama accessories with Set 1872323, a Navy Deck Crew for aircraft maintenance. This set includes two Navy Deck Crew Aircraft maintenance figures- one kneeling with a tool to remove screws and the other assisting. Also included is an Aero 12C cart with a selection of toolboxes included.

Inside the package, you will find 22 creme colored resin pieces. Of these, the cart is seven pieces, the toolboxes are five, and the remainder is for the figures. There are also painting/assembly instructions and even more photographs on the web site. There are slight seam lines as with all resin cast parts and these are easily scraped away. Fit of the parts is great and no filler was used. I left the heads off for easier painting. All parts were washed thoroughly with dish soap and dried. The cart was assembled without wheels. The arms were attached to the figures and all the parts primed with Alclad grey primer.

M1919 Browning .30 caliber (7.62mm) Empty Shells (25 pieces)

Published: December 14th, 2019     
M1919 Browning .30 caliber (7.62mm) Empty Shells (25 pieces)
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra - IPMS# 11198
Scale: 1/35
Company: Master Model

Every once in a great while you run into something in the modeling world that really makes you stand up and take notice. I think Master Models has finally hit about the limit of size feasibility in the scale business - 1/35th scale empty .30 caliber shells that are literally on the edge of visibility for an old coot like me.

This package comes with 25 pieces that are absolutely remarkable for their size and detail. Despite their minuteness, they're not just little pieces of brass rod, but actual shells with rims and a shell opening on one end. I honestly don't know how they are even capable of manufacturing something this small - they're smaller than grains of rice and are closer to the size of (hope this isn't too disturbing) head lice. As you can see, they're hard to photograph because they're so small. Absolutely amazing!