Figures & Dioramas

Reviews of products for scale figures and diorama models.

WWII German MG08 MG Team

Published: January 28th, 2020     
WWII German MG08 MG Team
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra - IPMS# 11198
Scale: 1/35
Company: ICM

ICM has made something of a name for itself in recent years by releasing some of the nicest WW1 figure sets available on the market. Along with infantry figures, they have started releasing machine gun sets with crew, which is certainly an appropriate addendum to their WW1 line.

Their excellent MG08 is actually available with two separate crews - one appropriate to its World War I use and another for its later utilization during World War II. Although tasked with providing information on the WW2 version, I actually had both in my kit collection, so could make some comparisons.

The WW2 variant includes the famous MG08 machine gun on its distinctive sled mounting, two crew members, two styles of ammunition cans, and two different water cans. Molding is very fine and delicate, with the consequence that the machine mount itself is just a little bit flimsy. Caution is necessary here, especially cleaning off the more delicate parts such as the front fork. The same caution should be utilized on assembling the accessories, as both the ammunition boxes and overflow cans have some very delicate sidewalls and handles.

Helen Parsons At the Edge of the Universe Figure

Published: January 14th, 2020     
Helen Parsons At the Edge of the Universe Figure
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra - IPMS# 11198
Scale: 1/24
Company: Master Box Ltd

Master Box Models is proving time and time again to be at the cutting edge of figure modeling - providing the modeler with figures and figure sets that would normally only be seen in the expensive garage manufacturing field. They've created post-apocalyptic sets, fantasy sets and science fiction sets -- all of them innovative and surprising.

This latest figure comes from their science fiction series At the Edge of the Universe, and features a future crew member earning her keep in a futuristic arena of death. Parselen, otherwise know as the "master of two blades" wears mostly traditional gladiatorial garb including a simplified take on a Mirmillon helm. The only modern touch on her that I could discern was the use of very contemporary footwear rather than sandals.

Panzerfaust 60

Published: December 29th, 2019     
Panzerfaust 60
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell - IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1/35
Company: Eduard

This is a Brassin resin set to make 8 Panzerfaust 60 anti-tank weapons used by Germany in world war two.

The set contains the following sets:

  • 6 x resin Panzerfaust 60 (in unarmed condition)
  • 2 x resin Panzerfaust 60 (in armed condition)
  • 1 decal sheet
  • 1 instruction sheet

The resin parts are very clean and no flash. The resin base part is easy to remove

The parts once painted, and decals added make a very realistic Panzerfaust.

Summary

This is a great set for adding very detailed rifles to any model that needs it.

Thanks go to Eduard for providing this set to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them.

Sten Mk.II Submachine Gun

Published: December 29th, 2019     
Sten Mk.II Submachine Gun
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell - IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1/35
Company: Eduard

This is a Brassin resin set to make 8 British Sten Mk.II submachine guns as used by the British during world war 2. This was the most common submachine gun used by the British and this set gives you parts to make two variants (4 of each) plus 4 magazines.

The set contains the following sets:

  • 8 x resin Sten guns
  • 4 x resin magazines
  • 4 straight tube stocks
  • 4 formed tube stocks
  • 1 colored photoetch sheet
  • 1 instruction sheet

The resin parts are very clean and no flash. The resin base part is easy to remove. The photo etch parts form the straps for the Sten guns. There is also a mix of two straps for both versions of the Sten guns.

The parts assemble very easily and give a very realistic Sten guns when complete. They are idea for adding to figures, as stowed equipment or for dioramas.

Summary

This is a great set for adding very detailed submachine guns to any model that needs it. I would recommend this set to everyone.

Thanks go to Eduard for providing this set to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them.

Soviet Naval Aviation (Pilot and Land Crew WW2)

Published: December 25th, 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.