Figures & Dioramas

Reviews of products for scale figures and diorama models.

Browning .50 cal. Cartridges and Empty Shells

Published: September 10th, 2018     
Browning .50 cal. Cartridges and Empty Shells
Reviewed by: Ben Morton, IPMS# 47301
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.

WWII German Infantry

Published: August 23rd, 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 carrying a rifle. Five parts on one pour block, with main body/torso, two arms, one head with soft field hat with front bill, and one rifle. Another walking pose, good for being alone or walking with the other members of this particular set, looking to his left with mauser 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. Triple "clip" pouch, and again a medium weight winter jacket.

As on the previous figure, I made a sling strap for the rifle by lead wire, rolling it flat under an X-Acto #11 handle on the building pad.

12.7mm Ammo Belts

Published: August 22nd, 2018     
12.7mm Ammo Belts
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1:32
Company: Eduard

Ever want to add some detail to your scratchbuilding or diorama? Eduard offers you just this opportunity with these ammo belts. While 1/32nd it could also be used in 1/35th scale. Inside the usual Brassin blister pack are four 12.5 inch ammo belts. Molded perfectly in grey resin these parts include some exquisite detail of the ammo and the links. Carefully removing them from the sprue is really the hardest part. They are stiff when attached to the pour block, but once removed they are flexible. You can improve the flexibility by a little bit of heat to help bend it. Key word is a little bit.

Just in case you were wondering, 12.5mm equals a .50 Cal bullet.

You can use this set for a variety of things. I can see it on a figure wrapped around the neck or hanging off of a derelict airplane. They can be put into gun troughs for wing mounted guns or on an armored vehicle or two. Because you can cut them to length then this set will go a long way.

This is another neat item that you can put into your toolbox and use in a variety of ways.

Highly recommended

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