Figures & Dioramas

Reviews of products for scale figures and diorama models.

WWII German Infantry

Published: August 22nd, 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 item 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 Panzerschrek (PS) round on the shoulder. Five parts on one pour block, with main body/torso, two arms, one head with soft field hat with front bill, and one PS round. This one is a standing relaxed pose, good for being alone or walking with the other members of this particular set, looking to his left with weapon over the left shoulder. The detail includes the firing handle on the PS.

The facial features are natural and after light priming take paint and detail wash well. Details include an overall fall/winter jacket with pouch on the belt. The right hand appears to be set up for holding a cigarette (Turkish tobacco not included).

World War II US Marine Infantry Regiments

Published: August 20th, 2018     
World War II US Marine Infantry Regiments
Author: Gordon L. Rottman; Illustrator: Peter Dennis
Reviewed by: William Kluge, IPMS# 45849
Company: Osprey Publishing

Prior to the First World War, U.S. Marine units were generally small and specialized, primarily naval base guard units or ship based detachments. In the decade leading up to The Great War, these smaller units were combined as needed to form provisional regimental sized units for specific missions, and disbanded when those missions were completed. Fourteen Marine regiments were raised during World War I, but by the eve of World War II, only seven understrength regiments remained. By the end of the war, the Marines had established six divisions comprising 18 infantry regiments, in addition to numerous specialized outfits that were created, disbanded, or merged into other Marine Corps units.

Aircraft Hangar Display Base with Background

Published: August 20th, 2018     
Aircraft Hangar Display Base with Background
Reviewed by: Rob Booth, IPMS# 37548
Scale: 1:48
Company: Coastal Kits

Coastalkits from the UK has produced a line of model display bases in various designs, shapes and scales from grass airfields to modern hardscapes. This particular design is a rectangular replica of typical concrete hangar floor and photo backdrop of a hangar wall and bi-parting door. The dimensions are 420mm X 297mm X 420mm (about 12 X 16-1/2 inches) and is suitable for small to medium sized 1/48 scale aircraft.

The resolution of the printing is excellent, and provides a realistic setting as an added presentation touch for your latest masterpiece at contests, or in your display case at home. The artboard core of the base and background makes for a lightweight addition to your contest take-along accessories that will make your model stand out from those that are simply placed on top of the standard entry paperwork. There are no instructions, as the use is obvious, but some recommendations to obtaining a 90 degree stance of the backdrop would be appreciated. An easy enough solution is to use bent coat hanger wire and duct tape to fix the backdrop in place.

Armor Display Base (Small)

Published: August 7th, 2018     
Armor Display Base (Small)
Reviewed by: Michael Lamm, IPMS# 50139
Scale: 1/72
Company: Coastal Kits

Coastal Kits is based in Lancashire, UK, and began marketing their own range of display bases at the end of 2012. Since that time, their business has grown and concentrates almost exclusively on printed display bases for just about any type of model you ever wanted to build in just about any scale. Looking thru the offerings on their website is almost overwhelming there are so many choices, and they will even custom-make bases.

The display bases are manufactured from 3mm Foamex board, which feels like a rigid mousepad. The material is basically a waterproof plastic, with a printed display on one side. The pre-printed image is a high-quality image on a laminated, wipeable matt vinyl surface which, unlike paper products, will not raise or bubble.

Steel Storage Locker

Published: July 12th, 2018     
Steel Storage Locker
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/35
Company: Hauler

Hauler continues it releases of wonderful diorama and vignette pieces with set 35105 which includes all the parts needed to make two lockers. Not foot lockers, think lockers like gyms and high school.  The set comes as a single photoetch sheet consisting of twelve parts in brass.

Construction takes good folds so I grabbed my Hold and Fold and set out to build it up. The first set of folds is to the four outer walls and top. These fold to make the body of the lockers. I glued the seam tight and moved on to the next step. You fold a front lip to the top divider. This is added to the vertical divider and this slid into the locker frame from the bottom. I used a Glue Looper and thin CA to secure. The bottom was added and same way and secured.

The largest problem I had in the build were the two locker doors. They are very thin and have lovers on the top and bottom To this, you add a our ring of backing and for the life of me, they kept bending when adding the backs. I managed to get them fairly straight through working with smooth pliers and weight. I added the claps to the doors and lockers.