Figures & Dioramas

Reviews of products for scale figures and diorama models.

Laurie "Lightning Bolt" Barnes

Published: December 5th, 2018     
Laurie "Lightning Bolt" Barnes
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra - IPMS# 11198
Scale: 1/24
Company: Master Box Ltd

For some time Master Box has been exploring an up-to-now largely ignored area in the mainstream modeling fraternity - science fiction figures - through their "Spaceport - At the Edge of the Universe - Strange Company's Adventures" series. Up until now, the action centered mainly around a rogue's gallery of characters in a sleazy cantina somewhere on the fringes of the law and known space. Laurie adds an interesting potential element of additional trouble as she is one of two new figures who are clearly intent on raiding the cantina, although I do find myself wondering who her target might be.

As with most of the figures in this range, she comes on a single gray sprue with a limited number of parts. Assembly is quite straight-forward with only a little filling needed around the shoulders. I chose to lower her arms slightly to offer a better view of her face. That really is an AWFULLY big gun!

Israeli Paratroopers, 1954-2016

Published: December 1st, 2018     
Israeli Paratroopers, 1954-2016
Reviewed by: Marc K. Blackburn - IPMS# 42892

Israeli Paratroopers, 1954-2016 is one of the latest offerings of a long running Osprey series that examines elite forces from around the world. The elite series follows a certain formula; something that Osprey is very good at. Each volume covers origins, a short chronology, organization and various operations that fall within the time span of the book. As with many Osprey publications, this one includes historic and contemporary photographs, and a series of plates that feature the uniforms, equipment, and lengthy captions that touch upon the history about the paratroopers. I am surprised that the Israeli paratroopers have not been covered until now. Regardless, this is a handy one volume history.

Chinese Soldier vs. Japanese Soldier: China, 1937-38

Published: November 26th, 2018     
Chinese Soldier vs. Japanese Soldier: China, 1937-38
Reviewed by: Marc K. Blackburn - IPMS# 42892

For most Americans, when you ask them when World War Two began, I imagine most people would answer December 7, 1941, the day the Japanese attacked the US Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor. In my mind, as this book reminds us, I think it is necessary to push the timeline back to the late 1930s and the beginning of the Second Sino-Japanese War. Osprey's combat series is one the more recent additions to their catalog of publications. As the title suggests, each volume looks at the relative strengths and weaknesses of a set of combatants across the historical time line. Each volume follows a specific formula - an introduction, a look at the weapons, tactics, recruitment and training of each side, descriptions of several battles the opponents fought, then an analysis and aftermath. As is typical for most Osprey books, this volume is well illustrated with historic photographs, maps of each battlefield, and several custom illustrations that bring alive particular instances of the battles told in each volume.

Forts: An Illustrated History of Building for Defence.

Published: November 25th, 2018     
Forts: An Illustrated History of Building for Defence.
Reviewed by: Marc K. Blackburn - IPMS# 42892

In collaboration with Jeremy Black, Osprey has produced several coffee table style books to highlight the history of maps, naval charts, and now fortifications. Using photographs and illustrations from the National Archives of Great Britain, Black and Osprey have produced a concise history of fortifications from around the world. Black, to his credit, uses an international approach when telling the story of the development and evolution of fortifications. The books uses a chronological format, from the beginning of recorded history to the dawn of the 21st Century. The highlight of the book are the illustrations; there is not a great deal of text with each chapter. Black provides a broad overview to each time period and uses substantial captions with each chapter to expand the story. They are professionally produced and pop out as you go through the book.

Stan "Long Haul" Thompson

Published: November 22nd, 2018     
Stan "Long Haul" Thompson
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette - IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/24
Company: Master Box Ltd

Master Box Ltd out of Ukraine has found a niche in providing figures for both stand-alone scenes or add-ons for current kits. This kit, Stan Thompson, Long Haul Trucker adds to their series designed to add to and compliment 1/24 scale semi trucks of all kinds.

This kit is meant to represent a truck standing by his rig with his gloved hands hooked into is pockets. The kit is one sprue of seven parts which is well done and free of flash. Assembly is simple, glue to the torso together and the legs, Glue those together and add the arms and head. Sand the seams and minimally fill any seams and prime and you are ready for paint. It is to be noted that the only real seam was between the torso and legs and took a very small dab of putty to fill.

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