Reviews of products for scale figures and diorama models.
Review Author
Ben Morton
Published on
October 22, 2021
Company
Monroe Purdue Studios
Scale
1/35
MSRP
$5.00

Monroe Perdu Studios has been in existence since 2001. They specialize in both resin (notably Zimmerit sheets) and laser cut kits for diorama and architectural-subject builders. Offered in various scales, their laser cut kits provide some unique structures (chapel, farmhouse, etc.) as well as more than a few diorama accessory items (church pew, wheelbarrow, wooden scooters, etc.) that could easily find a home in your next project.

One such item is a kit of two wooden rocking horse. The laser cut parts for the two different styles of rocking horses come on a small sheet of thin cardboard.  Don't let the nature of that material put you off, the assembled 'horsies' couldn't be sturdier.

Wooden Wine Crates

Doug Cole Fri, 2021-10-22 08:10
Review Author
Eric Christianson
Published on
October 22, 2021
Company
Monroe Purdue Studios
Scale
1:35
MSRP
$9.00

Perusing the website of Monroe Purdue Studios (MPS), out of Simi Valley CA, will uncover a variety of unusual modeling products, including a growing set of very affordable laser-cut wood sets, among a lot of other interesting items. Visiting their booth at the 2021 Las Vegas IPMS Nationals, I looked at a dozen or so build-ups in various stages of completion, demonstrating the uniqueness of their products. I came home with two sets; a 1/35th scale laser-cut wood French Wine Crates set for cases of wine (the subject of this review), and a complete zimmerit set for the 1/35th scale HobbyBoss King Tiger II (the subject of a separate IPMS review).

Review Author
Allan Murrell
Published on
October 7, 2021
Company
ICM
Scale
1:24
MSRP
$25.00

ICM has released kit of a British Policeman in the standard on the beat uniform.

In the box is:

  • 2 x light grey sprues
  • 1 stand base
  • 1 black sprue
  • 1 instruction sheets
  • 1 box art print

Construction

The construction of the figure is very easy and they assemble very well. You do need to do a little filling here and there during the assembly.

The Base is a nice touch and has optional ground finishes to choose from.

Painting was easy, although I did not use all the reference colors as shown on in the instructions. I did use all Tamiya paints with the shoes and helmet strap being done using Semi Gloss black, the main uniform was Rubber black as this is closer to the uniform color at this scale. The Silver was replaced with Chrome. The finish I feel is better using these colors.

I really enjoyed building these and they look great as a team of individually.

Review Author
Blaine Singleton
Published on
October 4, 2021
Company
Hauler
Scale
1/72
MSRP
$11.39

Hauler is known as a supplier of high-quality detail parts for aircraft, as well as other subjects. Once painted the fuel barrels provide a very nice addition to any diorama.

Package Contents

2 sets of resin containing the fuel barrels, with each set containing 6 barrels.

Instructions

The barrels are molded in resin and there are no instructions contained or needed in the kit.

Painting

The first thing I did was to wash the resin barrels in soapy water to remove any residue that may be on the pieces.

I decided for ease of handling that I would leave the barrels on their resin sprue.

I started painting the barrels by first applying Stynlreyz, light gray. I then decided that I would “paint” the barrels with AK weathering pencils.

Review Author
Gino Dykstra
Published on
September 10, 2021
Company
ICM
Scale
1:35
MSRP
$30.99

ICM continues with its fascinating series of Chernobyl “instant dioramas” with the latest being a scene depicting the evacuation of civilians from the threatened region around the power plant disaster. In this case, five figures are provided, along with an apartment balcony, a small pot and a printed background to bring it all together.

The figures include one older gentleman, a young man and woman, and a somewhat matronly mother with young daughter. All are excellently sculpted and show lots of individual character along with natural poses. If there is any objection to the sculpting, it’s that none of the figures display the level of abject terror that I, personally, would be undergoing if such a thing were happening to me. In fact, all of the poses appear to be relatively relaxed. Maybe no one really knew what was happening.

Review Author
Gino Dykstra
Published on
July 30, 2021
Company
ICM
Scale
1/35
MSRP
$15.99

ICM has finally filled a big gap in their ongoing World War 1 Infantry series by releasing a set of early-war Belgian Infantry. Unlike most of the previous sets which displayed figures advancing toward an unseen enemy, this set displays Belgian infantry in what must be the most iconic fashion for the period depicted – fighting from a defensive position.

The set includes three infantry figures in the traditional shakos, all crouching or kneeling, two actively firing their rifles and one cocking or reloading his weapon. It also includes an officer figure armed with sword and pistol. The set includes two sprues of equipment suitable for Belgian infantry from 1914 all the way to 1918, when they wore khaki uniforms with helmets.

Review Author
Gino Dykstra
Published on
June 29, 2021
Company
Danger Close Dioramics
Scale
1:35
MSRP
$23.90

With the loss of the famous Verlinden line of diorama accessories, other small manufacturers have been stepping in to fill the void. Danger Close Dioramics is one such company, with a line of nineteen products as of the time of this writing. Their “factory gate” accessory is one such product, consisting of six dark grey, non-porous resin pieces which, when assembled, make a diorama backdrop piece about ten inches in length.

Review Author
Gino Dykstra
Published on
June 29, 2021
Company
Danger Close Dioramics
Scale
1:35
MSRP
$34.20

Danger Close Dioramics is a relative newcomer to the area of diorama accessories, but they seem to be expanding their offerings at a good pace. The subject of this review in their Buddha Temple in 1/53th, which features a statue, base with steps, background wall and 1 side wall. DCD also includes several strips of bamboo-like plastic that can be used to enhance the scene if one wishes.

All resin parts are molded in a fairly dark gray ono-porous material which, although not bubble-free, is still relatively clean. All items in this set were clearly cast from open-face molds, so that back sides are not particularly pristine, with some overfill as well as some underfill with a certain amount of resin “cupping” along the edges. This does mean, however, that there are no casting blocks to remove.

Review Author
Gino Dykstra
Published on
June 29, 2021
Company
ICM
Scale
1:32
MSRP
$19.56

ICM continues with its growing tradition of providing suitable pilots for its newest 1/32nd releases, in this case the Tiger Moth training aircraft. Like most ICM figure sets, this one is comprised of four figures – three RAF cadets and an officer/trainer. One cadet is trying on a parachute harness while his classmates look on. This is a very simple set of figures to assemble, as there is only one piece of equipment between the four of them – the parachute harness.

Review Author
Scott Hollingshead
Published on
June 23, 2021
Company
AMMO by Mig Jimenez
Scale
NA
MSRP
$16.40

For figure builders, or anyone who builds models that might have some leather (seat covers and the like), one of the latest releases from Ammo by Mig is a six-piece leather color range set. The colors vary from dark brown to rust ochre and should satisfy all your brown leather painting needs. The paints all have a stainless-steel mixing ball already contained in the bottles to aid in mixing, and the colors can be mixed to provide the base color, shadows, highlights, and even scratches and tears. I would highly recommend this set to any modeler looking to add some brown leather to their builds.