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.
I will utilize this base as a presentation setting for my 1/48 modern aircraft at the coming year’s shows.. While bases are not "judged" per se, presentation never hurts. As it should be, though, an eye-catching presentation base will not help your entry place if there are three better entries on the table! Nevertheless, I will purchase several more of these.
Thanks to the IPMS Reviewer Corps and Coastalkits for the opportunity to review this item.