Hauler produces photo-etched and resin upgrade sets for armored fighting vehicles (AFVs), airplanes, cars, railway vehicles, and dioramas. They also produce a few resin kits. Their products are in most of the common scale sizes, 1/72, 1/48, and 1/35, but they also produce a number of other items in common railroad hobbyist scales.
The kit for this review is a set of sharply cast resin Dragon Teeth. Dragon Teeth are those square concrete pyramids, most often associated with the Siegfried Line in Germany during World War II. However, these types of fortifications were used in many countries, other than Germany in World War II, and continued to be used today around the world. The idea behind these formations was to create an obstacle to slow the advance of enemy AFVs, or to channel those vehicles into prepared kill zones where anti-tank units waited in ambush.
This kit includes 8 Dragon Teeth in a clear plastic bag. The moldings are very crisp and the ones provided for this review had zero flash to remove. The pour stubs are located on the bottom of the pieces, and could probably be left in place when using them for a diorama. However, removing the stud would be a simple process of just filing, or cutting it off.
The parts come in different conditions of wear, which is a really nice feature. The Dragon Teeth provided in this kit had varying levels of wear, going from almost no wear to some that showed excessive wear. This small, but excellent feature can really add to the realism of the diorama and not create a ‘cookie cutter’ look with each piece being exactly the same.
Since there was no flash, preparing these for display was extremely simple. I primed them with some grey automotive primer, then added an acrylic wash, and then just dry-brushed some neutral grey over the piece. In just a matter of minutes, other than waiting for paints/washes to dry, you have some very nice pieces to add to your diorama.
If you’re planning an armor diorama, I highly recommend these pieces. In addition to diorama additions, these pieces would work well with a variety of table-top war games as barriers, or objective markers.
Thanks to Hauler, and IPMS/USA for providing the review sample.