Dioramas Plus, 1/35 scale
Reviewed by Steve Kubik
The kit came packaged extremely well with no damage The castings are double wrapped, first in bubble wrap and then shrink wrapped to some sturdy cardboard. Generous amounts of filler paper ensured a secure packing to prevent movement.
This kit is comprised of two building walls, front and left side. They’re made of hydrocal plaster and detail is very, very good, but only on one side. The window frames are made from laser cut wood.
There is also thin styrene for the glass. The kit also contains assorted rubble matching the structure and also loose bricks.
Six pages of instructions give detailed information regarding types of adhesives to use and which to avoid. The instructions are clear and concise, with 5 steps containing illustrations. Detailed painting instructions and weathering techniques are included. Since the kit is made from plaster, the builder recommends using a primer to seal the plaster before painting.
Construction appears easy. Sanding down the edges to clean off the flash This will ensure a square tight fit. The manufacturer recommends using 5 minute epoxy, as it gives you time to work to ensure a square fit, but says that super glue will work. He doesn’t recommend white glue, “as the bond will not stay strong if it gets wet.” I’ve never built one of these paster kits before, so I’ll take him at his word. I’ll use slow setting CA glue.
Kenny recommends priming the plaster parts before painting to seal them. Plaster will absord the acrylic paints so he primes them with Krylon flat white spray paint.
Text and Images by Alex Dutt