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Resin Armour Model Bases

Reviewed by Glen Porter


Stock Number and Description Masterpiece Models 72001 - 72005
Scale: 1/72
Media and Contents: Each base one part in solid resin. Five styles available separately.
Price: Each between USD$6.99 and USD12.99 available online from Masterpiece Models
Review Type: First Look
Advantages: As far as I know, unique in the marketplace; perfectly cast; flexible use (desert, snow or grass); variety of styles and sizes available.
Disadvantages: You will have to be careful to match the model to the base. I will explain in the text.
Recommendation: Highly Recommended



Masterpiece Models has released five 1/72 scale bases for armour and vehicle kits in solid resin. All five are different shapes - round, oval, square, rectangular and pentagonal. They vary in size and they all have “features” such as hills, banks, drop-offs and one, the rectangular one, although flat, has a culvert running along side a road. They all have vehicle tread marks, both tracked and wheeled, and some have foot prints, small shell holes or rocks, large and small.

The interesting thing about these bases is that they could all be used in desert scenes (sand and rock), European winter (snow and mud) or European summer (grass and earth) depending on how you paint them. Three of them would only take one vehicle but the other two are big enough for two or more.


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The only challenge I can see is you will have to be careful to match your model to the tread marks on the base. It would look a bit dopey to have a Tiger on a base leading away from skinny little tank tracks or wheel marks.

Casting quality is very impressive with no pin holes or other imperfections evident. Most bases will require a small amount of clean-up around the lower edges and two. The square and rectangular examples could possibly use a timber surround if you are that way inclined.


A few years ago, the now defunct Hawkeye Designs did some similar bases for 1/72 scale aircraft, Luftwaffe timber hard stands and Allied PSP hard stands etc. They were beautifully detailed yet simple enough that they didn't distract from the model.

These new Armour bases have the same qualities.

(Footnote: The models are used here to indicate scale and the size of the bases, not necessarily historical context!)

Highly Recommended.

Thanks to Masterpiece Models for the review sample.

Text by Glen Porter
Page Created 30 March, 2006
Page Last Updated 30 March, 2006