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  1. The Trench WWI & WWII Era (MB35174) 1:35 Master Box Ltd via Creative Models Ltd Diorama bases are often fun and an opportunity to be creative. Having to make everything from scratch can be a bind though, so if you need to build a section of trench, this is a very useful option to save yourself some time in creating a dug-out with typical WWI style that was sometimes reused in WWII, as the Great War veterans had developed trench warfare over a period of 4+ years and had got it totally dialled-in by the time they finally went home. The set arrives in a figure-sized box, which from Master Box always seems to collapse, or maybe that’s just me being clumsy. Inside are two identical sprues in grey styrene that you may have seen before if you have any of their WWI diorama sets. The front of the box has a painting of a trench, while the back has a photo of the finished article with numbers and letters to point out parts and paint colours using the legend on the right, and the colour table in the bottom left. The trench parts form the U-shape of the trench, plus a small section of the ground lined with sandbags in front and behind. The sides of the trench are made of wooden planking, which has a realistic texture, as do the logs that reinforce the sections. Parts for a ladder are also included, plus a "shooting step" along the front wall to differentiate back from front. The ground parts are supported by sloped C-shaped brackets that hold the whole diorama to shape, although if you wanted to enclose the groundworks you could consider making panels from sheet styrene to hide the inner structure. Conclusion A neat short-cut to create a trench, and perfect as the basis for a WWI diorama with WWII dug-outs also an option. Lots of good-looking wood texture, and although a little bit of flash has crept into this moulding, it’s not difficult to remove with a sharp blade, and it’s always preferable to a short-shot part. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  2. German Military Men, WWII (MB35211) 1:36 Master Box Ltd via Creative Models Ltd Even the baddies took time out from fighting to rest, plan and strategise, which is the theme of this set, showing a group of soldiers of various arms discussing the way ahead, or interpreting the latest orders from above, while clearly safe from the lead-based interjections of the Allies. It arrives in an end-opening figure box, and inside is a single bagged sprue in grey styrene containing parts for five figures, and the instructions printed on the rear of the box. As usual, sculpting is excellent and the parts are broken down into torsos, separate legs, arms and heads, plus caps, helmets, mag and other pouches, and even a few pencils moulded into hands. An officer, his sergeant and two military police figures form the centre of the group, with a member of the lower ranks trying to sort out a cable, probably in order to get the field telephone working again, although on first looks he appears to be more of a driver figure. The two MPs are wearing metal gorgets around their necks, one of whom is wearing a motorcycle great coat and goggles on his helmet, as if he has brought news from above. The other MP is wearing an MP40 over his chest and is holding a traffic lollipop behind him as he blimps over his colleague’s shoulder at the orders. The officer is sitting back with a pencil in hand, having been disturbed from poring over a map, and all wear standard Wehrmacht boots, field grey uniforms and rank insignia moulded into their torsos. There’s a surprise dog on the sprue if you look closely (parts 31, 14 & 15), which has a one-piece body, and a two-part head so that the floppy ears can be moulded more accurately. Don’t ask me what breed it is, but it’s not an Alsatian or a Chihuahua. Colour call-outs are shown on the instructions along with the part numbers, which match a drawing of the sprue to the right. The colour codes are shown in a table in the middle of the instructions, giving paint codes for Vallejo, and AMMO, which should be enough to allow conversion to your favourite brand if you don’t use those given. Conclusion Excellent sculpting, realistic poses and drape of the materials they are wearing, that will add realism to any diorama that they are placed into. Some insignia decals and careful painting should result in some great figures. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  3. Desert Battle Series Kit No.2 (MB35214) Skull Clan – Long-Distance Raid. A New Leader. Hanna 1:35 Master Box Ltd via Creative Models Ltd Master box have various series of figures that have themes unrelated to history, film or TV series. The Desert Battle series is a dystopian future (aren’t they all?) that’s not too far away, and based more than a little on the facts of today. A climate crisis happens in 2023 and throws the world into disarray on a global basis. Better get stocking up on toilet rolls and Pot Noodles then, folks! No really, don’t. Not again. If you check Master Box’s website, there are four individual figures being released (you can see them in the instructions), plus a few boxed sets to fuel your fevered dreams and fill your dioramas. They’d look equally at home in any slightly futuristic, slightly dystopian setting, so if you read the back-story on the back of the box, which you should be able to read below, and it doesn’t suit you, check over the figure in isolation instead and judge for yourself where you can use her and what her backstory is. The figure arrives in a slightly-too-large end-opening figure box, with a single narrow sprue inside, and instructions and back-story on the rear of the box. She’s very tall at around 6’3” if I’ve done my measurements correctly, so while she’s somewhat Amazonian in stature, it’s feasible but unusual that she’d be that height, unless the climate change caused everyone to grow toward the light? As usual, the sculpting is first rate and the recent nature of the tool shows in the detail, with the figure broken down into head, torso, arms, legs, thigh pouch, an optional axe with head-pouch, and backpack with moulded-in bedroll package. The weapon she’s carrying jauntily over her shoulder is a crossbow with cocking stirrup, a sight and lightened stock. Painting of the figure is entirely up to you, as in the dystopian future you can wear what you want. The box art gives you some useful clues however, but you might notice that her boots are different, with thinner soles and integral calf section with straps to snug them up to suit her calf size. The straps for the thigh pouch are moulded into her leg, so location should be simple enough. Conclusion An interesting and well-sculpted figure for you to use and abuse as you see fit. Build her as a stand-alone model or as part of a diorama with or without others of the series. Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  4. Danger Close (MB35207) Special Operations Team, Present Day 1:36 Master Box Ltd via Creative Models Ltd Special Ops has its official roots in WWII, although its origins are somewhat older, where elite warriors were gathered into specialist units for dangerous and/or difficult operations. Today, these Special Ops teams are well-known although their individuals’ identities are usually a guarded secret during and after service, with a few notable exceptions. We have the SAS, SBS in Britain, Seal Team, Delta Force, Rangers and others in the US, Spetsnaz in Russia, and many more across the armies of the world. This figure set depicts US Special Forces, although sometimes it’s harder to tell the difference between modern “brands”, due to the convergence of equipment, weapons and even camouflage between units and even nations. It arrives in an end-opening figure box, and inside is one large bagged sprue in grey styrene containing parts and accessories for four figures, with the instructions printed on the rear of the box. As usual, sculpting is excellent and the parts are broken down into torsos, separate legs, arms and heads, plus caps, mag and other pouches, backpacks, and even a few hands separated from their arms to improve moulding detail. The ‘danger close’ strapline refers to the manner in which the figures are taking cover behind some barrier or other, while one pair dress a flesh wound to one of their arms, with the other two trying to draw out the shooter with a cap on a stick (does this still work after all those movies?), as they watch for a muzzle flash. The are all kneeling or hunkered down to avoid getting shot, and each one is dressed in a plate-carrier with MOLLE loops for mounting mag pouches, rucksacks, other pouches and a side-arm. They all wear ball-caps and gloves, except the guy with the poorly arm, and the medic, who has latex or nitrile gloves on to attend to his comrade. They’re all rocking beards except the injured man, who sports a moustache. Do beards offer some kind of bullet resistance? Rounds deflected by Tacti-cool facial hair maybe? Each man carries either an M4 derivative with Acog or red-dot sight, while the medic is carrying an AK derivative, the Israeli Galil. Contrary to the box art, only one man has a 40mm Underslung Grenade Launcher (UGL) under his rifle, while others have PEQ boxes (light & laser) and/or separate flashlights mounted to the rails. Colour call-outs are shown on the instructions along with the part numbers, which match a drawing of the sprue to the right. The colour codes are shown in a table in the middle of the instructions, giving paint codes for Vallejo, Lifecolor, Mr Color and Tamiya, which should be sufficient to allow conversion to your favourite brand if you don’t use those given. Conclusion Excellent sculpting, realistic poses and drape of the materials they are wearing, that will add realism to any diorama that they are placed into. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  5. Hand-to-Hand Fight – German & British Infantrymen WWI 1:35 Master Box Ltd via Creative Models Trench warfare was a common theme of the Great War, and a horrific one at that. Some of the stories passed down to me by my Grandfather would curl your toes, and it left an indelible impression on many millions of men at the end of the war. This set aims to depict some of that carnage, with a pack of five figures and a section of trench within the slightly oversized box. There are five sprues within, one of which holds the two British and three German soldiers, two for the trench itself, and another two in sand coloured styrene that contain lots of accessories for the figures. The figures are all in action poses as the subject matter dictates, the two Tommies defending and the three Germans attacking. Both British figures are in the familiar WWI battle-dress and are in dramatic poses that could be used either for bayonet attack or shooting at your whim. Two of the Germans are in poses that suggest clambering into the trench, with one in a bayoneting stance. The remaining German is an officer with a broom-handled Mauser in a semi-recumbent pose suggesting injury, which is reinforced by his free hand clasped to his stomach. Officers suffered the highest casualties in the trenches, so this is perhaps representative of those statistics. Sculpting is up to Master Box's usual high standard, as is the natural pose of the various figures. The accessory sprues provide more than enough weapons, tools and equipment to adorn the soldiers and the trench, with plenty to spare. As usual the instructions consist of photos of painted figures with their parts and colours marked on them, and a reference table showing the Vallejo and Lifecolor paint codes. The trench parts are moulded on two identical sprues in grey styrene, and when completed form the U-shape of the trench, plus a small section of the ground each side lined with sandbags. The sides of the trench are made of wooden planking, which has a realistic texture, as do the logs that reinforce the sections. Parts for a ladder are also included, plus a "shooting step" along the front wall to differentiate back from front. The ground parts are supported by angled U-brackets that hold the whole diorama to shape, although if you wanted to enclose the groundworks you could consider making panels from sheet styrene to hide the inner structure. No painting instructions are included for this part of the set, but brown mud, brown wood and light brown sandbags should do the trick! Conclusion The box is perhaps a little larger to echo the value presented over and above the standard figure set, and with some careful painting it should build up into an impressive diorama with little scratch-building on your part. With a little effort it could also be extended to include a piece of WWI armour or space for some more of the excellent WWI figures that are on the market now. Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  6. German StuG III Crew, WWII Era (MB35208) ”Their Position is Behind that Forest” 1:35 Master Box Ltd via Creative Models This new figure set from Master Box is designed with the German StuG III in mind, although it will probably adapt very well to any similar WWII German AFV. It arrives in a figure-sized box with end-opening flaps, which is standard fare for figures, even though they’re a little easy to crush when stacked flat. Inside is a single sprue of grey styrene that contains parts for five figures plus some pistol holsters, helmets, magazine pouches and an MP40. Each figure is broken down into torso, separate legs and arms, plus head with flat top where a helmet or commander’s cap is fitted to allow extra detail around their brims. There is one German Wehrmacht soldier standing on the blocky front of the tank, pointing over to the forest that is described in the subtitle. The commander and one of his crew are fully out of the tank, while the other two are half out, or just poking their head out of the hatch, but all of these are full figures. Sculpting is first class as usual, with both seamlines and parts breakdown sensibly placed to improve or preserve detail during construction and seam-removal. Instructions are given on the rear of the box with part numbers on the right and a colour chart shoehorned into the centre giving colour codes in Vallejo, Lifecolor, Mr. Color and Tamiya shades, plus a colour swatch to help out further. Conclusion Figures give a model scale, and well-sculpted figures that are sympathetically painted are such a boon, especially when they’re so well sculpted. If you have a StuG III in 1:35, what are you waiting for? Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
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