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Airfield Splitter Box

by: Jean-Luc Formery [ TEDMAMERE ]


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The Kit

The kit is a single vacuform base packed in a transparent bag (picture 1). Difficult to do something simpler!

The thermoformed plastic sheet represents a Field Splitter Box, in other words a protection for aircraft against bomb's blasts. It is composed of one wooden planking area, a surrounding "wall" made of wooden logs and some earth (picture 2). The layout is pretty basic but represents a common design that could have been used in Northern Europe. It is suitable mainly for Luftwaffe planes but I think it could accomodate a Soviet or Finnish aircraft as well, without it being to anachronistic.

I don't have many vacuform kits in my stash as I don't like them very much, so I must admit that I didn't expected much from this reference. But I must say the base is not bad at all. The overall quality is good an the small steps in the corner of the box are a nice idea (picture 3). Of course, detail can't be as precise as on a resin base, but with a good paintjob and some weathering (drybrushing and wash) I believe the wooden planking will look realistic enough (picture 4). The side "walls" are also pretty nice and the structure of the wood is convincing, even if I think it's a little bit too pronounced (picture 5). However, with several coats of paint it will look probably better.
The surrounding area can be painted so to represent earth, but you can also add some grass here and there. It is also possible to do a winter dio with artificial snow or place a netting over the aircraft.

I placed a 1/48 scale Bf 109 in the small diorama so you can see that anything bigger than a single engined fighter won't find it's place in the Splitter Box. There is still enough place for some figures, one or two fuel drums and maybe a starter unit but certainly not a vehicle.

Conclusion

Remi's vacuform base is a nice reference. Out of the box, it will allow you to build a simple diorama without too much efforts. Of course, the layout is pretty basic and won't give you the possibility to do something really original. But it's the perfect product to start with, if you want to make a small diorama and you don't want to bother working with plaster and balsa wood. The price is very attractive too.

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SUMMARY
Are you able to build a 1/48 scale diorama in a few hours, without using plaster, styrofoam and balsa wood? Seems impossible? Not with Remi's vacuform Field Splitter Box. A simple but very nice display base for your WW2 aircraft.
  MOULDING:90%
  DETAIL:90%
  VALUE:90%
Percentage Rating
90%
  Scale: 1:48
  Mfg. ID: 48.02
  Suggested Retail: 10
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  PUBLISHED: Dec 03, 2006
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 87.63%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 90.00%

About Jean-Luc Formery (TedMamere)
FROM: MOSELLE, FRANCE

I'm mainly interested in WW2 aircraft and I build them in 1/48 scale.

Copyright 2019 text by Jean-Luc Formery [ TEDMAMERE ]. All rights reserved.



Comments

Hi Jean-Luc, That's good! I have one from a Hasegawa Zero diorama set from the 70s. I'll post pix ASAP. Have you considered taking the one in your diorama and making a mould of it? There are already some out there, but yours are better looking. Regards, Fred
DEC 02, 2006 - 08:48 PM
Does anybody know where to get this item on the net? I have tried google and my normal internet stores for models but none of them stock Remi.
DEC 03, 2006 - 04:20 PM
Hi Jesper! I purchased mine at kits-discount.com . But if someone knows were to find more of their products I would be happy to know. It seems that Remi are doing mainly 1/35 stuff. By the way, it's a manufacturer from Poland. Thanks Fred but I think I leave this to the real specialists... but I'm looking forward to see the pictures of your Hasegawa dio! Jean-Luc
DEC 03, 2006 - 05:49 PM
Hi Jean-Luc Splitter box? I know we joke about language differences and the Yanks and Brits are often said to be two countries separated by a common language, but that's a new term to me. I'd call it a blast pen or a revetment... where did splitter box come from? (I have no doubt I'll be hit with 100 PMs explaining the term! ) All the best Rowan
DEC 04, 2006 - 03:33 AM
Looks pretty good. Do you know are there other styles available? Leon
DEC 04, 2006 - 07:06 AM
Jean Luc. What is the Remi accessory listed in 1:72 on your link..as there was no description,,(even though it would be in French),,and no image when I did a search? Nige
DEC 07, 2006 - 01:48 AM
Hi Leon and Lampie! Unfortunately I don't know more than you. I only saw this Remi diorama base by chance while browsing in the kits-discount website. Meanwhile, I found out my LHS in Metz has this range of products listed too (see here) . There are mainly 1/35 diorama stuff, but also 1/72 and one in 1/48. I'll see if I can find more about that brand and if I can get a catalogue or something. Jean-Luc
DEC 07, 2006 - 01:29 PM
   

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