by: John Pradarelli [ ]
Accessories placed alongside our models can really help set the scene's time and location. They also add a nice touch of interest to round out our displays. Reality in Scale proves to be a great resource for some outstanding accessories in 1/35 scale.
packaging & kit contents
Packaged in a sturdy cardboard box, you'll find three solid, highly detailed, single-part resin castings along with a small zip style plastic bag containing a copper pin used as a handle for one of the cabinets.
The cabinets measure 4.6 x 6.7 x 1cm, 2.4 x 6.3 x 1.3cm, and 4.7 x 4.3 x 1.7cm.
Castings were mastered by Olav Smeets and Roy Schurgers. Box art painting by Roy Schurgers.
Right out of the box, I was extremely impressed with all three cabinets. One poured in cream colored resin and the other two in a speckled gray, the level of detail on each is absolutely beautiful. From the finely detailed mesh screening, to the ever so slight grain texture, these pieces lend themselves to a top notch paint job.
If I were to offer one criticism, it would be that the back side of each cabinet was not finished. The back sides lacked any texture and had a few air bubble holes in them. Now, for the majority of cases, a modeler would be using these cabinets against a wall and therefore not be concerned with the backside. However, if the modeler wants to display them tipped over, then some additional work would need to be done. In truth though, it would be quite simple to fill any holes you may find on the back, and then give it a light , vertical sanding to add some wood grain texture.
The “live” sides of these castings, however, required no clean up at all.
The shortest of the cabinets (4.7 x 4.3 x 1.7cm) is styled as a home altar. Beautifully detailed, this piece features some lovely ornate designs both on the door and to the left and right. In the recesses of these designs, you will find a crisp mesh pattern. This piece also has a slight wood grain texture to it. Unlike the other two cabinets which have molded on handles, this piece comes with a copper eyelet pin. Perhaps it’s supposed to simulate a key? There is a pilot hole indicating where the pin should be placed. Rather than cut the pin to fit, I opted to drill the hole deeper for a more secure attachment.
The largest of the cabinets (4.6 x 6.7 x 1cm ) resembles an armoire. Adorned with a wonderful Celtic style pattern, and detailed trim pattern, this piece also has subtle wood grain texture.
The final cabinet (2.4 x 6.3 x 1.3cm) I could see being used as a pantry cupboard, or a small dressing cabinet. It features an ornate single door, with crisply detailed screening, and a drawer at the bottom. The rounded, overhanging top adds character to this piece and is a nice touch.
After giving the cabinets a light primer coat, I applied a base cote to them all using Vallejo acrylics. After the acrylics dried I used a combination of oil washes and oil dry brushing to enhance the details and give depth to the wood texture.
Once again, Reality in Scale has come through with a quality product sure to add interest to your next diorama or vignette. I highly recommend this product.