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REVIEW
MiniArt Village Diorama
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Posted: Wednesday, March 04, 2009 - 10:18 PM GMT+7
Steve Riley provides an In-Box Review of MiniArt's Village Diorama in 1/35.

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Posted: Wednesday, March 04, 2009 - 11:18 PM GMT+7
Good review Steve i haven't tried my skills on any of the Mini-Art dio accessories yet (my preference being resin/ceramic buildings) but after reading your review i might give them a try it might save me a few pennies what with the economy being what it is at the moment thanks again to James for the link
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Posted: Thursday, March 05, 2009 - 10:21 AM GMT+7
Nice review. I really like the Miniart buildings and think they turn out great.
I do prefer to build my own 'base' and attach the buildings to it rather than using the kit supplied base piece

C.
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Posted: Thursday, March 05, 2009 - 10:41 AM GMT+7

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I do prefer to build my own 'base' and attach the buildings to it rather than using the kit supplied base piece


On a lot of levels i´d agree with you Charles, but these bases are excellent ... details wise and ease of use. They can easily be cut to size if you´d prefer to have them smaller, and Im sure with rubble or other details, can be made larger. As I use enamels and thinners, the plastic is a good medium for working in, plus the advantages of the light weight.

Some images of the finished model from Swedish modeller, Lars Henåker
Unpainted diorama base
Diorama base
Base with cromwell and figures
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Posted: Thursday, March 05, 2009 - 11:19 AM GMT+7
Frank,
I'm not saying the kit bases are bad or unusable, on the contrary most I've seen are well thought out as to building placement and streets etc.
The detail in the base portion equal that of the buildings.
I normally work on round diorama bases and I think it's easier to adapt the Miniart buildings to my base than adapt their bases to that format. Just a personal preference.
Thanks for the link, his work is very nice
Cheers,
Charles
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Posted: Thursday, March 05, 2009 - 07:04 PM GMT+7

Quoted Text

Nice review. I really like the Miniart buildings and think they turn out great.
I do prefer to build my own 'base' and attach the buildings to it rather than using the kit supplied base piece

C.



Miniart usually sells the buildings as seperate pieces too.
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Posted: Thursday, March 05, 2009 - 08:11 PM GMT+7
Nice Review they are nice to do.

Takes a little learning curve but not much.

Only thing I do not like and not a big deal is the Road will bow under weight.

But an easy fix is pour Plaster on the backside to keep up or glue some sprue on.

As said no problem at all.

I have one just about one done and looking at another one.

Thanks again Frank
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Posted: Friday, March 06, 2009 - 07:26 AM GMT+7

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.. I'm not saying the kit bases are bad or unusable .... I normally work on round diorama bases and I think it's easier to adapt the Miniart buildings to my base than adapt their bases to that format....


Hi Charles. Oh ... the written word ...
I understood as much ... but I was just saying (and you´ve also mentioned) that the bases are still very usable ... and are easy to adapt to whatever you want ... bigger, smaller .... or in your case round.

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Only thing I do not like and not a big deal is the Road will bow under weight.


Hi Jeff. Normally I fix the given base onto a sheet of cork. Gives it all the strength it needs. When I have a high base ... its usually packed with polystyrene, cut to measure as well, so the weight involved, is not an issue.
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Posted: Tuesday, March 10, 2009 - 12:47 AM GMT+7
This might just the building I'm looking for, for an Am Rev dio I have planned as soon as I can find the figures I need; the fact that it is injection molded scares me a bit, though a club member did a demo and they seem easy enough to assemble.