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Astra Scale Models Rubble Piles
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Posted: Tuesday, November 23, 2010 - 11:39 AM UTC
Jan Etal reviews and finishes Rubble Piles from Astra Scale Models, this set contains ten piles of debris in 1/72 scale.

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Posted: Tuesday, December 07, 2010 - 05:01 AM UTC
They look like an Aero chocolate bar with all those air holes!
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Posted: Tuesday, December 07, 2010 - 05:18 AM UTC
I am sorry Jan I agree with Biggles2 in so much as if it was not for the low price I would demand a replacement due to the number of air bubbles in the moulding. You have stated that they are not a new company and as such I would have expected a better finish from them.
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Posted: Monday, December 13, 2010 - 09:09 AM UTC
Gentlemen, thank you for your comments and observations. I have relayed them to the manufacturer despite the fact that I am not totally in agreement with them. After all, these piles are refuse and junk and general garbage. Any anomaly could be dismissed as generally assisting in the overall effect. I must also take some blame for my limitations and inability to do justice to these pieces. I purposely ignored applying several small "finishing touches" to the final product that were recommended in the instructions. Namely, utilizing fine gravel, clay crumbs, ground cat litter and other minor treatments to enhance the effect.

One last point that I would like to make is that the photos of the "unenhanced" piles were taken with a 4X macro lens! The pile in the original announcement post is in reality 30 mm wide by 12 mm high. On my monitor the photo measures out at 200 mm wide by 140 mm high (8"X5.5"). Would most people even imagine what they would look like to the naked eye.

Again, thanks for looking. I cannot speak for the manufacturer but I shall post any comment from Astra upon receipt of same.

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Posted: Monday, December 13, 2010 - 12:37 PM UTC

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After all, these piles are refuse and junk and general garbage. Any anomaly could be dismissed as generally assisting in the overall effect.

Sorry I couldnīt dismiss this ... Id agree with Darren and Biggles ... these are very poor. An interesting idea, but in reality hardly worth paying money for. The only thing that stands out, is the barrel and wheel buried in the piles. The rest can be easily made by any modeller, at any level ... and be built to suit/fit your scene as well.
In my opinion 20% would be kind for this product. I mean how hard is it to make a small pile of stones, and set a wheel and barrel in it? On the other hand if they took the idea and improved it with more/better details, it would be worth considering. Some of their other items ... in comparison .... look much better.

In honesty, considering the quality and usefulness of a lot of aftermarket items that are available today, giving this item 95% is missleading. Im hoping that the fact that your address and Astraīs are both in Ontario, has nothing to do with your evaluation.