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Field Approach #1
Field Approach #1 (with Stone Culvert)
  • CD6132

by: Rudi Richardson [ TAROK ]


Originally published on:
Historicus Forma

Introduction

CD 6132 ‘Field Approach #1 (with Stone Culvert)‘ is a 1/35th scale resin vignette base marketed under the Custom Dioramics brand of The VLS Corporation. The patterns were designed by Ben Jakobsen with the box-art done by Bob Letterman.

The base represents a dirt road over a low stone culvert which perhaps spans a gully surrounding a field.

The Kit

The base, moulded in a cream coloured resin, consists of only the single cast vignette base. The base is packaged in a small, clear acetate blister pack. A label displaying the painted base is situated to the front of the packaging.

The base is generally not badly sculpted. I must admit given the reference to “patterns” on the box-art I must wonder if this piece was sculpted in the traditional sense of the hobby or if Ben used computer aided sculpting technology to prepare the design as some other terrain and scenery manufacturers have begun doing.

The base measures 71mm wide, 101mm long, rising from 11mm to 18mm at is highest point.

The stone walls are indeed very nicely rendered and textured. Initially I thought the flat stones on the top of the walls were a casting problem. Further scrutiny revealed that this is by design.

The dirt track is also finely textured (it actually feels like very fine grit sandpaper) with the tracks realistically worn smoother than the rest of the road.

The casting quality is generally excellent. There was only a small amount of flash along the foot of the base and a small ball under each arch brought about by an air pocket during casting. This can all be removed with nothing more than a sharp hobby blade.

Usability

Modellers should not confine themselves to the thought that this base can only be used as a 1/35 scale vignette base; both 1/48 and 54mm figures do not look out of scale placed on this base. While the base may be too small for most vehicles, it would make a handsome base for a motorcycle or even a couple of bicycles. Furthermore, the subject of this base is fairly timeless (just make sure you cover any trace of tyre tracks) and universal, as these low stone bridges and dirt tracks have been found the world-over for centuries.

Naturally it could also be used as part of a diorama.

Conclusion

Custom Dioramic’s ‘Field Approach #1 (with Stone Culvert)‘ is a very cleanly designed and cast piece and will make a nice base, regardless of period of the models placed upon it.

SUMMARY
Highs: Fantastic texturing on the dirt track as well as the stone culvert.
Lows: Perhaps a bit too small.
Verdict: A well defined and textured piece that will lend itself well to not only 1/35 scale, but also 1/48 and 54mm scale figures and vignettes.
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: CD 6132
  Suggested Retail: 9.98 USD
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  PUBLISHED: Aug 08, 2007
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 85.47%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 79.30%

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About Rudi Richardson (Tarok)
FROM: VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA

I'm a former Managing Editor of the Historicus Forma historical figure modelling website. While my modelling and history interests are diverse, my main figure modelling focus lies in Sci-Fi, Pop-Culture, Fantasy, Roman and WW2 German subjects. I'm a firm believer that armour and vehicles accessorise...

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    CD 6132 Angled View 1
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    CD 6132 Angled View 2
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    CD 6132 Front View
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    CD 6132 Side View
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    CD 6132 Overhead View
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    CD 6132 Bottom of base