by: Engin Kayral [ ]
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Aurora Model is a Japanese company owned by sculptor Kiyushi Tsuda producing 1:35 scale metal figures representing World War II period military and civilian ladies from both sides of war Allied and Axis. More than displaying alone, the figures are suitable to be used as complementary figures for European Theater vignettes and dioramas.
The figures on this review are ML-047 and ML-048 from Mode Girls series representing civilian ladies in different poses.
Aurora Model figures come in 12x7 cm transparent zip-lock bags with a company label stapled on the top of the bag. Inside the bag; there are 2 small paper sheets ; one with the information about the figure in Japanese and English, the other with a painted photo which can be used as a painting guide. It is noted on the information sheet that the metal of the figures contains lead.
Figure parts are secured in another plastic bag .
Both of the figures are sculpted by Kiyushi Tsuda aka SOLO and cast in white metal. The cast is quite good but there are some visible vertical seamlines . A fast cleanwork with a X-acto knife and sanding will be needed. Slightly brushing the figures with an old toothbrush in a mild detergent and water will make them ready to prime.
ML-047 Mode Girls 1930’s
The figure comes in one piece. Vertical seamlines on both sides and heels should be cleaned. Facial details and hair are quite well defined. She wears a single piece dress with a deep decolletage secured a neck strap. Cloth folds are well represented. Small handbag and veil gloves are nice details. She has high heel shoes.
ML-048 Mode Girls 1930’s ver.2
The figure comes in two pieces; right arm is given as a seperate piece. Facial details and hair are quite well defined. She has a round hat with a wide ribbon which was a popular piece of 1930’s women fashion. She wears a single piece, neckless dress with 3 flap levels on the skirt part. As for the accessories ; she has a handbag and cloth gloves. Right arm is posed to have a cigarette at hand which needs to be added.
Though the casting quality is a little low and needs some cleanwork , the posing of the figures are nice. They are unique figures to use in World War II urban vignettes or dioramas to accompany different military figures.