Russian House

Kit # 72004 Preview by Rob Haelterman

Dio72 is a new range of diorama items that has just been released by Reality in Scale. For the moment the range covers buildings for all the major theatres of World War II.
This set represents a building-cum-shed that is very common in pictures of the Eastern front during WW2.

The set contains 3 pieces, cast in grey resin. It seems Reality in Scale is using resin casting technology that is state of the art, as - even though the main part is a massive block - no warping is present on the parts, only one air bubble was found (on the backside) and detail is very crisp. Apart from removing a single casting block on the fence, there will be no clean-up required whatsoever, meaning that, after priming, painting can start straightaway. In my specimen a corner of the tiled roof was broken, but can easily be glued back on.

Only the fence has detail on both sides, the others are solid, with a flat back. In our scale, diorama items that have detail on both sides are rather rare, with companies using open molds. Most of the time this results in a visible back-side of the walls, where the texture is rough and devoid of detail. Basically, this mean that you only get half a building and that you have to scratch the other side yourself. Dio72 has opted for another formula, where the building is solid, with a clean backside, making it ideal as a backdrop of a scene, without actually integrating the interior of the building in the scene.
Worthy of note is that the building is "cut" at a slight angle. As it needs to be put on the edge of a diorama (because it only has detail on three sides) this will add to dynamism of the scene.

All in all, a very nice set.



Sample kit kindly provided by Dio72.

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Article Last Updated: 15 May 2013