Ardennes House

Kit # 72010 Preview by Rob Haelterman

Dio72 is a range of diorama items under the umbrella of Reality in Scale. For the moment the range covers buildings for all the major theatres of World War II.
This set represents a building that captures the looks and feel of the Ardennes.

The set contains 4 pieces, cast in grey or tan 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, no air bubbles were found and detail is very crisp. Apart from removing the casting blocks from the small parts, there will be no clean-up required whatsoever, meaning that, after priming, assembly and painting can start straightaway. (Assembly is limited to the three smaller parts that will form the shed on the side of the house.)

Only the parts for the shed have detail on both sides, the main building is 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.

All in all, a very nice set.



Sample kit kindly purchased by author

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Article Last Updated:
05 May 2019