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Diorama With Ruins

MiniArt 1/35 Diorama With Ruins Kit First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review March 2012 Manufacturer MiniArt
Subject Diorama With Ruins Scale 1/35
Kit Number 36039 Primary Media Styrene
Pros Simple ruin vignette base with detail options Cons Nothing noted
Skill Level Basic MSRP (USD) $17.99

First Look

Diorama With Ruins
Diorama With Ruins

MiniArt has released another nice diorama or vignette base in their growing line of such products. This time around, we have a smaller street section with the front of a building blasted into near oblivion. As you can see in the cover image, there is only a meter of height left of one corner of the building and there is room on the base for detail inside the remains as well as outside.

The kit consists of two sheets of vacuformed gray styrene with one serving as the base and the other containing the inner and outer wall sections. A single tree of injection-molded parts provide the essential doors, shutters, window frames, etc., which can be mangled and distributed around the remains of the building.

So what would you do with such a kit? You could place a Jeep or Kubelwagen on the street with soldiers in various poses from searching for the enemy to taking a rest break. There are any number of possibilities with something this simple to place the right combination of figures and a vehicle to tell a visual story.

This is another nice product from the creative minds of MiniArt. These kits are easy to assemble and only lack your imagination to find a story to tell.

My sincere thanks to MRC for this review sample!