This is a new feature where I hope to draw a bit of attention to the manufacturers out there who do a good job but aren’t household names amongst modellers. Some of you may of heard of them but I suspect plenty of you haven’t, so this is just a way to let people know what is out there that they may be missing.
If, like me, you’re a diorama lover, and if you’ve never heard of Reality In Scale then you’ve been missing out because the range of diorama accessories that they offer is absolutely brilliant. From real cloth carpets and flags, through stain glass window, wallpaper and wooden signs, to gates, fountains and the more usual odds and ends essential to that wartime european city/town/village that many stay away from these guys cover it all. In fact the bits and pieces they supply make you actually WANT to build more dioramas with buildings just to be able to hang a tapestry.
Currently people like Verlinden and Plusmodel gives us a broad assortment of furniture and household items but I’d love to see Reality In Scale’s take on these sorts of things if they ever decide to do them because I would love a set of furniture for a little elfresco dining at a Parisian cafe or something to be seen through a second storey balcony with wide open French doors. Sometimes I do get a little tired of every building being blown up and it would be great to see more in the way of fitouts for buildings that haven’t been on the receiving end of a Lancaster.
Reality In Scales line-up falls into eight basic categories including a new line-up of textured terrain finishes similar to those that Tamiya has recently started doing.
This includes things like small and large building facades, small out bulidings, fountains, pillars, and entry gates.
This includes all the little bits you expect to find around the place like outhouses, small fountains, clocks, street signs, statues, mirror frames and the like.
These include stained glass windows, table clothes, flags, business signage, maps, and carpets and tapestries printed on real cloth.
These are exactly what they sound like, small bases with small architectural features intended for use in making small diorama displays.
Again pretty much what you would expect from the name, smaller bases designed to be used in small figure oriented dioramas.
Roads & Sidewalks
These come as either resin roads and sidewalks, or lasercut heavy card roads and sidewalks and in a variety of styles and sizes, as well as indiviudal curbstones and cobblestones.
Wall & Floor Covering
This includes printed wallpapers, printed tiles, printed floorboards including parquetry, and fabric curtains.
Mud-in-a-Pot Snow-in-a-Pot Forest-in-a-Pot
Essentially thick, textured paints and/or foliages that allow you to add instant mud/snow/ice/deadfal etc to a diorama. I’m actually really keen to try the snow and ice in a pot ones myself to see how it compares with some of the other similar products.
I’ve got a selection of their stuff and it really is first rate, in fact I’m currently planning how to incorporate a lot of it into a two-storey farmhouse of upper-middle class standing. I can highly recommend this stuff.