Manufacturers You May Not Have Heard Of : Number 3 – Mk35 Editions

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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.

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MK35 EDITIONS

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MK35 ediions is a French resin manufacturer who do a really handy range of farm related accessories and WWII era civilian figures. They do a bunch of other stuff as well but their civilians, animals and farm bits and pieces are what I find them the handiest for. Below is just a small selection showing a few of the buildings, diorama bases, figures, farm accessories, and animals that they do but I highly recommend going for a look at the rest of their range yourself as much of it is suitable for both WWI, WWII, in between and even a bit post war. They mainly do 1/35 but they do have a small selection in other scales as well.

                        

 

Manufacturers You May Not Have Heard Of : Number 2 – Minor

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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.

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MINOR – Photo-Etch Detail Sets

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Minor is a Spanish photo-etch manufacturer who has only been around for a year or two but already does a decent range of photo etch detail sets, mainly themed around the 1/35 Jeeps including the Bantam as well as the Dodge WC58. They also do a good set of .30cal ammo cans and ammo belts, and they are also now moving into doing sets for other vehicles with one of their cornerstone sets being workable leaf springs for a variety of kits.

So far most of their stuff is in 1/35 with a few sets also available for the 1/24 Jeep kits. The quality of their PE is excellent and if you’re working on something with wheels, an especially if it’s a Jeep, then you really should check them out.

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Manufacturers You May Not Have Heard Of : Number 1 – Reality In Scale

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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.

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Reality In Scale Diorama Studios

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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.

Miniature Architecture 

This includes things like small and large building facades, small out bulidings, fountains, pillars, and entry gates.

Resin Accessories  

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.

Printed Accessories 

These include stained glass windows, table clothes, flags, business signage, maps, and carpets and tapestries printed on real cloth.

Vignette Bases  

These are exactly what they sound like, small bases with small architectural features intended for use in making small diorama displays.

Figure Bases  

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.

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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.

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