Dioramas Plus – Fall of Berlin 1945 in 1/35th Scale, Kit # DP24
By Shawn W. Gehling
If you have not heard of Dioramas Plus or Randy Pepprock the founder and owner, then you are in for a pleasant surprise. Check out his website and you will see why:
Dioramas Plus was formed in the fall of 2008. The owner, Randy Pepprock, has been in the hobby industry for over 15 years manufacturing architectural miniatures for model railroads under the “Downtown Deco” banner. Before he worked as a scenic artist in the movie industry in Hollywood, CA. (his kits show his attention to detail). Randy designs, casts and ships each and every order.
The kit arrives in a large box, (packed to withstand a nuclear blast) not really but pretty close. It is chuck full of cool items for your diorama building pleasure.
They have lots of 1/35th scale buildings and other diorama items that will give you endless diorama ideas.
Contains a six page instruction/booklet to help build and paint this building. He tells you everything that you need to know to build this kit.
There are four (4) large sections of Hydrocal Plaster – one 8” X 10” base, and three sections of parts that make up the building with minimal flash. (Detail is on the front side only, which isn’t a problem, but if you want to go crazy, he tells you how your and scribe in more detail if you feel the need)?
There is also a large bag of Hydrocal Plaster rubble.
Five banners with flags, four laser cut windows, Clear Acetate for window glass both undamaged and damaged. He even includes metal for rebar to be sticking out of damaged areas.
The building looks very accurate.
Conclusion: Randy has another fine building/diorama to make an accurate looking diorama during the Fall of Berlin 1945 (or you can make it a post war clean up diorama). Let your imagination run wild and have some fun.
Information on damaged German buildings during the fall of Berlin are easy to find.
Overall this should build into an outstanding replica and is highly recommended for anyone who enjoys building World War II dioramas. I would like to thank Randy Pepprock of Diorama Plus for sending this review kit. If you want to know more about his products, what’s the best supplies to use when building one of his kits or just want to check them out, go to http://www.dioramasplus.com/site/?cat=3
This unbuilt kit currently costs $39.95 plus shipping.