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Villiage Corner Arch Ruin

by: Jim Starkweather [ STAFF_JIM ]


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Introduction
First off I should start by saying that it had been a few years since I even built a building like this Custom Dioramics ruin. In that span of about 15 years not a lot had changed with this type of mostly plaster building. There is still a lot of room for "interpritation" with these kits. Making them truly a fun project to do. Of course choice of colors and stone types is one aspect of this, but also the level of deail you wish to add. Windows? Doors? Damaged roof? Etc. I do look forward to putting this building together someday soon and making all these choices. However this review will cover what we have to work with.
The Building
The building is obviously of European design and could be used in a variety of periods during the 20th century to today. Although the building is described by the manufacturer as a "ruin" it would be fairly easy to modify this structure to a non-damaged building as well due to the fact that only several of the side walls are broken down from a collapse obviously leaving the main portion intact.

Additionally one could go the route of damaging the building further if needed. The roof, which is a 3-piece resin option, would be easy to modify to show beams and open areas if you so chose.

There was a minor detail issue I noted with the way the wood beam on the front facade "fit" into the stone work on the right walkway. This to my mind would not be the case in reality. It is highly doubtful that the stone work would be fashioned around this support beam being that the stone wall looks older than the building with the support beam.

Conclusions
There is one thing I am a bit surprised about with this building. I can understand that the blank smooth walls on most of the larger pieces are just part of the contruction process, but I would like to see manufacturers like VLS adjust for more of a 360 degree viewing angle and include more detailed fronts and backs. Obviously the left portion of the buildings interior would be plaster walls and the like, but the stone wall and brick upper section on the far right (front) should have a matching stone and brick reverse. This is after all a walkway and very visable from the right side of any diorama.

Over all this is a very nice diorama piece and would accent any project very well. Also the price seems very reasonalbe for what you are getting in terms of pieces and complexity. This would be a good fit for anyone doing a WWII European diorama.

SUMMARY
A good looking building with a variety of possible uses. The mold quality is good and the addition of resin parts is a nice step towards more accurate details.
  DESIGN:87%
  DETAIL:83%
  QUALITY:85%
Percentage Rating
86%
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: CD1160
  Suggested Retail: $33.98 USD
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  PUBLISHED: Aug 20, 2006
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 89.91%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 79.30%

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About Jim Starkweather (staff_Jim)
FROM: CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES

I started building models in 1971 when I was 6. My first model was a 1/32 P-40 Warhawk. Revell I believe. From there I moved onto the standard cars, Apollo spacecraft, and other kid orientated kits. I don't know what got me started on Armor. I must have seen a Monogram tank kit one day and said "Mom...

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Comments

Mark, There is a video field availble to editors to add the Object embedding code that YouTube gives you when you upload a video. It's that easy. Jim
AUG 21, 2006 - 03:33 AM
how about a video feature?
AUG 21, 2006 - 03:55 AM
Hmm, you sure opened a can of worms now!!! I think that this is a FANTASTIC addition to any review...could be priceless in pointing out irregularities and innacuracies...is there a limit on the size of file? ~Mark
AUG 21, 2006 - 04:03 AM
Nice one Jim. Definately the future of reviews. Parts and detail never came home so true. If a picture is worth a thousand words, what is a video worth? Apart from reviews, short videos with explained techniques would be a big selling point!
AUG 21, 2006 - 04:16 AM
Jim, The video is a very nice idea. It will help take the guess work out of ordering something when you are not sure of the product. This is the next best thing to hands on. Cool idea, keep them coming. HARV
AUG 21, 2006 - 04:23 AM
Jim, you are on to something big here! I agree whole heartedly with Sticky , this will be the way of the future, well for the most part. I cant wait to see some simple build reviews with things such as these buildings...perhaps this could be the next step Cheers Kevin
AUG 21, 2006 - 04:53 AM
Hi Jim, Thanks for the review. Looks like another useful piece form Custom D. I like the concept of the short video review very cool, 'sit back, relax and enjoy'. Loaded no problem for me, another neat addition to the site. Just great. Cheers Al
AUG 21, 2006 - 01:38 PM
Hi, Jim the video is a nice addition to the review.
AUG 22, 2006 - 05:27 AM
Great idea Jim! Watched the review plus the 3 Intro videos. How about some Tutorials? You know, just to help the members with e.g. Image help etc… EDIT: Any chance you can get Vinnie to do a video Tutorial on The ‘Nutter’?
AUG 22, 2006 - 07:48 AM
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  • Box cover photo
    The box cover photo.
  • Front and corner piece
    The main front facade.
  • Smaller Pieces
    The smaller pieces and chimney.
  • Side partitions
    3 of the taller side and inner walls.
  • Resin parts
    There are 5 resin pieces.