Mike Bishop, owner of Monroe Perdu, offered me one of his Russian sign sets when I was out in Phoenix for the IPMS Nationals. He related to me some of the details involved in making the set. Besides the research needed to make convincing signs in Russian, Mike also enlisted the help of a Russian co-worker who helped validate the signs as period correct. Of course I am no expert on Russian signs (or language) so I will leave it to others to say more on that.
The signs, which are printed on high-gloss quality paper, are very attractive and detailed. The set also includes a laser-cut sheet of sign parts. You get a large restaurant sign with raised bevels, a cafe sign frame, and a hanging frame for a lottery sign. The cafe sign frame is a bit of a pie shape so the sign can be read from either direction on a street. All these would presumably be fastened high up on a building. There are also several of what appear to be wall posters. Translations are included on the sheet so you know what each sign is about.
This set is a creative addition to anyone looking for something unique and well made for their next Russian diorama. Somewhere around here I have a Russian building by VLS that would benefit from one or two of these signs.
Highs: High quality paper, printing and laser-cut materials.Lows: You will need to do your own homework on best placement, etc.Verdict: A great and (mostly) original set of signs for diorama enthusiasts.
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