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Old French Crooked Village Wal
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by: Kevin Brant [ SGTRAM ]


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Introduction

Not only is Add On Parts providing great resin cast diorama accessories, they are also doing ceramic cast accessories as well. The Old French Crooked Village Wall is a great example of diorama structures that are part of the Add On Parts catalogue.

Contents

In the box you will find the ceramic cast wall with both the column cap and wall cap. There is also a resin cast bolt, which looks to mount on the back of the wall and some ceramic glue powder. Unfortunately when I opened my box, I had found the column top had broken off in shipping. While there looked to be good packing, it may have been a little on the weak side for ceramic parts compared to other ceramic parts I have received in the mail in the past. It should be noted that the breakage is minor, and can very easily be repaired.

Review

As for the wall itself, it is beautifully cast with great looking texture detail. The brick detail is good, and the unevenness of the pattern really adds the effect of an old wall. The plaster over brick effect on the bottom and back side, yes I said back side, is very well detailed. And yes I did say back side, something rarely seen on some cast ceramic structures is detail on both sides, the wall from AddOn has detail on both sides, lending itself to more uses on a diorama.

The column and wall caps are equally as well cast with great looking texture. These parts really add to the look and effect of the wall. The wall does have a decorative bracket cast onto the front of the wall and the set comes with a resin cast brace and nut for the back side, adding even more detail and effect to this wall.

There is a little bit of extra plaster around some of the edges that will need to be cleaned, but this is not an issue at all. The parts seem to fit together rather well, as seen in my dry fitting.

Conclusion

Overall this Old French Crooked Wall from Add On Parts is very well done, with great looking detailed cast into the ceramics. It would be a shame to put this wall on the side of a diorama, and it deserves to be situated with both sides visible due to the great detail on both sides. I highly recommend this great looking diorama wall to anyone looking build a diorama.
SUMMARY
Highs: Extremely well cast, with great details on both side, and yes I said both side.
Lows: Little weak on packaging, wall arrived with very minor break, but easily fixable
Verdict: Great diorama structure, highly recommended
Percentage Rating
95%
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: 35-0056-C
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  PUBLISHED: Jul 24, 2013
  NATIONALITY: France
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 88.35%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 87.83%

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About Kevin Brant (SgtRam)
FROM: ONTARIO, CANADA

I am an IT Consultant and father, with a passion for plastic models. I mostly prefer 1/35 Armor and 1/48 Aircraft. My main interests are anything Canadian, as well as WW2 German and British Armor and Aircraft. I have been building models since I was a young kid, got away from it for awhile, but r...

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Comments

It looks like this wall can be placed to another one in a T-form. Why? There is at the backside a small gap in the foundation and at the front the iron 'S', which is normally used to spread pulling forces over a larger surface. It certainly looks fine and will definitely form a good background in all time frames. Just some posters: Viva la Republique or Feind hört mit............. Thanks for the review!
JUL 24, 2013 - 09:37 AM
It doesn't look very big, and you'd need two of them to make a gateway. But I suppose you could butt one of them against a building for extra length.
JUL 24, 2013 - 09:39 AM
Kevin - I'm curious why you're calling a plaster casting "ceramic"? The common definition/understanding is that ceramic refers to a clay product that has been fired in a kiln, thereby making it much less fragile than plaster. Charles
JUL 26, 2013 - 01:19 AM
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