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Tale of Two Walls
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by: Kevin Brant [ SGTRAM ]


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Introduction

Ceramic structures offer a great option for adding buildings, walls, and other structures to your dioramas. Great North Roads has been around for some time, and from what I have seen, may have been a little overlooked. In this review, we will look at two offering from Great North Roads, GNR049 - Block Boundary Wall Set and GNR021 - Boundary Wall Set.

Contents

GNR049 - Block Boundary Wall Set 2.00
-2 Wall sections with Pillar
- 1 Pillar Section


GNR021 - Boundary Wall Set 3.00
- 1 Wall section
- 1 Pillar
- 1 Ornamental Pillar Top


Review

The two wall kits represent walls that would be around a park, home, or other structure. The Block Boundary Wall Set is a three piece set that allows for either a straight section or a right angle wall, allowing for configuration needed for your diorama needs. The Boundary Wall Set is a single section wall, with a pillar with a large cylinder ornament on the top.

Both sets are cast from a hard white plaster and show some great face detail on the parts. The walls show great brick and block definition with textured flat areas. Being plaster, the walls will give you different options for colouring; sealing and painting or staining the plaster.

Both wall sets show little plaster burrs, but will clean up very easy. While fitting the sections together, some sanding will be needed to create clean seams.

In addition, based on the advertised prices compared to resin or plastic, the Great North Roads are excellent value.

Conclusion

Overall both wall sets from Great North Roads look to be excellent structures for diorama use. The plaster is very well cast, with great definition and detail showing. With a little clean up and coloring, both sets will be second only to the armor and/or figures in your diorama. I highly recommend these items from Great North Roads.
SUMMARY
Highs: Great looking plaster casting, good details, and multi-positionable, and excellent value.
Lows: Some small burrs that will need to be cleaned up.
Verdict: Great looking walls, high recommended.
Percentage Rating
85%
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: GNR049 & GNR021
  Suggested Retail: 2.00-3.00
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  PUBLISHED: Nov 24, 2013
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 88.35%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 87.60%

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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

Is there detail on both sides of the castings?
NOV 24, 2013 - 01:54 PM
I would doubt it!! Moulds would be a lot trickier, and the price is actually rather low. The second set (with normal bricks) is a bit disappointing. The bricks just don't look right. Bricks are not concave towards the centre, or are they?? Cheers Romain
NOV 24, 2013 - 05:55 PM
I believe the product represents a wall built with cut stone and not bricks, that said frost damaged bricks also take on the appearance as tha damage pops the face off from the centre of the brick.
NOV 24, 2013 - 06:05 PM
Yes, there is detail on both sides of the walls.
NOV 24, 2013 - 08:53 PM
I stand corrected!!! Cheers Romain
NOV 25, 2013 - 03:13 AM
Just ordered two sets of these, will let you know what they are like...when they have arrived Tom
NOV 26, 2013 - 06:02 AM
Hey Darren, it is two diffenent walls. One of cut stone and the other of brick. The cut stone has 3 blocks visable with a base and top. The cap on the collom has a pointed top. The other is brick with six bricks/corse,and a cap pointed with a round ball on top. And bricks can look that way after years of exposure. Yesterday on NatGeo, there was a show about a community on the coast of Africa that was built of brick and in some pic's the only thing left was the honeycombed mortar. This happens when the brick material is softer than the motar. On structures made with (orange brick) it has the habbit of corroding faster than the mortar because of the material used to make it; my house has several to replace yet. On structures made of (red) brick, the brick lasts longer than the mortar because the material makes it denser than the mortar, which you see on buildings where the walls seem to have collasped, no mortar left or strong enough to hold them together. So realisticly, the weather is a large reason the brick material looks as it does, sand, water and wind; you can include explosions and bullets also. The bricks that are colored orange are very pourious and are meant to be painted by the way.
NOV 29, 2013 - 11:48 AM
You never stop learning!! That's so great with such a forum! Lots of guys with lots of valuable info!! And they are prepared to share it too!!!! Cheers Romain
NOV 30, 2013 - 04:09 AM
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