Prepping Plaster Diorama Kits

After a few trips to the local hobby shop, and reading several magazines, I became aware of the world of Verlinden, Custom Dioramics, Plus Model and so many more skilled manufacturers in the industry. While I still enjoy building many of my structures from scratch, I find that the wealth of plaster kits makes it more of a choice now, rather than a necessity.

Both Verlinden and Custom Dioramics produce a fine and extensive line of plaster buildings for the most popular periods and setting - and while both have some overlap between them (the owners were partners at one time!), I find myself drawn to anything and everything released by either. For the purposes of this article however, I will be working with a wonderful piece that is a little more extravagant, from a company in Eastern Europe called Plus Model. The kit is a battle-damaged Abbey, and it will be the central focus of a scene I'm doing for a client called "Graveyard Duty".

This kit is comprised of about a half-dozen major plaster pieces, some resin details, and a small bag of rubble provided by the manufacturer. As this will be a museum-quality piece, I want everything to be exacting, perfect, and flawless. While I will agonize over minor flaws moments before the client comes by to pick up the finished piece in three months, we can ensure the best results by taking a proven step-by-step preparation procedure before assembling and painting the Abbey. Just like any other venerable 12-step program, we will use a similar routine.

About the Author

About Keith Magee (KFMagee)

After a hiatus of several years following the sale of my hobby shop (Hobby Annex in Dallas, TX), I am ready to build again... I love dioramas, with a focus on WW2 and tend to spend a lot of time documenting my work... any questions, just let me know! - Keith