Matho Models released a set of etched-brass front doors for typical modern houses. The sheet contains seven doors, plus some hardware for locks, knockers, etc. These would all be at home on houses from the 20th century to today.
The use of brass means the doors are a tad thin and bendy - Matho advises to glue them to a sheet-plastic backing. Since there is only one of each type, you cannot have a door detailed on both sides with only one set. Some of the doors have windows, so adding a backing will take a bit of careful cutting or the creative use of plastic strips to frame the openings. No "glass" is provided, but there are clear plastic sheets out there.
Texture looks good, and will respond to a little gentle weathering or just a simple pin-wash to make it "pop". More advanced artists will no doubt use shading/highlight paints to bring out the 3D detail of the recessed panels, much as we would expect in a 2D oil-painting.
Door heights range from 60mm to 62mm. That's 2100 to 2170mm (6ft 10in to 7ft 1in) in 1:1 scale. And widths range from 25.5mm for the narrow ones, to 29mm for the "medium" doors, to 31mm for the biggest door - that's 892.5, 1015, and 1085 in 1:1 (35in, 3ft 4in, and 3ft 6in). A quick trawl of DIY store websites shows the average front door in the UK is about 2000mm high by about 850mm wide, while in the US they tend to be about 2032 x 914mm. In general the doors in this set seem about 4 inches (100mm) too big in both height and width, although of course real doors could be non-standard sizes. But overall my impression is these brass doors scale out much better in 1:32 than they do as 1:35.
These are very nice modern doors, but are a tad large compared to doors I've seen. But perhaps that might not matter too much depending on what's placed near them? They look good and certainly resemble commercially available doors here in Europe, so should be perfect for any "homefront" or cold war "defence of Germany" dioramas.
Highs: Look like real doors I've seen!Lows: Needs plastic backing. A tad overscale.Verdict: A good option for house-front dioramas set in modern times!
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