In-Box Review
Meadow Fence A
Meadow Fence A
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by: Tom Cromwell [ BARKINGDIGGER ]

Matho Models released a set of etched-brass wire fence panels that represent the kind of DIY fencing often seen on farms in the post-war era. In fact, as an archaeologist working in the UK from the '80s onwards I remember using the real stuff (galvanized wire fencing stapled to wooden posts) to keep sheep off of our trenches prior to the advent of plastic orange bunting a couple decades ago!

The fencing comes as two rectangular panels, measuring 35mm high (4ft approx in 1:1) by 96mm (11ft). There are two wooden dowels to be cut up to make fenceposts.

The real thing usually came in large rolls, and was cut to length with wire-cutters after being strung around all the posts, so the ends of these brass sections really ought to be butted-up to disguise the fact thay aren't a single roll if used together. Being brass they csan be bent and twisted just like the real fencing, which is handy to bring life to an old fence. And painting it dull grey is a must! There are no staples included - these were U-shaped wire, hammered in to the post to trap the fence, and are best replicated with thin brass wire - but at this scale their absence won't be too noticible.

The posts are truly do-it-yourself, so will need cut to length. And the corner-posts ought to have diagonal bracing cut from shorter lengths that are notched into the main post. Don't forget to stain the wood, and "mash up" the top ends to represent ham-fisted sledgehammer work!

These panels are ubiquitous, at least here in Europe, and can really lift a rural scene. Matho's product is a must for any NATO farm-trashing exercise scene. Brings back memories of cut fingers, splinters, and the old "lump-hammer thumb" disease!
Highs: Looks like the real thing! Comes with post material
Lows: Needs painted. Would like more!
Verdict: Great for fencing off farms and fields.
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  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: 35061
  PUBLISHED: Feb 18, 2018

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About Tom Cromwell (barkingdigger)

A Yank living overseas on a long-term basis, I've been building tanks since the early '70s. I relish the challenges of older kits (remember when Tamiya was "new"?...) because I love to scratch-build.

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These offer great detail but I wonder how local they might have been -I haven't come across these in my skulks through rural Germany, for example, and also exactly which time period they might have been in common use. Otherwise really nice, clean detail from a well-designed product.
FEB 18, 2018 - 08:57 PM
They look more typical of North American farmland/ranch fencing.
FEB 18, 2018 - 09:07 PM
I used the stuff when working in public works. We used it as snow fence on public lands.
FEB 18, 2018 - 09:23 PM

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