by: Chas Young [ ]
IntroductionNew from Plus Model is this kit providing four sections of wooden timbering for 1:35 diorama trenches.
Trenches are relatively simple structures, traditionally used in war to provide cover from shell explosions and other forms of hostile fire, as well as concealment and speed of safe movement along front lines.
Each section of Plus Model’s trench measures 7.4 x 3.8cm, converting to 2.59 x 1.33m in 1:1 actual size.
The PartsThere are 4 grey resin parts packaged in a sealed plastic bag, wrapped in bubble plastic inside a sturdy, full colour cardboard box. Although Plus Model have obviously packed the parts with great care, they may wish to invest in zip lock or re-sealable bags as once these bag are opened, the parts can fall back out easily. Part attachment points are very thick, which will make them difficult to remove from the resin blocks.
Due to the parts being a fixed shape, and difficult to modify, it will be hard to implement the trenches into a diorama. Rather, the diorama will have to be built around the trenches. Also, each section of trench is identical and the structures themselves look very perfect and un-damaged. In a realistic combat diorama, no two sections of trench should be the same, and some bullet/shell or other impact damage should be evident. In fact, I cannot see any realistic justification for buying such a kit. A similar, if not a better effect could be achieved using a few bamboo skewers and fine, cotton string to represent the rope holding the timber poles together. Scratchbuilding also allows the modeller to customise the size, shape and texture of the trenches, something which cannot be as easily done with these resin parts.
ConclusionMy prediction is that the product will not be received positively by the modelling market. I cannot see why anyone would spend the money when they could easily make their own trenches using household material such as skewers and string! However, the kit has not lost any ‘marks’ because it is difficult for me to justify. The rating has only been affected by structural/physical inadequacies.