by: Alan McNeilly [ ]
Bases for model and diorama displays come in all shapes and sizes and a wide variety of prices. A few years ago I was looking for some small bases for some generic settings to be mounted on and I came across www.woodenbases.co.uk on an internet search.
The company is run by Derek Maw and based in Surrey, England. I ordered up 4 small bases to fit my needs and thought no more about it. A couple of recent purchases from Great North Roads brought the need for further bases.
I liked the original purchases, so as a happy customer went bask for a couple more. The nice thing is you just send Derek your specifications and he’ll quote you a price, or you can go on line and order standard sizes if they fit you needs.
This article is just a quick look at a few of the bases I purchased. The service was quick and payment can be made by paypal so it’s pretty hassle free shopping. I have no association to the seller I just liked what I saw and purchased.
The company makes round and oval bases, square and rectangular bases, diorama bases, plinth bases and trophy bases. The bases have a high quality finish and there are lots of styles to choose form on the web site. (see link below)
This option may be right for some, personally I like the finish and they suit my needs, providing a nice solid structure for my diorama settings. I particularly like the under-felt finish as it makes sliding the bases very easy.
This doesn't mean that I've abandoned making my own from recycled materials, but when I've purchased a nice setting then I think it deserves a decent base.
I have yet to check out the diorama bases which have a more raised platform but they look equally good.
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