A new scenery company from the Czech Republic, Model Scene produces landscaping materials for model railroad layouts or other dioramas. Their products are handmade so each piece is unique. Models available include trees, ground cover foliage, leaves, wooden fences and laser cut precise details. Model Scene advertises their product range as appropriate for scales (model railroad scales in parenthesis):
Amongst the Model Scene product line of mats (foliages) are:
* Grass mats Standard line
* Ground cover foliages - Premium line
* Grass mats with calc stones
* Forest base
* Turfs line
Low bushes - Autumn Colour
Model Scene's Low bushes - Autumn Colour mat is a highly realistic model of nature's final burst of color of a waning time before winter. The size of the mat accommodates all but the largest 1/35 models and can be torn and cut to size and shape as needed. The mat can be cut and torn to fit and blend with other Model Scenes mats and those of other manufacturers.
The mat is packaged on a cardboard backing over which slides a clear plastic sleeve. This both protects and displays the product. Included is a paper with instructions about shaping and gluing the mat.
The mat is 18x28cm (7"x11"). Made of synthetic interwoven material this effectively simulates wild grass and short shrubbery in autumn hues. The foliage is not uniform in height and texture, enhancing the realism. Creating further authenticity to the model autumn field, it is sprinkled with muted brown, rust, green and red bits simulating flowers and leaves. Small bits of grass and leaves are loose and fall off. It is Fall, after all.
To demonstrate the quality and effect of the mat to you, I present photographs of the mat in both artificial and natural light. Four models in common scales are used for perspective: 1/35 M-8 Grayhound, a 1/48 tanker truck, a 1/87 horse and wagon with farmer, and a 1/100 Focke-Wulf 190. Notice the proportions of the foliage compared to the scale of the model.
Model Scenes' Low bushes - Autumn Colour mat offers you stunning scenery that you can use for displaying a single model, or as part of a complex diorama. Easy to handle and use, this is a convincing authentic scenic model. Recommend.
Highs: The material is not uniform in height and texture. Easy to handle.Lows: None to speak of.Verdict: A stunning scenery product to use for displaying a single model, or as part of a complex diorama.
About Frederick Boucher (JPTRR) FROM: TENNESSEE, UNITED STATES
I'm a professional pilot with a degree in art.
My first model was an AMT semi dump truck. Then Monogram's Lunar Lander right after the lunar landing. Next, Revell's 1/32 Bf-109G...cried havoc and released the dogs of modeling!
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