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Manhole Covers
Manhole Covers
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by: Bill Cross [ BILL_C ]

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Manhole covers date back to ancient Rome, and are an integral part of urban sewers and power grids. The covers vary from cast iron to concrete, and have even figured in an urban legend about one being launched into space by a nuclear test (not literally true, though the cover was never found).

Matho Models has introduced several photo etch sets recently, including this one of eight manhole covers and three misc. cover plates.

what you get

Inside a Ziploc baggie is a single sheet of PE with four sets of two covers, plus three small misc. covers.

the review

This review will likely vie for the shortest ever published on Armorama. That's because these are manhole covers, folks: what you see is what you get.

Why are they good? Many kit dioramas and streets lack them, or else use simplified styrene versions (I'm thinking of MiniArt's otherwise excellent offerings). These covers will add additional detail (and realism) to any urban setting. If you're showing a street scene, you should probably add one of these to it.


They're manhole covers, people. You know who you are if want them. I sure did.

Thanks to Matho Models for this review sample. Be sure to say you saw it reviewed here when ordering yours.
Highs: Sharp definition, good details, reasonable price.
Lows: They're thin PE so will need some backing if you're going to have them blown off their holes.
Verdict: Highly recommended. They're manhole covers. You know that.
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: 35031
  Suggested Retail: 7.95
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  PUBLISHED: Jul 04, 2016

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About Bill Cross (bill_c)

Self-proclaimed rivet counter who gleefully builds tanks, planes and has three subs in the stash.

Copyright 2018 text by Bill Cross [ BILL_C ]. Images also by copyright holder unless otherwise noted. Opinions expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of Historicus Forma or Silver Star Enterprises. All rights reserved.

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It is good that someone is finally coming out with these items in thin metal etch. This way one might retro these into a project already under construction without having to drill major holes in the base! Great detail, well done.
JUL 05, 2016 - 11:37 PM
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