A scenery company from the Czech Republic, Model Scene produces landscaping materials for any diorama, from model railroad layouts and architecture, to scale modeling. Their products are handmade so each piece is unique. Subjects available include trees, ground cover foliage, leaves, wooden fences and precise laser cut 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
Stony Steppe Mat
Model Scene's Stony Steppe mat is a highly realistic model of a stony steppe of summer. The size of the mat accommodates all but large HO (1/87) and 1/72 models, looking good with 1/48 subjects, and even small models in larger scales. It 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 clumps of wild grass and short shrubbery. Fine earth and stones surrounds the grass. The foliage is not uniform in height and texture, enhancing the realism. Small bits of grass, earth, and stones are loose and fall off. The synthetic grass does have a slight sheen.
To demonstrate the quality and appearance of the mat to you, I present photographs of the mat with models in sunlight. Four models in common scales are used for perspective: 1/35 Pz.Kpfw. VI Tiger I, a 1/48 T-34, a 1/48 motorcycle with figures, and a 1/72 Kūbelwagen (probably abandoned with a broken axle!). Notice the proportions of the foliage compared to the scale of the model.
Model Scene's Stony Steppe 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: Very good appearance. Easy to handle and use.Lows: The synthetic grass has a slight sheen. The ground cover sheds a little.Verdict: An excellent, convincing authentic scenic model.
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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