In-Box Review
Round Cottage
Charcoal Burner House
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]

Charcoal Burner House is a 25-28mm hard foam structure from Ziterdes. It is article number 11996. Ziterdes has a marketing relationship with NOCH, who kindly provided this sample for review.

Ziterdes' describes it thus:
    The Charcoal Burner house is round and has a diameter of 100 mm. The walls are built of massive stone. The roof was covered with thatch and has a chimney. The entrance door is incorporated from heavy oak with fine wood grain and nails in the model. In a wood dormer with round windows was incorporated in the thatched roof. Next to the door, the house has two windows ending in a pointed arch (gothic). The Charcoal Burner house or cottage (depending on taste) looks really cool and has many of its nice-made details and a harmonious whole. Clearly, the tabletop model house can be used also for other purpose. So for example, Pirates or any other historical tabletop. It looks especially good as a village house or mountain village house.

Ziterdes is based in Germany and creates a range of models for fantasy and Sci-Fi genres:
    Dungeons & Dragons
    Fantasy (Warhammer)
    Sci-Fi (Warhammer 40000)

To serve those genres many different product lines are offered:
    Tabletop Gaming Table
      Single Boards
      Modular Gaming Table Sets
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        Special Edition Monte Christo
        Dunkelstadt Single Modules
    Furniture & Accessories

      Pyramids, Temples and Ruins
      Bunkers & Positions
      Castles & Fortresses
      Ships & Boats
      Bridges & Jetties

    Terrain Accessories
      Terrain Pieces
      Tabletop Bits & Pieces
      To Water
      Basing Material
      Grasses, stones & groundcover
      Miniature Plants
      Snow and Ice
      Landscaping Colors

Welcome to the world of Ziterdes!

Charcoal Burner House
Like the models previously reviewed, this one is also cast in hard foam. While this is rigid hard foam, it can be carved, or manipulated with heat, so be careful what you set it near. The foam is both very tough and light, more so than resin or ceramic. It can be easily cut, ground and honed, as well as painted.

These models are made to stand alone or be joined with related models and incorporated into larger scenes.

This model is packaged the Ziterdes way, by wrapping the model is plastic and gluing it to a sturdy card sheet.

The foam has a rough and faux porous texture that gives the feel of organic natural material such as stone, wood, and rusty metal. The thatch roof is not porous. The surface is further enhanced with deep mortar joints between the stones, and wood grain on the door.

I just described some of the detail also mentioned by Ziterdes - wood grain. Architectural details incorporated include diamond pane windows and unique wall structuring. Look at the wood framing around the door and dormer and you will notice nail pocks.

Initially I thought that the thatch roof let the model down - it does not look coarse enough. Then I researched thatched roofs and found that many have such a tight weave that they appear smoother than the model. You can see what I mean by clicking Click here for additional images for this review, at the end of this review.

My one gripe is that the chimney is cast closed. And I do not think a layer of black paint can hide that.

Painting and Instructions
No actual instructions are included, other than what is on the webpage.

The model arrives with basic pain colors applied. The foam takes acrylic paint well.

Judge the versatility of this cottage for your scale with the photos I staged. You will find 25-28mm fantasy figures, military figures in 1/32, 1/35, and 1/48, civilians in 1/48, tanks in 1/35 and 1/48, and an O scale farm tractor.

For my tastes anything larger than 1/43 or smaller than 25mm will not look proper.

I think this is a worthwhile addition to my gaming table, and even workable for 1/48 scenes.

Charcoal Burner House has good detail and "curb appeal." Detail includes convincing texture and fine sculpting of the door and diamond pattern window panes.

My one gripe is that the chimney is cast closed.

Modelers of many genre will appreciate this Ziterdes model. I look forward to incorporating it into a larger scene or a vignette. Recommended.

Please remember to mention to Ziterdes, NOCH, and retailers that you saw this product here - on Historicus Forma.

Click here for additional images for this review.

Highs: Convincing texture and fine sculpting of the door and diamond pattern window panes.
Lows: My one gripe is that the chimney is cast closed.
Verdict: Modelers of many genre will appreciate this model. I look forward to incorporating it into a larger scene or a vignette.
  Scale: 28mm
  Mfg. ID: 11996
  PUBLISHED: Jul 30, 2019

Our Thanks to NOCH!
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About Frederick Boucher (JPTRR)

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! My interests--if built before 1900, or after 1955, then I proba...

Copyright 2021 text by Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]. 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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