Reality In Scale
are based in the Netherlands and have been producing fine diorama accessories since 2006. Their core philosophy is centered on four main values; quality, originality, completeness and reality. They use this philosophy to bring the modeling community hundreds of fine products.
The Old Pier resin kit is a unique figure base cast in grey resin and packaged in a small, sturdy cardboard box with a colored label depicting the contents of the box in its painted, final form.
The Kit Contents
- 11 – Highly detailed resin pieces
- 1 – Length of rope
- 1 – Metal eyebolt
The pieces for this set is supplied separated neatly in two tiny Ziploc bags with the main section of the pier placed in the box. This 1/35 scale replica of an old pier comes with several pieces to make for an interesting vignette all on its own.
The set has one large pier section accompanied by four multi-post designed supports. The pier has nicely molded wood planking with nail head rendering. Each of the four posts were sculpted individually to show uniqueness unto themselves with fine weathered wood grain details, attached wooden blocks and molded rope lines. There is a molded cleat for tying of a boat and has nicely molded bolts on the plate.
The pier set comes with a ramp section molded with individualized wood planking and fit perfectly to the edge of the pier. In addition to the ramp there are several other small add-on pieces. I finely detailed wooden barrel and wooden box cast in resin will add a nice bit of clutter to the pier along with an old tire. The rope included with this set is intended for lashing the tire to one of the pier supports if you choose to do so. The last resin piece in the set is a small cast seagull in the perched position. By following the print on the front of the box the seagull sits atop one of the pier supports. Finally there is a small eyehook supplied with this set. As best as I can tell, the eyehook may be used to fashion with the knot of the rope to hold the old tire onto the pier support.
The quality of this kit is very well done. Most if not all of the pieces cast extremely clean and crisp. I did manage to find some flash on one side of one of the pier supports. Certainly nothing a little quick sanding and possible re-scribing to gain the weathered wood grain back.
There is very little that will be needed to get this set ready to assemble right out of the box. Some of the parts have their cast blocks still attached and will need to be removed prior to building.
There was no instruction sheet received with this set. With aid from the photo on the front of the box, even a novice to resin construction should be able to work their way through the construction process will little to no difficulty. Oddly enough, the box states this set is 1/35 scale, which it is by the way, it states that it is also 75mm in scale. I am sure this is a minor oversight in the printing of the label as a quick check of the Reality In Scale website shows this set at 54mm which is pretty much spot on 1/35 scale.
I feel this is an exceptional diorama or vignette accessory. The styling of The Old Pier with fit generically with just about any nautical themed build. Painting and weathering of this set is sure to be an enjoyable experience as there is plenty of room for preference of weathering techniques.