- Published on Monday, 17 October 2011 16:59 James Hatch
Catalogue # A75006
Available from Airfix for £18.99
Continuing the line of Airfix's new resin buildings that we are reviewing, comes this, the European Church, or as it should be called 'Destroyed European Church'. This model is cast in a single part using the same creamy white resin which has a sort of soapy feel to it, indicative of some of the Chinese mantelpiece ornaments I remember from the 1970's. This isn't a bad thing, as the resin beautifully replicates the master which was used, plus it is reasonably strong.
Back to the script though. This building is presented in the same manner as the other Airfix buildings. The resin model itself is wrapped in a clear polythene bag, and sits snugly into a bespoke hollowed out polystyrene cube which protects exactly this specific model. The whole lot is then displayed within the now familiar Airfix box, with oodles of red colour, and some photos of the model in both painted and unpainted versions. The rear of the box contains two photos of the finished model, complete with a paint colour guide, unsurprisingly using Humbrol codes as references.
The type of building, to me, does look indicative of a European Church, with its style and layout, and Airfix do seem to have got this right. The blanked off niches where statues would sit etc, right down to the doorway and arches. It all appears to be correct. In fact, this looks a lot like the European Church that I used to see on a particular game map when I used to play Medal of Honour online! For interest, the map was called 'The Hunt'!
This Church model does exhibit some traits of the other releases in that some areas seem unfeasibly thick, such as the tiled roof, with some damage looking a little 'prescribed' in the manner it has been designed. Having said that though, the majority of 'damage' modelled here does look very effective. There is little in the way of areas still standing, despite everything underneath being blasted out. That is certainly very good.
The Church model takes the form of the front elevation, having suffered some limited battle damage, plus a partial side wall, with the rear wall totally obliterated. The opposite side facing wall does have partial remains, attached to the frontage. Whilst the exterior appears to depict evenly sized and dressed stonework, the interior remains smooth, with what can only be a 'facing' applied to the masonry, with no damage at all to this surface, which would seem a little odd to me. The modeller could of course add some shell damage to this surface with a drill or burr, but it will be a little harder to simulate the plaster having come away and exposing the stonework.
The interior is devoid of any detail. While I can accept that churches don't have masses of interior walls and floors, I am sure there should be something in here, and not simply a flat, barren interior. It would be up to the modeller to add their own upper floor/balcony where extra seating would possibly appear. No niches, or anything else is given internally. It really is s blank canvas.
The damage seen on the walls etc does look a little false, but a sharp knife can remedy this and made the wall damage a little more random.
It may seem that I am rather scathing here, but I can only point out things that I see. What I haven't taken into account in this article is the perhaps slightly elevated price of this item, and for me, that has to factor into this conclusion. This is not the best diorama item I have seen, but it by far not the worst, and I have seen one of these finished and it looks very authentic. I would certainly consider this as a purchase for a 1:76 European diorama, without hesitation. Just use your imagination and rough up the damage a little further! Recommended.
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