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New Review: Marsden Matting Artillery Base

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Ben Morton
Tiger Werke

Kit Made For: Suitable for WWII to Vietnam eras

"Resin accessories for the scale modeling enthusiast". That is the tag line from Tiger Werke's website. Tiger Werke is a  'new to me' manufacturer of resin accessories primarily geared toward the armor modeler in all of us.  Although I should mention that Tiger Werke has been around since 2014 and has recently been acquired by Phil Cavender

With apologies to Phil (et al),  I stole this next bit from their website. Under this new ownership, they have the exclusive right to manufacture and distribute Tiger Werke's complete line of 1/35th scale resin items. Included in Tiger Werke's line are paved and cobblestone street sections, building fronts, roadside shrines, fountains, and AFV Wedgies. 

Additional items also include the manufacturer of various stowage and accessory sets for Allied, German and British vehicles. With the purchase of Tiger Werke, several items not previously distributed will be made available.

Tiger Werke's desire is to compliment the line of resin products already in existence for the scale modeling community by adding new and exciting products for the military armor and aircraft modeling enthusiast.

To that end they have released several new resin display bases. The subject of which is a 1/35th scale Marsden Matting artillery base. This display base is designed for an artillery piece but there is no reason why one couldn't use it for something else, say a hardstand/revetment/staging area for an aircraft model.  Or even, as the basis of a diorama or vignette for figures. [Fun Fact: Marsden Matting (perforated metal planking) is a nickname derived from Marston, North Carolina where the material was first used.]  I choose to use my 'artillery base' as  a hardstand located somewhere in the Pacific.  

Assemble is pretty straight forward. Once your remove the light gray resin base from the sturdy, top opening box assemble is complete. (My kind of kit!) Casting is first rate. Not a single casting bubble and only one small slight casting glitch on my copy. But that was on the black surround of the base and easily disguised with some paint.  As can be seen from the accompanying image,s this base represents a section of Marsden Matting embedded in the surrounding county side.  All that's left to do is paint the matting and surrounding area with the colors of your choice. 

For that chore, I painted exclusively with Folk Art acrylics. The 'sand' is a super secret mixture of Pueblo and White, highlighted with Pueblo. The matting was painted with another uber secret combination of Pure Black and Gunmetal Gray. The accents on the matting are all done with artists pencils and a #2 Dixon Ticonderoga(r) pencil.  The accessory items (table, stool, and and barrel) are from a shop kit by  Mini Art.  The 'palm fronds' are dried bits from some fern that didn't survey my rigorous watering regime schedule. The Corsair ( a Tiger Model cute plane) is a late war prototype whose focused was on pilot visibility issues. 
 
Most, if not all, scale models will benefit from proper presentation.  Besides providing context for your project  a display base has the added benefit of keeping 'unclean' hands off your models. This resin display base from Tiger Werke will provide that proper presentation and context for your next model with a  minimum of tussle. 

Due to the broad range of resin accessories ( an extensive list) available, I encourage you to visit Tiger Werke's website and peruse their line of resin accessories. I'm  confident you'll find more than one item that you'll like to have available for your next project. 

My thanks to Tiger Werke and IPMS/USA for the review copy.

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