by: Carlos Martin [ ]
Macone has reproduced a watchtower that can be often seen on Middle East Military bases. This one has been modelled following the ones in Iraq. They are quite simple and consist on several cylinders of concrete, with side openings on the top one, and a roof.
The model comes in a well packaged, sturdy, box. All parts are wrapped in bubble wrap and empty spaces filled with foam.
There are three plates for the base, floor and roof of the tower and three cylinders. All of them are made of acrylic resin, which already has a similar texture to concrete.
There is also a plastic disc with threaded pattern, to make the metallic floor.
Some items that can be seen often on the exterior are included as well, like concrete barriers, cones or tires with rubble to block the access.
The kit is really straightforward to build, just pile the parts supplied and glue. It does not matter if the joint is not perfect, real ones are not. All parts come clean from casting blocks so it is literally a matter of minutes to have it ready to paint.
For further detailing, It is possible to add four metal loops on the corners of the square plates, that are used to lift them.
Also, the acrylic resin used allows easy damage with the tip of a blade. You can see the "before and after" that took me less than a minute.
Once assembled, the base is 70x70mm and the total height, 190mm. It is possible to add also an additional ring, sold separately, which takes the top to 250mm.
The set comes also with several other items. There are three concrete barriers, one of them of 85mm and the other two of 57mm long. They are made of acrylic resin as well.
There are also six cones, three of them realistically crushed, one barrel and three tires piled and filled with rubble. These last items are made of the usual resin.
With a total height of 19 cm (or even 25 if you add the extra ring) and being a really quick build, this kit can add a lot to a Middle East Scene. In fact, it needs only a couple of figures and will be already eye-catching.
The quality is really good, with no bubbles or warping, and the acrylic resin provides a nice texture suitable for representing damage easily.
Note: The same tower is available also at 1/48 scale.