by: Mario Matijasic [ ]
Plus Model is an aftermarket company from Czech Republic, specialized in producing 1/35 scale accessory sets for dioramas and vignettes. This review covers a set of gas cylinders typically used in military and industrial settings: US Pressure Bottles – Modern (478).
The set is packed in a hard cardboard box. The front of the box features a large photo showing the contents of the set, listing all the multimedia pieces inside the box: 59 resin parts, photoetched sheet and decals.
In the box I found two sealed plastic bags additionally protected in bubble wrap. One of the bags contains resin pieces and the other PE fret and decal sheet. The set also includes paper printed instructions.
The resin pieces are cast in grey resin and look really good. There are no casting imperfections, but I did notice some thin flash residue which can be easily removed using the back of an X-acto blade. Larger pieces are cast each on its own resin pour block, while the smaller pieces share a longer block. Several smaller pieces broke off their pour blocks and I wish blocks with such tiny pieces were stored in a separate plastic bag as this would probably minimize the breakage in transport. The photo etched fret contains 7 pieces. These are rather simple pieces and should be fairly easy to use even for those not experienced in working with PE parts. The decal sheet includes gas nomenclature (acetylene, air oil free, oxygen, nitrogen oil free, argon oil free, carbon dioxide) and stripes (white, green and black) which can be used to detail the cylinders.
The cylinders in this 1/35 scale set are 37 mm high and have diameter of 6.5 mm, which corresponds to 130 cm (51 inch) and 23 cm (9 inch) respectively. These measurements suggest the cylinders in the set depict K size cylinders. The set includes pieces to assemble 10 gas cylinders:
- gas cylinders (10x),
- main valves (10x),
- safety caps (10x),
- pressure regulator valves (5x),
- pressure gauges (10x).
The cylinders can be assembled with the safety cap on, or with valves and pressure regulators. The latter is a more complex assembly but it is worth the extra effort. The only problem could be painting the pressure gauges realistically… perhaps a custom decal would do the trick better than painting these by hand.
The set also includes a hand cart for transporting the cylinders. The cart is a rather complex assembly consisting of 7 resin and 6 PE pieces, but should prove a great detail in many industrial dioramas. Another detail in the set is a wood pallet, constructed using 7 resin pieces. Modern gas cylinders are transported and stored in an upright position, so I don’t think using the pallet as shown on the box art image is very realistic… however, the pallet is definitely a bonus in this set as it can come in handy for different diorama settings.
The instructions included in this set show an assembly diagram, decal placement directions and color guide. I have a slight reservation with regards to painting the gas cylinders, as the colors can vary… for instance, the CO2 bottle in my laboratory is grey, not red as the color guide suggests. Therefore I would suggest using reference photos before actually painting these cylinders.
US Pressure Bottles – Modern (478) from Plus Model is a 1/35 scale multimedia set (resin, PE and decals) offering 10 gas cylinders which can be depicted stored with the safety cap on, or in use with valves and pressure regulators. Hand cart and wood pallet are included as well.
The resin cast is really good and the details are nicely delivered in scale. With the PE and decals, this set should be a great addition to modern day industrial or military dioramas.