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Dutch Posters
Mixed Commercial and Political Posters WW2 Era The Netherlands
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by: Robert Blokker [ FAUST ]

Reality in Scale is a Dutch company aiming for the Diorama and Vignette builder in the scales 1:35, 1:32 and 1:48 providing nice diorama items. In both print and resin they have quite a big and still growing assortment consisting of high quality diorama products which will be very usefull for the diorama and vignette builders. Thanks to their high quality Reality in Scale have managed to climb up in between the big players of the scalemodel market. This product deals with posters commonly used in The Netherlands during WW2.

In the first half of the twentieth century the means to get messages and news accross to the people were limited. Nobody had TV, although pretty much everybody had a radio of sorts, for newsbroadcasts you could go to the local cinema. Problem was that during the war years everybody at some point needed to give their radios to the German occupier to prevent the people from listening to the "Illegal" resistance broadcasts or the boradcasts of the BBC. This meant resorting to one of the oldest forms of advertising.... printwork. No matter if the subject was the anouncement of a big concert, cabaret, manufacturers bringing out news of their latest products, or the state (or current occupational regime), it all ended up on posters of some sort.

Reality In Scale has produced a really nice set of posters. The sheet is neatly packed in a ziploc bag with dimensions 12 cm wide and around 14,8 cm high (half A4) and is nice thin paper. On the sheet you will find a grand total of 79 posters which, as the set already tells you, consists of commercial and political posters all of Dutch origin. Of the 79 posters, 40 are of the commercial type and show a wide variety of subjects. Boxing matches, Cabaret, Sports, acitivity days and events, travelling adverts, etc. but also a great variation in adverts aimed for consumption and hygiene. The political half of the sheet contains 39 posters which are split up in Dutch propaganda posters and anouncements and proclamations to the people from the German occupying forces.

The printing is of an extremely high quality and that really shows. Details like headers of the posters and often the smaller script are for most of the posters readable. Next to that the choice to print it on nice thin paper was a good one. Often manufacturers choose paper which is too thick. When you start calculating the thickness back to 1:1 you end up with a poster the thickness of a sheet of plywood! Luckily this is not the case with the Reality in Scale posters. This, combined with the excellent and wide choice Reality in Scale offers you makes this the perfect set to spice up your Dutch WW2 diorama or vignette. It would be the perfect thing for a bare wall or to populate an advertising column. These posters add that extra colour to your work and it could very well be the finishing touch.
Highs: Great subject, high quality printing, nice thin paper. Great colors and good variation.
Lows: None... except maybe the fact that there are no tobacco adverts on the sheet. (Not really a low I know.)
Verdict: Great usefull set for everybody who wants to add that little extra touch to their WW2 Holland dioramas
Percentage Rating
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: 35028
  Suggested Retail:  4.50
  PUBLISHED: Jul 15, 2008

About Robert Blokker (FAUST)

Started modelling when I was about 7 or 8 years old had a little break in between (school, girls partying) and eventually returned when finding this site in 2002. Main interest WW2 German army, wheeled vehicles and radio and communication troops or every other thing that manages to catch my interest...

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Outstanding, a certain 'must have' to go to the top of the shopping list. Thanks for the review Robert. I do agree, there is one major company missing from the Commercial posters, Van Nelle. Both for coffee and tobacco .... no Douwe Egberts coffee either. Still, there are some very useful posters included, the Verkade advert is one, and the Jaarbeurs, that is just brilliant. (if a little to early for WW II diorama's). Groeten Henk
JUL 14, 2008 - 06:35 PM
Hi Henk, Thanks for your comments and the kind words. Just for the record, there is a Van Nelle poster on the sheet, 2nd row, 2nd poster from the left! Only 0,57 Dutch Guilders in these days for half a pound of coffee... There are also many more Van Nelle signs (among other famous brands) on our Real Enamel Dutch Advertising signs: LINK Cheers, Olav
JUL 14, 2008 - 11:02 PM
Live link Thank you for pointing that one out Olav. Some really nice stuff you have there. I just had a quick browse of the 'printed Street Signs' etc, the Dutch ones have been added to the list of 'Must haves'. I was going to spend the proceeds of my Panther on a Resin conversion for the M88, but I that will have to wait now. :-) A quick question regards the wall paper and carpets (tapijten), are they 'scaled down' for 1/35, or are they similar to the ones you can buy for Dolls houses? Do you have to specify the scale when you order, or are they all one size? Groeten Henk
JUL 15, 2008 - 12:53 AM
Hi Henk, Yes the wall paper and carpets are 1/35 scale (although they could be used in other scales as there are big carpets and small carpets in real life) and are one size only. Hope to hear from you soon! Groet, Olav
JUL 15, 2008 - 01:36 AM

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