by: Rick Cooper [ ]
You can always count on Plus Model to come up with something new every month. July is no exception, and they have, among other releases, come up with a really cool little laser cut set that builds up into a picnic table and a set of benches.
what you get
Plus Model packages the whole thing in their standard carded package. The set comes on one sheet of laser cut wood, and a set of instructions ins printed on the back of the inner card, but I doubt anyone will need to consult them more than once or twice, it is a pretty intuitive build.
I'm not sure what kind of wood is used - seemed a bit too thick to be balsa. Perhaps bass wood? It will make one very nice table and two benches. Two or three light passes with a hobby knife blade, and the pieces popped right out. I gave them a quick pass with an emery board to get rid of the fuzz, added a dab of white glue and set them aside to dry.
After everything had dried, I couldn't resist adding a bit of weathering. I used Mig and AK Interactive washes to add some life; I may have gone a bit overboard, but it was too much fun to stop.
I would recommend this set strongly if you are building, or thinking of building, any kind of diorama or vignette that includes a small table. The possibilities for this set are truly limitless. This is the first laser cut material I have ever worked with and I can tell you I am hooked. This was really just too easy.