by: Kevin Brant [ ]
Not only is Add On Parts providing great resin cast diorama accessories, they are also doing ceramic cast accessories as well. The Old French Crooked Village Wall is a great example of diorama structures that are part of the Add On Parts catalogue.
In the box you will find the ceramic cast wall with both the column cap and wall cap. There is also a resin cast bolt, which looks to mount on the back of the wall and some ceramic glue powder. Unfortunately when I opened my box, I had found the column top had broken off in shipping. While there looked to be good packing, it may have been a little on the weak side for ceramic parts compared to other ceramic parts I have received in the mail in the past. It should be noted that the breakage is minor, and can very easily be repaired.
As for the wall itself, it is beautifully cast with great looking texture detail. The brick detail is good, and the unevenness of the pattern really adds the effect of an old wall. The plaster over brick effect on the bottom and back side, yes I said back side, is very well detailed. And yes I did say back side, something rarely seen on some cast ceramic structures is detail on both sides, the wall from AddOn has detail on both sides, lending itself to more uses on a diorama.
The column and wall caps are equally as well cast with great looking texture. These parts really add to the look and effect of the wall. The wall does have a decorative bracket cast onto the front of the wall and the set comes with a resin cast brace and nut for the back side, adding even more detail and effect to this wall.
There is a little bit of extra plaster around some of the edges that will need to be cleaned, but this is not an issue at all. The parts seem to fit together rather well, as seen in my dry fitting.
Overall this Old French Crooked Wall from Add On Parts is very well done, with great looking detailed cast into the ceramics. It would be a shame to put this wall on the side of a diorama, and it deserves to be situated with both sides visible due to the great detail on both sides. I highly recommend this great looking diorama wall to anyone looking build a diorama.