by: Russ Amott [ ]
PlusModel keeps the diorama accessories rolling out, this time with cable reels in two sizes; set 4049 small cable reels and set 4050, big cable reels. Both sets are identical in parts layout and instructions with only the finished dimensions being different.
Both sets of cable reels include laser cut wood sheets, laser cut Tiberius card for parse square washers and resin bolt heads. There are enough parts provided to make two reels in each set. The parts are carefully packaged in bubble wrap to protect the contents.
Construction is fairly simple. Carefully cut the circular ends from the sheet. There are two pieces for each end and the wood slats should line up. The center spool of the reel is made by first running a piece of tape along the back to keep the wood slats together, and then cutting them carefully from the sheet. There are two circular pieces of card that are made to be used as a form to shape the spool. These are glued at each end with the tape holding the slats in place when wrapped around the two discs. I had some trouble getting things aligned and so I first tried setting one of the discs against and end plate to provide a base. It wouldn't fit as the spool appeared to be one slat too long. To make assembly easier I found a pen of the same Demeter as the discs and used that as a form to shape the spool. Then I glued a disc in place using CA glue. Once set, I attached the spool to the other end and plate. I used a file to position the other end plate so both lined up properly and then used it again to place the square reinforcing plates.
The instructions show the resin bolts as fitting into holes in the reinforcing plate but there aren't any holes. I cut all bolt heads flush and placed them on the reinforcing plate and the four square washers at each end. With that the spool is assembled. The modeler can wrap wire or tubing to represent cable and pipe if desired, or leave them empty. They can fit in an industrial or freight yard diorama or a barnyard setting, as cable reels are sometimes used as a toy for goats to climb on. They can even make an impromptu table or seat.
I think this set is a quick solution for anyone seeking something different for a diorama as well as meeting some specific needs. I don't know how broad of a time period they would cover but I imagine it would go back quite a few years. I think these are useful sets.