by: Darren Baker [ ]
Plus Model the Czech manufacturer of resin goodness has sent Armorama some offerings for review. On this occasion one of the offering is a garden pump made entirely from resin and offered in 1/35th scale. I suspect and believe that items such as this could be found all over Europe in the past and some may still be there now.
This offering from Plus Model is supplied in a card box with a good quality print on it covering the product. Inside there is a bubble wrap pocket with a second sealed plastic bag inside containing the resin parts for the item. This approach is reasonable and has prevented damage in this case, but I would urge Plus Model to consider going down the same route as the likes of ICM where packaging is concerned. Also loose inside the carton is a small piece of paper covering construction, an aspect I approve of regardless of the simplicity of the model.
We are offered here a covered well with a pitcher pump mounted on that cover. There is a channel taking the water to an irrigation system or trough maybe? What I consider as added extras here are a watering can and a large jug type affair that reminds me of a coal scuttle. The well covering could be made from metal or wood, but as the moulding is smooth I am guessing that Plus Model went for a metal offering; as such the finish the modeller chooses to use is fully open to them. The pitcher pump would normally be cast iron and so could be freshly painted or heavily weathered paint/bare metal. The detail present is quite nice here, but I know that some of these pumps can be quite ornate and this product offers a base for making the pump more ornate if wished.
The channel supplied in this offering is a metal offering in its design and I like the cross legs moulded as part of it. The modeller could of course scratch a wooden channel if desired as a replacement for the kit part. I do think that a trough or similar would be the best option to show this going to. The watering can and coal scuttle in this offering would be made of tin or galvanised iron and as such the modeller has a wide number of options when it comes to finishing them. My only disappointment here is that the handles of both elements are not included and so need to be scratch built; not a difficult task to complete but they could have been included as they are shown on the box art.
This offering from Plus Model is a nice rustic offering that has the possibility to make for an eye catching element in a number of ways. I am pleased to see Plus Model supplying the pump handle as a separate part as it allows the pump to be shown being used. The additional parts supplied add some nice trinkets to the product increasing its value. I would have liked to see the handles for the watering can and scuttle as shown on the box art in the box. Lastly I would like to thank Plus Model for taking the time to provide an instruction sheet in the package.