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First Look Review
Half-Timber House
Half-Timbered House
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]

Originally published on:
Historicus Forma

Half-Timbered House is a hard foam model from Ziterdes, released in cooperation with scenery masters NOCH. Scaled for 25-28mm, this cottage is versatile and can be used for sci-fi, wargaming and fantasy gaming, as well as historical modeling. Half-Timbered House is item 11998.

tells us:
    Buildings make your gaming table to a special place. The kind and form of the building stands representative of the "where" of the action - the battle. So the characteristic buildings are on your gaming table more impresive the overall impression, as more varying, diversify, and artful the game. By the way: In addition to the function as an obstacle buildings are also perfect for a mission.The house made by ZITERDES hard foam offers a massive truss structure. Both the wooden beams so the stones of the foundation and the roof shingles are perfectly reproduced with undercuts and wood grains.

Ziterdes is based in Germany and creates a range of models for fantasy and Sci-Fi genres:
    Dungeons & Dragons
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    Sci-Fi (Warhammer 40000)

To serve those genres many different product lines are offered:
    Tabletop Gaming Table
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        Dunkelstadt Single Modules
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      Pyramids, Temples and Ruins
      Bunkers & Positions
      Castles & Fortresses
      Ships & Boats
      Bridges & Jetties

    Terrain Accessories
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The Model
Half-Timbered House is made of hard foam. While this is rigid hard foam, it can be manipulated with heat, so be careful what you set it near. The foam is otherwise very tough yet very light, more so than resin or ceramic. It can be easily cut, ground and honed, and painted.

These models are made to stand alone or be joined with related models and incorporated into larger scenes.

This is a one-piece casting. Ziterdes sculpted a stones foundation, wood grain, leaden glass windows, ironwork for the door, and stucco texture.

The chimney is not molded open. Very obvious. The foam can be carved so opening it up should not be a major problem.

This house is scaled to the common fantasy wargaming, skirmish-level, science fiction, and role-playing scale of 25-28mm; that is 1/64 (S gauge for model railroading). If you have read our first two Ziterdes reviews you will recall that the models were displayed with several scales. I did the same here but unlike the bunker and the fighting position, Half-Timbered House is not as versatile to incorporate into scales outside of 15-28mm. Modelers can use this for forced-perspective although if one is a scalist, you will be limited to a narrow range of scales.

This model bears a footprint of:
    Width 100,00 mm (4 inches)
    Length 145,00 mm (almost 6 inches)
    Height 105,00 mm (4 3/8 inches)

I have not tested this foam with solvent-based paint. Acrylics can be applied without worry.

Half-Timbered House makes a good impression upon me. The scale of precludes convincing use beyond the sci-fi and fantasy scales. I am disappointed the chimney is not molded open.

Regardless, Ziterdes' Half-Timbered House is impressive and I look forward to painting it up. Recommended.

Thanks to Ziterdes partner NOCH for providing this model for review! Please mention to NOCH and Ziterdes, and retailers, that you saw this product here - on Historicus Forma!
Highs: Impressive detail.
Lows: The chimney is not molded open.
Verdict: This model is a good looking casting and I look forward to painting it up and incorporating it into my hobby.
  Scale: 28mm
  Mfg. ID: 11998
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  PUBLISHED: Nov 29, 2018

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About Frederick Boucher (JPTRR)

I'm a professional pilot with a degree in art. My first model was an AMT semi dump truck. Then Monogram's Lunar Lander right after the lunar landing. Next, Revell's 1/32 Bf-109G...cried havoc and released the dogs of modeling! My interests--if built before 1900, or after 1955, then I proba...

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