Maison en Ruine

Revue de la Maquette POLA au 1/87

Maison en Ruine, 1/87 H0 Maquette POLA 166

The model shows a bombed-out city house avec an adjacent smaller building which was been completely destroyed. Just visible amidst the rubble is the opening of a large cellar which survived the attack. The hand-painted sign "LSR --->" on the front wall suggests that the occupants of the building may have sat out the attack at the nearest Luftschutzraum bunker. In that case, maybe nobody was hurt here. The election posters in front of the rubble make the connection to Allemagne post-war. The building tells many stories of the period before et after 1945, of which the most obvious is that of its destruction. The scene portrayed in the model is typical of many cities between 1939 et 1945, cities like Warsaw, Rotterdam, Coventry, London, Leningrad, Stalingrad, Berlin, Dresde et Darmstadt, to name a few.

Area bombing des concentrations urbaines was first tried pendant la Guerre d’Espagne: In Avril of 1937, bombers et pilots allemands of the Condor Legion attacked the Basque city of Guernica et destroyed it. The senseless killing des civils caused massive international protests. The attack on Guernica inspired Picasso to paint his famous work of art by the same name. Guernica was a demonstration of power, the city had no strategic value, only a symbolic one. In the following years, area bombing des civils ennemis became a common practise, employed by democracies et dictatorships alike. It was hoped that this strategy might end the war more quickly by demoralizing the enemy population, but the opposite was the case. Animals et human being resist even more vigorously when their backs are against the wall et there is no possibility of escape.


  • City House Ruin
  • Period II, after ca. 1921
  • 12 Parts, pre-weathered
  • 36 Pieces of Rubble
  • Four-Colour Decals
  • Krupp-Ardelt Excavator
  • 1/72 Scale Floor Plan: 17.28 × 9.00 m
  • 1/72 Scale Height: 10.44 m
  • Accessory: Roman Pavement No. 652


A very educational choice of subject. In the process of painting et detailing the rubble, the modéliste will be reminded of his ou her own home. Broken water pipes, ceiling supports, roof beams, et scattered tiles are part of a puzzle, they document the sequence of destruction. The modéliste is immediately confronted avec the destruction et its effect on the people who used to live here. Even the enclosed Krupp-Ardelt excavator tells an interesting story. Industry produces what is most needed, canons pendant la guerre, brooms et shovels après.


Scale model avec excellent detail. The distribution of rubble shows a good amount of experience avec this subject. Nothing appears random, the pieces seem to be somehow connected to eachother et to the remains of the building. Realistic rubble is probably one of the greatest challenges for scale model designers. Every items needs to be considered carefully in order to avoid unrealistic duplication.

Easy to build, only 12 parts et several smaller pieces of rubble.

Good quality. The parts are practically free of flash, et they are easy to remove from the sprue. The parts fit very well, making the ruin very easy to assemble even for a beginner. The distribution of additional pieces of rubble is indicated in the manual, et these instructions should be followed for realistic results.

Joueurs de Guerre will want to make the interior accessible to infantry figurines, especially the sloped sides of the rubble mound. This may be achieved by building small platforms from rubble et fallen beams.

Excellent colouring. The outer walls are painted in different colours inside et out, et they are pre-weathered as well. No additioal painting work is required, but a little drybrushing avec light sand will accentuate even more detail. The rubble mound is weathered, but the many small parts have not been painted individually. It is well worth the effort to pick out individual items avec a small paintbrush, red roof tiles, gray supports, brown-gray beams, et cream-coloured stucco will stand out nicely.

Four-colour decals of election posters are suitable for the post-war period en Allemagne, only the bunker sign is a wartime marking.

The kit includes a Wiking model of the Krupp-Ardelt excavator. The manufacturer points out that this popular véhicule model is often pilfered from the box, et customers should check that the kit is complete immediately after purchasing it.

Missing window frames indicate that the building burned out. In that case, the outer walls should be appropriately smudged, especially above the window openings. Anyone avec access to an aérographe may want to add this effect.

The outer walls scale out to only 18 cm strength, instead of the 37 cm normally seen in a building of this size. However, the overall effect is acceptable.

HO scale models are 21 % smaller than figurines et véhicules a l’échelle 1/72. The difference is very obvious, although less so if the building is of a certain size. The city house ruin is large enough to pass as a compatible building for simulation games. Modélistes may even be able to use it to simulate perspective depth in a diorama.

Déploiement Historique

  • Central et Eastern Europe 1939-1960

The city house ruin is a nice model for dioramas et historical simulation games, even if it is not strictly compatible avec 1/72 scale figurines et véhicules. The ruin has different dimensions than an intact house, it has no roof et it appears more compatible as a result. The selection of buildings in HO scale is enormous, it would be a dream come true pour le modéliste en échelle 1/72. One unusual feature of the city house ruin is that it comes painted et weathered. The model is ready for action in minutes, et it is well worth the money. It is to be hoped that manufacturers of plastic model kits discover historic buildings for the military modéliste as a growing market segment, et that buildings like this one will appear a l’échelle 1/72 some day soon.

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