Which in my opinion was more than necessary, as whilst there is much to say for these models, I do take umbrage with the suggestion that they are the best thing since sliced bread.
They rather are the Apple I-Phone of gaming scenery. Everybody has taken to them and raves about them, but I'm not convinced they are as good as people tell you they are.
Firstly, compared to a resin model, you've got the build the damned thing, most of the models comprise a DOZEN sprues of flat sheets that need pressing out individually before assembly. Once you've carried out one build they models make more sense, but it is fair to say that the provided instructions - even with numerous photographs - are not clear enough to make assembly a straight forward procedure.
I've assembled multipart resin ruins with a hot glue gun in a matter of minutes. Budget two to three hours of your life for one of these kits. Also you need to allow drying time and elastic bands or clamps are essential to get an effective assembly.
Then the end result is painted, after a fashion and sort of complete:
And if you choose to it does come with the advantage of separate floors. But it isn't really finished. It looks like what it is, an MDF box cut out with lasers. There is a lack of texture, and whilst in some areas the scorch marks of the laser adds to the effect - especially on the ruins, in others it draws real attention to the falseness of the model. It may be adequate for many gamers, but for my own tastes it looks ugly and unfinished, like a prepainted gaming miniature, it can be improved vastly by taking a brush to it oneself.
And so if you want the models to look really good, expect to spend another two to three hours selectively repainting significant parts of the model:
The ruined semi (of which I assembled two) costs £24, the Terraces £22 each. The set of four buildings therefore would retail for over £90.
I know I could get a lot more resin buildings for that price, that would look more like real buildings though they would need painting. However I could probably shop around and get prepainted models for about the same price, either as intact buildins or as ruins. For £90, or indeed a little less, I could assemble an entire village or town from scratch, in more or less the same 20 hours required to produce these kits.
Ultimately what I expect from a kit, that makes a kit worth assembling in preference to buying a resin model, or other premade sculpt, is a level of detail and reality that the latter doesn't provide. This is why I prefer plastic kits, even fairly simple ones, of military vehicles. The time and labour involved in assembly is rewarded with a level of authenticity the resin equivalent generally won't offer.
Here I have a kit that offers none of the Aesthetic benefits, until you've applied so much additional effort it makes you wonder why you invested in the model in the first place.
Whilst these may very well be all some gamers would ever want from their models, to me they are a false trail. Other alternatives are faster, more realistic, sturdier, simpler, cheaper; or a combination of several of these attributes.
The MDF models are not for me.