When I asked about these, Mad Mecha Guy said that he was reviewing how he makes them. I said that I didn't mind any changes, so instead of the pack of 40 that I ordered, I received 60 - but cut from 2mm MDF instead of 3mm. They've obviously been redesigned slightly too, he said he was planning to reduce the number of uprights from the originals in order to reduce cutting time but mine appear to have the same number. The little feet have been redesigned to take the thinner 2mm thickness. I think that this reduction in thickness is a good thing, I wonder if they'd look a little too thick in 3mm MDF.
I'm extremely pleased with these. The original pack of 40 would provide 1.2m of barrier, my pack provided 1.8m! I can't see anyone ever needing to buy more than one pack, there are enough that you can paint them in a range of different colours. I've done the first 10 blue for my Colonial Security team to use but I intend to do some more of them in orange or red (safety/construction barriers), grey (civic barriers to delineate parking bays etc.) and rusty metal (marking areas in scrapyards, shanty-towns).
|Barrier and feet ready for assembly|
These barriers had a stickier finish than most of the other parts, presumably due to the more intense cutting in such a small space. They painted easily with the MDF primer and after this had dried all traces of the stickiness had vanished. A quick coat of Humbrol Matt 104 oxford blue followed by a lighter coat of Humbrol Matt 24 blue completed my security barriers. I imagine they'd take drybrushing very well if you wanted to paint them as rusting metal.
A few ideas of how they could be used...
|Safety barriers - move along citizens, nothing to see here...|
|Marking traffic lanes|
|A very controlled crowd.|
|A less-controlled crowd. Barriers aren't so good at keeping out zombies!|
|Parking bays marked.|