To match the very good pair of trams (and several other civilian dio pieces) that MiniArt have developed we have the new crew & passenger set that matches these trams very well – well that is the pitch – let’s put the figures together to see how they look…
Tram Crew w/Passengers
From Miniart Models
Kit No #38007
BOX: 260x162x35 m
This kit contains 45 parts - models of five figures.
The latest set of figures from MiniArt is promised as a ready replacement to fit into either one of their two trams in 35th scale that they have released last year. These trams are great – and desperately need passengers to add to the scene so the premise is good – what about the figures?
But first- the setting – Berlin and many other German – and indeed European countries used and still do use trams in their transport networks. These are cheap and easy – often hop on and hop off services that usually employ one or two staff. A driver and the conductor who clears the doors and collects fares. Often Women were employed – especially in wartime to be conductors.
Female train dispatcher at Nollendorfplatz subway station in Berlin, 1940
Actress playing a streetcar conductor in the conservatory in Berlin which appeared BVZ program (what about those teeth?)
The male tram driver here from the side- it’s a little harder to track down his uniform… (not as photogenic as the ladies)
The usual white box with red writing and lovely figure art is the typical style from Miniart – very nice looking, but maybe a bit large for the five figures on the one sprue. These figures are captured in a plastic bag for safe travel before their trip on your tram.
The plastic on these sculpts is a little better than the ones we saw last week of the German Tankers with a pig. The faces suffer less in the way of mould seems to be removed, and the figures go together pretty easily. Only the handbag on the woman seemed a bit difficult to place at first. The heads and bodies seem to fit each other ok. You will have a gap or two that needs to be filled, but this is the case with most injection figures.
Let’s look at each of the figures now in order – and how they go together and look like. Each of the figures is called out on the back of the box in A-E letters so we will look at them like that also.
Figure A: This man is made up of eleven parts in total – the plastic also included the parts for his well-sculpted suitcase
The face, with a flat cap on top is very European, and he can be used anywhere in the continent or even east in the Soviet Union for that matter and does not necessarily he does not have to be tied to a tram diorama.
Figure B: This next figure looks a little bit like Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees -To me, he does anyway - His face is different to the other passenger and the rest of his parts are made up from eight pieces of injection moulded plastic.
Figure C: We get swanky next - with a lovely looking lady made from ten parts of grey plastic. This figure is made with bare legs underneath a hollow skirt which wraps around the figure’s waist. A little hard to place – it is none the less satisfying to see this open slightly to reveal the body of a figure, and not a solid mass of plastic lie on some offerings.
Figure D: This lady fare collector/ conductor is next – made from eight parts of plastic. She is seen in a work trouser and jacket (typical for the female tram workers of the time.)
Figure E: Looking quite correct here- this man could well be driving the tram – or talking to a passenger – he is much needed in these trams as they don’t drive themselves do they?
Here they are – all together – they are all in the same scale in the hands, feet and heads. Pretty nice looking bunch after just a little bit of work.
They need some work but there is a lot of potential in this set
Thanks to MiniArt for sending this set to us to build and review.
Here is the set painted up on the Miniart site to show you a little of how they can look when finished.