Wednesday, December 18

A look at MiniArt's seven very nice December releases in our preview...

MiniArt always shows us just what they are releasing every month, and it has been so busy recently we have not had time to show you each of these newest kits individually.  We thought it only fair, therefore, to show you all of their December kits in a quick catch up...

A preview of MiniArt's December 2019 new items...

Kit No: #37074 
MiniArt has already produced several T-55's in their excellent series - and it is known by modellers as extremely accurate and detailed. This latest boxing shows the licence produced Czechoslovak version that sold heavily overseas.
Czechoslovakia produced 2,700 T-54A, T-54AM, T-54AK, T-54AMK tanks (between 1957 and 1966) and 8,300 T-55 and T-55A tanks (between 1964 and 1983; T-55A was probably produced since 1968), most of them were for export...

Kit Features:
Decal Sheet For 6 Marking Options included in the box
Individual Track Links Included
Photo-etched Parts Included
Clear Parts Included
All Hatches Can Be Posed Open & Closed

3D Renders of #MiniArt's Kit showing the kit's features and how it is different from the other T-55's in the range...:

Kit No #35612
1/35th scale
Box size: 290x190x45
MiniArt continues on their well-trodden path of supplying not just vehicles, but the everyday items you might see in shops to add to their scenes. This new set from MiniArt gives us some of the items you might want to make your own Street Fruit Shop - a pretty universal kit you could use in any modern-day fruit selling shop.

Kit features:
Box Contains Model of Street Fruit Shop made from injection moulded plastic - Here are the sprues...
A fridge...
The clear perspex tops of the sliding door fridge
A few sprues of the large sun umbrella...
 Apples a' plenty
 Bananas and watermelons
 Pallets for this all to sit on
a plastic Chair
2 Decal Options Included (these go on the fridge)

Cabriolet B German Car Type 170v
Kit No #38018
1/35th scale
Miniart have had their series of military Mercedes 170V vehicles of recent, with not only the soldier's car that we reviewed a while ago back but a delivery van, and now a beautiful civilian Cabriolet that has the figure of a gentleman and lady to add to the vehicle to begin to set the scene.

Decal Sheet For 6 Marking Options are included in this boxing...
Kit features:
All Doors Can Be Posed Open & Closed
Photo-etched Parts & decals of number plates for several countries are included
Clear Parts Included
2 Figures Included

Here is the built-up kit to show you the look and feel of the kit...

LGOC B-type London Omnibus
Kit No # 38021
1/35th scale
The LGOC B-type is a model of a double-decker bus that was introduced in London in 1910. It was both built and operated by the London General Omnibus Company (LGOC).
B-type buses were built in Walthamstow and replaced the X-type bus. It had a 34 seat capacity and is often considered to be the first mass-produced bus. The first bus began carrying passengers in 1911. By 1913 around 2500 had entered service.
This new kit from MiniArt features:
Accurate Chassis, Running Gear and Engine
Clear Parts Included
Photo-etched Parts & Decal Sheet Included for Several Busses
8 Options Side Adverts
3 Options for Front & Rear Adverts

"Dinner On The Front"
Kit No #35325
1/35th scale
Another set of soldiers - this time Russian WWII vintage troops - enjoying a hearty meal and maybe a rest behind the front with a warm stove, food and drink and maybe even something to drink?
The box contains models of five unassembled figures, but also includes furniture - chairs & table, dishes, plates and forks from thin photo-etch, a potbelly stove & samovar, infantry weapons & equipment with thick, warm clothes on each of the soldiers...

Here are the figures nicely put together and painted up in a scene...

Modern Oil Drums 200L
Kit No #35615
1/35th scale
We always need more gallon drums, and MiniArt has twelve new drums from a modern-day scene with decals and stamped decals that suit post-WWII dioramas.

Box Contains 12 Fuel Drums
 A decal sheet of plenty of modern-day oil companies are included

Focke-Wulf Triebeflügel w/ Boarding Ladder
From MiniArt 
1/35th scale 
Kit No #40005
Six marking choices in the box
MiniArt has followed sensible form and released a new access ladder and all-new colours from other Axis nations to the "What-If" design Focke-Wulf Triebeflügel & Nachtjager kits. This is the third boxing, with some new parts and all new decals (and amazing box art!) We thought we might show you the history, and the new arts in the kit in our preview...

Focke-Wulf Triebeflügel

The Focke-Wulf Triebflügel, or Triebflügeljäger, literally meaning "thrust-wing hunter", was a German concept for an aircraft designed in 1944, during the final phase of World War II as a defence against the ever-increasing Allied bombing raids on central Germany. It was a vertical take-off and landing tailsitter interceptor design for local defence of important factories or areas which had small or no airfields.
The Triebflügel had only reached the wind-tunnel testing phase in mockups when the Allied forces reached the production facilities. No complete prototype was ever built.
This Focke-Wulf VTOL (Vertical Take-Off and Landing) fighter/interceptor was designed in September 1944. The three untapered wings rotated around the fuselage and had a gradually decreasing pitch towards the wingtips, thus acting like a giant propeller. At the end of each wing was a Pabst ramjet, Since ramjets do not operate at slow speeds, either the rotor had to be driven by a fuselage-mounted takeoff-booster or small Walter rocket engines could have been fitted to each ramjet pod. 
The pilot sat in a cockpit near the nose and the armament consisted of two MK 103 30mm cannon with 100 rounds plus two MG 151/20 20mm cannon with 250 rounds. Although the Triebflugel was not constructed, a wind tunnel model was tested up to a speed of Mach 0.9.
General characteristics
Crew: one
Length: 9.15 m (30 ft 0 in)
Wingspan: 11.5 m (37 ft 9 in)
Gross weight: 2,500 kg (5,512 lb)
Powerplant: 3 × Pabst ramjets, 8.9 kN (2,000 lbf) thrust each
Powerplant: 3 × Walter liquid fuel rockets
Powerplant: 2 × standard German Walter 109-501 RATO units , 14.71 kN (3,306 lbf) thrust each

Maximum speed: 1,000 km/h (621 mph; 540 kn)
Never exceed speed: 2,700 km/h (1,678 mph; 1,458 kn)
Minimum control speed: 230 km/h (143 mph; 124 kn)
Service ceiling: 15,300 m (50,200 ft)
Rate of climb: 50 m/s (9,800 ft/min)

Guns: 2 × 30 mm MK-103 each with 100 rounds + 2 × 20 mm MG-151 each with 250 rounds
This new 1/35th scale Focke Wulf Triebflugel Interceptor kit from MiniArt
Moulded in plastic in 1/35th scale, this is the night fighter variant of the kit only just released last month by MiniArt. MiniArt has done a smart thing by re-creating this What-if? aircraft as the first in their aircraft model series...

The feature set of the "Nachtjager" kit with the new ladder for crew and pilots:
The sprues of the kit - notice the detailed surface details on the aircraft skin? very nice...
 The new ladder for access to the pilot and ground crews is the new sprue for this kit.
Photo-etched Parts Included
Decal Sheet For 6 Variants especially for this version of the night fighter that all look very cool and fit in with the "What-if?" vibe of this kit...
The decal sheet is all new of course and featured Japanese, Hungarian and even "Hydra!" markings!!
These new kits are now available from MiniArt's Distributors Worldwide.