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German Civilians
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by: Jim Starkweather [ STAFF_JIM ]


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I was quite surprised to note that we had actually announced this kit way, way back in August of 2009. Now more than a year and a half later the kit is finally making its way to hobby retailers in the next couple of months. As you can see by looking at the box cover the kit consists of three civilians, one Hitler youth, and one military policeman. No date is provided for reference, but the youth figure in the illustration looks closer in age to eighteen and that hints at early war rather than later when kids were being sent in to fight. That said the other civilian figures would fit in any time during the 30's or 40's.

The kit appears to be in it's final production mold form. The plastic is the typical hard grey used by MiniArt. There is some very light flash around areas like the hands which should be easy to clean up. There are the almost typical seam lines we find in this level of figure kit, but nothing that can't be sanded and corrected (mostly on the arms).

The one real flaw I see in the facial sculpting is that the elderly woman with the crutch does not look like a woman. Perhaps it's the 'wild' hair, but until I saw the box art I honestly thought it looked like Einstein (the physicist). Looking under a magnifying glass however lends me to believe that sanding down the overly large nose may fix this problem. The younger woman's face is very nice however and is not lacking in feminine qualities.

There are several options offered on this kit for the policeman in terms of heads (also helmet or hat), and arms. Similarly the elderly woman can be either holding a handbag or not.

MiniArt has some photos of the completed figures on their website.

Conclusions

This kit has certainly been a long time in the making and we know there are always modelers out there looking for good civilian figure sets. Based on other kits that are out there, this one will certainly meet a need for dioramas needing casual German street people. It's still early yet, but we will call this one a winner from this early look.

Our thanks to MiniArt for providing this advance sample!
SUMMARY
Highs: Fills a great niche for prewar or early war street dioramas.
Lows: A little clean up will be required to make these look their best.
Verdict: A nice addition for WWII diorama builders looking to populate their projects.
Percentage Rating
87%
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: 35086
  Suggested Retail: under $10
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  PUBLISHED: Jun 16, 2011
  NATIONALITY: Germany
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 89.83%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 85.89%

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About Jim Starkweather (staff_Jim)
FROM: CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES

I started building models in 1971 when I was 6. My first model was a 1/32 P-40 Warhawk. Revell I believe. From there I moved onto the standard cars, Apollo spacecraft, and other kid orientated kits. I don't know what got me started on Armor. I must have seen a Monogram tank kit one day and said "Mom...

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Three fully useable well into the 1960s/early 70s, the dress styles will work The HJ Boy should be reworkable into something by removing tie, epaulet and the single suspender. Maybe rework into a Boy Scout And the policeman with Schako can be used post WWII as well. One company had announced a Mercedes that was also used/build well into the early 1950s and used by the West German police so the two should fit
JUN 16, 2011 - 02:50 AM
Well the old lady certainly doesn't look like the photo she's based on- the good news is with a suitable body and some hair resculpting the face is a good match for Boris Yeltsin I'll be picking up a couple of sets of these- they have enormous potential- hey we could even do a campaign with them based on the most imaginative use of the set.
JUN 16, 2011 - 03:39 AM
More Germans...what a surprise.
JUN 16, 2011 - 09:47 AM
Obtw: The car from my above post is Masterbox Mercedes V170, just out
JUN 16, 2011 - 03:00 PM

Bill,

Not that I don't agree that there are many more 'German' releases than others. I don't think lately that this is a fair criticism to put on MiniArt (and some others) who have been bringing us a lot of allied or other european subjects lately. In other words... it's not nearly as bad as it use to be in that regard.

Jim

JUN 16, 2011 - 06:32 PM
I am a more Germans , what a surprise guy too........... however these civilians could pass for many different nationalities even if they are advertised as Germans. My gripe on more Germans, is on the endless upon endless deluge of German troops doing everything from fighting to taking a _____and in every position and uniform under the sun. In this case , I welcome the figure kit , and a thousand thanks to MiniArt for putting out such great stuff.
JUN 16, 2011 - 08:47 PM
I probably should keep this to myself but....my post was actually a FRIENDLY jab at the retiredbee2. I actually have no problem with any of the figure releases, the more the merrier. And I like this particular release, these figures could be quite useful. I understand Mr. Vaccaro's frustration, but I also find it curious that he will make the what a surprise comment in every thread that involves German figures. All in fun Mr. V, it's just a hobby.
JUN 16, 2011 - 10:05 PM
Looks like a very useful set for diorama-fodder, even if the old woman looks alarmingly like the late, great Tommy Cooper! Tom
JUN 17, 2011 - 03:46 PM
Wow..............my what a surprise comment is burned in my brain can't help myself. More frustrated than angry. Jab away my friend......................Al
JUN 17, 2011 - 06:18 PM
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