ARM: Review - Miniart 1/35 scale Russian Street

Kit Review: Miniart 1/35 scale Kit No. 36026; Russian Street; 175
parts (162 in grey styrene, 13 vacuformed grey styrene); retail price
US$55.00
Advantages: neatly done instant street scene perfect for one medium or
two small models and figures
Disadvantages: vacuform plate will need stiffening
Rating: Highly Recommended
Recommendation: for all eastern front dioramists
Miniart has come to the rescue of those modelers who want to do
dioramas but do not have the time or resources to research a specific
area or type of building to achieve that =93right=94 look. This kit
provides a section of a typical Russian city street after combat - a
brick building with one corner heavily damaged and a section of street
with tram (tramvay) tracks and catenary carriers as well as two styles
of street lights. The kit also comes with sections of fencing and
tables and benches.
The main part of the building consists of sections of vacuformed
styrene which are cut out from heavy (around .030" or 0.75 mm) plastic
and cemented together to form the wall and floor sections. These then
cement to the base plate, yielding the building corner with a small
section of floor on the second floor. Part of an interior entrance
wall (which also supports the small section of floor) is also
included. I suggest that the modeler may want to put some sort of
reinforcement under the base section (such as either foamboard or thin
plywood) to stiffen it for general handling and supporting a model.
The model comes with several options for doors and windows but some
are not apropos for this kit. Two different types of streetlights are
provided but one type is also used for creating the catenary support
for the tram trolley wire.
Other accessories include ladders, benches, a trestle table, fencing,
fillagree ironwork, and general architectural flourishes.
Size is listed as 348 x 247 mm (14" x 9 =BD").
No painting or finishing directions are included but three color
photos and the box artwork are provided as general references. No
markings, decals or other details are provided either.
Overall this is a great idea and provides an instant base and
building for use in dioramas
(somehow I suspect most of them will be opponent A hiding on the
second floor and waiting to scrag opponent B=92s tank as it drives
by...)
Thanks to Bob Lewen of MRC for the review sample.
Cookie Sewell
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