ARM: Review - Miniart 1/35 scale Shed with Wooden Fence

Kit Review: Miniart 1/35 scale Kit No. 33556; Shed with Wooden Fence;
171 parts (139 in grey styrene, 32 vacuformed styrene); retail price US
Advantages: nicely done typical northern European shed with fence,
gates, and accessories
Disadvantages: requires a base for completion, lacking window material
Rating: Highly Recommended
Recommendation: for any diorama builder looking for a focal point
For many years modelers would marvel at the great work of true
artists like Shep Paine with the intricate background buildings and
details they would create to frame a vignette or diorama. Almost all
their work was either from scratch or so well adapted it was
impossible to tell where it came from.
Over the years model companies such as Tamiya, Heller, Italeri and
ESCI released small sets of accessories for making dioramas, but
usually their sets were small and mostly consisted of detail parts. It
has only been relatively recently that full-blown building and
setpiece scene sets have appeared, and currently Miniart appears to be
the leader in wide-market styrene kits.
This model builts into a typical northern European shed - by that I
do mean =93northern=94 as the style of architecture is suitable for
northern Germany, Denmark, Poland, and the section of Russia in and
around the Baltic republics. These are brick buildings built over a
wooden framework with plaster over their outside, and while similar is
not as prominent as the German =93fachwerk=94 style. It includes a main
shed and lean-to on its right side, and is complete with windows,
doors, and the big doors to the main shed with an insert door. It also
comes with about 20 inches (50 cm) of fences and gates as well as
trestle tables and benches, downspouts and gutters, and chimneys plus
a streetlight and signposts.
The building shell is formed from sections of vacuformed styrene
sheet - this is quite heavy material to ensure rigidity so plan on
taking your time to cut out the plates. Once the shell is completed,
the rest of the parts are installed. The doors come with thresholds,
jambs and frames as do the windows. The tile roof has an interior with
joists and also a small floor on the second floor of the main shed.
The modeler has a choice between windows or a loading door in front of
the second floor of the shed.
The completed shed is about 10" wide and 8" deep (269 x 200 mm) but
as noted above will have to be mounted on a separately obtained base.
(Some kits come with what amounts to a base plate; this is not one of
Finishing directions show a typical paint scheme for one of these
sheds. Paint colors are called out in English and Russian with matches
for ModelMaster, Tamiya Acrylic, Humbrol and Revell paints. While no
decals are provided color signs are included on the direction sheet
for use in finishing the model; they include Russian, German and
Danish language text items. These will need to be cemented to a
section of plastic or light wood and have their backs painted to
achieve the desired effect.
Overall these are a brilliant idea and the cost of the kit is
probably less than it would be to try and round up all of the bits
Thanks to Bob Lewen from MRC for the review sample.
Cookie Sewell
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