They're pretty good and worth a try. Here's a review I posted some time ago about one of their sets.
* *Kit Review: Miniart 1/35 Scale Kit No. 35017; Soviet Tank Crew at Work; 37 parts in grey styrene; price about US
Advantages: nice, modern set of figures in casual poses =93doing something=94 around a tank
Disadvantages: =93Not German=94
Rating: Highly Recommended
Recommendation: for all Soviet armor dioramists
For too many years the wealth of figures and figure sets produced have been too closely focused on only WWII German subjects, which has been very frustrating to the rest of the armor and figure community. When the stray American, Russian or (heaven forbid!) Commonwealth set came out, modelers would fall on it like a pack of hungry piranhas no matter how good =96 or bad =96 it was.
Happily many of the newer manufacturers have seen this and now the Chinese and Eastern European ones are filling the void, and with good, high quality figures too. Miniart has begun with a pretty good track record on figures, and now Soviet WWII modelers have been able to get some decent figures to compliment the growing number of WWII Soviet armored vehicles offered.
This set provides five Soviet tankers performing maintenance. Three of the figures are posed as it operating a bore brush for the main armament (which was usually carried in sections inside the longest of the stowage bins =96 =93ZIP=94 in Russian for spares, tools and accessories =96 on the fenders of nearly all combat vehicles. One bareheaded figure is posing with a rag in hand and the commander is standing in a relaxed position with his hands set to drape over an open hatch.
The one thing that I have noticed about the new Miniart figures is that their facial sculpting yields to no one. The five heads in this set are the equal of many of the after-market resin ones offered and can be shown to have individual expressions and even ethnicity =96 one tanker hear looks to be a Tadzhik (central Asian) with a shaven head and it shows. The same goes for the other four.
Anyone with a good set of tank blueprints may want to have the man with the rag working on cleaning out the tank=92s air cleaners, which needed constant maintenance with a good cleaning by the crew every 3-4 hours (until 1951 when UVZ finally created a working design that solved that problem.)
Finishing is provided similar to DML boxing with an assembly diagram and color directions on the back of the box. Interior directions provide a handy sketch of where the parts for each figure are located on the sprue.
Overall, this is a great set and one that any diorama modeler would be able to find good use for with a T-34 or IS tank or other 1943 and later armored vehicle.
not even glass? i am not a vac fan either, but the glass can be awesome. vac canpies and carefull filling can make the monogram do 335 look really good. same with the airfix sunderland. carefull sanding, rescribing and new glass can make it look much better. i would love a good 1/48 scale sunderland but i think i dream alone on this one. there are some great youtube vids of flying models. just google them or youtube search. one that i saw would fool a movie audience easily.,
They also have another set of Russian figures in progress that should be ready soon Who's that ? /3571/ scale 1:35 =3D
I have a few of these Master Box figure set as well as a few others and I like them very much. They are crisply and finely moulded and have excellent detail especially the faces.
Besides Mini-Art and Master Box other makers or Russian figures such as Dragon, ICM, Italeri, Tamiya, Tristar, Trumpeter and Zvezda also all have at least one set of Russian figures or Russian equipment that comes with figures too.
DML6019 - DML/Dragon Soviet Motor Rifle Troops (Berlin 1945)
DML6068 - DML/Dragon Red Army Scouts & Snipers Figure Set
the Bail Out Russian tank crew set is one I built last night. Great fit for everything. Remember the days when a hand was sort of close to the rifle, but the soldier was supposedly firing it? Masterbox figures are great. All the hands rest where they are supposed to. Cranked out the 5 figure set in less than an hour. Buy them with no regrets.