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Unboxing MiniArt's European Tram

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About the Author

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...


Comments

609 parts??? Amazing.
JAN 13, 2014 - 08:40 PM
Looks like Mini Art has done a good job on the molding of this one. The detail looks really nice. I'm going to have to put this on my wish list. A nice change of pace from your typical 1/35 kit, hope to see more subjects along this line.
JAN 14, 2014 - 10:59 AM
And looking at Preise Miniatures there might be some nice passengers that fit the time periods those trams where used The 63000 set looks nice. Listed as 1:32 but they are closer to 1:35 actually.
JAN 14, 2014 - 04:00 PM
Great looking kit Jim! Tons of possibilities!! Thanks for the video review!!
JAN 16, 2014 - 09:41 PM
I see they have a German tram listed in the new 2014 catalogue I wonder what the differences will be if any Nice review mate
JAN 17, 2014 - 06:21 PM
I think that the only differences are the advertising signs.
FEB 06, 2014 - 12:40 PM
Miniart really does use too many parts, I got totally pissed at their Russian GAZ truck, it is not sitting with a partially built suspension.
FEB 06, 2014 - 12:43 PM
One problem mentioned is that the poles for the wires are too tall and should be shortened so the tram wire will reach the pole wires.
FEB 06, 2014 - 12:44 PM
IMO, 609 parts will put some people off. Not that people haven't become accustomed to the Uber-Models that many manufacturers are producing (and people are building) but the problema is where is the core-market for this model? That should be 90% diorama builders, the other 10% may be modelers who want a different and attractive subject to display as a one-off perhaps. However, it's within the former group that my comments are aimed at. Adding anything like this is a nice feature within a Diorama. It's likely, that it'll be modeled as a part of the Street Furniture with tangled power lines etc. How many are actually going to build it as per the instructions? Therefore the idea of 609 parts does seem a Little pointless and perhaps MiniArt should have considered much less engineering on this with perhaps more simplified sub-assemblies (taking nothing away from the model itself) producing something which is simpler to add to a Dio? It's not, IMO, particularly expensive (being around a third of the Price of the previous (RESIN) model of a tram), there is though a doubt that many will want to put a model of this level of sophistication as a point of interest in a dio. I'm not knocking MiniArt, kudos to them for again thinking out-of the-box, but it does seem like a lot of design work for what is really a Diorama accesory...
FEB 06, 2014 - 02:43 PM
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