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British Royal Engineers

MiniArt 1/35 British Royal Engineers Kit First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review October 2010 Manufacturer MiniArt
Subject British Royal Engineers Scale 1/35
Kit Number 35083 Primary Media 66 parts in grey styrene
Pros Four nice figures in several poses depicting engineers clearing a minefield Cons Nothing noted
Skill Level Basic MSRP (USD) $12.99

First Look

MiniArt has been producing an interesting array of diorama, vehicle and figure kits centering around central Europe circa World War Two. I first became aware of MiniArt when they released a series of bombed out building kits in styrene and vacuformed parts which were nicely detailed and cost a fraction of similar kits produced in resin or plaster.

British Royal Engineers British Royal Engineers

As MiniArt continued producing its diorama sets of central European buildings, they started including figure sets from DML, but before long, they had obviously acquired the skills of their own figure maker and soon afterwards we started seeing a new series of World War Two figures that rival DML.

This set consists of four figures in various poses:

  1. Soldier poking a probe into the ground looking for mines
  2. Soldier digging a hole
  3. Soldier using electronic mine detector
  4. Soldier digging out a mine

The detailing on each of the figures looks great and if you want to change the expressions on any or all of the faces, you can replace the heads with resin ones from a variety of aftermarket figure makers.

Painting and assembly instructions are on the back of the box, and a small diagram of where the parts are found on the sprues is included inside. Colors are matched for Tamiya, Humbrol, Revell and Model Master paints.

My sincere thanks to HobbyTerra for this review sample!