by: Jacob Hederstierna-Johnse [ ]
Once again MiniArt has come to our rescue, when it comes to adding realism to our builds. This time the Ukrainians provided us with a more or less complete office furniture set-up, which is very useful when building dioramas or vignettes.
The kit comes in MiniArtís standard accessory set sized box, with a nice box art. The kit consists of two identical sprues in grey styrene and three sprues in clear styrene. On the back of the instruction sheet, MiniArt has provided us with no less than 30 propaganda posters from Germany, Great Britain, Russia and the US, 8 small plaques for fire extinguishers and three large wall maps. All of these are in colors and the printing is nice and clear.
The kit contains as follows:
2 sprues in light grey styrene
3 small sprues in clear styrene
1 instruction sheet/posters, maps and plaques
The set contain some very useful furniture and accessories for an office. The style of the furniture is rather universal, and can be used for about every nationality during the 30ís and 40ís.
MiniArt has provided two identical work desks with a chair each. These are quite simple in their design, so they are probably minded for the working class, and not for the upper management. The only down side is, that the drawers are molded shut. It would have been nice, if they could be build open or even missing, especially if they were to be incorporated into a battle damaged environment.
The accessories are as follows:
4 oil lamps (2 different kinds)
2 field telephones
2 ordinary phones
4 fire extinguishers (2 of them wall mounted)
2 different bottles and three drinking glasses
30 propaganda posters
3 large wall maps
All these accessories are excellent for adding realism to your build, and they are all very nicely cast, with a minimum of clean up acquired. Especially well executed are the oil lamps, which are fitted with the clear parts for glass. Unfortunately there are air bubbles in all the clear parts except for one of the bottles, which really is a draw back.
Thereís actually no wrong or right when it comes to painting the bits and pieces in this set, so you can choose whatever color scheme you like, so it will fit in perfectly into your build.
MiniArt has produced an excellent set for an office scene or as filling in a diorama or vignette. It can be used for multiple national settings in the WWII era, and some of the parts might even be usable for more modern scenes. Apart from the air bubbles in the clear parts, the pieces are well executed, and will add to the realism in your build. I would, though, have liked to have seen maybe a type writer and a desk top lamp, instead of oil lamps.