Since 1949, family-owned Preiser KG produces an enormous selection ( 1,400 sets ) of figures, vehicle models and accessories for train layouts, dioramas, and professionals in architecture and engineering design concepts. This product range spans the scales from 1 /22.5 through 1/500. Best known amongst model railroaders in the scales of HO (1/87), N (1/160), Z (1/220), several G scales (1/22.5 through 1/29) and 1 Gauge (1/32), Preiser is increasing their ever expanding product line with military figures and accessories from World War Two and the NATO / modern era.
These are in the popular military scales of 1/32, 1/35, 1/48, 1/72, 1/87, 1/144 and 1/350. They also produce civilians and soldiers dating back to Fredrich II of Prussia, the 1500's, the Normans, Vikings, Romans and even figures from the Winnetou novels.
Preiser items are awesome. While some of their sets are decades old and soft on detail, those of the past couple of generations have incredibly fine detail. In the smaller scales, the detail can be finer than the unaided eye can often appreciate.
A multitude of poses will cover practically any project envisioned. Several sets are multi-pose.
The vast majority of sets are hand painted. The hand painting assures no two items are identical. Even possessing several of the same set will rarely provide the same paint jobs, except for military uniforms, of course. Preiser does have a number of sets that are unpainted, this at a lower cost.
A sampling of figure sets
1925 Civilian Flight Crew & Passengers
1940 German Flight Crew
Panzer (Tank) Crew pkg (20)
German Infantry Resting pkg (12)
Armored Infantry Dismounting pkg (12)
Walking Refugees w/Luggage pkg (7)
US Air Force/Army Air Corps 1942-45
Modern US/NATO Infantry Fighting pkg (12)
Pilots & Ground Crew WWII German Luftwaffe
Pilots & Ground Crew Modern US/German Air Forces
US Air Force/Air Corps Pilots & Ground Crew
Pedestrians -- In The Beer Garden
German Reichsbahn 1939-45
1900s Passengers & Engine Driver
Man Meeting Woman At The Station
Farm Wives w/Rakes
1935-1945: Wehrmacht and Luftwaffe Honor Guard Band series, standing and marching
European Soldier Figures - 1500s -- Mercenary Attacking w/Halberd
Heavy Siege Cannon
American Wild West series
Some 90 different animals
Seventy-five parts molded in six colors make up this set. An impressive decal sheet is included. You get 10 lattice boxes, 16 crates of four sizes, 8 metal cases, 4 stacks of boxes and 4 pallets. All of this comes packed in a sturdy colorful carton.
Half of the lattice boxes have a separate upper door.
Each of the crates have separate lids. Fine wood grain is molded on, and the nails are molded realistically off-center. The lids and crates are detailed inside and out.
The metal cases also have separate lids, but no interior detail.
Those 4 box stacks have recessed lines for the individual cartons.
No flash is evident. The only ejector marks I see that could be visible are on the inside of the metal case lids. The molding is crisp. Sharper than some resin sets I have, not as sharp as others. The sprues are thick, as are many of the bridges to the parts.
While these are designed for 1/87 HO scale, they can be used for with any scale you wish. Whether you are looking to provision a civil or military vehicle or diorama, or load up a railroad station storeroom, this set is a full load, or at least a good start. Unfortunately, not without cost–literally. My set cost $37.
Preiser KG makes high quality models for practically any subject. The range of subjects and scales offers something for almost any modeler. Many of their sets will work for any setting, military or civil. They have great crossover potential. While many sets are expensive, most of their products are within a competitive price range.
About Frederick Boucher (JPTRR) FROM: TENNESSEE, UNITED STATES
I'm a professional pilot with a degree in art.
My first model was an AMT semi dump truck. Then Monogram's Lunar Lander right after the lunar landing. Next, Revell's 1/32 Bf-109G...cried havoc and released the dogs of modeling!
My interests--if built before 1900, or after 1955, then I proba...