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MiniArt: Modern Street Cafe
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Posted: Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 12:17 AM UTC


Darren Baker takes a look at a new release from MiniArt that provides a street cafe scene in a box covering a long period of history.

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Posted: Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 01:39 AM UTC
Darren,

Great review, Sir. As always. Since I've already built this one for a project, I'll add this info to what you've written - it all goes together nicely with the caveat the umbrellas require careful cleaning and can be a bit fiddly but I think they're easier to work with than if they were PE. YMMV. The ice cream freezer also needs a bit of TLC and clean up to fit but the end result is quite nice. This can easily be built in a session or two, put on your favorite tunage, enjoy a nice beverage and build away.
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Posted: Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 02:17 AM UTC
I really need these for my Iraqi M1A1, may even throw that table in the bustle rack as well !

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Posted: Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 04:24 AM UTC
Here in the USA the chairs and tables arae also molded in green but white is more prevalent. I want this for the chairs to sit on the back of a tank myself.
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Posted: Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 04:46 AM UTC

Quoted Text

Darren,

Great review, Sir. As always. Since I've already built this one for a project, I'll add this info to what you've written - it all goes together nicely with the caveat the umbrellas require careful cleaning and can be a bit fiddly but I think they're easier to work with than if they were PE. YMMV. The ice cream freezer also needs a bit of TLC and clean up to fit but the end result is quite nice. This can easily be built in a session or two, put on your favorite tunage, enjoy a nice beverage and build away.



Thank you all for taking the time to reply as it does mean a lot to those writing the reviews.

John did you also feel that a fridge for beer, wine and cans would have been a good inclusion or better than an ice cream freezer in a set that has nothing to go in it?


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Here in the USA the chairs and tables are also molded in green but white is more prevalent. I want this for the chairs to sit on the back of a tank myself.



David the tables and chairs are especially nice mouldings in this offering and I feel that a set with just several chairs in it would likely prove a popular release in its own right.
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Posted: Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 05:04 AM UTC

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John did you also feel that a fridge for beer, wine and cans would have been a good inclusion or better than an ice cream freezer in a set that has nothing to go in it?



Darren, I agree with you. Especially given that it is supposed to be a cafe and they included glassware for drinks, it would have made better sense. Fortunately, those coolers aren't especially hard to build.
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Posted: Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 08:14 PM UTC
Nice review Darren. I missed a chance to pick up one of these at On Tracks last weekend. Kicking myself now.
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Posted: Saturday, February 29, 2020 - 01:38 AM UTC
Doesn't MiniArt also offer this in a more mid-century theme? I need one for a French outdoor cafe in WW2 Paris. Going to have to look...
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Posted: Saturday, February 29, 2020 - 03:16 AM UTC
I believe this is the one you are looking for,
https://miniart-models.com/products/35569-cafe-furniture-crockery/.
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Posted: Sunday, March 01, 2020 - 11:20 AM UTC
Thanks Paul; that's exactly what I'm looking for. I really should allocate some time to looking through catalogues & websites more often. But you know, never enough time...
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Posted: Sunday, March 01, 2020 - 11:08 PM UTC
Too much to look at, through and for Frank... the down side to living in this golden age!