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Speed build – Harley-Davidson in 35th scale

MiniArt kits are famous for their numerous parts and add-ons. MiniArt often include photo-etch details, clear parts, moving elements and so on. They require time and devotion. You can speed up the process though. MiniArt probably never meant to make it fast. They are all about quality. But if you want to see it happen quicker, this is the way to go. How you can build MiniArt WLA bike in 10 minutes... If you are fan of MiniArt series, this bike is highly recommended. As you can see from the video, MiniArt did extremely good job with this bike. It is not suitable for beginners, but MiniArt models rarely are...

USV-BR 76mm Gun Mod. 1941 – 4 in 1 kit from MiniArt

Most of the experienced modelers are quite familiar with Dragon's 3in1 series of kits, giving you three options in one box. They were very popular, and still are actually, though the quality of the contents dropped. I never expected to see anything similar, but MiniArt keep surprising me lately, and they introduced me to a kit, that is not 3in1 but 4in1 set. Not only that, but rather than having one of three options in one box, here we have four separate kits combined into one packing! Of course, we are not talking 4 different Panzers here, but a Gun, combined with Limber, crew and ammunition boxes.
the ammo boxes
These four are usually sold separately, and not at a great price, but still, sometimes people avoid buying kits like limber or stowage only. What MiniArt did, was to get a very nice and popular soviet divisional gun, and combine it with whatever it takes to make it a good stand-alone model and more. I won't bother you with history here, but instead I will leave that for the end. The kits themselves are made from 456 details, 40 of which are photo etched. There are 6 options for painting the gun, with decals for 4 of them. There is a crew of 5, which is pretty much all that you need to make this gun 'Alive' on a vignette or a small diorama. They are soviet soldiers with helmets and standard uniforms. So far we have two sets. But let's get back to the gun. Many of its parts are with optional positioning, and with sub-assemblies it gives the modeler countless options for finishing. My favorite one when it comes to artillery is firing position, which here is an option. Even the locking mechanisms are depicted perfectly, although they are rather small parts. There will be tricks in that kit, I can assure you that! The rivets, the small details - including handles, tubes, locks and so on, are recreated with extreme precision. I cannot speak about accuracy, but nobody that hasn't been around the real thing with a ruler can. Honestly. Two things need special attention: the Photo-etch parts for it, and the tires. PEs are delicate and small, but they add an enormous amount of "life" inside of the build, being stuff that could've been easily casted from plastic. Nevertheless, MiniArt decided to take the road less traveled, and get themselves through the hassle of making the kit more modeler-oriented, instead of pure profit. Mos Def any novice will encounter troubles with those, but for the rest, this is better than the competition for sure. MiniArt fit is one of the best known on the market, so if enough care and attention is applied, it will be rewarded in the end. The tires are a state of the art as well. As with most of MiniArt's kits they are made from several discs which supposed to be glued one to another. That seems odd at first glance, but when you start building them, you can quickly come to the conclusion that this is one of the best ways to save the thread from damaging and get accurate plastic version of the tire. Purely from engineering point of view. The rims are separate, which gives you the additional option for weathering the wheels or replicating damages over them. Detail is nearly perfect, having all the letters on the side of the tire, just like on the real ones. Absolutely the same goes for the tires of the Limber /model 1942,  52-R-353M /, which is the third kit in that same box. They are different in size and model, but with the same good quality of manufacture. This kit by itself is not an easy one either, having many thin and delicate rods molded separately, which have to be assembled and placed on the top of it, and that needs a lot of patience and skills. On the other hand the kit is made from MiniArt's new plastic material, which promises no troubles with cracking parts, so only experience is what you need at that point of the build. Again, brackets, suspension, and every small detail is there, existing and giving modeler's eye a pure pleasure. And not only that, but again - two options. For horse towing, or truck towing. This must be reviewed as a stand-alone kit, really. It is delicate, and by itself it would be enough to look great at a wooden pad. The fourth, and last kit which we can find in the box is the ammo boxes. And though it might seem that 'boxes' are pretty much 6 parts in total per box, this is not the case here. MiniArt made their name exactly for what it stands for - art. These are, by far the best ammo boxes that I've seen. They have the detail of resin, but they are not one piece that you have to sand off. No guys, they are made from many separate parts, including the sides and the holders for the shells, and the shells themselves. There are even decals for them. Both - the shells and crates. And the shells are three types - empty ones, and two other types of unused ones. Of course, you can disperse those around the gun if you are doing diorama, having all types of things to show - used or in a position of loading. Whatever you might think of. Which actually is the strong side of MiniArt - they give you most of what you might need in one kit, not like other companies that keep the price low but diversify the goodies into separate kits or leaving some of the job unfinished and making more room for aftermarket companies. This is something that is made from modelers for modelers. It is not just a business, it is pure art! Summarizing everything, we have six options:
  1. Red Army, Moscow 1941
  2. Red Army, Western Front December 1941 /Winter Camoufalge/
  3. Red Army unknown unit 1942
  4. Captured by the Wehrmacht, Eastern Front, October 1943 - original soviet camo scheme
  5. Red Army winter 43-44, semi-winter camoflage scheme
  6. 889th Artillery Regiment, 387th Infantry Division, 2nd Ukrainian Front, May 1945 - with 5 white star markings for five destroyed Nazi tanks.
And this goes about a gun which has a real rich history, meaning more options for building. Now back to the history: this is a divisional gun built in the Soviet Union which entered service in late 30s. The kit's version is a -BR version, which is slightly different from the original model. Suspension and barrel was different, and the whole thing itself was produced in different factory.  The gun was named "divisional" because was issued to batteries and was under the direct control division headquarters. Around 10 000 were built, but its unclear how many from which variant. Of course, the information might be incorrect, having in mind that the mania of mass producing military subjects was the main idea back then. Interesting fact is that there were few of those captured from the Wehrmacht and redone as an anti-tank guns with few modifications.  Romanians captured a lot of those during operation Barbarossa as well. In both cases of captured guns, they were used mostly to fill the gaps, rather as a main players, because they weren't considered that effective. That goes for the soviet usage as well. The gun was too big, too heavy and have some odd engineering solutions, which led to its replacement with ZiS-3 - much cheaper to be produced and had overall simplicity in production and usage terms. Despite the fact it was obsolete then, the model of this gun is still very interesting add-on to any collection, and its options of completion are countless! Thanx to MiniArt for the sample and stay tuned for the build review! You can get this kit here: MiniArt USV-BR 1/35
Building, Painting and Weathering - Panzer III Ausf.D from MiniArt

Building, Painting and Weathering – Panzer III Ausf.D from MiniArt

Built by Nushi Nikitova, this is one of the few Panzer kits completed by a lady modeler. It has more than 1000 parts, and requires experience to be built properly. The video features the whole process from start to finish, and I will let You be the judge of the results. Panzer III is one of the most successful tanks of WWII. MiniArt kits dedicated to Panzer III series feature pre-production vehicles, built in small numbers. Of those, Panzer III Ausf.D is the last produced. From then on, all Panzer III models were built in large numbers and featured different suspension with few wheels per side. In the video, the kit is built with simple methods and using materials and tools that are relatively inexpensive. The idea is to show that any budget can satisfy your modeling needs, especially if one is dedicated to the hobby. Panzer III Ausf.D features single-tone camouflage. Only few Panzer III Ausf.D were produced in two tone camo. That adds to the idea of building simple. However, building simple does not mean building with low quality. Single tone camouflages, especially German gray camouflages can be very tricky paint jobs. Finishing is done with easy to find materials, some of which can be done at home. If you follow the process through, you will be able to receive similar /if not better/ results. Have fun watching! More than words can say: www.dnmodels.com

U.S. Armored Bulldozer – MiniArt #35188

Bulldozer kits of all kinds are rapidly entering the scale modeling world last couple of years. The big bang started with the Doobi D9R from Meng Model and continues with many others, different shapes and sizes of engineering vehicles used throughout the eras of wars. One of the latest that we got on the maret is MiniArt D7 version - an U.S. Armored bulldozer, kit number 35188. The vehicle was used in the end days of WWII, clearing the ruins of Germany's cities. These were sad times, but the dozer itself looks awesome.   Once again, I must note that the whole kit is made from the new material that MiniArt is going to use from late 2015 and onwards. This is very important while we speak about that bulldozer, because it is based on a D7 #35174, and that was the kit that caused me a lot of headaches with its cracking track pads, cracking lines, cracking handles, and overall, cracking everything. With a great sigh of relief, I must say - this is over! It is done! The new plastic material is very flexible, easy to work with and modeler-friendly. This is crucial regarding this exact model. It is a kit full with fiddly parts, it offers movable tracks, a whole bunch of handles for the driver and so on. All this, made from tiny and precise sub-assemblies needs to be done from flexible plastic. It just begs for it! So, almost year after we got the D7 #35174, MiniArt made a giant leap, going all the way to providing the great material alongside with a kit, which is standalone near-perfect! Yep, that's right, this kit, in his entirety is engineered in a manner that would satisfy the needs of the pickiest and most-pretentious scale modeler out there. But let's start from the beginning: It features more than 750 parts, including clear and PE material. It is a cabbed version, but beneath the cab we have enough to show the interior of it - a whole driver's compartment. Tracks are workable, blade seems workable enough as well /following the instructions/. On the rear of where was the winch on their first kit, we have two winch-likes motors, and it seems like these were for the dozer blade. Another cool difference is that the front radiator has a second covering plate, probably armored, which looks extremely detailed in plastic. The engine beneath that is wonderful, and it shows almost everything you can think of. Caterpillar signs, small handles, the fan, the belts, everything is there. The option to make it partially or fully visible is there of course. With so many details and small parts, the kit begs to be done in a attractive modeling manner, ripped, showing off what's inside. Unfortunately, there is only one painting option, but if you search the forums I am pretty sure you will find more. Another source is Tankograd publications. They have great book on D7 tractors, and inside you can find some pictures of the armored version of it. The more you look at the sprues of it, the more you fall in love with this kit. It is definitely not for a beginner, but it gives you so much, that you can barely comprehend it on the first  box opening. You gotta watch out with the tracks geometry, because the assembly is a bit tedious, but overall everything is easy to be build. The first D7 had almost perfect fit actually, and if it wasn't for the plastic, it would've been great. I really do hope they will re-issue that featuring the new material. From what I've built so far from MiniArt, I must say that their idea behind everything is amazing. From a small company, just out of nowhere, they became one of the heavy hitters on the market. And with these subjects....Wow! Highly recommended! Not only that, I strongly believe, that this is the BEST and the most attractive kit that MiniArt ever produced! You can get the kit here: U.S. Armored Bulldozer Other versions: D7 with Winch w/Angled Dozer Blade Clean Bulldozer Version You can watch the video review here: https://youtu.be/C2Yl4NZ5kSA

GAZ-03-30 Passenger Bus – MiniArt 38005

This, in my modeling career, is first ever civil vehicle that I get in touch with. I have been around some passenger airplane models, but never built one, and now, in very different scale and unusual subject, this comes to my stash! The subject is unusual because, it is somehow connected with the aircraft industry, or at least partially. By that I mean, that the first schematic of the painting guide I open, I see Aeroflot passenger bus, in blue and white. But not only that, there are many more. We will talk about that a bit later in the article. The model is based on successful MiniArt's GAZ trucks released in the recent years. This particular version is sort of a addition to their TRAM models, in terms of a vehicle, very suitable as an add-on for a diorama, and of course - as a standalone item. The vehicle was widely spread and used in various conditions and in many options. That should give you a lot of ideas what you can do with it. The particular kit is divided into 435 parts, including photo-etch and very nicely executed transparent parts. I still cannot confirm how the transparent parts works with glue, but their appearance is outstanding! If they cope with the adhesive as Meng Model clear parts do, this will be a definite hit. PE set is small compared to what we have used to see in MiniArt's models, but it is with the same high quality. It is thin, it bends pretty easy, and its clearly and precisely created. The form of the vehicle itself does not offer an enormous options for applying photo-etch, so the company designers decided to not expand it too much. For me, this is a good news, since I am not a particular fan of photo-etch. They are nice addition, but it should be not more than 5-10% of the kit parts in total. The sprues are grey plastic, made from the new material that MiniArt is using since the second half of 2015. It is more flexible, more pleasant to work with and it is more forgiving. The parts are just enough to satisfy the pickiest modeler, presenting us with a suspension which is second to none, and only comparable to AFV Club models. Miniart provided an engine and an interior, which for a bus, with so many windows - is mandatory. The wheels are well known from the previous GAZ sets that we have on the market, featuring several discs for each wheel, following the thread of the tire. That gives you the option to sand where you cut the wheel without having worries that you will mess the tire appearance in the end. Overall, the whole bottom part of the vehicle is good enough, and can be even presented as a standalone kit itself, depicting a damaged vehicle or a junk yard sample. Another good idea for a diorama. It is noticeable, that inside of it, even the tiniest detail is depicted with very high precision. The seats, the floor, everything begs for attention and with enough amount of patience, can be turned out to be a state-of-the-art paint and weathering example. Even the seats are made with care and attention. On the outside, the real vehicle itself its not a complex one, and what saves the day here is the difference in color schemes provided. For myself, who prefers painting to any other stage of the modeling process, this is the most attractive side of this kit. There are 8 options in total, including service trucks, Aeroflot passenger bus, Tourist bus and  Militsia /USSR Police/ bus. It would've been a big hassle to cope with the colors of these, if it wasn't for the fact, that the schemes are made with MIG, and the proper colors of the paint schemes are already available for sale. The only thing you need to do in order to be sure you have the right color for some particular scheme is - get a MIG paints! Many modelers swear to those, and other don't like them. I believe the truth is in between. I can work with them just fine, and yes, they are not superior /maybe not even comparable/ with Tamiya and Gunze, but they still do well enough. Painting the bus correctly is half of the job done though. Decals provided by Miniart are truly awesome! being a fan of masks, I would prefer not to use decals, but small applications on similar vehicle leave you with no other choice but to decal it. Whatever the case is with you /you might love decaling, some build models just for that part of it!/, the sheet provided by MiniArt is superb. The only thing that I think you gonna need is to make masks for the windows and for the straight lines when painting. Everything else is great! In my opinion, painting options and decals are the best part of the kit, and if it wasn't for them, it would've been a bit of a dull subject. However, with what we got from the Ukrainian company, well, it begs for more than one in any collection. Summarizing MiniArt 38005 - A great kit of an unusual vehicle, which will be nice addition to any collection. Eight color options and two vehicle variants - it is far from what we've used to see, just like the TRAMs that MiniArt gave us last couple of years. Even with that many options for painting OOTB, you can still go further with some research, and it is guaranteed that you will find even more. The vehicle was widespread and used in whatever conditions with various purposes, so it is up to one's fantasy and creativity to make it really nice build. I definitely look forward for their further releases of similar subjects! Very highly recommended for all fans of civil vehicles! You can get this MiniArt kit here: GAZ-03-30 Bus A video review of it:
Thanx to MiniArt for providing the sample for this Bus!

T-70M Special Edition – MiniArt 2015

If you are not a fan of Soviet WWII armor in particular is unlikely that you would know about T-70 tank, or at least know a lot. It was used as a substitute for T-60 and T-50 for infantry support and reconnaissance work during the first part of the WWII. When that was happening, the light tank concept was already obsolete and T-70 did not see many real action, but rather support role. Nevertheless, searching through internet, you can easily find a lot captured vehicles /by the Nazis of course/ and used against the Russians in the Kursk battle. That most likely means that there were enough out there, but for reasons unknown, this particular armored vehicle does not have enough popularity. During 2006, Miniart released their T-70 in 35th scale, which was a hit on the market back then. That was when the company was just stepping into the full kits arena, and they did a definite hit. Then the model was again re-released in 2008 /after 3 options in 2006/, and in 2010. Now, with the introduction of their new material, Miniart are again releasing that vehicle, but this time, every option for a trouble while building it is avoided. The kit itself is not complex at all, and the only thing that might give you a slight delay are the tracks. They are very nice and cleverly thought off, but they are link by link lengths, so you will have to spend some time working on them. There are many Photo-Etched parts, /44 to be exact/ and for many modelers out there this is good news. Pretty much, except for the gun barrel /eventually/ the kit is excellent! It features a crew, and having in mind its small size, that is very nice addition to the set, making it possible to be completed as a diorama and be enough as a stand alone item. In general the tank itself is the size of a tankette, rather than a full sized vehicle, but back in the day when it was first introduced that was the correct concept... A lot of people argue about its accuracy, especially the turret. However, no one can be certain, except in the case when some detailed research is done on the spot near the real tank, and I doubt that anybody went there to check it out with a ruler. More than 8000 was built, so I am guessing, that at least a bunch of those are close enough to the sample that Miniart provides for scale modeling. Summarizing the kit, it is really nice, simple enough, and at a good price. The new material provided by MiniArt is very promising, and with 423 parts 44 of which are PE, I believe this kit would sattissfy the needs of every modeler out there. In the video below you can see the unboxing and the review of the sprues with close-ups and detail explanation of what we can get. If you are not so interested though, here is a quick summarize of what we have: MiniArt #35194 Special edition T-70M Soviet Light Tank with Crew 1/35 scale 423 Parts, 44 of which are photo-etch 9 painting options 2 tank variants Pretty much enough as a stand alone kit, without the need of aftermarket and at a decent price! Highly recommended!

You can get the model here: T-70M Soviet Light Tank w/Crew

Thanx to MiniArt for supplying me with a sample for the review!!
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