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Garage Workshop (35596) 1:35

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Garage Workshop (35596)

1:35 MiniArt via Creative Models Ltd

 

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Garage workshops are places where you'll find tons of tools, shelves, tool boxes and all sorts, usually covered in muck and rust.  During WWII garages sometimes got overrun by troops or pressed into use as temporary military workshops, and if they weren't co-opted to help the military they were likely to be used by the few vehicles still running during a period where fuel was usually a scarce commodity due to the needs of the military.

 

 

The Kit

This set arrives in a small shrink-wrapped top-opening box and inside are 14 sprues in grey styrene, a sheet of Photo-Etch (PE) brass, a small decal sheet and an instruction sheet printed on both sides of a glossy A4 sheet.  As well as a few instructions for the more complicated assemblies there are also posters printed in colour that can be cut out and stuck to the walls of your intended diorama, plus a colour rendering from the box art pointing out all the parts, their colours and where to place the decals on some of the cans and containers.  Some of the sprues will be familiar if not identical to others from this range and there are a wide selection of items to populate your model.

 

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From the box you can build the following:

 

2 x fuel drums, one ribbed, the other with two ribs

1 x manual pump unit

1 x jack-stand

1 x bench-mounted grinder with two wheels

1 x pillar drill

1 x wooden tool box

1 x 2-man wood saw

1 x anvil

2 x bench vice (2 types)

3 x square fuel can of various sizes

1 x triangular profile oil can

1 x compressor

1 x hand saw

1 x box plane

1 x hacksaw

1 x blow lamp

1 x dining seat and stool

2 x 5-shelf storage unit

1 x large 8 drawer cupboard on short legs

2 x tool box, one open, one closed with a styrene and PE toolkit and PE lid

 

There are various other small hand tools such as clamps, hammers, wrenches, oil cans and other cans dotted around the sprues and there are some decals for the cans as per the instructions.  The larger assemblies are covered in the instructions and have many parts that result in faithful representations of the original that would be difficult to create yourself, but now you don't have to.

 

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Markings

There are a few decals on the small sheet with their locations shown on the instructions.  The various posters, 24 in total, range from car adverts through propaganda posters and even one tiny picture of a bathing scantily clad lady that is too small to make out any details.  They're all in different languages too, so there will probably be one for most locations, within reason.

 

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Conclusion

Another useful set from MiniArt, and even if you're not going to use them for an actual garage diorama, there's a lot of fodder for your models.

 

Highly recommended.

 

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