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Car Maintenance 1930-40s (38019)

1:35 MiniArt via Creative Models ltd




Cars were still really in their infancy during the 30s and 40s, and thankfully for their owners were quite simple compared to today’s standards, having mostly mechanical systems with only the lights and carburettors using electricity in general.  They would frequently break down at the side of the road, where a well-prepared owner could often fix them, at least well enough to enable a dash to the nearest garage for a proper fix.  If the repairs were more serious, a scheduled appointment at the garage would be in order anyway.




This set depicts two repair scenarios on the box, and that’s what you get.  Inside the shrink-wrapped box are five sprues, four containing the figures and one containing the accessories and tools, with some of the smaller flat tools to be found on a tiny Photo-Etch (PE) fret in a card envelope.  There is a lady in a knee-length skirt pumping up a tyre using a foot-pump, a man in shirt-sleeves lying on his back under the car with PE tools around him, while the two other mechanic-types are cleaning the car with a cloth, and twiddling something under the bonnet whilst leaning over the fender or radiator.  In addition, a track-style pump and an old-skool car jack with PE handle are included as staging for your diorama.




As usual with MiniArt figures their sculpting is exceptional with crisp detail and sensible parts breakdown plus additional parts if you wish to use them in a diorama. 



The cars featured on the box art are of course not included in the set, but if you were to aggregate one or more of these figures, plus a pack of the various garage forecourt sets released by MiniArt together with some of your own buildings either bought or scratched, a detail-packedd peacetime diorama could be put together.


Highly recommended.



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4 minutes ago, cmatthewbacon said:

Petrol pumps excepted it looks like it would do duty for 30s-50s perfectly well...

MiniArt do a set of 1:35 civilian petrol pumps in various countries' liveries.  We've reviewed a couple here.




and there's an Italian themed one too.

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