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Street Musicians 1930-40s (38078)

1:35 MiniArt via Creative Models

 

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Musicians playing their instruments on the street would be a familiar sight to anyone from any era, as that’s how many of them have made their living over the years, especially before recording contracts and gigs were a thing.  They’d pitch-up, p ut out a bowl or some other receptacle for donations, grab a chair if necessary, and strum, pluck or blow their instrument of choice until they were too tired, were moved on, or earned enough to keep them fed for a little while longer.  Of course, modern streets are more closely monitored for street performers, however before WWII there was little in the way of regulation, so performers could earn a living without the law getting in their way, although a hat or bag full of change would be a tempting target for vagabonds and thieves.

 

This set arrives in a figure-sized box with the three musicians depicted in a high-quality painting on the front, and split apart in instruction form on the rear, complete with instructions for some of the more complex assemblies, and a paint chart that gives codes for Vallejo, Mr Color, AK RealColor, Mission Models, AMMO, Tamiya, plus colour swatches and generic names for completeness.  Inside the box are five sprues in grey styrene, three containing figure parts, the remainder the accessories.  Two of the figures are standing, one playing a fiddle/violin with the open case collecting his winnings, while the other standing man is a crooner with an acoustic guitar, supporting it on his raised knee, resting his foot on a small stool.  The remaining figure is seated on a dining-style chair, playing an accordion, with the case in front collecting change, and a walking stick laid across it, implying that he may be blind, or at least somehow disabled.

 

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The parts for each figure are found on separate sprues for ease of identification, and parts breakdown is sensibly placed along clothing seams or natural breaks to minimise clean-up of the figures once they are built up.  The sculpting is typically excellent, as we’ve come to expect from MiniArt’s artists and tool-makers, with natural poses, drape of clothing and textures appropriate to the parts of the model.  The accessories include the two seats, violin, guitar, and accordion, but there are several percussion, string and wind instruments included on the sprue for use elsewhere, or for depositing in the spares box.

 

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Conclusion

Perfect for filling some space on a street, or giving a focal-point to a milling crowd of bystanders for your next diorama.

 

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1 minute ago, Pig of the Week said:

The bloke with the guitar looks more Dixieland Jazz than anything though, I'd give him the banjo meself😁

There are alternative part numbers for his gee-tar, and there's a few options on the sprues.  I forgot to add that to the review, but you can replace it with a banjo, or the lute-like thing on the far right of the instrument sprue.

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MiniArt are being very imaginative with their civilian figures, looking forward to Mime Artists, "Street urchins"  and "Ladies of negotiable affection" in the future no doubt 😉

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