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Unboxing MiniArt's European Tram
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Posted: Monday, January 13, 2014 - 11:39 AM UTC
Jim takes a look at this new kit from MiniArt. One that has been expected for a long while and is finally available.

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Tennessee, United States
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Posted: Monday, January 13, 2014 - 01:40 PM UTC
609 parts??? Amazing.
Louisiana, United States
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Posted: Tuesday, January 14, 2014 - 03:59 AM UTC
Looks like Mini Art has done a good job on the molding of this one. The detail looks really nice. I'm going to have to put this on my wish list. A nice change of pace from your typical 1/35 kit, hope to see more subjects along this line.
Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
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Posted: Tuesday, January 14, 2014 - 09:00 AM UTC
And looking at Preise Miniatures there might be some nice passengers that fit the time periods those trams where used

The 63000 set looks nice. Listed as 1:32 but they are closer to 1:35 actually.
Massachusetts, United States
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Posted: Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 02:41 PM UTC
Great looking kit Jim! Tons of possibilities!! Thanks for the video review!!
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Posted: Friday, January 17, 2014 - 11:21 AM UTC
I see they have a German tram listed in the new 2014 catalogue I wonder what the differences will be if any

Nice review mate
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Posted: Thursday, February 06, 2014 - 05:40 AM UTC
I think that the only differences are the advertising signs.
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Posted: Thursday, February 06, 2014 - 05:43 AM UTC
Miniart really does use too many parts, I got totally pissed at their Russian GAZ truck, it is not sitting with a partially built suspension.
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Posted: Thursday, February 06, 2014 - 05:44 AM UTC
One problem mentioned is that the poles for the wires are too tall and should be shortened so the tram wire will reach the pole wires.
Provincia de Lugo, Spain / España
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Posted: Thursday, February 06, 2014 - 07:43 AM UTC
IMO, 609 parts will put some people off. Not that people haven't become accustomed to the Uber-Models that many manufacturers are producing (and people are building) but the problema is where is the core-market for this model? That should be 90% diorama builders, the other 10% may be modelers who want a different and attractive subject to display as a one-off perhaps. However, it's within the former group that my comments are aimed at.

Adding anything like this is a nice feature within a Diorama. It's likely, that it'll be modeled as a part of the Street Furniture with tangled power lines etc. How many are actually going to build it as per the instructions? Therefore the idea of 609 parts does seem a Little pointless and perhaps MiniArt should have considered much less engineering on this with perhaps more simplified sub-assemblies (taking nothing away from the model itself) producing something which is simpler to add to a Dio?

It's not, IMO, particularly expensive (being around a third of the Price of the previous (RESIN) model of a tram), there is though a doubt that many will want to put a model of this level of sophistication as a point of interest in a dio.

I'm not knocking MiniArt, kudos to them for again thinking out-of the-box, but it does seem like a lot of design work for what is really a Diorama accesory...