July looks to be a busy month for Ukrainian firm MiniArt, which has announced several 1/35 vehicle, figure and accessory sets.
Its GAZ-AA 1.5 ton truck receives a tripod-mounted quad Maxim machine gun anti-aircraft mount (35186), complete with sighting rings and ammunition containers, plus two figures.
Another early Panzer III variant is added to the firm’s growing German tank series, this time showcasing the Ausf.D/B as it appeared during Operation Barbarossa (35213), with spare track links for extra armour and field modifications, such as large wooden stowage boxes on the rear. Four markings options are supplied, including a whitewashed machine attached to the Finnish III Army Corps.
There’s a newly tooled towed German rocket launcher (35269), which comes with a choice of 28 and 32cm rounds, and this would make an ideal vignette subject, with either figures or a tractor vehicle, or both.
A further Tiran-4 variant (early) has also been released (37010), and like many previous offerings of the type, it features complete interior, including full ammunition load. To accompany the latter, there’s a separate T-55 RMSh (early style) track set (37050), which is ideal for updating any older kits of the type or its derivatives with modern workable tracks.
Figures aren’t neglected, and MiniArt takes a refreshingly different approach for its German Tank Crew Normandy 1944 (35275), with the figures relaxing on/around their tank, including one playing a piano accordion. Remaining in the World War Two period, but also encompassing the early post-war years, the Soviet Tank Crew provides figures suitable for Stalin’s flame-thrower and heavy armoured units (35254).
Recently, it seems the company has carved a niche for itself with everyday accessories, and this continues with a re-release of the excellent Office Furniture and Accessories (35564), while there is a newly tooled Luggage Set 1930-40s (35582) and Cable Spools (25583).