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Soviet railroader. Trackwalker
Soviet railroader. Trackwalker.
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]


Originally published on:
Armorama

What Have We Here?
Armor35 makes 1/35 models of Soviet and German subjects circa the Great Patriotic War. These include figures of civilians, railway workers, and soldiers, plus multi-media kits of soviet railroad tracks and lineside equipment. This resin figure is a railway worker, ARM35135, Soviet Railroader, Trackwalker, one of 47 figures and 34 railway models currently cataloged at Armor35.

Soviet Railroader, Trackwalker
Armor35 cast this "gandy dancer" in gray resin and that casting is very good. There are no air pockmarks nor seam marks, although under magnification I see bits of flash. Detail is sharp and crisp. The figure is cast in seven pieces.
    Body without arms
    Left arm, no hand
    Right arm and hand
    Left hand gripping lantern
    Flags
    Canister
    Spike maul and double end track wrench

The parts are attached to their pour block.

Detail
Trackwalker features excellent facial detail including eyes and a full beard. A billed fiddlers cap tops his head.

A tunic is sculpted beneath his collared jacket. Baggy pants bunch up atop the high boots. A leather belt supports signal flags and a metal canister. Over his shoulder is a cradled track maul and track wrench, and he carries a signal lantern. Whether this is the gear of a "snipe" (track worker) or the "king snipe" (Foreman of track gang) is unknown. Sculptor Anishchenko Dimtriy worked seams and buckle details into the cloths and belt.

Painting and Assembly Guidance
None. Refer to the box art.

The box art is a photo of the assembled model attached over sepia tone images of a scene associated with the model subject. The parts are secured in a zip-lock baggie inside a small tab-end opening box.

Assembly
Removing the pieces from the pour blocks is generally easy, but the arms will need some carving of the sprue burr from the parts. The flags have very fine handles that are easy to break off.

Armor35 engineers an interesting way of aligning parts. It seems they make the masters, attach them, then separate them before the master material cures. This creates definite contours that enhances the ability to align the parts when they are attached. The parts blend exceptionally well. Any gaps should be slight and easily hidden with putty, CA, or paint.

Assembly of Trackwalker took about five minutes, including de-spruing and cleanup. Fit is almost flawless.

Conclusion
The versatility of this figure is limited only by the imagination of the modeler. He could placed in a vignette or a larger diorama with a railway, be it a bustling station, or repairing damage to the track. If a modeler is not interested in a railway worker, this figure should make a superb partisan - just replace the track hammer with a rifle, the signal flags with a cartridge pouch, etc.

Casting is high quality with excellent detail. I have no meaningful complaint about this figure, although I would like Armor35 to include some information about colors for the uniform.

With the growing interest in railroad subjects for 1/35 modelers, Armor35 has created another interesting figure for those who model Russia railroads circa The Great Patriotic War. I will put my recommendation on Soviet Railroader, Trackwalker based on the excellent sculpting and casting, plus versatility and uniqueness of subject, and price.

Please remember to tell Armor35 and retailers that you saw this figure here - on Armorama.
SUMMARY
Highs: Casting is high quality with excellent detail.
Lows: Nothing significant.
Verdict: This is another versatile and interesting figure for those who model Russian railroads circa The Great Patriotic War.
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: 35135
  Suggested Retail: 540 руб
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  PUBLISHED: Apr 06, 2016
  NATIONALITY: Russia
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 86.98%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 93.83%

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About Frederick Boucher (JPTRR)
FROM: TENNESSEE, UNITED STATES

I'm a professional pilot with a degree in art. My first model was an AMT semi dump truck. Then Monogram's Lunar Lander right after the lunar landing. Next, Revell's 1/32 Bf-109G...cried havoc and released the dogs of modeling! My interests--if built before 1900, or after 1955, then I proba...

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Comments

this is another miniatures company whos products are done no favors by the box art. to be brutaly honest the painted box art makes me instantly say "no purchase". Seeing these pictures of the raw-resin the sculpt looks much, much better and i am now interested in buying a few of their pieces. I have been burned too many times by seeing an awesome painted figure and getting the piece in my hands just to find a bad sculpt that someone had spent a lot of time painting. the opposite is also true... seeing a badly painted figure but finding the raw sculpt to be good, its just that i don't want to chance ordering badly painted figures on the off chance that the sculpt is a gem. This usually only happens at shows where i can pull the figure out of the box to look at it. manufacturers should ALWAYS post the raw sculpts if they want to be honest with their customers. Their is always a chance that they are loosing sales form poor paint jobs as well.
APR 09, 2016 - 02:01 AM
Hi Aaron, Interesting insight. I stopped painting my reviews for this reason - showcase the model, not my ability to assemble and paint. Thanks for the input.
APR 14, 2016 - 12:10 PM
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