Except for animation, nothing brings a model scene to life like figures. Six of the thousands of figures by Paul M. Preiser GmbH are presented here, these passengers will look right at a train station, at a bus stop, a ship gangway, in a hotel -- any place travelers can be found.
Standing Travelers With Luggage, Set 2, Era III
"Era III" is the post-war era of 1945 to 1970, during which Europe rebuilt itself. These figures are detailed in the common fashion of people in Era III. However, they will work in almost any scene from the 1930's onward.
Preiser packages their sets in clear, hard, two part top-bottom plastic cases. Each figure is in its own partition. Labeling is minimal, a card with the item number, and a basic set description in German, French, and English.
The molding is outstanding. I can not see any seam lines, flash, nor mold marks. The painting is opaque and neat.
Four men and two women populate this set. All have excellent detail. Preiser is known for natural poses, and the stance of these figures look natural. The "cookie cutter" appearance of so many model sets is avoided, as the height and weight of these figures vary. As a picture is worth a thousand words, please look at the photographs. You will see more about these models than I can describe in text.
These are excellent models of passengers. If there is a drawback, it is the price. At more than $3 per figure, it could be expensive to populate a large scene. Of course, considering the quality of the molding, detail, and factory decoration, it is surprising they are not more expensive.
Please remember, when contacting retailers or manufacturers, to mention that you saw their products highlighted here - on RailRoadModeling.
Paul M. Preiser GmbH
Preiser continues to increase their ever-expanding product line. Since 1949, family-owned Preiser KG produces an enormous selection ( 1,400 sets ) of model figures, vehicles, and accessories. These are widely used for train layouts, dioramas, and by professionals in architecture and engineering design concepts. Best known amongst model railroaders in the scales of HO (1/87), N (1/160), Z (1 /220), several G scales (1 /22.5 through 1 /29) and 1 Gauge (1/32), Preiser is producing civilians and soldiers dating back to Fredrich II of Prussia, the 1500's, the Normans, Vikings, Rome, and even figures from the Winnetou novels.
Preiser items are impressive. Many of their models have incredibly fine detail–some detail can be finer than the unaided eye can often appreciate. Most are factory painted, and Preiser also issues sets that are unpainted.
Highs: Excellent molding and detail. Hand painted at the factory.Lows: None other than the cost. To populate a large scene would be expensive.Verdict: High quality, very detailed, factory hand-painted post-war figures. They will look great wherever you place them.
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...