Men Coupling Wagons, 2 figures
Item: F43-36, 12,20€
Item: F43-35, 6,20€
Scale: "European O" (1/43)
MK35 Editions produces many O scale resin figures for railway molders. Dressed in European clothes, they are a perfect addition to any of the growing number of civil and military scale railroad models of rolling stock and structures.
MK35 Editions produces three 1/43 resin railway train workers. Dressed in European clothes, they are perfect additions to any of the growing number of civil and military scale railroad models of rolling stock and structures. I surmise that their uniforms represent Société Nationale des Chemins de fer Francais
(SNCF) c. 1930s – 1970s: trousers, shoes, jackets, and bill caps.
The three figures are in two packs: an individual brakeman ‘knocking around’ the train car, and a set with a conductor supervising a brakeman readying a car for coupling.
Each of the sets is packed in a zip locked plastic bag with a full color product label and painting guide. The figures are cleanly cast and without any seams or air bubble holes. The main bodies and two of three heads are pre-removed from the excess resin pour blocks. Each figure is molded in varying stages of completion :
1. Fat conductor: complete except for his head.
2. Car coupler: separate head, gloved hands, and coupling “U”.
3. Brakeman: separate head, arm, and a hand holding a wrench.
Details and Painting
Sculpting is to a high art. Facial features are complete and defined, even the conductor’s many chins! Each hand shows good detail. The clothes and shoes feature sharp defined detail. Poses are natural and body parts are mostly proportional, i.e., the raised hand of the conductor is bulky, and one head seems a bit asymmetric.
Mark35 only references Humbrol colors: a trio of blue for the jackets and trousers, black for the shoes and hats, and khaki for “Tubby’s” pullover.
Very simple really. I found nothing to clean up so it was simply a case of washing any mold release from the castings, priming them, and painting. Before priming I put a drop of white glue on each surface that a part would be attached to. This affords an unpainted surface for glue to adhere to.
I do not have any Humbrol so I improvised with superb acrylic paint by Polly Scale, and some of other brands. After the base colors dried I washed in the shadows, then highlighted the faces and hands. Tubby got a beard and some grease stains near his collar.
After the paint dried I just flicked away the dry white glue with a needle: the exposed surface is clean for adhesive. Each neck fit into the collars in such a natural way that I do not worry about any slight gaps. Each head, both gloves, and the hand were attached with CA. Then I applied a final light shadow wash and shot them with a matte clear coat when the paint was dry.
MK35 Editions have produced three impressive figures to populate your quarterscale / O scale / 1/43 diorama or layout. They are suitable for railroad workers, mechanics, factory workers, probably any civilian worker. These feature sharp, clear detailing. Their stance is natural. I easily recommend these figures.
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