08 September 2022
A new range of 7mm:1ft scale figures suitable for use on platforms and inside coaches – how do they measure up?
Model figures add context to a model railway, but ones which match the quality of modern RTR can be hard to find. For platforms and inside coaches, quantity and quality at a reasonable price is often sought-after.
This new selection of figures from Northumbrian Painting Services looks appropriate. We've been supplied a few packs, each containing six miniatures. All are injection-cast in resin and are well-detailed with smooth surfaces. The manufacturer points out that certain 3D-printed figures still show the lines where the layers of material are added, but that isn't the case here.
1950s and 1960s coach passengers (Set B).
Miscellaneous coach passengers.
What we like:
- It's difficult to accurately measure seated figures, but the men seem to scale out at around 5ft 8in – spot on for the average height in 1960.
- At £18 for six figures, these represent reasonable value, and none would look out of place at the front of your layout. Careful painting should be a pleasure, and produce results modellers will be proud of.
- The poses are natural and relaxed – ideal for filling a platform bench.
What we noticed:
- This isn't the place for fashion advice, but since the male figures aren't wearing hats, we'd say they would be more appropriate for the late-50s onwards when the universal wearing of 'headgear' started to wane. Fortunately, men's clothing doesn't change that much, and these wouldn't look out of place on more recent layout.
- Female figures are more stylish, and the hemlines would again, suggest the late-1950s. Are they on their way 'into town', or attending a more important event than just going in to work?