1/32nd Scale Figures Review
Posted 13 May 2004 - 02:38 PM
With any model layout, the difference between a toy and a model can often be the level of detail that is added: perhaps with trees, grass or buildings, but especially with figures. Slot cars are 1:32nd scale, and there are quite a range to pick from when you wish to dress your layout. However, although all theoretically the same scale, these figures can vary quite dramatically in height and certainly in overall size and depth. To this end, I have collected a few together to compare them as I see them in my humble opinion.
from left to right they are Scalextric, Fly, Preiser, Bumslot and SCX
The Scalextric figures are the cheapest by a long way, and for only £4.95 you get 6 figures all on bases. Our example does look somewhat ‘gangster-like’ but the pack includes quite a variation in stance. Detailing is poor as far as the hair and clothing goes compared to the others, and the figures do leave you with the ‘well, what sort of position can I put this one in?’ thought in a similar way to our example, in that it is difficult to find a location or situation for them.
Fly figures are the most expensive of those reviewed. This pack of 2 figures, in this case race marshals, retails for £25.00 and are supplied unfinished. This particular female figures arms need to be attached and then she needs mounting on a stand (supplied) and then painting before she is ready to be placed on a particularly nasty corner to do her marshalling duties. There are four Fly figure packs with either two or three figures in each ranging from £25.00 to £39.00 for a pack. Detail is very good as you would expect at this price but it has to be said that if you are not an expert painter then these are not for you, as much of the quality of the model would need picking out as highlights etc, and this does take a great deal of skill and time. Scale height is also questionable, but since these figures are designed to be alone somewhere on the circuit there will generally be no other figures close by as comparison.
Preiser make a large range of figures, but do not make them specifically for slot cars. In fact, they do not actually make a pit crew which is disappointing. However, at £15.95 for a pack of three figures these are easily the best value for money and best detailed. The figure in the picture above is beautifully painted with shading on the clothing and and excellent facial expression. He even has glasses that have been made separately then added once the model has been painted. This is truly exceptional and is the nearest to being the correct height and build for this scale of all the figures here. A 6 foot tall man would come out in 1:32nd scale at 59mm tall, and as you can see from the group picture he is 59mm tall plus a millimetre or two for his hat. Perfect in every detail, these are ready to add to your layout immediately.
Bumslot figures are available at only £8.95 for four figures. Quite good value, but they would definitely benefit from a little attention with a small paintbrush. The faces have no painted detail, just moulded detail although the hair and headphones are painted in reasonably well. Supplied already on stands, they do make a very cheap alternative to the other figures and are definitely better detailed than the Scalextric ones. However, they are a little short in scale height, although this does not show as the pit crew figures are in stooped and crouched positions. The shoes are not painted and would benefit from a little time spent on them.
SCX figures are not plastic, but rubber in make-up. This means that they are easier to handle and have less of a gloss sheen over the paint. The paint does not crack as I first thought it might, and detailing is very good, and at only £14.00 for a set of 6 figures and a jack and spare wheel, these are excellent value for money. The only criticism was that the heads and shoes are oversized, as can clearly be seen from the individual photograph, but again if they are in a crowded or pit-stop area this should not show too much. Height is fairly good as is the ‘build’ of the figures and as a pit crew, they are without a doubt the best overall as far as quality and cost are concerned.
The last individual figure is a Slot.It ‘Pit Babe’ and a Preiser bather. Skin tones are very difficult to reproduce in a model, and yet both these are excellent. They are of a similar height but muscle-tone on the Preiser is far superior, and the detailing on the face of the slot.it figure does come out somewhat clown-like when compared to the excellent reproduction on the bather.
One thing is for sure – if you start to mix and match figures from different manufacturers in one small area on a layout you will certainly get some very strange mixes of quality. The best of the pit crews is the SCX, but if you stood the Preiser woman next to them the oversizing would be very apparent. However, Preiser don’t make a pit crew so somewhere along the line there has to be a compromise. Preiser do make packs of ‘Adam’ figures – separate torsos, legs, arms and heads that you can make into your own shapes so perhaps this is the way to go. You just glue them together and paint them and at £20.95 for a pack that makes 6 figures (male or female). There is enough variation of other figures from them to make a good crowd of spectators and others that although not designed for this environment could be adapted with a little painting.
You do get what you pay for, and the more realistic your figures, the more realistic your layout.
Arundel, West Sussex. BN18 9BR
Posted 13 May 2004 - 03:17 PM
Posted 13 May 2004 - 03:18 PM
The one glaring ommission I have to say are the excellent SRA figures which offer a great range of figures correct to scale that are really easy to paint. Although they are unpainted 3 packs worth only took me a couple of nights of painting. These placed around the gives it a touch of class. I especially like the crash scene, murray walker and TV crew and the drivers in various poses.
The immanent re-prod revel ones look interesting esp for that classic layout and the forthcoming Scalextric F1 style pit crews will be excellent VFM.
I think some of the forth coming Scalextric pit crews with a few packs of SRA figures adding to the racing realism and for the crowd go with some cheap figures for the bulk of the crowd with a few Preieser figues sprinkled amoungst them.
Posted 13 May 2004 - 03:26 PM
I dont have any figures for my circuit yet but have been weighing up the different options for some time. Here is what I have tentatively decided:-
Spectators (seated) - SCX.
Pit Lane - The upcoming Revell-Monogram figures.
Marshalls - Leaning towards SRA although I would prefer to see them at first hand before buying.
Also, I will likely use a few Prieser figures for people generally walking around.
Posted 13 May 2004 - 03:32 PM
I will be doing another review soon on the same basis, comparing driver figures. Watch this space.
Arundel, West Sussex. BN18 9BR
Posted 13 May 2004 - 04:35 PM
I would wait with baited breathe for the imminent and very good quality and price Carrera sets for grandstands.
Posted 13 May 2004 - 05:00 PM
(Carrera 21106) Figures @ £6.99
(Carrera 21107) Figures (x15) @ £19.99
(Carrera 21108) Grandstand Figures (x20) @ £26.99
(Carrera 21109) Mechanic Figures (x5) @ £7.99
Posted 13 May 2004 - 05:25 PM
The degree of detail has to be seen to be believed (especially at the price!) and they can be easily painted, both by beginners and by experts to produce a much more customised look. The level of detail picked out in the painting process will be determined by the amount of time and skill available, but more than acceptable results have been obtained by novices in very little time!
There any several design projects underway at the moment, adding more figures, buildings and accessories to the range, for release throughout the year. All current and future items can be obtained from various well-known retailers, both in the UK and elsewhere around the world - if you have any difficulty locating one, please let me know!
On the subject of reviews, I have already contacted Aaron to offer some figures for his next review - so watch this space!
1/32 scale motor racing figures and buildings
Posted 14 May 2004 - 06:12 AM
Couldn't help thinking some of those Carrera figures look very Preiser-ish. I'd wager a tie in somewhere which can only be good for slotcars!!
I haven't lashed out yet as Preiser aren't readily available in Australia (especially in 1/32 scale) but the range of figures available is impressive, especially the Adam and Eve kits.
See Aarons post below. I understand that Preiser figurines can be seen on Guagemaster's site.
Edited by Sidecar Steve, 14 May 2004 - 09:36 PM.
"I hate it when he passes us on the inside like that"
Posted 14 May 2004 - 07:43 AM
Thanks for the heads up Swiss...I forgot all about these, certainly better value than the £14 SCX spectators. Not sure about the guy with the beard though. He looks like he might break into a rendition of "Coward Of The County" at any moment.
Altogether now "Ev'ryone considered him the coward of the county, He'd never stood one single time to prove the county wrong".
Posted 14 May 2004 - 07:49 AM
Arundel, West Sussex. BN18 9BR
Posted 14 May 2004 - 01:04 PM
Re-moulded from Airfix (I think!) they are very good value for money - come unpainted.
Pendle Slot has recently become a MRRC distributor in the UK.
Heres a photo from his web site.
Posted 14 May 2004 - 01:34 PM
Cape Town, South Africa
Posted 14 May 2004 - 06:47 PM
Anyway, curious if anyone has used those.
Building the NEW, Routed, Palmer Divide Raceway!
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