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this is David with another little review. This time, I’ll be looking at
a small set of 1/72 miniatures by the Polish manufacturer
Whitestork Miniatures. Before
I dive right in, here’s the usual disclaimer:
This is my personal opinion; I bought the minis myself and have no relevant
relationship with Whitestork Miniatures.
Whitestork Miniatures is a Polish company run by Mariusz Bienczyk, who have
specialized on producing nicely sculpted historical miniatures. Their products
are available through well-stocked online model shops – or directly
through their website. They
also are regulars in the vendors’ areas of large modeling shows such as the
Scale Model Challenge.
Currently, the company’s portfolio features civilian and
military-themed minis with a temporal focus on the period around World War II.
In addition, they also produce accessoires and equipment sets, ready-made
diorama bases, and a small selection of busts. In terms of scale, Whitestork
offer 1/48, 75 mm (1/24) – and, to my great joy, 1/72 minis. The figures are
3D-sculpted and cast in grey resin.
My review today will center on a nice little set of two civilian figures
called “The Rendezvous”. As you can see from the unboxing pic, below,
the set includes two resin sprues, one containing the couple’s bodies, and the
other the two figures’ heads. The sprues came securely stowed in the blister
The sculpting of both minis is superb: the
proportions are nice and realistic, depicting a couple that fits
perfectly into some European or Northern American city-scene in the period
between the 1920s to the 1950s. The folds of the clothing are falling
naturally and are perfectly to scale, and the sculptor has caught the
movement of the two people casually walking next to each other in a
very natural, convincing way.
The same is true for the heads and faces: both appear very natural and
well-scaled, and in 1/72 the facial features and hair are very delicate. I
personally prefer painting my figures after completely assemblying them, but
especially for the male figure’s head, which is wearing a hat, it might be an
added benefit for some painters that the head comes as an extra piece and thus
can be painted separately.
The cast of the figures’ bodies and their heads is nice and clean,
there are no mold lines to speak of; only between the legs there is a bit of
flash, which can be easily cut away with a sharp scalpel blade. However, the
sprues are a bit thick and sturdy, and it will require some careful work to
remove the figures from their sprues. I recommend using a resin saw for that
and to work VERY carefully as the legs and feet – especially of the
female figure – are very delicate.
With “The Rendezvous”, Whitestork Miniatures has produced a
unique set of civilian miniatures that will be a memorable eyecatcher
for any diorama, but would also work great as the center of a stand-alone
vignette showcasing one or both of the miniatures. The workmanship and
production value are excellent. And even though one needs to be very careful
when cutting the minis from the sprue, preparation for painting will be
minimal. I highly recommend checking this set out and creating some
wonderful pieces of miniature art with it – I already have a project in mind
for which I will make good use of the male figure. I can’t wait to put him
onto some city streets and get some paint on him. Check this place for an
update on that project!
In te meantime, make sure to
check out Whitestork Miniatures’ exciting range of models through their
website and contact Mariusz directly through the email address given on the
site if you want to order something. As always, feel free to drop me a line or
two in the comments section, below, or through my email at
david [at] massivevoodoo [dot] com
All the best, talk to you soon!