This is the third figure in a series of three resin railroad workers released by Ireland's LZ Models, this time the coal loader/fireman.
Inside a Ziploc baggie with a color hang tag is:
5 pieces of cream- and gray-colored resin
A length of wire for a shovel handle
Unlike the other two figures in the series, this fellow seems hard at work shoveling coal. I suppose he could be adapted to be shoveling just about anything, including inside a stable, but given the poor level of crewing available for 1/35th trains, I imagine he's going to find himself working inside some of the Trumpeter locomotives out there.
The casting is crisp with a minimum of "hairy" bits. I also like the nobs at the end of each arm that fits into a "socket" on the body of the figure. This not only insures a snug fit, but decreases the chance of inadvertently gluing the arm on crooked.
Other than that, there's not a lot of say about the figure that its photos don't tell you.
This series is a real triumph for railroad armor modelers. The casting is excellent, the detailing outstanding, and the poses, while not the most artistic, are very workable in a variety of contexts.
Thanks to LZ Models for providing this review sample. Be sure to mention you saw it reviewed here on Armorama when ordering.
Highs: Highly detailed, and includes coal shovel and metal handle.Lows: None really.Verdict: Highly recommended for railroad dioramas.