In-Box Review
German Locomotive Coaling Man
1/35 German Locomotive Coaling Man
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by: Bill Cross [ BILL_C ]


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.

kit contents

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

the review

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.
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: 35901
  Suggested Retail: €9
  PUBLISHED: Apr 14, 2013

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Good review Bill. The actual figure looks better than the artwork implies. The head is very nice. I agree a bit static looking, but this will be perfect for inside some of the trains as you emntioned.
APR 13, 2013 - 06:47 PM
Why not build the figure to show the pose better? These are pretty simple figures with a few parts, so it shouldn't be too much of a hassle, and would display the figure really well. Mario
APR 13, 2013 - 07:48 PM
The arm nob - shoulder socket idea is great! The head detail is super. A sharp figure.
APR 14, 2013 - 06:26 AM
Nice. Just as I suspected when I read the title, it could be used anywhere from WWII (I'm thinking Berlin rubble clearing, although mainly women did that) to a modern German worker. They really haven't changed much after all these years.
APR 14, 2013 - 06:47 AM
Thanks, everyone. Yes, Mario, I agree that the figure's pose COULD be modified by those who feel comfortable doing it, but I am not that artistic and feel that a review should be about what you get out-of-the-box. LZ has done themselves and us a favor by having a generic pose and clothing that would work in a wide variety of settings, not just railroads. It's true the Trümmerfrauen (literally, "rubble women") who did much of the clearing of the streets of Berlin after the war were a case of "necessity being the mother of invention," but as the men were released from POW camps, they came back to a country that still needed a lot of manual labor, so I could see this figure in a post-war diorama for sure.
APR 15, 2013 - 03:09 AM

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