Model Encyclopedia - Preiser Figures
The uniforms on the CNR staff in sets 10570 and 10571 suit late 1990's to present, judging from the red/ivory shoulder bars and hat styles.
There are now five different passenger sets specifically made for Chinese modellers in HO scale by Preiser. These are all individually hand painted figures, and as such this is reflected in the high price. To date, there are no unpainted bulk packs. The first two sets were released in 2008 and both have a mixture of passengers and China Rail staff. The farmer sets are to be released in mid 2010, and looking at the production photos, the only differences (sets 10572 & 10574) are the colors of the clothes.
The painting and level of care taken to make these figures is truly outstanding. Live models were used and a master was hand carved and then reproduced in a much smaller size. Note on the CNR staff the buttons, two tone shoulder bars, badge hat emblem, etc - it's all there!
Return to the Model Encyclopedia Index Page here