|Waffen SS Tankers WW II|
|Kit # F72141||Review by Doug Chaltry - 172tankmodeler(at)comcast(dot)net|
many companies produce resin figures in 1/72nd scale, and
those that do tend to be really nice. CMK's figures can
be very distinctive at times. The sculpting is really
first rate, and the casting of the resin parts is also
very well done. But most of their figure sets also seem
to share several features, such as they tend to be a
little bit large (the standing figure in this set will be
close to 27mm when assembled), and they also are
typically in very relaxed poses. There are some
exceptions, as other kit reviews will demonstrate, but
many of CMKs sets that I have in my collection are of
figures that are lounging around, doing nothing. While
these poses are perfectly acceptable for certain
situations and dioramas, I think a little more dynamic
poses would broaden the appeal of these otherwise very
All three figures in this set are multi-part, which is good for several reasons. Not only does it allow for casting exceptional detail on all parts, but is also gives the modeler the ability to slightly alter the poses of each figure, or even to mix and match parts between figures, thereby personalizing them to a certain degree. This gives us much more latitude in designing dioramas, and may even encourage the purchase of multiple copies of each set of figures.
The clothing on these figures is rendered very realistically, though not being an expert on WW II German uniforms, I can't really comment on their accuracy. I would assume, however, that depending on the colors used to paint these, they may not be restricted to only Waffen SS tank crew, but could be used for Whermacht as well. Facial features are very fine, with two different cap styles and one bare head. Other details are also very well done.
As with most of the CMK figures I've seen, these are extremely fine figures, though a bit on the large side. Probably not too suitable for 1/76th scale vehicles, but they can be useful for representing the occasional "tall guy" in 1/72nd.