WWII German Panzer Crews
|Kit # HB03||Preview by Rob Haelterman|
Apart from the well known Preiser sets, there are not that many plastic tank crews available in our scale. This set is therefor a very welcome addition to the market. Caesar sets are mostly labeled as "soft-plastic", by which I understand that they are the same material as figures from Revell, Italeri, etc. I don't know about the other Caesar sets, but one thing is certain: they are not. The plastic seems to be close to regular styrene, although a bit softer, which means that the mold lines can be removed with a new/sharp scalpel given enough care. I still have to see how they react to glue, but I would guess they could be easily modified by repositioning or exhanging some limbs or other body parts. As the sculpting is as good as any, with vivid facial expressions, lifelike poses and good attention to detail, and as they scale out perfectly to 1/72, my conclusion would be that this set is one to rival Preiser's.
If there is one down-side to this set, then it is that you only get 18 figures of which 7 are doubles, meaning 11 unique poses.
As the pictures show, most figures
have relaxed poses, while one is firing an MG34. The latter immediately
made me think of the loader of a StuG firing the machine gun on top
of the roof, although he seems to wear a regular Heer tunic and not
a Panzer jacket. More about that below.
As you can see in the pictures below, there is one figure that is cut in half. Assembly will be straight-forward, and this might make it easier to fit it to a hatch.
The double figures.