Nashorn SPG crew - winter
WW2 German Tank/SPG crew loading ammo - winter
German 8.8cm 43 L/71 ammo & crates
|Kits # F001, F003, AC013||Preview by Rob Haelterman -|
These are the
first figure/ammo sets under the label of Tracks & Troops and
they are a very nice start. Not that the sets are extremely original
for their choice of depicting German troops and ammo, but the sculpting
and quality is first rate. Facial expressions and poses are very realistic,
although a bit static. Due to the heavy winter clothing, this might
actually be very realistic.
F001: Nashorn SPG crew - Winter
The three figures wear the specialized
winter trousers that slowly started to appear in the winter of 1942-1943.
The upper part of their uniforms is rather more varied:
The figure with the hood over his helmet has a strange proboscis on the back of his head, which I can only guess being a casting trick to avoid air bubbles accumulating at the extreme end of the mold.
The figures have been darkened with a slight wash to accentuate the details.
The set also comes with an extra pistol holster and binoculars plus one round of Pak/KwK 43 ammo.
F003: Tank/SPG crew reloading - Winter
Continuing on the same theme, this set again gives three figures and an 8.8cm round, but this time also provides a wicker basket and 2-part wooden box for the round. While the set is labeled as "reloading", this might as well refer to replenishing the stock of ammo or loading a round in the breech of the gun. With the leaning figure, a ground mounted 8.8cm Pak43 comes to mind as an alternative to an SPG.
Casting and level of detail is top notch, but one of the standing figures has a rather strange stance, with the legs rather wider apart then I might expect. (Perhaps he is standing astride the ammo box.)
The uniforms are varied.
AC013: 8.8 cm ammo
This set contains four 2-part (open) boxes (like set F003), 4 closed boxes, 4 wicker baskets (like set F003), 4 rounds (like both sets above) and three empty cartridges. Detail is very nice and casting is perfect.