aimed at the wargaming community (witnessed by the base with oversized
banner, the wargaming stats on the back of the box and on the playing
card inside), these figures can be used for static display.
Inside the small end opening box is a single sprue of fairly hard
grey plastic. This contains the parts to assemble four figures, two
of which are crouching while the others are lying prone. A large part
of this sprue is taken up by four base plates and a banner, which
the display modeler will probably not use (except during painting).
For those who are interested, the bases offer the option of grouping
the four figures together or giving each figure its own base. The
rifle that is molded onto these bases is (fortunately) also given
as a separate part.
The instructions are simple and for
most experienced modelers overkill. The figures are very well molded
with little flash and excellent detail overall, except for the chest
of the two crouching figures, which is devoid of detail. The MP40
on the back of two of the figures are also rather poor. In fact, everything
that is on the centerline of the sprue is rather poor due to molding
limitations). This comes as a disappointment after having bought several
other Zvezda sets.
While the figures might be built by snapping the parts together, glue
really is needed to get a convincing fit, whatever the boxtop might
claim. Even then, some filling might be needed, based on my experience
with other Zvezda figure sets.
I am always wary when buying plastic figures, as most manufacturers
use some ungluable vinyl. While the plastic used here is softer than
some styrene, it does react very well to glues like MEK. I really
mean VERY well, so be careful as the plastic will soften immediately.
This is good to get a convincing joint, but it might also mar the
detail. Removing the seams with a sharp scalpel is no problem (for
as much as removal is needed) and sanding goes smoothly as well.
Talking about joints, the way the parts are engineered will give you
a joint right across some delicate detail, so care is called for when
applying glue and some rescribing might be in order.
The boxtop says that this set
is meant for 1939-1942. As the most distinguishable features of the
different uniforms is limited to the chest area (see article here),
and as two figures are lying prone and two have no detail on the chest,
these figures can easily be used for any period in the war.
Review sample purchased by the author.
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