|Kit #: 6178||Preview by Rob Haelterman|
German infantry sets have been produced by the thousands by uncountable manufacturers but this one is slightly different as it has a distinct summer feeling to it.
In this box you get a single sprue carrying 5 figures, in 4 different poses. As this sprue contains a base to support all five figures or five individual bases (always handy when painting), a wargaming flag and two unidentified "ridges", it is obvious that the useful amount of plastic is only a small percentage of the total.
The box leaves nothing to the imagination as both the drawing at the front and the pictures at the back clearly show what to expect. Together with the instructions there will be little doubt about the way these figures assemble. Diorama potential is obvious even before opening the box.
says "1939-1943" which I consider correct, even though I
would limit its use to 1939-1940. The reason for doing so would be
that the boots appear to be of the earlier, higher type, and the uniform
is the M36/M40 type (but could easily pass for a M41 or M42 model).
As the M40 model was still very common in 1943, Zvezda is correct
with its boxtop timeframe, even when they show the M36 uniform on
the boxtop indicating that they realize an earlier setting is more
accurate. However, 4 of the figures have their sleeves rolled back,
indicating a hot day, but the collar is closed. The latter feature
is rarely seen after the start of Operation Barbarossa, under combat
Obviously, these sets are aimed at the wargaming community (with a stats card - not shown-, flag and base) and while this might drive up the cost due to extra parts not needed for static modeling, it also reduces the cost due to a larger sales potential. Besides, I actually like the bases as they are very practical for handling the figures during painting, while the flag is a good source for thick plastic when scratchbuilding.
As far as I can tell, these figures have accurate anatomy, gear and uniforms, even if they are a bit on the tall side (around 6 feet). No longer does the moniker "wargaming" on a box put dread into the hearts of the static modeler.
Review sample purchased by the author.