primarily aimed at the wargaming community (witnessed, for instance,
by the base with oversized banner), this typical 5-figure Zvezda set
is a welcome addition to the figure collection of a static modeler,
as it carries a high diorama potential. Normally, with Zvezda sets,
the boxtop leaves little to the imagination as the figures are almost
exact replicas of the box art, but in this case there are is a major
deviation as the kneeling figure (seen on top of the wing of the Fw190)
is actually a standing figure, slightly bending forward. It is still
do we get in this set ?
figures handling a bomb trolley. While the boxtop shows tanktops,
both are topless.
figure handling a jerrycan (obviously full, by the way he's handling
it) and a spare jerrycan. The figure is wearing a coverall. On the
boxtop he is bare-headed. The plastic figure wears a sidecap.
abovementioned figure that is bending forward holding a screwdriver.
He's also wearing a coverall and has a toolbox. On the boxtop he
is bare-headed. The plastic figure wears a sidecap.
figure pushing a fuel or oil barrel (which is included), equally
wearing a coverall.
bomb trolley with a bomb (which seems to be an SC250 or SD250).
is not included are the aircraft shown on the boxtop, which probably
comes as no surprise to anyone.
figures are multipart and only require minor cleanup or rescribing
of lost detail. Anatomy and facial expressions are very convincing.
The barrel is not bad, but due to the huge seam will require some
work to be presentable. I prefered to exchange it for a barrel from
a resin set by Attack.
The bomb trolley isn't bad either, roughly comparable to what Academy
has on offer, but nowhere near to the bomb trolley marketed by JK
figures in coveralls can easily be put to use in a scene with an AFV,
without any modification whatsoever, as coveralls were often worn
by tank crews.
While the two figures handling the bomb trolley are still wearing
clothes that are compatible with AFV crews, their poses will require
a bit more creativity to adapt them to their new service branch.
are simple and for most experienced modelers overkill.
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.
Three figures were painted as Panzerpioniere
figure was kept in its original role, towing the JK
resin bomb trolley
was kept in reserve. (Note that it is only partially glued and cleaned
up at this stage.)
The quality of the figures is very good, but I am slightly disappointed
that I didn't get the exact poses that were on the boxtop for one
of the figures.
The bomb trolley is good for wargaming standards, but a better one
is around if display standards are required.
sample purchased by the author.
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