German Sniper Team
|Kit #: 6217||Preview by Rob Haelterman|
While primarily aimed at the wargaming community (witnessed, for instance, by the base with oversized banner), this typical 4-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 this set is an exception and thus a disappointment.
the small end opening box are two sprues of fairly hard grey plastic.
This contains the parts to assemble four figures.
While all the figures have useful poses, only the figure lying down, aiming his rifle comes close to the figures on the boxtop. The figure sitting on his knees, aiming his rifle might be familiar, but is still in a different pose, while the figures equipped with binoculars or periscope (and MP40) are nowhere to be seen. The latter two would actually have explained the title of the set ("sniper team"), as often snipers worked together with a spotter. To add insult to injury, the G43 or K43 rifle, often used by snipers but not yet offered in 1/72, is shown on the box for one figure, while the plastic parts are just for ordinary Kar98k. (Thanks to Peter van Kempen for drawing my attention to this.)
The four figures are all wearing (what seems to be) a Zeltbahn over their regular tunic, which, again, is different from the attire seen on the boxtop. It does make them suitable to a wider time period, though. All are also wearing a helmet cover.
Height of the figures is difficult to measure, due to their poses, but as far as I can tell, these figures have accurate anatomy, gear and uniforms.
are very well molded with little flash and excellent detail overall,
except for the areas that are on the mold line, which is devoid of
detail, like the chest of the lying figures (which doesn't really
are simple and for most experienced modelers overkill.
Conclusion: the quality of the figures is very good, but I am disappointed that I didn't get the exact poses that were on the boxtop.
Review sample purchased by the author.