primarily aimed at the wargaming community, this typical 5-figure
Zvezda set can be put to use by the static modeler as well.
Normally, Zvezda's box-art leaves little to the imagination. In this
set, it, unfortunately, does, to a certain extent.
the small end-opening box are two sprues of fairly hard grey plastic.
These contain the parts to assemble five figures, two of which are
identical. A large part of the sprues is taken up by a banner and
various base plates, which the display modeler will probably not use
(except during painting).
For those who are interested, the bases offer the option of grouping
the five figures together or giving each figure its own base. The
bases have a tiled pattern and the big base also comes with seven
are wearing a mixture of clothing, but all wear the typical Volkssturm
armband on the left upper sleeve.
Going into more detail, we see the following:
figure is standing, wearing a civilian overcoat and hat. He's equipped
with a haversack, gorget (probably of the Panzerwarndienst) and
The latter is a separate piece.
Compared to the boxtop, his pose is similar, with only the position
of the head being different.
This figure is 192 scale cm tall (including head- and footgear).
is crouching, holding a VG1-5
Volkssturmgewehr. He's wearing a pre-1942 Wehrmacht uniform
with pleated pockets and a peaked cap which resembles the Bergmütze
worn by the Gebirgsjäger, although it might pass for an Einheitsfeldmütze.
The pose on the boxtop is somewhat more relaxed than that of the
actual plastic figure, which seems a bit artificial.
third figure is also crouching, wearing a civilian overcoat and
hat. He's equipped with a haversack and an MP
The pose is very close to the one on the boxtop
last two figures are identical and are equipped with a Panzerfaust.
The boxtop shows one with the weapon on the shoulder, while the
other is aiming. We only get the former (twice). The figure is in
civilian clothes and apart from the armband, the Einheitsfeldmütze
and the weapon, nothing gives him away as being part of the Wehrmacht.
Some minor modifications might turn him into a regular civilian.
This figure is only 162 scale cm tall (including head- and footgear).
As far as I can tell, these figures have accurate (though somewhat
rigid) anatomy, gear and uniforms.
are simple and for most experienced modelers overkill. The figures
are very well molded with little flash and excellent detail overall.
Often with these sets, the chest of the figures is devoid of detail
and needs resculpting. This is not the case here.
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.
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