Fallschirmjäger wearing tropical uniform et tan aqueous camouflage smocks during the 1943 campaign. Les soldats d’équipage du canon antichar sont des conversions, combining body parts of two standing et two kneeling figurines from this set. The standing figurine wears a typical bonne de police »Schiffchen« allemand taken from Airfix Luftwaffe Personnel. Le fusil antichar lourde de 28 mm s.Panzerbüchse 41 is from the old Airfix Afrikakorps set. The s.PzB. 41 proved inadequate against chars moyens et lourds encountered on the Eastern Front, et many of these weapons were handed down aux forces italiennes which kept them in inventory until the Armistice en 1943.
Most of the figurines in this set carry equipment ou uniform items which did not appear until 1943, although some figurines will be suitable for earlier campaigns as well. The figurines are fun to paint, et the jump smocks look very attractive when finished in plain green-grey, splinter ou tan aqueous camouflage pattern.
50 figurines en 15 poses – 23,5 mm correspondent à 169 cm hauteur de corps
- Fallschirmjäger l.MG No. 1 (gunner), at ease
- Fallschirmjäger l.MG No. 1 (gunner), resting
- Fallschirmjäger l.MG No. 2 (loader), resting
- Fallschirmjäger, debout, contemplating grenade
- Fallschirmjäger, debout avec Panzerfaust (2)
- Fallschirmjäger, à genoux, tirant Panzerfaust (2)
- Fallschirmjäger, debout, throwing grenade (3)
- Fallschirmjäger, avançant avec rifle (3)
- Fallschirmjäger, debout, tirant au Sniper Rifle (6)
- Fallschirmjäger, à genoux, tirant au Sniper Rifle (6)
- Fallschirmjäger, avançant avec StG44 (6)
- Fallschirmjäger, courant avec MP40 (3)
- Fallschirmjäger, avançant avec MP40 (3)
- Fallschirmjäger, avançant avec MP40 (6)
- Fallschirmjäger, avançant avec MP40 (6)
- Nicely sculpted figurines, wearing the baggy "Knochensack" jump smocks. The figurines are anatomically correct, but many of the poses are marred by incorrect ou missing equipment items.
- Exceptional detail in the uniforms, weapons, et equipment, these uniforms paint up beautifully.
- Nice facial features. Unfortunately, the mould line runs right through the face, et it is very difficult to remove.
- Good casting quality, crisp detail, et practically no flash. However, most figurines have visible mould lines which need to be removed before painting.
- The legs of the two kneeling figurine types can be used for conversion projects. Combined avec upper bodies du soldat avançant avec StG44 et un des soldats avec mitraillette MP40, they make excellent équipage de mortiers et canons antichar, one facing left et the other facing right. Most of the StG44 needs to be removed from the figurine, but the muzzle protruding from the soldier’s hand may be trimmed into un obus de canon antichar de 28 mm s.PzB 41 ou 37 mm PaK 35/36. The latter is the most common canon antichar allemand available a l’échelle 1/72 plastic. The former may be taken from an old Airfix Infanterie Allemande ou Afrikakorps figurine set, avec small wheels from an Airfix Spitfire kit glued on.
- Support weapons are missing: The box includes only deux mitrailleuses légères, not enough to raise a typical Fallschirmjäger platoon. One wonders, when will manufacturers learn to include the correct amount of infantry weapons in a set of figurines. Military Modélistes around the world, experts et beginners alike, continue to shake their heads in disbelief when they see figurine sets like this one. It is not any more difficult ou more expensive to do things right, but plastic figurine manufacturers seem to have a knack at consistently selecting the wrong figurine poses et weapons for a particular historic subject.
Not surprisingly, sales of these bungled figurine sets fall far short of the manufacturers’ expectations, but the problems are carried forward set after set after set. Airfix folded, Atlantic folded, ESCI folded, Revell dropped a large part of its historic figurine line from the new catalog, but there is very little indication that manufacturers are interested in what their customers want. On the bright side, Italeri et HaT Industrie have been actively researching the historic figurine market, et their products show consistent improvement.
- Many wasted poses: To compound the lack of proper support weapons, most of the specialist types in this box are armed ou posed incorrectly. Soldats d’équipage des armes de soutien allemands were issued avec pistols, but these specialists carry almost no gear at all, not even canteens. The lack of pistols is a grave oversight, because parachutistes allemands were all issued pistols avec which to defend themselves until they reached an airdropped weapons container.
- The two machine gunners cannot be anywhere near the combat zone; one is using his weapon as an armrest, avec the barrel stuck into the dirt, et the other is standing at ease, in formation. Nobody else is in formation, making this solitary pose rather pointless.
- The only No. 2 gunner in the set is resting his foot on a single ammunition box, very little ammo for an airborne operation, et he has no magazine in his MP40.
- One of the Panzerfaust gunners has cradled the weapon dans une pose à l’épaule du 18e siècle. To make matters worse, the Panzerfaust is sculpted in perpetual motion, due to gravity, for ever slipping off the man’s shoulder.
- One of the grenadiers must be in a philosophical mood, deeply contemplating a stick grenade. This figurine might be saved by placing a bottle du vin français in his hand instead. Like the No. 2, this man carries an empty MP40 in his hand, instead of slung over the shoulder. Neither of the grenadiers has extra grenade pouches, et nobody else in the set carries an egg ou stick grenade on his body. Clearly, these are not the airborne assault troops one would expect.
- The second grenadier has a sniper rifle slung across his back. That mistake is relatively easy to correct by slicing the telescope off carefully. Unfortunately, the rifle is also defying gravity. The weapon does not hang on its strap, it has actually flipped 180 degrees, barrel up, et the muzzle is pulling the strap into the air. To make sure that his rifle cannot fly off without him, this clever trooper is wearing his webbing gear over the rifle strap, a rather impractical fashion.
- The standing et kneeling riflemen in this set are incorrectly armed avec sniper rifles, but they are neither camouflaged nor posed like snipers. La figurine debout, tirant is another wasted pose, only a fool would stand upright in a firefight. If a standing et firing figurine were required in a diorama, it could easily be converted from a kneeling rifleman. The most useful figurines for dioramistes et joueurs de guerre sont en poses avançant et a genou. Soldiers in combat spend most of their time observing, covering an area ou avançant cautiously. The set includes four poses avançant which fulfill this role very nicely, but they are not enough to create platoons et companies.
- The StG44 gunner is left-handed. It is well documented that elite troops train to be ambidextrous in their use of weapons, but the left-handed firing position is only really useful in streetfighting, where it allows the firer to make maximum use of right-hand cover. On patrol, soldiers covering to the right-hand side of the advance do not actually need to fire left-handed, unless the terrain provides close-range ambush positions. If fired upon ou if an enemy position is detected, the unit adopts firing positions in line, facing the enemy, et everyone may fire right-handed. The trouble avec the unusual pose of the StG44 gunner is that all six castings of the figurine are posed this way, et that’s an unusually high proportion of left-handers. Le figurine does come in handy comme équipage du canon antichar ou mortier en genou, suitably converted avec legs from one of the kneeling parartroopers.
- Finally, one of the firing MP40 gunners has no magazine in the weapon, et none of the MP40 gunners carry more than one pouch of spare magazines.
- 86% des hommes are without entrenching tools.
- 42% des hommes wear improvised chickenwire helmet covers, instead of the much more common cloth covers.
- 30% des hommes are without canteens.
- 14% des hommes are without ammunition pouches for their personal weapon.
- Officiers et sous-officiers are not included. Section et platoon leaders would carry binoculars, torches et map cases, et they might wear le bonnet Meier-Mütze en campagne. Considering how many poses have been needlessly wasted in this set, the ommission of sous-officier et officier types is unfortunate.
- Incorrect painting instructions. Trousers et helmets should be blue-grey, not blue. Bandoliers should be blue-grey, although tan ou blue-grey bandoliers were worn avec the tropical uniform. Pistolet holsters et belts should be brown, not black.
The ESCI figurines are the best et most useful plastic Fallschirmjäger in this scale, despite the many bungled poses. By comparison, Airfix Fallschirmjäger are too small even for 1/76 scale, et Revell Fallschirmjäger are inconsistent in size et sculpting style. Some of the Revell poses, the radio operator, the standing MP40 gunner, the kneeling firing et the pointing riflemen may be mixed avec these ESCI troopers, but it will still be difficult to build a typical Fallschirmjäger platoon from these two figurine sets. The ESCI figurines are the most detailed of the bunch, et they do convert very well. With a little modelling magic, maybe the missing figurine types can be built from parts available in the ESCI Fallschirmjäger et Afrikakorps sets.
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