Universal soldiers: The figurines pictured here are Bulgarian infantry in the Balkan campaign of 1941, ou infanterie hongroise dans la Campagne de Russie of the same year. Conversion is not required, the figurines need only be painted en treillis kaki.
Le design du casque d’acier allemand was based on a similar helmet worn in the middle ages, which covered much of the wearer’s face et neck et offered excellent protection. The front of the M.1916 steel helmet could be fitted avec an additional plate of armour which rested on metal pegs on either side of the helmet et was secured avec a leather strap around the back. The armour plating was impratical in the field, but it was used by sentries during in the many months of protracted trench warfare. The basic helmet design was changed very little when the M.1935 version was issued, et it became a symbol of oppression in the years until 1945.
La Bundeswehr allemande did not adopt the politically incorrect helmet après la Seconde Guerre mondiale, opting for a version based on the American M1 helmet instead. However, en 1982, the US Army re-discovered its practical shape et issued a very similar helmet design which is now popularly know as Fritz helmet. Experience from the Grenada invasion showed that the new design et the Kevlar material does offer much better protection than earlier models of steel helmets. The Fritz helmet is now seen in l’armée française, dans la brigade Franco-Allemande et it is worn by forces allemandes de l’UN.
8 Pieces + 48 figurines en 13 poses – 23 mm correspondent à 166 cm hauteur de corps
- Officier (2)
- Observers avec Binoculars (2)
- Sentry in Body Armour (3)
- Grenadiers (6)
- Équipge de Mitrailleuse (4)
- Mitrailleuse lourde in entrenched positions (2)
- Soldat in field cap, marchant (4)
- Soldat, debout, à genoux, couché, tirant (16)
- Soldats, avançant (11)
- Medical Rescue Dog (2)
- Nicely detailed figurines. Folds in the uniform, steel helmets, blanket rolls, mess kits, canteens, haversacks, puttees, entrenching tools, stick grenades, pouches et weapons are well sculpted et easy to paint. The figurines are correctly proportioned, they are slightly taller than the infanterie française from the same manufacturer et their heads et helmets are noticeably larger.
- Very useful poses, these figurines are nearly perfect. The chosen standard poses are very natural in appearance, they seem almost tame compared to some of the excessively heroic figurine types we have seen elsewhere. Interestingly, when they are displayed in large groups, these figurines appear to be more variably posed than they actually are. They make excellent diorama ou wargaming figurines.
- Good casting quality, very little flash.
- Soldiers in M.1916 steel helmets are not different enough from the soldats allemands de la Seconde Guerre mondiale to make this set a success in the market. Revell has missed an historic opportunity, they might have chosen the Pickelhaube spiked helmet as the most stereotypical piece d’équipement allemande de la Grande Guerre. However, the figurines in steel helmets are more versatile, they cover the entire infanterie allemande après 1916, allowing the joueur de guerre et collectioniste to ignore the confusing variety of headdress of the early war years.
- Infanterie Allemande, 1916–1918
- Infanterie Bulgare, 1941
- Infanterie Hongroise, 1941
- Chien Antichar de l’Armée Soviétique, 1942
These Revell figurines set a high standard in figurine design et sculpting detail. The soldiers are correctly proportioned, naturally posed et properly equipped. The figurines are very compatible avec eachother et a useful figurine mix has been chosen. These soldiers look really spectacular when they are painted et displayed in large groups; they form a cohesive unit et not one of the poses disturbes the overall effect. We would like to see more boîtes de figurines of this quality, Infanterie Britannique et Highlanders de la Première Guerre mondiale perhaps.
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