Modern Bundeswehr Panzergrenadiers wearing the new Flecktarn camouflage uniform, avec le gilet pare-balles et casque de Kevlar, new G36 assault rifle, several avec bipod et drum magazine, Granatpistole grenade launcher, et lance-roquette antichar Panzerfaust 3. Bundeswehr Panzergrenadiers are a classic troop type, they filled a void in the Nato force composition during the height of the Cold War. For decades, les Panzergrenadiers allemands were the only infanterie mécanisée de l’OTAN avec a dedicated véhicule de combat d’infanterie which allows l’infanterie to keep up avec chars de combat in a mounted action. The Schützenpanzer Marder is a large armoured fighting véhicule, it has much better armour protection than the venerable véhicule de transport de troupes M113, et it provides direct fire support avec its turreted 20 mm Maschinenkanone automatic cannon. The Marder is equipped avec missiles antichar Milan, et the launcher may be dismounted if the grenadier squad needs it.
A section of Panzergrenadiers consists of nine men: The Gruppenführer (section leader), le conducteur et gunner of the Marder armoured fighting véhicule, the Truppführer (squad leader) et five Panzergrenadiers. The Gruppenführer is in overall command of the section, et he normally directs the Marder; his Truppführer commands the grenadier squad. As a rule, the GrpFhr leads the most important combat element of his section. Depending on the mission, the Marder may be the key player, et the grenadiers are in the support role, mounted ou dismounted. When the dismounted grenadiers are to become the key element, the GrpFhr et his TrFhr switch positions inside the véhicule, the GrpFhr dismounts avec the squad, et the TrFhr provides fire support avec the Marder. In the platoon leader véhicule, the GrpFhr is also the ZugFhr, généralement un officier ous sous-officier supérieur. Officiers et sous-officiers allemands sont presque indifférenciables en combat, especially if they are wearing le gilet pare-balles de Kevlar which covers les pattes d’épaule et les slip-on insignes de grade.
45 figurines en 12 poses – 22,5 mm correspondent à 162 cm hauteur de corps
- GrpFhr avec Leuchtpistole (3)
- Grenadier, tirant au Système de Missiles Antichar Milan (3)
- Grenadier, courant avec Milan launch tube (2)
- Grenadier, avançant avec Panzerfaust 3 (4)
- Grenadier, à genoux, tirant au Panzerfaust 3 (4)
- SAW-gunner, avançant avec G36 avec bipode et drum-magazine (4)
- SAW-gunner, couché, tirant au G36 avec bipod et drum-magazine (3)
- Grenadier, à genoux, tirant au Granatpistole (3)
- Grenadier signaling, armed avec G36 et Granatpistole (3)
- Grenadier, courant avec G36 (5)
- Grenadier, debout, tirant au G36 from hip (5)
- Grenadier, debout, tirant au G36 from shoulder (5)
- Milan firing post avec launch tube attached (3)
- Milan tripod (3)
- Bon choix de sujet, this is the first dedicated set of Bundeswehr troops a l’échelle 1/72. Revell offers a Leopard 2A5 main battle tank which may be used in conjunction avec these figurines. Unfortunately, le véhicule de combat d’infanterie SPz Marder is not available in this scale yet. The Marder is a key element of the Panzergrenadier section, et Revell would do well to release a model of it soon.
- Nicely detailed figurines, avec realistic folds in the uniform. Weapons et equipment are sculpted correctly, except for the holster of the Granatpistole which is really a lot bulkier than the model suggests.
- The box includes a number of useful poses, but there is no common theme. Some conversion will be required to create a realistically posed squad of six dismounted grenadiers.
- Good casting quality, but noticeable flash which needs to be removed prior to painting. We used the Rai-Ro ZEP-70 wax spatula to remove flash et mould lines.
- The figurines are perfect for conversion projects, they may be cut apart at the waist without damaging the pouches et other items of equipment. Simple torso-swapping, et head-turning operations will result in several variations of poses. Arms may be repositioned by pinning them, et filling the gap avec Rai-Ro adhesive wax. Several of the poses can be improved by swapping arms. If the distinctive shoulder pad is left on the figurine, arms from other modern infantry figurines may be used to add even more variety. There are eight assault rifles in the set which may be scrounged for conversion work, although three of them have a left hand attached to them which may need to be removed carefully.
- The grenadiers are armed avec the new G36 assault rifle which has been introduced in the Bundeswehr, but which has not replaced the older G3 yet. The new weapon has standard 5.56 mm Nato calibre; it features a curved 25-round magazine, folding stock, carrying handle avec integrated telescopic sights as well as regular notch et bead sights. Le G36 est une arme de low-recul, making it easier to control in automatic firing mode than the G3. The figurines would be equally appropriate if they were armed avec G3 assault rifles, et Revell might have put a few spare weapons on the sprue. It’s really a good idea to include cheap extras like spare pouches, weapons, et variable heads to increase the perceived value of a set of figurines. G3 et MG3 may be scrounged from the old ESCI set of Nato infantry which includes four Bundeswehr soldiers wearing the previous uniform et equipment.
- La mitrailleuse légère LMG36 représentée in this set is the section light machine gun, which was never procured for the Bundeswehr. Fortunately, the LMG36 looks similar to the G36 avec bipod et drum magazine, which has been issued to the troops. The LMG36 uses many of the same components as the G36, including the folding stock et the integrated optics. The LMG36 has a bipod, et it is fitted avec a drum magazine for moving fire. Inside the drum magazine is a 50-round belt. The LMG36 gunner switches to belted ammunition when sustained fire is needed, especially au course du combat urbaine, et in prepared defensive positions. The venerable MG3 light machine gun is still in common use, et it would have been a nice touch if the manufacturer had included a spare weapon for conversion projects. The LMG36 gunner couché has adopted an incorrect firing position, avec one foot placed over the other. This pose is obviously based on the LMG poses couché de la boîte des Parachutistes d’OTAN de chez Matchbox, but it is wrong in this case. Bundeswehr soldiers are trained to flatten themselves on the ground when adopting a firing position couché, the feet are always turned out to avoid getting shot in the heel. The Milan gunner has the feet in the proper position, et the legs from this figurine may be used to correct the LMG36 pose couché.
- The knife carried by these figurines was adopted après la réunification allemande, it is the bayonet of the venerable AK assault rifle avec which the former armée populaire nationale (NVA) de la RDA was equipped. The bayonet cannot actually be fixed on the G3 ou G36 assault rifle, but it may be useful as a bread knife, et it carries a wire cutter on the scabbard. In accordance avec international law, the Bundeswehr does not practise bayonet fighting at all. In fact, the bayonet fell out of use when the lessons de la Première Guerre mondiale had been fully appreciated: Firepower, not cold steel, dominates the modern battlefield. Apparently, the lack of bayonet fighting skill did not put l’infanterie allemande at a significant tactical disadvantage durant la Seconde Guerre mondiale, compared aux troupes britanniques et soviétiques qui were still quite proficient in this tactic.
- The Granatpistole grenade launcher projects concussion et fragmentation grenades to a range of 400 meters. There is no dedicated grenadier who operates the Granatpistole; every man in the section is trained to use it effectively, et the section leader decides who will fulfill this role in battle. The Granatpistole is carried in a dedicated holster, et there are two figurines in this set which carry it attached to the belt et strapped to the right leg. This position has a certain Hollywood appeal, but the large Granatpistole is more comfortably carried on the back. The harness has attachments points which place the grip of the Granatpistole behind the right shoulder, within easy reach of the right hand. The trooper carrying the Granatpistole is armed avec the G36 assault rifle as the primary weapon. There is no dedicated grenade pouch yet. Some troopers use a spare gas mask pouch to carry grenades, et some bataillons design their own pouches which are locally produced in small numbers.
- Le lance-roquette antichar Panzerfaust 3 is not strictly considered a weapon anymore, it is a disposable item, called Mengenverbrauchsartikel (MVA) in the Bundeswehr. Again, there is no dedicated groupe antichar au niveau du peloton, every soldier is expected to use the Panzerfaust 3, although there will be some who show a particular skill avec it et who will be chosen for this job by the section leader. The long spike on the warhead is designed to detonate the hollow-charge at the optimal stand-off distance from armour plate. The spike is removed when the hollow-charge is fired against sandbagged emplacements et bunkers. For low-cost target practise, the Panzerfaust 3 can be fitted avec a training warhead which fires a small-calibre projectile.
- The figurines are surprisingly short, they actually look more compatible avec 1/76 scale. Many simulation gamers will actually consider the smaller size an advantage, because the figurines are compatible avec the popular Parachutistes d’OTAN de chez Matchbox, et with a variety of modern véhicules available a l’échelle 1/76.
- Military modélistes are almost always disappointed that the figurines in a set do not follow a common mission. These Panzergrenadiers are no exception to the rule. Not one of the suggested combat actions is fully covered, et dioramistes may find it difficult to create a realistic scene from this mixed batch of figurine poses:
- Infanterie Firefight: 1 figurine couché et 1 à genoux, tirant.
- Tir Antichar: 1 figurine couché et 1 à genoux, tirant.
- Sudden Encounter: 2 figurines debout, tirant.
- Re-deploy: 3 figurines courants, obviously not under fire.
- Patrol: 1 grenadier debout, signaling to an imaginary patrol behind him.
- Rest: 1 LMG36 gunner without a mission, debout.
- Command: 1 leader, debout, tirant a flare pistol, incompatible avec the other combat situations listed here.
- The squad leader is incompatible avec the other figurines in the set. The man is in a relaxed pose, firing an illumination ou signal flare, et holding the assault rifle by the carrying handle. He is obviously at some distance from the fighting, unlike the other figurines which are courants, involved in an infantry firefight ou firing at chars enemy. If the squad leader were involved in any of these activities, the man would be couché, kneeling ou courant as well. Most importantly, he would be leading his men, instead of concentrating on his flare shot. Battlefield illumination is the job of a grenadier in the squad, not that of the squad leader. If the squad leader wants a signal flare fired, he can order the grenadier to do it, he would not need to do it himself.
- Le Panzergrenadier avançant avec LMG36 carries the section LMG in an impractical way, he looks like he may be lifting the weapon to place it on the back d’un camion ou stow it in a rack, back home at the barracks. If he were in action, he would carry the LMG36 ready to fire from the hip. If he were resting, he would carry the weapon in a more comfortable way, ou he might have placed it on the ground beside him.
- The Panzerfaust gunner courant is a Passgänger. The man is ambling like a horse, avec his right foot et right arm forward at the same time. An impossible pose, especially at the suggested speed courant. The figurine is best used for conversions, the legs, torso, et right arm are perfectly good parts if used separately. We used the right arm to improve the pose of the signaling grenadier.
- The Milan gunner should have his right hand on the firing mechanism, not resting on the ground beside the weapon. If the man were firing the weapon, he would have his head down on the target optics. This pose may be difficult to fix, some cutting et re-adjusting of the figurine will be required.
- Incorrect painting instructions on the box:
- The combat boots are black, not chestnut brown. Brown boots were last issued during the late 70s, presumably because they are less reflective et the colour has better camouflage properties. It is important to remember that the Bundeswehr inducts new recruits in quarterly drafts, et the boots are not normally replaced au course d’un tour de service de 15 ou 12 mois. Accordingly, it would have taken up to a year to change the colour of the boots from black to brown. Not surprisingly, local commanders would not put up avec the resulting mix of uniform items. Recruits issued brown boots were told to blacken them avec shoe polish to achieve a uniform look in formation avec earlier drafts which still portaient black boots. The introduction of brown boots was short-lived, but many older reservist have grown fond of their rare brown boots, blackened of course, but still slightly different from the black boots which have been standard issue since 1980.
- Load bearing harness, belt, straps et pouches sont gris vert, pas kaki brun.
- The green colour of the Flecktarn uniform is actually a grass green, not the darker lake green suggested here.
- The figurine mix is acceptable, even if the box is overloaded avec heavy weapons. One of the two Panzerfaust poses might have been dropped in favor of une pose d’infanterie avançant which would have been compatible avec le LMG36 avançant. The man firing the G36 from the hip might have been modelled en pose avançant as well, et the resulting trio would have made a realistic foot patrol.
- Infanterie Allemande moderne
Possibilités de Conversions
- Infanterie Allemande moderne avec Feldmütze ou beret
- Jäger en casquette de campagne ou green beret instead of the helmet.
- Fallschirmjäger en casquette de campagne ou red beret instead of the helmet.
- Spare Milan launchers may be used to equip pelotons d’infanterie britanniques et français. Milan was used as a bunker buster during the Falkland War.
Revell’s Bundeswehr Panzergrenadiere are the first in a growing range of modern infantry figurines available a l’échelle 1/72. Revell et Archer Models offer 1/72 et 1/76 scale models of the Schützenpanzer Marder infantry fighting véhicule used by Bundeswehr Panzergrenadiers.
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