Kit Review: Dragon Models Limited 1/35 scale =9139-=9145 Series Kit No.6653; Allied Force ETO 1944 - Gen2 Gear; 110 parts in grey styrene; pre-order price US$12.95 via Dragon USA Online
Advantages: crisp single figures can enhance any model and Gen2 weapons state of the art
Disadvantages: not a set; inclusion of one Commonwealth figure a bit odd (see text)
Rating: Highly Recommended
Recommendation: for all vehicle modelers wanting a single =93scale establishment=94 figure
DML=92s latest set of four individual figures is now for Allied troops in the European Theater of Operations post D-Day. They consist of a US NCO with a Thompson on his hip at rest, an infantryman with M1 waist- level at the ready, an officer with an M1 carbine on guard, and a Commonwealth commando with Sten gun and full pack.
All four figures are DML =93Gen1" standard and consist of six main parts - head, torso, arms and legs =96 with specific uniform kit included. The infantryman has a helmet with mesh netting and comes with a cigarette (C9, not listed on the directions) and combat boots (the other two have shoes and leggings), and they all have different forms of dress.
The weapons are the excellent =93Gen2" type with separate bolt assemblies for the M1 rifle and M1 carbine, as well as spare clips and magazines. All have their bores molded open.
The inclusion of the commando is odd as it is not possible for me to recall any situation where more than two of these figures would find themselves together. But as they appear to be single figures who were =93orphans=94 from other sets, it makes sense to join DML=92s sets of multiple singles in one box.
While the unsigned artwork is very clearly that of Ron Volstad, the directions are oddly enough the =93stick here and paint like the box art=94 variety.
Overall this is a great set for modelers like Steve Zaloga who like to place a single figure on a base with the model to give a sense of scale to the finished work, but it is not a set.
Thanks to Freddie Leung for the review sample.