Kit Review: Dragon Models Limited 1/35 Scale '39-'45 Series Kit No.6308; Panzergrenadiers Arnhem 1944 - Premium Edition; 244 parts (236 in grey styrene, 8 etched brass); price about US $13.98
Advantages: upgrades earlier set with useful "Gen2" details
Disadvantages: higher price
Rating: Highly Recommended
Recommendation: for German armor fans and dioramists
DML has gone back to another of their popular figure sets, the one from Operation Market Garden ("A Bridge Too Far") in 1944 and provides the set of four SS panzergrenadiers with new kit. The original kit dates from 2002 so is no slouch, but this addition does improve on the original.
This one has the four original figures, each composed of the six standard parts used for original DML figures, with the "Gen2" sprues to upgrade their accouterments and weapons. They now come with the GC hand grenade sprue (six "egg" grenades and eight "potato masher" types), WA with two Kar 98k rifles with optional bolts and six clips each, the WB sprue with two MP-40s and optional parts, an MP44 and a Gewehr 43 self-loading rifle, and the WE with two Panzerfaust 60 launchers and shipping box. They are also given etched brass slings for the rifles and safety pins for the Panzerfaust.
Painting direction and box art are both by Ron Volstad.
Overall, this is a useful upgrade for anyone who missed or used the original kit and needs a good set of panzergrenadiers in action.
Thanks to Freddie Leung for the review sample.