ARM: DML 1/35 Scale German Figure Sets - Premium Editions

Kit Review: Dragon Models Limited 1/35 Scale '39-'45 Series Premium
Edition Figure Sets:
Kit No. 6304; Panzergrenadier Division "Grossdeutschland" Karachev
1943 - Premium Edition; 299 parts (247 parts in grey styrene, 48 parts
in etched brass, 4 heads in "DS" plastic); estimated retail price
US $11.95
Kit No. 6305; German Panzergrenadiers Kharkov 1943 - Premium Edition;
311 parts (259 parts in grey styrene, 48 parts in etched brass, 4 heads
in "DS" plastic); estimated retail price US $11.95
Advantages: takes an older figure set and brings it up to date; many
spare and replacement parts
Disadvantages: positions somewhat static compared to recent releases;
only a set of extra heads provided, not arms or hands
Rating: Highly Recommended
Recommendation: for all German and Diorama Fans
DML is now re-releasing some of their earlier figure sets as
"Premium Editions" which add a good deal of new kit, produced with
their "slide molding" technique, and a selection of DML's new
"standard"sprues. They also provide four new heads per kit.
The kits each consist of their original kit main sprue with four
figures on it as well as their basic kit: canteens, bread bags, gas
masks, bayonets, and helmets. But now each kit also includes the
"standard" GA and GB sprues. GA provides mess kits, canteens,
entrenching tools and bayonets that are far more detailed (i.e. helmets
with interiors, the canteen cup is separate, the gas mask canisters
have three pieces, etc.) and contemporary. The GB sprue provides all
sorts of magazine pouches, bread bags, and holsters, both open and
closed.
The new GC sprue which appears in kit #6304 in full and partially in
#6305 consists of three sub-sprues with pistols, magazines, grenades,
and entrenching tools to include one out of its holder. The pistols
provided are two flare pistols (one closed, one broken open for
loading), a Psc pistol, a P.38, and a P.08 Luger. Grenades include
eight "potato mashers" and six "egg" type.
The weapons sprues are also standardized. WA provides two Kar 98
rifles with six clips and a choice of open or closed bolt. WB comes
with two MP-40s, one MP-44 and one Gewehr 41 self-loading rifle. WC is
the standard machine gun sprue, and in the case of kit #6305 comes with
one MG-42.
The heads in both kits are different, with the ones from Kharkov
having one with a wrapped scarf covering a soft cap, one bare headed,
and two that need headgear. The ones in the Karachev kit are two bare
heads and two for helmets. Sculpting is much better than the early
faces, and the use of "DS" plastic means they can be cemented to
the bodies with little difficulty and have much better overall detail.
The "standard" German etched brass fret is included, which
provides weapons slings, belt buckles, epaulettes, combat badges, and
medals as well as helmet straps.
Only the original kit arms and legs are included, so the one thing the
modeler does not have an option on is changing poses or weapons
selection for the figures.
Nice new color painting sheets, based on the Ron Volstad artwork, are
included for each kit.
Overall these are nice kits, upgrading older DML kits to modern
standards, and keeping prices relatively low.
Thanks to Freddie Leung for the review samples.
Cookie Sewell
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