ARM: DML 1/35 scale German Waffen Grenadiers 1944-1945

Kit Review: Dragon Models Limited 1/35 scale =9139-=9145 Series Kit No.
6704; German Waffen Grenadiers 1944-1945 - Gen2 Gear; 139 parts in
grey styrene; pre-order price US$11.95 via Dragon USA Online
Advantages: four more single standing figures in late war uniforms
Disadvantages: again, not a true =93set=94 for use in a diorama
Rating: Highly Recommended
Recommendation: for all German late war modelers
Late war German uniforms are somewhat dicey as in many cases what the
troops were SUPPOSED to have and what the troops ACTUALLY had were
usually quite different. The exception, as always, was the SS which
usually had what was promised and wore it.
This set provides four different SS troops in the late war uniforms:
one with camouflaged trousers, one in an overall =93autumn=94 pattern cold
weather suit, one in a =93summer=94 parka and one in an =93autumn=94 parka.
Each is wearing different headgear: one soft cap, one steel helmet,
one helmet with camouflaged cover, and one with the parka hood up.
Each figure is in the usual DML =93Gen1" mold of six parts (head,
torso, arms and legs) with the three parka-wearing figures having a
separate neckpiece.
I dislike the =93stick here=94 photo directions as quite often they are
not any help. It appears that the latter has a steel helmet underneath
the two-part parka hood, but the directions do not mention it; since
all four heads are the familiar =93flattop=94 for taking headgear this
seems to be the case. Also, on the cold weather suited soldier part B8
is shown as a grenade; it=92s not, it is the belt bulge around the
grenade which is the part on the sprue.
Generic weapons are plentiful but the best part are the Panzerfaust
30 and 60 weapons in the box. There are two of each, and they come
with separate cocking lever/trigger assemblies; two in carry mode and
two ready for firing. But the box shows they have a decal sheet which
this sample did not contain; hopefully it was just overlooked.
As noted they are four individual figures which even with the adviso
that anything is possible in the 1945 German forces it is not likely
they would be together. They are useful for one-offs next to a vehicle
like the ones used by Steve Zaloga for scaling.
Overall it is a typically well-done set from DML, but I am surprised
they have not saturated the market with more German figures than are
really necessary.
Thanks to Freddie Leung for the review sample.
Cookie Sewell
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