16 years ago
No. 6281; Germania Regiment France 1940; 335 parts (287 in grey
styrene, 48 in etched brass); price estimated at US $12
Advantages: Early figures will compliment early model tank kits from
Disadvantages: figures will take far more time to carefully assemble as
well as to determine poses and features
Rating: Highly Recommended
Recommendation: For all German fans
The "Germania" regiment was one of the first three units formed
which would eventually become the Waffen-SS, and as such had a bit
different career than other units. Mostly associated with the 2nd SS
Panzer Division ("Das Reich") the regiment did change hands a few
times over the course of its career.
DML's new figure set represents the unit as it was in France during
the 1940 campaign, and as such is interesting as it shows the first
uniforms used by Waffen-SS soldiers. As such the figures are shown
without collar tabs; not being a rabid historian on the actions of the
SS, I am not sure if this is correct or a bow to many European
governments who, while accepting the display of historically important
models and uniforms, do not tolerate any display of SS or Nazi
memorabilia and thus DML had Ron Volstad "pre-censor" the artwork.
Nevertheless, the box contains four of the new "Gen 2" figures with
amazing amounts of detail and choices of options for the modeler. Each
figure now consists of 16 basic parts: legs, arms, torso halves, head
halves, hands, boots and four-part jacket skirt. The "kit" supplied
is also as detailed, with separate cup/cover for the canteen,
three-part gas mask canister, optional bayonet and entrenching tool
types and positions, and various bags and pouches.
The new design common weapons sprues are also provided. Sprue WA
provides two Kar 98K rifles with a choice of open or closed bolts and
six 5-round "stripper" clips for each one. Sprue WB provides common
parts for standard MG 34 and MG 42 machine guns, such as drums and
boxes, all with separate carrying handles. Sprue WC (the machine gun)
is not provided with this set, but Sprue WD provides a Czech Zb.26
light machine gun (which Enfield modified to become the British Bren
gun) and an MP 18 submachine gun. Both come with extra magazines, and
the MP 18 has a choice of closed or open bolt.
The set also includes the previously released set of
etched metal badges and awards -- 48 in all -- but no SS collar tabs or
runes are provided; as I mentioned, however, I am not sure if they were
used at this time or not.
One of the nice additions in this kit - sure to be popular with many
modelers - is a set of French road signs of the period, with two 4 x
4 type poles and a total of 15 sign boards. Legend is provided via a
sheet of special decals for the signs.
Overall this is the second new Gen 2 set to be released, and it shows
that DML is still leading the pack. Now to hope that they "Gen 2" US
and Commonwealth figures!
Thanks to Freddie Leung for the review sample.