ARM: Review - DML 1/35 Defense of the Reich (figure set)

Kit Review: Dragon Models Limited 1/35 scale ‘39-‘45 Series Kit No. 6694; Defense of the Reich - Gen2 Gear; 163 parts in grey styrene; pre-
order price US$14.95 via Dragon USA Online
Advantages: four very late war single figures to compliment vehicles
Disadvantages: paratrooper does not come with the illustrated FG42 weapon? (see text)
    DML has now released another set of four individual (e.g. non- interactive) figures in one box for very late war troops. These include an SS infantryman in smock with MP44; Volksturm fighter with rifle and Panzerfaust; Fallschirmhjaeger with smock and FG42 (illustrated); and a Wehrmacht sniper in smock and soft cap.
    All of the figures are basic DML fare of six parts (head, torso, legs and arms) with the paratrooper having a four piece skirt for his long smock. Molding of all of the figures is excellent but all are in very static positions (e.g. standing, relaxed).
    The main sprue provides some additional parts such as the sniper scope for a Kar 98k rifle and the separate cocked/carry trigger/handle assemblies for the Panzerfaust.
    The kit comes with the now nearly universal German “G” sprue of generic kit for the figures, and also the “W” weapons sprue. But apparently the kit is supposed to have a supplemental “WD” sprue with the FG42 for the Fallschirmjaeger on it and this example was missing the sprue. This may just be an oversight on the factory’s part.
    The excellent box front artwork is by Ron Volstad, but the back is the unfortunate “stick here” photo assembly type of directions with minimal additional information. A small sheet of Cartograf decals is provided for the Panzerfaust.
    Overall this is a nice set for either late war or “Panzer ‘46" modelers. But as one wag noted it does seem to indicate that DML may now stand for “Deutsche Modell Ladung” or German Model Goods. I hope they are going to make a more concentrated effort on other nations’ armor and figures.
Thanks to Freddie Leung for the review sample.
Cookie Sewell
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I think they are trying to do a figure of each individual soldat.
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