Kit Review: Dragon Models Limited 1/35 scale =9139-=9145 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 =93G=94 sprue of
generic kit for the figures, and also the =93W=94 weapons sprue. But
apparently the kit is supposed to have a supplemental =93WD=94 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=92s part.
The excellent box front artwork is by Ron Volstad, but the back is
the unfortunate =93stick here=94 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 =93Panzer =9146"
modelers. But as one wag noted it does seem to indicate that DML may
now stand for =93Deutsche Modell Ladung=94 or German Model Goods. I hope
they are going to make a more concentrated effort on other nations=92
armor and figures.
Thanks to Freddie Leung for the review sample.
10 years ago