ARM: Review - DML 1/35 Scale 1st Luftwaffe Division - Novgorod 1944 (Gen2)

Kit Review: Dragon Models Limited 1/35 Scale '39-'45 Series Kit No.
6274; 1st Luftwaffe Field Division, Novgorod 1944 - Gen2; 280 parts
(260 in grey styrene, 20 etched brass); price estimated as US $14.98
Advantages: another different type of German uniform modeled, good
poses and nicely done definition
Disadvantages: uniforms and poses may not appeal to many German
modeling fans
Rating: Highly Recommended
Recommendation: for all German modelers and dioramists, as well as
Soviet diorama fans
One wag once said that German figures sell so well that eventually
somebody could put out a model of Michael Wittmann's baby buggy (pram
to non-Americans) and if it had a "splinter' pattern blanket it
would be a best seller. While that is somewhat over the top, it is a
concession to interests that German figures do sell, and sell well.
This latest set from DML is a bit more obscure than most, as it points
out the fact that by 1944 things were not going well for the Germans on
the Eastern Front, and as units were destroyed or lost their equipment,
they were reorganized. This unit, a relatively inpromptu one, came
about from what references I have due to a shortage of both aircraft
and infantry yielding excess German Luftwaffe personnel that were
converted into infantry. This is not to be confused with the elite
"Hermann Goering" division.
The four figures in this set are wearing a winter "quilted"
uniform set that appears to have been copied from Soviet ones. I have
no information on it, but based on the fact that the Germans slowly
realized the Soviets had been active in Siberia and the
"Transpolar" areas they seemed to know how to keep their troops
warm, and it appears to be a better piece of reverse engineering than
some other efforts. Two styles are shown, one a diamond pattern on two
figures and the other a rectangular one on the other pair. All of the
figures appear dispirited and one is shown either injured or wounded,
with a large tear in his trouser's lower left leg. DML has done a
reasonably good attempt to replicate this, and the torn part is thin
enough to be realistic.
As with almost all of the "Gen2" figures, each one consists of a
total of 18 parts - torso (2), legs (2), arms (2), hands (2), boots
(2), head (2), collar, hood and jacket skirt (4). The parts are split
in such a way as to provide the highest degree of definition and scale
thickness possible.
Each figure may be used with either the Model 1943 "Soft Cap" or a
steel helmet. The now "boilerplate" "Gen2" spues GA and GB are
included, which provide the standard German field kit of canteen and
cup, mess kit, bread bag, ammo pouches, gas mask canister, bayonets,
pistol holsters, and ponchos.
Weapons sprues include two WA ones (each with two "Gen2" Kar. 98K
rifles with separate open or closed bolts, hollow-molded bores, and
ammo clips) and one WB one (two MP40 submachine guns, a Gewehr 43
autoloading rifle and an MP44 assault rifle plus accessories.) But due
to the rather drab uniforms and dispirited positions of the figures,
they may do better as Soviet POWs than combat troops, so weapons may
not be needed in that case.
A small fret of etched brass is included, covering breast eagles, belt
buckle plates, and rifle slings.
Painting directions and another great boxtop painting by Ron Volstead
are included.
Overall, this is a nicely done set, but it does not seem to appeal to
many German modelers or diorama builders who tend to desire flashier
uniforms or combat attack poses over the more realistic look of fatigue
and what John Keegan calls "The Face of Battle."
Thanks to Freddie Leung for the review sample.
Cookie Sewell
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