ARM: Review - DML 1/35 scale Battle of Kharkov 1943 figure set

Kit Review: Dragon Models Limited 1/35 scale ?39-?45 Series Kit No. 678 2; Battle of Kharkov 1943; 148 parts in grey styrene; pre-order price US$16
.95 via Dragon USA Online
Advantages: four single figures (actually two pairs) for use with dioramas or vehicles
Disadvantages: mediocre assembly and painting directions
Rating: Highly Recommended
Recommendation: for Eastern Front Fans
    DML continues releasing kits of a similar theme but with four single figur es for use separately in either dioramas or vehicle bases. This one provide s two German and two Soviet figures from the winter of 1943.
    One of the Germans is wearing the white side of the camouflage parka out a nd a white helmet cover and is kneeling while firing an MP40; the other Ger man is standing with the field grey side of the parka out and is carrying a German ration can, two loaves of bread and extra canteens. One Soviet sold ier is kneeling in a Soviet camouflage combination and is firing a PPSh sub machine gun; the other is standing with a Moisin rifle and overcoat smoking a cigarette. Both wear the simple Russian ?furashka? fur hat.
    Each figure consists of at least six parts (head, torso, legs and arms) wi th a separate skirt for the standing Soviet soldier and the German with the rations. Soviet weapons are found on the main kit sprue.          The kit includes the ?Gen 2" gear from DML for the Germans along with th e complete set of entrenching tools and a full weapons sprue.
    Cover painting is by Zgonnik and is much better than the psuedo-Photoshop covers used on some recent kits. But once again the directions are of the ?Stick this part here and paint like the box art? variety.
    Overall the figures are well done and used individually will compliment a vehicle or add to a diorama.
    Thanks to Freddie Leung for the review sample.
Cookie Sewell
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