ARM: Review - DML 1/35 Scale Fallschirmjaeger Regt 3 - Sicily 1943

Kit Review: DML 1/35 Scale ?39-?45 Kit No. 6195; Fallschirmjaeger Regiment
3 (Sicily 1943); 90 parts in grey styrene; price $7-8
Advantages: first set of German paratroops in the lightweight tropical uniform
Disadvantages: not sure of any specific vehicles for these figures to
Rating: Highly Recommended
Recommendation: For all German and Italian Campaign fans
DML basically "owns" the styrene figure market for WWII figures, and the one
advantage that this gives them is the ability to branch out into more esoteric
and little-known campaigns of the war. As a result, they have been able to
provide a set of four or more figures for just about every theater that the
Germans fought in during the war.
This set comprises one of the elite units that fought against the joint
US/Commonwealth campaign to take Sicily in 1943. As such, unlike most German
paratroops that fought in smocks and with special weapons, this regiment was
given lightweight tropical tan uniforms and essentially fought as conventional
The four figures in the set have a nice combination of poses, and can be used
by themselves or with a vehicle or building to make a nice vignette. However,
right off the top of my head I cannot recall any specific vehicle kit from DML
which is marked for Sicily! (After-market sets and some research should solve
this problem.)
The figures provide one NCO and three privates with sleeves rolled up and the
cut-down jump helmets, four Kar 98K rifles and two MP40 submachine guns. The
figures are carrying extra ammo pouches and are pretty well kitted out for
Overall, it's nice to see something other than the usual run of SS troops with
late-war weapons and camouflage smocks, and this is a nice change of pace. (It
should also be easier to paint that the other figures, too.)
Thanks to Freddie Leung for the review sample.
Cookie Sewell
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