ARM: Review - DML 1/35 Scale Flak Crew

Kit Review: Dragon Models Limited 1/35 Scale '39-'45 series Kit No.
6275; Flak Artillery Crew 1943-45; 99 parts (87 in grey styrene, 12
etched brass); price between US $8.95-10.95
Advantages: permits use with any other Flak gun or gun mount; extra
arms and heads give figures a "multipose" capability
Disadvantages: use of winter camouflage smocks and coveralls limits
usefulness of figures by season or location
Rating: Highly Recommended
Recommendation: for all German Flak artillery fans
DML has fulfilled my prediction that they would release the gun crew
from their new 88 kit separately, and here it is.
In order to make it a bit more useful, DML has included an extra
snippet of a sprue with seven extra arms, a pair of seated legs, and
two extra heads for modifying the kit's figures to different poses or
functions. The directions with artwork by Ron Volstad show how to use
them to make loaders, fuse setters, pointers, or other functions from
the figures in the set.
The set also includes the styrene ammunition sprues from the 88 kit
- four ammo carriers, six loaded and six expended rounds, and the
etched brass case base/rim sections with data scribed onto them.
The one drawback to the kit is that the figures are wearing the bulky
snow smocks and while the colors may be changed, they limit
applicability of the kit to winter months only. Hopefully DML will
release a companion summer or tropical set later on, but I suppose in
the interim one could use their "Leopold" gun crew to fill in.
Overall the figures are nice and look like, well, Germans. For anyone
having the old Tamiya kit this set will immediately give it a boost and
correct the one major problem it has had since it came out in 1973 -
dwarf-like figures.
Thanks to Freddie Leung for the review sample.
Cookie Sewell
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