ARM: Review - DML 1/35 scale Gebirgspioniere 1941

Kit Review: Dragon Models Limited 1/35 scale =9139-=9145 Series Kit No.
6538; Gebirgspioniere Metaxas Line 1941 - Gen2 Gear; 121 parts in grey
styrene; estimated cost US$14.99
Advantages: four related figures in combat poses; come with items
associated with combat engineers
Disadvantages: =93Gen1" weapons
Rating: Highly Recommended
Recommendation: for all German dioramists and engineer fans
The European armies have always used the term =93pioneers=94 not as
trailblazer or settlers as we in the US think of the term, but as a
synonym for =93Combat Engineers=94. These troops have never been well
served in 1/35 scale figures, so this is a set of interest for any
fans of the =93picks and shovels=94.
While this set is for =93mountain=94 troops (Gebirgsjaeger) the only real
difference between them and regular combat engineers are the mountain
boots with leg wraps. The set provides a team of engineers planting
the German equivalent of a Bangalore torpedo under a =93tanglefoot=94
barbed wire arrangement while using pistol fire and grenades to keep
the defenders=92 heads down. One man emplaces the explosive charge while
a second one cuts the top wire strands with cutters.
The figures are typical DML =93Gen1" types consisting of six parts each
(head, torso, legs and arms) with both generic =93Gen2" accessories and
specific items on the main parts tree. These include two bags of
=93potato masher=94 grenades, two separate grenades, a hand for the
thrower with another grenade in place, wire cutters with the long arms
in the figure=92s hands and the head as a separate part (this could be
difficult to align properly) and a separate hand and Luger for the NCO
firing on the enemy.
The box art is unsigned but not bad, and the kit uses the =93stick
here=94 and =93follow the box art=94 form of directions.
Overall this is a nice set and at least something different for a
Thanks to Freddie Leung for the review sample.
Cookie Sewell
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