ARM: Review - DML 1/35 scale Gebirgspioniere 1941

Kit Review: Dragon Models Limited 1/35 scale ‘39-‘45 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: “Gen1" weapons
Rating: Highly Recommended
Recommendation: for all German dioramists and engineer fans
    The European armies have always used the term “pioneers” not as trailblazer or settlers as we in the US think of the term, but as a synonym for “Combat Engineers”. These troops have never been well served in 1/35 scale figures, so this is a set of interest for any fans of the “picks and shovels”.
    While this set is for “mountain” 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 “tanglefoot” barbed wire arrangement while using pistol fire and grenades to keep the defenders’ heads down. One man emplaces the explosive charge while a second one cuts the top wire strands with cutters.
    The figures are typical DML “Gen1" types consisting of six parts each (head, torso, legs and arms) with both generic “Gen2" accessories and specific items on the main parts tree. These include two bags of “potato masher” grenades, two separate grenades, a hand for the thrower with another grenade in place, wire cutters with the long arms in the figure’s 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 “stick here” and “follow the box art” form of directions.
    Overall this is a nice set and at least something different for a change.
    Thanks to Freddie Leung for the review sample.
Cookie Sewell
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