ARM: Review - DML 1/35 Scale German Mine Detectors

Kit Review: Dragon Models Limited 1/35 Scale '39-'45 Series Kit
Number 6280: German Mine Detectors - Gen2; 271 parts (254 in grey
styrene, 17 etched brass); price US$12.50
Advantages: finally the engineers get some respect; nicely done mine
detection kit
Disadvantages: none noted other than tiny parts
Rating: Highly Recommended
Recommendation: for all German and "picks and shovels" fans
There is one of the many corollaries to "Murphy's Law" that if
you are moving well cross country then you are probably in a mine
field. Mines are dangerous obstacles to both the attacker and defender,
and to this day cause many more casualties both during and after a war
than most people would think. To that end, all nations have
concentrated on mine clearing using the best technology that they can
The Germans were no different, and tales of the British and Soviets
being particularly generous and lethal with the use of mines are
common. As a result, the engineers (German Pioneren) had to clear
minefields to provide for free movement and access routes.
DML has now provided a kit of such personnel, with two mine detector
operators and two soldiers using more common if primitive means. Not
only does the kit come with the mine detection equipment, it also comes
with four different types of Soviet mines (TDM, T-IV, PZM and Model
1938) for them to have discovered the right way (not much sense of
making a kit if they found them the wrong way!)
I am no expert on German engineer equipment, but the systems provide
appear to be the Model 1939 Mine Detector Rod, an Aachen 40 Mine
Detecting Coil, the Wien (Vienna) Model 1941 Mine Detector, and the old
fashioned bayonet in the ground.
The Mine Detector Rod operator has the assembled rod with probe and is
operating in textbook fashion, sticking into the ground in front of
him. The system is supposed to let him know what he has struck by the
fact that it is an aluminum tube and the sound resonates. ]
The Aachen 40 is a coil on a long rod, familiar to most people who
have seen similar US ones in operation, with the operator using an
electronics backpack (receiver and batteries) and providing an aural
signal via headsets.
The Wien 41 is a detector shaped like a sausage on the end of a
sectional pole, with an electronics pack worn by the operator and
providing an audible signal via headsets.
All four figures come with the complete pantheon of DML's standard
kit for German figures - GA and GB accessory sprues, and one WA
weapons sprue with two Kar 98K rifles and ammunition. The figures and
mine detection equipment come on two separate sprues. They also come
with a set of brass belt buckles, epaulets, and awards.
As is most common with DML figures, the box art is by Ron Volstad and
a great help to painting up the figures.
Overall this set will look great with the DML engineer halftrack
(number 6223) and compliment it greatly.
Thanks to Freddie Leung for the review sample.
Cookie Sewell
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