ARM: Review - DML 1/35 scale German Warriors 1940-41 figure set

Kit Review: Dragon Models Limited 1/35 scale =9139-=9145 Series Kit No.
6574; German Warriors 1940-41; 115 parts in grey styrene; retail price
Advantages: five disparate figures in one box provide five figures for
vehicle display bases; nicely done =93Gen 1 =BD=94 style
Disadvantages: Same as =93Advantages=94 (see text)
Rating: Highly Recommended
Recommendation: for all German armored vehicle modelers needing =93a
Sometimes figure sets do not seem to gel; the figures are in odd
poses, do not fit together in time or locale, or just look, well,
goofy. This set is seemingly one of those at first glance, but with a
bit of further examination should be quite popular with modelers.
Many modelers now like the style of master modelers like Steve
Zaloga, who prefer to add a figure to a model on a scenic base to show
a sense of scale or proportion to the finished work. This often
necessitates buying a set of four figures to use one, or even just
parts of one, and the rest wind up either in the parts box or the
This new set from DML consists of five standing figures, but not what
one could consider a thematic grouping. There is one SS infantryman
with an MP40 (tastefully missing the SS runes, of course!), an armored
vehicle crewman buckling his belt, an SS armored vehicle crewman
fastening his helmet chin strap, a soldier putting on his overblouse
and kit, and another infantryman holding his kit. It seems unlikely
that these five figures would be grouped together early in the war,
and thus the disfunctional group.
However, if you like to model early war German vehicles and want a
scaling figure for each one, this is a really good idea. Each figure
is in a casual standing pose and could be used to neatly set off a
vehicle. The SS men actually do have their SS runes and rank molded
onto their collars (surprise, CE!) but can easily be painted up as
Wehrmacht after a couple of scraping passes with a hobby knife.
All five figures were painted individually for the box art by Zgonnik
(rather than as a group, which deepens my suspicion they may have been
for 1/6 scale figures and not 1/35 scale ones). Painting directions
are of the =93stick here=94 and =93paint like the box front=94 type, which =
not my favorite choice.
Overall this looks made to order for the modeler who only wants to
use one figure at a time =96 now we need sets of US, Russian and
Commonwealth ones like this!
Thanks to Freddie Leung for the review sample.
Cookie Sewell
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