ARM: Review - DML 1/35 scale "March to the West" Western Front 1940

Kit Review: Dragon Models Limited 1/35 scale =9139-=9145 Series Kit No.
6703; =93March to the West=94, Western Front 1940; 155 parts in grey
styrene; pre-order price US$10.95 via Dragon Online USA
Advantages: four more single figures for model display; different
weapons selection
Disadvantages: again, four single figures which do not =93work=94 with
each other
Rating: Highly Recommended
Recommendation: for all German fans
DML has released another set of what amounts to four single figures
in one box. This set of four, pegged at the spring and summer of 1940,
provides the following: one infantryman in soft cap with his rifle at
the ready; a Feldjaeger motorcycle rider in =93wet suit=94 with a traffic
control wand and an MP18 submachine gun; an engineer in Panzertruppen
uniform with an explosive charge and part of a =93Bangalore torpedo=94
charge; and a machine gunner in camouflage smock with a Czech Zb.26
light machine gun.
All figures are to the now normal DML =93Gen1" configuration of six
basic parts (head, torso, arms and legs) with special kit parts
provided on the main sprue and common detail parts on supplemental
generic sprues. The special weapons (MP18 and Zb.26) and the two MG
weapons are =93Gen2" with open bores and optional parts such as bolts
and ammo clips and drums. The common parts are also the more detailed
=93Gen2" types now common to most DML German figure sets.
Poses are somewhat static - only the Feldjaeger is shown moving and
giving directions, whereas the other three are standing. Detail as
always is excellent with the collar tabs and chest plate nicely done.
Assembly directions are of the =93stick here=94 black and white photo
variety, and the painting directions are only a copy of the box art.
That, by the way, is by an artist named =93Andrew=94 which is a new one to
me; he seems to be similar in style to the legendary Ron Volstad.
Overall this is a nice set - but again one that is very difficult to
use together.
Thanks to Freddie Leung for the review sample.
Cookie Sewell
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