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US Soldiers at Rest
US Soldiers at Rest
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by: Andras [ SPONGYA ]


MiniArt has been issuing some really interesting figure sets lately; showing figures in a different context to the usual “soldier pointing gun”, “soldier shouting and charging”, and “soldier pointing finger” (that last one might be the green army men I’m thinking about). In this set we receive a couple of US Army infantry at rest: playing cards, reading a newspaper while sitting on his helmet (although at first I thought he was sitting in a different context), or just laying back and enjoying the sun (and a cigarette in one case).


The plastic is nice to the touch, and the newspapers, magazines and cards are printed very well. (I took a couple of close-up photos: the individual playing cards can actually be identified, and the photos in the magazines are pretty good; the text, however, is not legible.)

The figures are placed onto their own sprues, so it’s easy to know what part belongs to whom; the equipment comes in five separate identical sprues. For firearms we get M1 Garand rifles and M1 carbines, we get some trench digging tools, bayonets, etc. Unfortunately we don’t get any straps for the rifles.

The layout is quite usual, actually; it looks like most any other figure set on the market: arms, torsos, legs, etc. are fairly conventionally set up on the sprue. There are, obviously, seam lines on the parts, which is unavoidable in injection moulding. These lines seem to be placed in areas where they are easy to remove without damaging the details. As you can see from the photos the detail is pretty good; especially on the faces. (Plastic kits for some reason usually have less defined facial features than the aftermarket resin ones. Even a lot of resin faces are quite out-of-proportion.)

The poses look natural, and convey the feeling of enjoying a brief break in combat (all their weapons and kit is close to the soldiers suggesting they only got a short respite before having to get up to move again). The figures are wearing M1943 uniforms.

The sitting figure uses his helmet to sit on. I did make a joke about it in the introduction, but going home this week I’ve seen a worker in the exact same position at Tottenham Court Road, so I have to admit the pose is entirely realistic. (I did not feel appropriate to take a photo of the gentleman.) There is one issue which is prominent: there is flash around the plastic.

Highs: Great poses, good detail; playing cards and newspapers provided as paper.
Lows: Some flash around the parts, no PE straps for rifles.
Verdict: All in all, these five figures go well in any (Western/Southern) European front settings.
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  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: 35200
  PUBLISHED: Nov 14, 2016
  NATIONALITY: United States

About Andras (spongya)

I am a biologist by trade, and as a hobby I've been building scale models for the last twenty years. Recently I started to write reviews of the models I bought. These reviews are written from the point of view of an average model builder; hence the focus is on quality of the model, how easy it is to...

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You mean an actual realistic portrayal of the variety in human proportions? Perish the thought. Everyone knows that every soldier in the US Army in World War II was 5 foot 9 to 5 foot 11. Noone was shorter or skinnier except Audie Murphy. Dragon figures run tall and husky so they are hardly average.
NOV 14, 2016 - 06:03 AM
There doesn't seem to be such a difference between the Dragon/Masterbox and MiniArt German figures, and British figures - but these guys are very petite
NOV 14, 2016 - 06:11 AM
I really like these as they are great natural poses! Hope that the flash issues are early quirks as cleaning them from soft styrene is an invitation to losing that incredible detail.
NOV 14, 2016 - 06:45 AM
You mean an actual realistic portrayal of the variety in human proportions? Perish the thought. Everyone knows that every soldier in the US Army in World War II was 5 foot 9 to 5 foot 11. Noone was shorter or skinnier except Audie Murphy. Dragon figures run tall and husky so they are hardly average. [/quote] Interesting... My Dad served in the Polish Cavalry, and later in the Horse Artillery during WWII. He was 5 feet, six inches tall, which was about average height in the WWII Polish Army. He was built like Charles Atlas, though... I know, now I'm dating myself...
NOV 14, 2016 - 07:00 AM
I am well aware we are all different sizes - but when you mix them up with some of the Dragon figures they just don't look right - they look like 12 year olds - don't get me wrong - they are a fantastic set of figures, you just have to be careful if you want to mix them up with other manufacturers figures, just something to be aware of!
NOV 14, 2016 - 06:17 PM
These look to be really nice figures but now size has been mentioned I'm thinking twice about getting some. I was going through my figure graveyard a couple of days ago looking for some particular figures to paintstrip and found some early DML SS ones. They must average out at about 6 foot 5+ and are built like body builders. I couldn't use those now for anything as the sizes are ridiculous. While there is a difference in height/build between people one of the main problems I find with figures is that sometimes manufacturers scale down things like ammo pouches etc so that they look right on the figure. This in turn throws out the possibility of using them with other figures unless you change all the pouches. I'm using the Tamiya marching MG team for a column of infantry. I've had to decapitate all of them as their heads were tiny and also their rifle pouches are tiny so they'll have to be replaced with DML ones. Once I stick Hornet heads on them they are visually the right size. It would just be nice if all manufacturers could produce figures in line with a standard size and equipment size. Don't get me started on stick grenades....
NOV 16, 2016 - 05:00 PM
Just throw the odd tallish and smallish figures into your mix, but keep all their equipment standardized, ie; use all Dragon weapons and equipment.
NOV 16, 2016 - 08:41 PM
Biggles, even DML are buggars for changing kit sizes. I've noticed that their Gen 2 G43 pouches are really small compared to the old ones they used to put in sets and lack the same detail. Bizarrely they put some spare mags in with the weapons and there's no way you could fit them in the pouches! Stick grenades have changed size as well as they've got smaller and thinner. You'd think that a manufacturer would have consistency with their own figures. A nice solution would be if they did sets of ammo pouches akin to their Quartermaster set years ago with medic packs, torches etc. I think they still do one for the 120mm figures.Shame they stopped doing them as I only bought one at the time as I only dabbled in modelling then. If they did ammo pouch sets you could have matching kit for dozens of figures. Pie in the sky though.
NOV 16, 2016 - 10:39 PM
The detail on the rifles are almost non-existent.
NOV 17, 2016 - 09:26 PM
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