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Erwin Rommel - Verlinden Bust
Erwin Rommel - The Desert Fox - Bust
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by: George Redell [ GEORGE4 ]

Introduction

Verlinden Productions is known for its great resin figures and aftermarket kits. It was a sad day when Verlinden announced that it was closing its door. Fortunately for us, Verlinden produced a lot of resin kits. You can still find a lot the figures and bust still available on eBay and some hobby stores. The unfortunate thing is once they are gone they will no longer be available. This was one of the last samples sent to Kitmakers.net from Verlinden.

Review

The kit was packaged in a white box with a picture of the finished bust. The box contained a bag with 4 resin parts. A base pedestal, body, head, and hat. No instructions were included (not that it was hard to figure out what went where). Only the hat contained a casting block. The parts were beautifully cast with a lot of detail. The facial detail is amazing. There was some flashing at the base of the head, body, and pedestal. This was easily sanded off, but I did need to be very careful when removing the casting block from the hat. The hat was the most difficult part. I needed to sand the inside edge so the head would set correctly. All of the other parts fit great with little sanding. There were 2 areas that I found a small bubble in the casting, this was easily filled. The size of the bust is 5 inches high and 3 inches wide. It took me about an hour to build this kit. I am looking forward to painting it.

Conclusion

This was a really easy, detailed bust to complete. The detail was nice and very little clean-up. The size of the bust was just big enough to make the detail stand out. I would have liked to see a painting guide included with the bust, but Verlinden Productions does not do that with any of their kits.

SUMMARY
Highs: Great crisp detail. Quick and easy build.
Lows: None
Verdict: A very nice bust with great detail.
Percentage Rating
93%
  Scale: 1:6
  Mfg. ID: 2798
  Suggested Retail: 40.00
  PUBLISHED: Aug 22, 2017
  NATIONALITY: Germany
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 93.50%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 76.32%

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About George Redell (George4)
FROM: ILLINOIS, UNITED STATES

I modeled a lot when I was young and have gotten back into the hobby about 5 years ago. I like doing all types of kits, for me its about enjoying the subject. This is a great hobby please encourage our younger generation to get involved.

Copyright 2019 text by George Redell [ GEORGE4 ]. All rights reserved.



Comments

Just wondering, how can you have a bust of Rommel without the goggles on his cap?
AUG 22, 2017 - 03:15 AM
My thoughts as well, plus the way it was painted on the box art makes me less than impressed; meanwhile the unpainted kit looks great as it really captured the man. Too bad its no longer available. Hope someone else picks up the molds and reissues it!
AUG 22, 2017 - 06:23 AM
well, he had his days where he didn't even come close to his goggles... but I know what you mean.
AUG 22, 2017 - 06:00 PM
The molds were literally dumped in the trash bin, a blog was written about it on this site a while back, showing photos of the cargo container sized bins being hauled off by a truck. There were lots of comments, mostly negative, about the reasons he had for dumping them. Verlinden was a resin pioneer, but frankly, his products are a bit dated by today's standards. I've found a few of them to be innacurate in details, size and even in shape as well. I'm currently working on his 1/16 scale B-17 waist gunner, which really works out to be 1/15 scale, and many of the details are nice, but inaccurate, beginning with the B-17 fuselage piece. But as noted, some of his stuff is nice. VR, Russ
AUG 22, 2017 - 08:30 PM
To have thrown it all away, what a waste of resources! You'd think that if the was a problem that they could have been reworked. Discarding it was a poor choice.
AUG 23, 2017 - 12:23 AM
I believe The molds were binned in a case of angst-- because the owner didn't get the price he wanted and didn't want anyone else using the molds. VR, Russ
AUG 23, 2017 - 08:25 AM
If that's true it was pretty childish & selfish of the party involved. Must be a real run on them on eBay. Still a real shame.
AUG 23, 2017 - 08:50 AM
The story of destroying the molds is not true AFAIK. Seeing the dumpster and all the finished dioramas and casts in there probably spurred a lot of heat, but someone close to the company finally claimed those are not the original molds, which were safely stored. Mario
AUG 23, 2017 - 11:29 AM
Really? That's great news! But you said AFAIK-- can you be more specific? The photos sure looked real showing hundreds of molds dumped into the bin. Perhaps they were the mold boxes and the masters have been saved? Do you know the intent behind that? VR, Russ
AUG 23, 2017 - 08:05 PM
   

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