The kit comes in the usual open end box with instructions on the back and a paint guide. A full color illustration of the two figures on the front gives you a good indication of what you get within. You get one sprue, (or a half depending on how you look at it.) It is a light gray styrene plastic and easy to work with. Both figures and equipment are included there. The buck skin clothing with fringe places these Indians on the central western plains in the U.S. and referred to as the plains Indians. The territory existed from the Canadian plains all the way down to the Texas plains, and from the Rockies to the Mississippi river.
A quick inspection shows the usual very thin mold lines that scrap away very easy. A new #11 blade and you are good to go. I did notice that the tomahawk needs a little work. The handle is placed too close to the back edge of the blade and should be moved a bit forward. In the box art it seems to be made of stone but it is metal.
The figure with the tomahawk had a shorter hair braid (left side) which you can add or trim down the other. It may have been a short shot on my example and you might not have this slight problem. The sheath for the knife has no handle showing and no bulge in the sheath either which makes it look empty. A thin styrene piece will add to the look if you glue it to the front and shape it to the sheath and just a little bit of the handle should show. A pain in the butt, but it can be brought to shape. The clothing is well represented with the buck skin leggings with fringe. A nice dry brushing will make them pop out real nice.
The figure holding the bow has his right hand fingers splayed out and no trimming is needed to make them look better. They look very good as is. The muscle tone on both figures is very good. Creases on the clothing are good and no undercutting is needed to bring out the detail. Both faces have the look of Native Americans according to the reference books with actual photos that I have. The hair braids are fantastic and with some careful painting will show up real nice. The shields are a piece of art work themselves. The outside leather wrap has stitching and the indents associated with old style leather bound clothing.
The figure holding the tomahawk has a leather strap on the hand but a small strip should be added to the hand over and into the hand to look right. The fore arm leather strap is molded on. The one part of this kit that needs some work will be the fletching on the arrows. They look like rectangular pieces. Maybe some scribing at a backward facing angle will fix that. I have yet to assemble these figures yet to know whether that will work or not. I don't think it will be too much of a problem. The arrow quivers are placed wrong way on the directions and should face top to the upper right and the lower towards the left hip. The quiver straps are molded on the figures but on one figure the shield is mounted on his back and the strap won't show. The figure with the tomahawk needs to remove the shield strap and add a new one or, mount it on his back too. His knife sheath is empty also and can be countered by adding a knife to his left hand or redoing the sheath.
All in all, I really like this kit. I have sub assembled the bottom legs and the fit was good, no filling needed. The parts are crisp and clean up is no problem. These are unique figures covering the Indian wars in the U.S. and are fine additions to the series. Anyone interested in this time era of history, I would recommend this kit with confidence.
Bob Davis takes a look at the Raid figures which are part of the Indian Wars series from Master Box in 1/35th scale.
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