by: Jim Starkweather [ ]
The latest figure release for DML is a set of four soldiers in the SS Verfügungstruppe (V-Division or Reich) are depicted in relaxed poses after the invasion of France (1940). This set was just announced at the Shizuoka Hobby Show in Japan and we are happy to be able to preview them for you here on Armorama.
The kit is a regular release for Dragon, not a Premium or Gen 2 release. The kit contains over 50 parts and is recommended for modelers over the age of 14. There are no decals or photo-etch included with this kit (nor would one expect them to be in this release). DML has done it's usual best with sculpting and mold quality while packing in enough detail on this kit to make a Gen2 kit jealous. I think their experiences with Gen2 have helped them gain some real perspective on how far you can go with figures, just as they have done for AFVs in general.
The kit includes an excellent array of weapons and gear including two Granatbûche 39 anti-tank rifles, and what looks like a Bergmann MP28 II. Six helmets are included also.
Of course that is not to say the kit is perfect by any means, but for the low cost involved, a little sanding of seam lines here and there and some very minuscule flash and you will be all set. The realism of the sculpting is apparent in the photos here.
So if you are looking for a new and different figure set for a post-battle early war scene, this is the set for you. Pose them next to a Hotchkiss (as seen on the boxcover), or you can place them next to a Panzer I-II as well of course.