by: Jim Starkweather [ ]
There was a bit of a stir when this kit was released as to whether some of the images were of the production kit or not. After examining the kit itself it's safe to say we were looking at CAD renderings of the figures and weapons and not real images. That said this kit still comes very close to replicating almost all the details shown in those photos. Everything within reason for this scale anyways.
Being that this is not a Generation 2 type kit for Dragon, this Africa Corps 1/35 scale 4-figure set seems to be setting new ground for Dragon figure releases. With subtle but carefully created details like the hand grenade tucked in the standing and kneeling figures waists, the luger pistol in hand, and the camo ruffles on two of the helmets, this set definitely delivers on detail.
The set it comprised of three (3) sprues. Two of which are weapons only and include an MG34, MG42, (2) Panzerfausts, (2) rifles, an MP43, and a MP40. The set is listed as "El Alamein 1942" so of course be wary not to use the MP43 as it was not yet in production.
I will let the photo speak for themselves. This set is an obvious plus for someone doing an African campaign diorama or vignette. As shown on the box art this set would compliment a half-track or other vehicle very well indeed. For the money you can't beat this set either.