by: Karel K. [ ]
introductionThis little figure set from Dragon Models Ltd. contains 41 parts to build up four figures for your halftrack. The box art, by Ronald Volstad, depicts the driver, radioman, machine gunner and the commander, who is holding a pair of binoculars. The crewmen are all wearing typical Wehrmacht field blouses.
contentsThe box contains one sprue of parts moulded in light grey plastic along with one small fret of PE. The plastic parts are cleanly molded with a slight amount of flash and with some mould-lines along the sides. All the parts are numbered for easier assembly. Each figure consists of seven parts, with separate arms, legs, torso, head and headgear. The small PE fret includes parts for the headset.
No separate instructions are provided. On the back side of the box, there are coloured pictures of each figure. Each figure in the picture is numbered, so it would be easier to assemble them. Also, colour codes for Model Master, GSI Creos Corp. Aqueous Hobby Colour and GSI Creos Corp. Mr. Hobby paints are included in the pictures.
The faces don't have any significant facial expressions. One of the faces has an opened mouth, which appears a bit awkward. Other than that, the details on the faces are nice, although a bit soft. One of the downsides with the heads is that they have a very prominent mould-line running along the sides of them.
The hands will need some careful cleanup to get rid of the flash and seam lines. Also, the outlining of the fingers could be sharper and better defined.
The legs are moulded in two halves with nice details which will require some careful work to eliminate the seam lines. The driver and radioman are posed in a seated position, while the machine gunner and commander are both standing.
The torsos look fairly good, although like the other parts of the figures, they will also require some cleanup to get rid of the mould-lines and flash. The details such as the pockets, belt buckles and buttons, tend to be a bit too soft around the edges.
The only parts of equipment that are included in this set are a pair of binoculars, an MG34 and a pair of headsets. The binoculars are moulded nicely and should look the part when finished. The MG34 has some mould-lines that should be easy to scrape off with a hobby knife. It doesn't have grips on the handle and the details on it are a bit soft. Other than that, the MG is still fairly well done and usable. The headset is assembled with both styrene and PE parts, which you will need to add your own wiring if so desired.
Three field caps and one overseas cap are included in this kit. The caps are nicely moulded with good details on them.
conclusionThis figure set from Dragon is nicely done and the figures are well suited for your Sd.Kfz. 251/250/253. They can also be used, not just in halftracks, but in other vehicles, for example the driver could be used in an Opel Blitz, or the machine gunner in a diorama shooting from a pillbox. The figures are not the greatest, but they are still usable and they are inexpensive. Recommended.