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Panzergrenadier ‘Hitlerjugend’
Panzergrenadier ‘Hitlerjugend’ 1944
  • PT-030_11

by: Rudi Richardson [ TAROK ]


Originally published on:
Historicus Forma

Introduction

During 1943, a cadre from 1.SS-Panzergrenadier-Division Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler (LSSAH) provided the basis of 12.SS-Panzer-Division Hitlerjugend made up for the most part of 17 year old members of the Hitler Youth. Led by Eastern Front veterans from the 1.SS-Panzer-Division LSSAH, the HJ developed a fierce reputation during the battles in Normandy during 1944. After fighting their way out of the Falaise Pocket, they were refitted and took part in the Ardennes Offensive. Involved in heavy fighting around Budapest, they later marched west to surrender to US forces near Enns, Austria, in 1945.

PT-030 “Panzergrenadier ‘Hitlerjugend’ 1944” is a 1/35th scale resin figure sculpted by Tony Williams with box-art by Luca Cardoselli. The youth is portrayed walking carrying helmet in hand, with his Kar.98k carbine with attached Gewehrgranate Schiessbacher slung over his right shoulder.

The Figure

There is nothing specific that would identify the youth with a particular front within the HJ’s existence. That said, the young Panzergrenadier wears typical garb for a SS infantryman of the late war period: the combination of M1942 camouflage smock and M1944 trousers, and ankle boots with canvas garters. He carries his helmet in his left hand. The helmet cover now has foliage loops attached.

The standard equipment of an infantryman is worn with M1911 cartridge pouches worn on both hips. Also worn on his belt are his bread bag with field flask and drinking cup (Feldflasche 31 und Trinkbecker), kidney-shaped cross-section M1931 Cook pot (Kochgeschirr 31) and M1931 tent quarter (Zeltbahn 31) and folding spade (Klappspaten) in late war carrier with bayonet attached. Slung around his torso to his rear is his gas mask case. Tucked in his belt is a Stick Grenade (Stielhandgranaten).

His weapon, hanging by its strap over his right shoulder, is the standard Karabiner 98k carbine with attached rifle grenade. The standard rifle grenade launcher was a 3cm cup-type discharge launcher (Gewehrgranate Schiessbacher) intended for the Kar.98k carbine and comparable weaponry. Issued on the basis of one per squad in combat units, it and its accessories were carried in a rifle grenade pouch (Gewehrgranatetasche), which is worn slung around his torso.

The Kit

The set, moulded in Platoon’s traditional light grey coloured resin, comes in a kit form consisting of a total of seven (7) pieces. The kit is packaged in a small, soft cardboard box with the figure’s parts in a small zip-lock bag.

Figure PT-030 Panzergrenadier ‘Hitlerjugend’ 1944 consists of the following seven (7) parts:

  • Full figure, excluding head and arms;
  • Left arm extended holding helmet;
  • Right arm bent at elbow;
  • Bare head with period hairstyle;
  • Personal equipment pack consisting of bread bag, field flask, cook pot, tent quarter, and gas mask case;
  • Folding spade and bayonet; and
  • Kar.98k carbine with attached rifle grenade.

    Note: Disappointingly, but not all that uncommon, a rifle strap is not included in the kit, and the modeller is required to scratch build one should they wish to realistically represent the figure.

    The figure is well sculpted by Tony Williams, but unfortunately while the casting is crisp it is generally not a clean as we have come to expect not only from Pegaso, but from other contemporary offerings on the market.

    The head is nicely sculpted, and the face has quite a pleasant and well-defined expression. The slightly narrower face and school-boyish hairstyle give the figure a youthful look. The casting block is positioned underneath the neck and up the back of the neck until the base of the skull, so modellers should remove this carefully for fear of damaging any hair detail.

    The figure proper is well detailed. The figure has a slender build which, like the face, serves to create an impression of youth. One gets a very good idea of the fit of the smock and the manner in which it flares below the higher waist band further accentuates the youthful appearance. Folds gather realistically for the materials portrayed. All the finer details such as SS runes, ammunition pouches, stick grenade and the rifle grenade pouch are satisfactorily detailed for this scale.

    Recesses are provided for placement of the rifle and equipment. Casting is generally clean and crisp as one would expect. There is a light seam and a small amount of flash between the legs, seemingly a problem for most manufacturers, and a slight gouge in the inner left anklet. The more enterprising modeller may want to drill out the folds within the lower smock and thin the underside of the “hanging” straps for realism. The casting blocks are placed on the soles of the boots, and the hard resin should be cut away carefully so that the attached areas are not damaged.

    The arms, as with the rest of the figure, are nicely detailed and generally well cast, and once again the slender theme of the gangly youth is carried though to the arms – but the forearms in particular. The folds of the right smock sleeve, which has been pushed up above the elbow, bunch realistically between the shoulder and the elbow. The right hand features a small rectangular groove which will facilitate the placement of the rifle strap – unfortunately this is not carried through on the palm or lower hand. The placement of the casting block of the right arm is a bit unfortunate, as the block runs over the folds, and the modeller should be careful when cutting it away.

    Like its opposite number the left arm features the sleeve gathered above the elbow, which is represented very well. The helmet with helmet cover is well rendered, with plenty of detail to the helmet’s inner lining. The casting block is positioned above the helmet, but as there are no folds or detail in this area its placement is not an issue. There was a fairly large triangular piece of flash between the helmet and the elbow, and a fine seam runs along the rear of the arm.

    The personal equipment pack consisting of bread bag, field flask, cook pot, tent quarter, and gas mask case and the folding spade and bayonet are both satisfactorily detailed. While the equipment packs lacks any seams or casting blocks, the entrenching tool features its casting block on the side of the case and a thin film of flash along the flat top of the tool. This can easily be cut away, however caution should be practiced when severing the casting block.

    The detailed Kar.98k carbine with attached rifle grenade is attached to a lengthy casting block which although supports it and prevents it from being damaged prior to assembly should be cut away carefully. Once again the thin film appears between the part and the casting block.

    Conclusion

    WWII German SS infantry figures certainly are not a unique subject, but what sets this figure aside from the rest is the convincing portrayal of a gangly youth, and the inclusion of a unique piece of weaponry which seems to have been largely ignored by most model manufacturers: the rifle grenade. The figure is well sculpted, and despite a few small gripes the casting is still good. In addition to this, the figure’s pose makes it fairly versatile and can be placed in a number of scenarios.

    For the painter, as with most SS subjects, there are a number of interesting ways in which this figure can be presented from camouflage smock over field grey trousers to camouflage smock over a broad selection of camouflage pattern trousers.

    References

    The following references were used for this review:

  • “Waffenn-SS Soldier 1940-45”. Warrior 2. Bruce Quarrie. Illustrated by Jeffrey Burn. Osprey Publishing. 1993.
  • “Waffen-SS in Combat”. Robert Michulec. Colour Plates by Ronald Volstad. Concord Publishing.
  • “Waffen-SS (2) From Glory to Defeat 1943 – 1945”. Robert Michulec. Colour Plates by Ronald Volstad. Concord Publishing. 2000.
  • “German Combat Equipments 1939-45”. Men-at-Arms 234. Gordon Rottman. Illustrated by Ron Volstad. Osprey Publishing. 1991.

  • SUMMARY
    Highs: Convincing representation of a youthful infantryman, and the not often seen rifle grenade.
    Lows: Casting not what I would expect from Pegaso.
    Verdict: Overall a nice figure which should paint up well.
    Percentage Rating
    80%
      Scale: 1:35
      Mfg. ID: PT-030
      Suggested Retail: 11.67 EUR
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      PUBLISHED: Mar 16, 2008
      NATIONALITY: Germany
    NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
      THIS REVIEWER: 85.47%
      MAKER/PUBLISHER: 86.09%

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    About Rudi Richardson (Tarok)
    FROM: VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA

    I'm a former Managing Editor of the Historicus Forma historical figure modelling website. While my modelling and history interests are diverse, my main figure modelling focus lies in Sci-Fi, Pop-Culture, Fantasy, Roman and WW2 German subjects. I'm a firm believer that armour and vehicles accessorise...

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    Comments

    Good well written review Rudi. Nice figure but I've weaned myself off German figures, (although I do have a few of the newer Miniart and Masterbox sets) so I won't be buying this figure. I like the way the personal gear comes cast together. How tall is he compared to other 1/35 figures? There are photographs of captured HJ in Normandy showing really young boys much shorter than their captors.
    MAR 16, 2008 - 12:22 PM
    Excellent review Rudi. Very detailed and well written. Thanks Rudi.
    MAR 16, 2008 - 08:17 PM
    Thanks gents. Appreciate the comments. Pat, The lad measures quite tall, although as I mentioned he is quite slender. I had actually intended to put this review out as a build review, but to honest simply ran out of time. I've got 3 other 1/35 scale figures from various manufacturers built up for comparison. I'll try put the basic figure together this week as time permits and snap of few shots of him next to the other figures. I'll post them here as soon as possible. Cheers Rudi
    MAR 17, 2008 - 06:31 AM
    Thanks for the review, I'll have to try a Platoon figure in the future. l Like the paint job, Awesome camo !!!
    MAR 17, 2008 - 02:15 PM
    Hello Rudi Nice review, but a pity you were not able to build it - as I said to you before: time management! How does the equipment compare to that of a 1/35 scale adult? IMO the box artist did not do a very good job though on the SS camouflage smock. John
    MAR 17, 2008 - 07:06 PM
    As I know Platoon figures are 50 mm tall and can be used together with 1/35 scale figures. I agree about the painting of camo smock and especially strap of the map case. Best regards
    MAR 17, 2008 - 07:36 PM
    Hi gents, Thanks for the comments. As promised, here are is the size comparative. First all 4 figures face forward, followed by a shoulder-to-shoulder of the HJ lad to each of the other 3. The figures are (L-R): Platoon’s PT-030 Panzergrenadier ‘Hitlerjugend’ 1944; Platoon's PT-026 SS Tank Crew, 1944; Alpine's 35057 Max Wünsche LAH Kharkov ; and DML's "Observer" from 6368 2cm Flak Crew. Now you may be wondering why these figures. Firstly I tried to choose figures that all bore a relatively upright position, and then also figures that I had in a fairly complete state The Platoon figure was chosen as he is also a Tony Williams sculpt and naturally from the same sable. The Alpine figure, because IMO Alpine figures are probably the best resin figures on the market. Finally the DML figure... once again a personal opinion... despite the shocking quality of this particular kit, I still consider DML the market leader and more people visiting this site probably have DML figures that any other plastic brand. Ok, enough waffle... here are the pics... the measurements follow them... Now for the dimensions. I took 4 measurements: 1) foot to shoulder height; 2) foot to eye level (i.e. bridge of nose); 3) foot to highest point of head (incl. head gear); 4) shoulder breadth. Platoon HJ: 1) 41mm 2) 47.5mm 3) 51mm 4) 13mm Platoon Tanker: 1) 42mm 2) 48.5mm 3) 54mm 4) 14mm Alpine Wünsche : 1) 43mm 2) 49mm 3) 53mm 4) 16mm DML Observer: 1) 43mm 2) 49mm 3) 52mm 4) 12mm So as you can see all the figures are pretty close in size, with perhaps the exception of the DML figure, which is slightly more slender than the rest, with the height exagerated by the angle of the head. Which figure size is the most accurate? Well I suppose that depends on how you measure it. I leave that up to you to decide. HTH Rudi
    MAR 18, 2008 - 08:25 AM
    Howzit John Yes yes yes.... time management... I know... So how was the trip back? Lots of turbulence I hope? About the tack, mixed results really. I compared the equipment to a previous figure also by Tony Williams, PT-023 SS Grenadier with Panzerfaust, 1944-45, specifically comparing the entrenching tools, bread bags, mess kits and canteens. The entrenching tools and bread bags were pretty much on par - the same. The mess kits differed though, which that of PT-030 (this review) being quite a bit smaller. I think the canteens were also slightly different, although the difference was not as noticable as that of the mess kit. HTH Rudi
    MAR 18, 2008 - 08:35 AM
       

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