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German AA Auxillaries-4
WWII German Anti-Aircraft Auxiliaries ver.4
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by: Engin Kayral [ GRAYWOLF ]


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introduction

Aurora Model keeps adding more interesting figures to its range of World War II Female Auxillaries serving in different branches of the German Army.

The figure ML-031 sculpted in 1:35 scale, cast in metal and represents a German Luftwaffe Anti-Aircraft Auxillary Helferin in a killed or wounded pose.

about the figure

During the World War II, women served in many branches of German Army-Wehrmacht, Air Force-Luftwaffe , Navy-Kreigsmarine and SS. Most of the Luftwaffe auxillaries were usually attached to non-combat units like air raid warning, aircraft reporting, air signals but some of them were employed to Anti Aircraft- Flak units. At first,their primary function was to crew searchlights, barrage balloons and fire control equipment. In the closing months of the war, they were authorized as actual gun crews.


Unlike the auxillaries in other services; Flakhelferinen wore standard uniforms and the auxillaries who had not yet been issued with a uniform could wear civilian clothes with an armband in white bearing the same insignia as the right sleeve patch of Flakhelferinen but printed in black or embroidered in black thread.

uniforms

The women serving in the Flakartillerie of the German Air Defence sysytem wore more functional uniforms for the outdoor work than the normal female auxillary’s service dress. As the headgear; they had the same peaked field cap as the male personnel; M43 Luftwaffe Einheitsfeldmütze. But the auxillary field caps had a obvious difference as there was no tri-color national cockade below the national emblem. They wore hip or three-quarter length jackets with a national emblem is on the right breast . The jacket has an integral cloth waist belt and large patch skirt pockets. The Flakhelferinen insignia is worn on the right sleeve, the 5 mm. and 10 mm. braid chevrons indicating the rank are on the left sleeve and trade qualification badges are above the rank badges. Rather than a skirt of other auxillaries; they wore long, loose ski trousers bloused at the ankle or tucked into rolled socks over male issue ankle boots.

Packing

Aurora Model figures come in 12x7 cm transparent zip-lock bags with a company label stapled on the top of the bag. Inside the bag; there are 2 small paper sheets ; one with the information about the figure in Japanese and English, the other with a painted photo which can be used as a painting guide. It is noted on the information sheet that the metal of the figures contains lead.

Figure parts are secured in another plastic bag.

Parts

The figure is sculpted by Kiyushi Tsuda aka SOLO and cast in 3 white metal parts. The cast is quite good, there are only a few slightly visible seamlines to clean. A quick sanding will be enough to make it ready for priming.

The figure is sculpted posing to lie down on the ground as killed or wounded.
  • Upper body : The head, torso and 2 arms are cast in one piece. Facial details like open mouth and hair are quite well defined. Uniform details and cloth folds are also well represented. The open tummy is a nice touch.

  • Lower body : It makes a nice fit to the upper body. Cloth foldsof the trousers and ankle boots are well defined.

  • Cap : M43 fieldcap is given to display next to the figure.br>
    References

    The following books can be useful when painting this figure.

  • Osprey Publishing – Men at Arms 393 - World War II German Women’s Auxiliary Services

  • Flakhelferinen Video-Youtube

    Conclusion

    Another nice figure to display next to an abandoned Flak. The figure can be used together with ML-030 which is another German AA Auxillarie in a wounded or killed pose to make a very nice vignette.

    Recommended

  • SUMMARY
    Highs: Interesting posing, nice face and ease on assembly with less parts.
    Lows: A few seamlines to clean
    Verdict: Useful figure as there is not much killed or wounded WW II figures especially a female figure.
    Percentage Rating
    80%
      Scale: 1:35
      Mfg. ID: ML-031
      Suggested Retail: ~20 USD
      Related Link: Product Page
      PUBLISHED: Jan 10, 2010
      NATIONALITY: Germany
    NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
      THIS REVIEWER: 92.20%
      MAKER/PUBLISHER: 76.47%

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    About Engin Kayral (Graywolf)
    FROM: IZMIR, TURKEY / TüRKçE

    Born in 1962,married and having 2 sons. I started modelling about 8 years old building USS Fletcher with mom. It was a model dad brought from USA., I think in those days only a few people in Turkey had info on scale model kits. Grown as an AF officer son , I built many aircraft models in years. Som...

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