by: Frederick Boucher [ ]
WWII US Soldier, Ardennes Winter 1944-45, Hiver
SummaryMK35 Editions 1/43 series of resin military figures includes WWII US Soldier, Ardennes Winter 1944-45, Hiver. It is crisply cast complete except for the barrel of the Thompson submachine gun, and features a base.
The figureCast in a pastel lime resin the model is sealed in a zip-lock baggie. Included is a paper 'box art' label and painting guide. The figure is cast complete except for the barrel of the Thompson submachine gun, and features a base. All pieces share the same pour block. The figure and clothing are cast sharp and clear.
ScaleMK35 WWII military figures are 1/43, compatible with model railroad O scale in Britain and continental Europe. In 1/48 O scale this figure, posed in a relaxed slouch, is 6-foot 3-inches tall from boot bottom to eye level (40 mm). Such tall soldiers served in WWII, thus this figure can be used with 1/48 models so long as the modeler is happy with the ratio of the helmet and other equipment.
DetailThe GI is sculpted in a relaxed pose. He is clothed in boots with web gaiters, the thigh-length four-pocket M1943 Field Jacket with concealed buttons, greatcoat, scarf, and 'tin pot' M1 helmet. Despite wielding an M1928A1 45-caliber Thompson submachine gun the model lacks any belt webbing and pouches. The helmet chinstrap is pulled over the flared rear helmet rim. Nice lacing details the back of the web gaiters.
Facial detail is muted as half of the face is under the helmet overhang. Good facial structure - cheeks, nose, lips, eye sockets - is sculpted.
His Thompson is detailed and mostly to scale although the foregrip and barrel seem bulky.
Painting instructionsHumbrol paint is the sole hobby brand referenced. However, MK35 presents special painting ideas by including the mixing of special effects using Winsor & Newton oils, as well as using pencil lead. They also list a mix for the flesh tones.
ConclusionThis figure is one of several models in a series of US soldiers, Ardennes Winter 1944-45. He is nicely cast with a convincing pose and departs from cliché of being laden down with gear.
It looks properly proportioned with maybe the Thompson barrel being overscale.
I appreciate this model and recommend it.