by: Frederick Boucher [ ]
WWII German Soldier Prisoner
Series: 1/43 WWII Figures
SummaryWWII German Soldier Prisoner is a 1/43 (European O scale) late-war Wehrmacht soldier for whom the war is over. It is sharply cast by MK35 Editions with a detailed uniform and kit and has a separate head.
The FigureCast in a pastel lime resin the model is sealed in a zip-lock baggie. Casting is top-notch with no flash or air bubbles. Included is a paper 'box art' label and painting guide. The figure is cast complete except for the separate head, 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 tense and stiff backed, is 6 feet tall from boot bottom to eye level (38 mm). Thus this figure can be used with 1/48 models so long as the modeler is happy with the ratio of common equipment such as the hat and personal kit.
DetailThis Landser is sculpted in a focused pose, hands up. He is clothed in high boots, the thigh-length four-pocket M1943 tunic and M1943 Einheitsmütze cap, standard belt with 'Y'-strap shoulder braces, pair of triple cartridge pouches, 84/98 bayonet, Brotbeutel 'bread bag', 'second-type' entrenching tool, and M31 Feldflasche Canteen. The belt buckle is prominent but void of detail. 'D' rings, buttons and buckles, frogs, straps and other belt detail is clearly reproduced. However, aside from the shoulder straps, no uniform insignia was sculpted. While the equipment and details are well done, it seems a little over-scale.
Facial detail is full with cheeks, nose, lips, eye sockets clearly sculpted so well that the exhausted and resigned expression is clear.
PaintingHumbrol paint is the sole hobby brand referenced. MK35 presents a special painting idea by including the mixing of special effects using Winsor & Newton oils. Unlike another 1/43 figure they did not include a mix for the flesh tones.
ConclusionThis figure is one of several models in a series of WWII soldiers. He is nicely cast in a convincing pose and laden down with gear.
The body looks properly proportioned.
I appreciate this model and look forward to painting and displaying it, and recommend it.