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Allarmi! Ufficiale R.E. 1940-43
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Posted: Monday, April 13, 2009 - 03:40 PM UTC
Rudi Richardson reviews a 1/35 scale resin figure depicting an Italian Royal Army Officer by Allarmi!, a figure which, despite its good sculpting, is not without its shortcomings.

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Posted: Monday, April 13, 2009 - 04:31 PM UTC
Very good review Rudi... where do you find the time to write and research to this extent!

I was wondering why your figure reviews don't get syndicated to HF?

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Posted: Monday, April 13, 2009 - 04:47 PM UTC
Chas,

I realise the question may be rhetorical, but (hehe) I'll humour it

I'm fortunate to have a fairly good (IMO) library of reference material - admittedly it is not without gaps though. So with that in mind I'm normally careful about the subjects I choose to review. That said, I do like to challenge myself from time to time.

I'm also not one to rush a review for the sake of being the first person to get a review out. I'd rather take a few more days if need be to write the kind of review that I would like to read.

Time-wise I normally spend an hour or two most evenings researching or writing reviews. I should also add that I approach the research for each review from a fresh starting point - confirming facts as opposed to relying on my own (terrible) memory.

That said, the time I use to review does come at a cost. The time used for reviewing is time I'm not at the modelling desk or sleeping - both things I'm in dire need of.

In so far as syndication to HF: Engin does syndicate them.

Now, back to the topic of the review: I've made a comment about the size/scale issue. I wonder if anyone else that has built/painted an Allarmi! figure has had similar finding? Comments anyone? Allarmi! has a terrific range, and I'd hate not to be able to use their figures together with those of other manufacturers.

Rudi
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Posted: Monday, April 13, 2009 - 05:19 PM UTC
Excellent review Rudi, thanks for taking the time to be so thorough. And you bring up a good question, how does this range of figures size up to others?
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Posted: Friday, April 17, 2009 - 06:49 PM UTC

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how does this range of figures size up to others?



I raised the same question on TimeLinesForums. It appears that generally the Allarmi figures are of a compatible size to those of most 1/35 scale manufacturers. Thus it appears that it may just be this particular figure that is under-scale. That said, one of the other figures discussed, a WWII Japanese soldier, was said to measure 51mm from heel to bridge of nose, which makes him over-sized for a 1940's era Japanese man.

Rudi
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Posted: Friday, April 17, 2009 - 11:28 PM UTC
Nice review (and thanks for quoting sources too). I'm not so sure that small stature is a problem for Italian figures since Italy was relatively poor during the 19th and early 20th centuries so there would have been plenty of people of below 'average' height about. Some of the photos in Rex Trye's 'Mussolini's Legions' show undersized soldiers compared to their comrades around them.

Also the Beretta Modello 35 is on the small side (about 150mm long) as it was designed allong the lines of the Walther PP series.

David
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Posted: Saturday, April 18, 2009 - 12:06 AM UTC
Hi

I to would like a definitive answer to the height issue. I've greatly admired the figures in this range to the point were I purchased a Italeri Sahariana with a view to getting their figures to go with it.

As we all know you do get a difference in stature not only from different figure manufactures Verlinden being one that comes to mind as noted for the opposite - being too big, but also in real life. The same can be said with the plastic figures, some of Miniarts sets are on the large size in comparison to other makes but not to the point of looking wrong. I've several sets of Dragon figures and older sets can suffer the same issue of size.

Whilst using them on their own would not be a problem, as already mentioned most of us want the option to mix figures from different sources to give greater flexibility and interest to any dioramas etc. we are planning.

Look forward to a conclusive answer to this issue.

Thanks fo taking the time and effort on this review Rudi.

All the best

Alan
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Posted: Monday, April 20, 2009 - 06:48 PM UTC
Wow, yeah Italian ww2 figure

Cheers Nick
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Posted: Tuesday, April 21, 2009 - 11:33 AM UTC

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Wow, yeah Italian ww2 figure



Hi Nick,

Allarmi, being an Italian company, actually have quite a few WW2 R.E. figures. Check out their site - the link is provided in the review.

Rudi
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Posted: Tuesday, April 21, 2009 - 09:02 PM UTC
Don't worry I have seen them all in Allarmi, Tauro ,Cri.el and maaany other companies that I
can't remember !!!!

Cheers Nick
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Posted: Tuesday, April 21, 2009 - 09:08 PM UTC
Take a look at this: http://www.italiankits.it/

http://www.steelmodels.com/default.asp?cmdString=italian&t9=0&t1=0&t2=0&idC=74&cmdSearch=Ricerca&cmdOP=AND&cmd=searchProd

http://www.modelvictoria.it/en.htm

Cheers Nick
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Posted: Tuesday, April 21, 2009 - 09:34 PM UTC
Hi Nick,

Yeah, I know about all those companies, and many more that produce Italian figures. I guess maybe I don't understand your original post? You are happy to see an Italian figure reviewed here on Armorama?

Rudi
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Posted: Wednesday, April 22, 2009 - 12:09 AM UTC

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Hi Nick,

Yeah, I know about all those companies, and many more that produce Italian figures. I guess maybe I don't understand your original post? You are happy to see an Italian figure reviewed here on Armorama?

Rudi



1.With all those links I'm just try to help

2.Of courseI like an Italian theme (figure tank ship plane e.t.c.) to be reviewed here in armorama so many other people will see it and companies may try to release more and more Italian themes

Cheers Nick
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Posted: Wednesday, April 22, 2009 - 12:25 AM UTC
Okay - no worries
Removed by original poster on 04/22/09 - 15:05:57 (GMT).
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Posted: Wednesday, April 22, 2009 - 04:05 AM UTC

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Okay - no worries



Yes

Cheers Nick