German Infantry Western Europe, 1944 - 45
The set had very minimal flash and no ejection pin marks. What mold lines I saw were easily removed with a sharp blade. There are no decals, and some painting instructions. You will need to copy what you see in the illustration. There are not even any part numbers on the sprue, just a picture on the back of the box with the numbers listed next to the part. There are two insert photos of possible camouflage painting of the smocks but the paints listed don’t match the colors.
The figures went together without a lot of shaping and filling. Two of them are balanced so they can stand without pins or glue. The weapons fit the hand fairly well and are nicely made.
The painting of these figures will require quite a bit of research and thought before attaching any of the extra equipment and ammo. The photos on the back give you general idea of what the colors are, but my advice is to review your figure references for proper color. I also suggest that you paint the figure without adding any of the personal equipment and ammo belts, as you will not be able to reach any of the recessed areas for the detailed camouflage painting.
Conclusion – Master Box is becoming the leader in vignettes in a box. All you need to do is add a building from MiniArt and you have an instant diorama. The kit is very well done and appears better than my figure painting makes it look.
References that I used:
- Deutsche Soldaten – Uniforms, Equipment & Personal items of the German Soldier 1939-1945. By Agustin Saiz, Published by Casemate, ISBN 978-1-932033-96-0
- Wehrmacht Camouflage Uniforms & Post War Derivatives. By Daniel Peterson Published by Windrow & Greene, ISBN 1-85915-005-5
- Camouflage Uniforms of the Waffen-SS by Michael Beaver, Published by Schiffer Publishing, ISBN 0-88740-803-6
Thanks to Master Box for the review sample and IPMS/USA for the review space.