by: Anthony Kochevar [ ]
I generally model 1:700 ships, but this winter I'm going to try something different and drop a zero and add two to the scale I work in and try my hand at a 1:72 Luftwaffe diorama featuring a Horten Go 229. While modeling the German Air Force is not something I've done, I decided to give these a try as I needed figures to pull off the diorama.
Since I really don't know the fine details of the German WWII Air Force, my impressions are somewhat vague. I'm assuming that Revell, being a German manufacturer to begin with, did their homework and produced a fairly accurate set. The figures also appear to have the general uniform details from photos I've seen online, movies and other modelersí work. The small scale limits the finer detail like insignias and accessories although you do see the occasional handkerchief or hat in someoneís hand.
Upon opening the box I discovered one figure had come off the fret, which wasn't a big deal since it had no damage. There are a wide variety of poses and several sitting pilots that you can configure in your own pose by gluing the limbs and torso the way you want. There is even a one infantry type solider and a couple of canines.
For the most part there is quite a bit of detail on the figures. There are pockets, belts and collars. The scale is too small to show much else. The bad points are the amount of flash a few figures have and the mold circles on the backs of a few figures. These will need cleaned up of course.
The faces and hands are molded well for the most part, and a few have eyes popping out of their sockets for some reason; most of the figures donít have this and look better that way.
The officer's hat in the corner of the fret looks overly large and may need corrected.
The paper included in the set is only a warning about the dangers of paint, glue and sharp tools. The paint guide on the back of the box is also pretty basic. You'll likely need another source to get colors and details to paint the other types of figures not shown in the guide.
All in all, this set is pretty good. It will need a bit of cleanup work and some research on painting, but they should turn out to be a good looking flight crew when done.
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