by: Eric Bass [ ]
The KitWhat you get is 41 crisply moulded, flash free parts in light grey plastic. The seven figures relevant to this kit are four mechanics and three pilots, which almost cover the advertised 1939 - 1945 period. There are additional parts included to vary the caps (one extra head included) and holsters for the P08 Luger and Walther P38 pistols.
The MechanicsThere are two mechanics in one-piece overalls, usually black, but can also be the bluish-grey associated with the Luftwaffe. Sources do indicate that the wearing of belts with these overalls was dropped before the war. Thanks to sink holes, the toolbox for one of the mechanics will need work. Maybe using it as a master for a styrene sheet replacement would be an idea.
The two mechanics can easily be converted to associate with any arm of the services. I do anticipate seeing many of them working on 1/48 scale armour.
The other two mechanics are in the two-piece Drillichanzug, or work uniform, usually supplied in either bluish-grey, dark blue, or black. Combinations of these colours were also worn. As the other service arms also used this uniform, these mechanics once again will most probably end up diversifying.
The PilotsThere are three pilots. Two are in service dress- with one wearing an overcoat and the other wearing a leather 'flying jacket'. The third pilot is wearing the summer one-piece flying suit / Flieger-Schutzanzug für Sommer - Baumuster KW So/34, which is usually tan coloured. Unfortunately, there is nothing for the winter diorama builders, so my Eastern front JU87 tank-buster will remain on hold for the time being.
On the positive side, this figure has a seat-type parachute that should go a very long way to ensuring it's unimpeded use in dioramas.
The additional images show comparisons between the pilot (with back-type parachute) found in Tamiya's 1/48 Kubelwagen kit and ICM's figure. These visual comparisons include the pilot's boots, parachute and the pilots themselves. ICM goes for the smoother look, whilst Tamiya prefers the ruffled look. I'll leave you to decide which you favour
In ConclusionICM has done a good job of these figures. Although there are faults and flaws in the kit, this is a very cost effective option to the numerous resin figures on offer. With a little work, these figures will go a very long way to help fulfill 1/48 scale model builder's repair staff requirements. I foresee these figures decorating both armour and aircraft dioramas in a multitude of settings.