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Soviet Officers at Field Briefing (35365)

1:35 MiniArt via Creative Models Ltd

 

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The success of any military operation depends largely on its briefings before any significant battle, allocating tasks to the various combat units to ensure that the plans go according to the commander’s wishes as far as possible.  When a building wasn’t available, literal fields would sometimes take the place of a table as the location for these get-togethers.

 

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This set depicts just such a briefing with the various branches of the WWII Soviet army taking part, from infantry to artillery and tankers, each with their own variation on the uniform.  The set arrives in a shrink-wrapped end-opening figure box, and contains four sprues in grey styrene and a small sheet with the sprue diagrams and a number of maps for you to cut out and add to your finished model.  There are five figures on the sprues, all standing for the briefing and sporting different styles of uniform with the common theme of knee-high boots.  Three of the figures are tankers, one in overalls, one in fairly standard Soviet era uniform and the third in a leather jacket holding his padded helmet in one hand.  The other two are either infantry or artillery and have standard uniforms, with their caps differentiating them.  The comrade in the flat-topped cap is either bored or synchronising his watch, while the gentleman in the cloth cap is poring over a large map, which is supplied as a styrene part to which you can glue a map from the sheet, with others folded and used around their meeting.  There are plenty of small-arms on the two smaller sprues, with map cases, field glasses and a case, plus a tiny magazine for the Tokarev TT-33 pistol, a Nagant M1895 revolver, two flare guns, one of which is broken open waiting for a spare flare that is quite well-disguised as a sprue-spur in the vicinity of the two smaller pistol holsters.  The larger holster is for the flare-gun, but during my research I could only find later post-war holsters of this pattern, so check your references before using it to ensure it is appropriate.  There are two weapons sprues, so everything is doubled up.

 

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At the bottom of the rear of the box is a table with colour swatches plus codes for Vallejo, Mr.Color, AK Real Color, Mission Models, AMMO, Tamiya and colour names to assist you with choosing your shades from whatever brand you use.

 

 

Conclusion

Another great set of figures from MiniArt, with excellent sculpting, realistic poses, drape of material and sensible breakdown of parts.

 

Highly recommended

 

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