login   |    register

Scale Modeling Sponsors

See Your Ad Here!

Black Dog [ MORE REVIEWS ] [ WEB SITE ] [ NEW STORIES ]

Built Review
135
British Paras in Jump Kit
Black dog - British Paratroopers Set
  • move

by: Alan McNeilly [ ALANL ]


_ORGINPUB:
Armorama

Introduction


Black Dog recently released a set of WW2 British Paratroopers in full jump rig. These are the first 1/35 scale figures I’ve seen in this format. Although no suitable aircraft currently exist in this scale, these two standing figures will make for interesting subjects.

The Set


The set comes packed in what is the standard Black Dog figure format, a small blue/black box with a black and white picture of the product items and manufacturers details on the outside. Each figure in the set is contained in a small zip plastic bag.

The figures are cast in a grey coloured resin and depict two standing British Paratroopers in jump gear. The moulding seems sharp and the detail looks good. I could see no cause for concern with the individual figures or parts. No instructions are contained with the set.

The figures were sculpted by Radek Tomanec.

So let have a look at each:

Figure 1 – Sergeant - Standing, drinking tea and holding helmet. This figure is made up of 10 parts. The body is cast as a whole with separate head arms and equipment. The figure is dressed in an Oversmock with the parachute harness moulded to the body. The oversmock was worn over the Denison smock and equipment to avoid any thing fouling the shroud lines during jumping. It has a nicely depicted zip and the two small lower pockets. The parachute harness looks quite well done with the quick release buckle and the correct arrangement of straps. The figure wears a pair of parachutist trousers with the large left leg pocket, anklets and ammo boots. All the items are nicely done with natural folds and creases in the clothing.

The arms are separate items, both wear the Denison smock. The right arm holds a tea mug whilst the left is designed to attach to a para helmet. The left hand is moulded to the helmet and the combination shows the figure holding the helmet against the left leg. Sergeants’ stripes are moulded to the upper arms

The head for this figure wears a beret with a badge and the facial features are well depicted. The face sports a moustache, showing the face of a mature tough looking soldier.

Equipment comes in the form of a separate parachute helmet (already mentioned) that attaches to the left arm, and the helmet has camo and a net on it. The parachute is nicely done with the correct layout and buckles along with a kit bag that is very nicely done and detailed. This bag has the end of a Sten Gun sticking out which suffered a little damage, and I would have preferred the bag to have been shown closed. Two of what I think are shoulder straps which are attached to the parachute are included.

Overall, a very pleasing figure depicting a paratrooper waiting to board a transport aircraft.

Figure 2 – Lance Corporal – Standing. This figure is made up of 9 parts and is very similar to figure 1, the difference being in the stance of the body which stands with the legs slightly further apart with the feet angles to the left.

The order of dress is the same and the uniform detail of the same quality as figure 1. The difference in the figure is arms, right arm hanging down with the left at a 90% angle. The upper arms have LCpls chevrons. The head is a half head and comes with a separate helmet. There should be a small chin strap to add to the helmet but this disappeared somewhere on route to the review table. The straps to attach the parachute to the harness did survive though.

The facial detail is good and like figure 1 this chap should paint up very nicely.

The kit bag is the same as that previously mentioned. Whilst these are extremely well detailed on the outside the open rounded top just doesn't look right to me but may be OK when painted up.

From heel to shoulder the figures come in at about 42/43mm so well within the 1/35 scale range.

Build note: be careful when removing the base from the feet, I had a foot come off even though I had a good grip, and the pour stub that runs into the helmet takes a bit of cutting out so you might damage the rim, but a bit of Milliput will fix that, especially easy as it is a camouflaged helmet. I found the shoulder straps for the chute a bit short so substituted some lead wire ones and I managed to break off the mug!!

Conclusion


These are two very nicely sculpted figures of British Paratroopers in jump gear. Whilst we have had many 1/35 scale paratroopers from various manufacturers these are the first I've come across in jump gear. The moulding and detail is excellent and if there is a down side it is that the kit bag tops are open rather than sealed up.

Although no suitable aircraft yet exist, these will still make for interesting stand along figures or beside a vehicle on the tarmac/runway.

The mug of tea and open kit bags would suggest these chaps are not in the immediate act of departing, perhaps another cancelled operation or unforeseen delay.

However you display them they should paint up well and give a very good representation of troopers waiting to board an aircraft.

I've attached a couple of WIP pictures, no build issues in the assembly.
SUMMARY
Highs: Excellent detail and an unusual subject.
Lows: None not already mentioned.
Verdict: Highly Recommended.
Percentage Rating
87%
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: F35116
  Related Link: 
  PUBLISHED: Sep 28, 2014
  NATIONALITY: United Kingdom
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 88.73%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 88.33%

Our Thanks to Black Dog!
This item was provided by them for the purpose of having it reviewed on this KitMaker Network site. If you would like your kit, book, or product reviewed, please contact us.
View Vendor Homepage  More Reviews  

PHOTOS
Click image to enlarge
  • move
  • move
  • move
About Alan McNeilly (AlanL)
FROM: ENGLAND - EAST ANGLIA, UNITED KINGDOM

Greying slightly, but young at heart. I've been teaching adults off and on for most of my life. Left the services in 85 and first started modelling in about 87 for a few years. Then I had a long spell when I didn't build anything (too busy) and really just got started again during the summer of ...

Copyright ©2018 text by Alan McNeilly [ ALANL ]. Images also by copyright holder unless otherwise noted. Opinions expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of Historicus Forma or Silver Star Enterprises. All rights reserved.



Comments

Oh yes!! I love those, don't know why!! Thanks for the review guys!! Cheers Romain
SEP 29, 2014 - 06:51 AM
I love the stitching detail on those bags.
OCT 03, 2014 - 01:18 PM
Along with Romain,I am drawn to this subject. It is nice to see the jumpers done so well. That is top notch sculpting!!! J
OCT 04, 2014 - 02:52 AM
We broke our quick reply box. Working on it. Until fixed go to topic to reply.
Thanks.
   

What's Your Opinion?


PHOTOS
Click image to enlarge
  • move
  • move
  • move
  • move
  • move
  • move
  • move
  • move
  • move
  • move
  • move
  • move
  • move
  • move
  • move