Korean Young Miniatures is among the most serious companies in the figure world. The quality of releases, despite the relatively slow rate of them, has established the company between the best companies lately. Sculpting and casting quality are the main reasons that this happens.
Here we will review a theme in 70 mm that we do not see very easily, and especially on larger scales: a British LRDG from 1942.
The Kit (what’s in the box):
This 70 mm kit, in white metal, comes in a total of 13 pieces, including the base part and the metal name plate.
Torso and feet are one piece together; the coat comes in two halves. Two different heads with different head cover are available in the kit adding an extra, two arms, 3 parts for the machine gun, and one strap.
Young Miniatures packaging always rates in my favorites. Big size black, hard luxury carton box, with a transparent plastic sleeve over it, to protect the color picture of the box art, and also keeping the box, safely and tightly closed. Inside the box, all the pieces, carefully placed, between 3 thick foam sheets and perfectly protected. This box deserves to be kept for further use definitely, as I have said before!
Quality – Detail:
Young Miniatures has climbed up fast as a quality company, since the products of it offer quality. The sculpting from Hiroyuki Ishii is really nice, clean and defined as much as you need to paint in easiness, without guessing where the lines are. Detail is really strong and well in scale, and I think that careful painters will find a lot of space, to play their “tricks”.
The 2 heads have nice characteristics, and will prove easy to paint without any particular problems.
The machine gun has enough detail but I would really prefer to have it in 2 pieces instead of 3, because joints on tiny spots as the barrel sometimes prove really weak. I think there you must pay some attention for a straight and tight bonding.
The ground piece is a simple desert like ground representation that might be enhanced a bit by the modeler.
The casting is beautiful, with a shiny and clean surface, with no grain at all and almost polished to a high shine. Thin mold lines on the sides will be eliminated easily with a pet from a fresh blade. On these specific points, some sanding will make the surface perfectly smooth and ready for priming.
After you do this minor cleaning, you can proceed to, assembly, priming and painting. This figure could be painted, in one piece, if you are experienced enough.
The box art, from Hiroyuki Ishii, is a recreation of a typical LRDG dressing code, so you can follow it, but some internet, or bibliography searching, will offer some extra possibility, mainly following earth tones.
A figure for almost all painters I guess, since the high quality, the easiness of assembly and simple painting scheme will not discourage anyone. More experienced painters, will be able to play more with the coat and present an interesting textured surface.
This can definitely be a different piece in your showcase and of course, is valuable as you cannot find many of them especially in this scale.
This is a different subject, but will not satisfy only WWII lovers, as is a very good figure in general terms. Few pieces, easy assembly and relatively easy painting.
High quality, nice surface and skilled sculpting will turn painting to a joy for you.