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Miniaturas Alemany - German Panzer Grenadiers (FG7216) _________(BRF)

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Manufacturer Miniaturas Alemany
Scale 1/72
Set Code FG7216
Year -
No. of Figures 13
No. of Poses 13
Additional Items None
Size Tall
Material White Metal
Colour Silver
Flash Level Medium
Glue-ability Excellent (Superglue Gel)
Conversion-ability Easy
Optimal Period 1942 - 1945

 

Review

Panzer Grenadiers or infantry mounted on armoured vehicles set out as classic images of WWII German Army, riding such vehicles being an extremely common practice. Accompanying and protecting Panzers and other armoured vehicles against enemy infantry was the main duty of Panzer Grenadier units and except dedicated vehicles such as Sd.Kfz.250 or 251, another wide spread custom was travelling directly on the vehicles they had to guard, dismounting just before enemy’s weapons to be effective.  

Miniaturas Alemany has strived and perfectly succeeded in covering the most common units that could emerge mounted on armoured vehicles. The topic was treated by the company within three figure sets, one dedicated to Panzer crews, another to Assault Artillery, and the last one, to the famous Panzer Grenadiers, all troopers being dressed for cold environments. It was a great decision while Preiser brilliantly worked on the same subject but targeting warm or temperate periods, their figures wearing the classic M36 and Panzer uniforms.

The Panzer Grenadiers issued by Miniaturas Alemany come dressed in parkas and matching trousers, being delivered in the common box used by the manufacturer for their 1/72 kits, with the content packed in a plastic sheet and sheltered by an additional cardboard box. The artwork of the box features just twelve soldiers mounted on a StuG but in reality the kit includes thirteen figures, more precisely twelve Panzer Grenadiers and a Panzer or Assault Artillery crewman. This last figure, although wearing parka, is immediately identified while is the single one given just from the bust, clearly intended to be emplaced in the hatch of a vehicle. In fact, the same pose is encountered within Miniaturas Alemany’s figure set dedicated to Panzer crews and might be assessed as a welcome and very useful bonus.

Of particular interest is that all the twelve Panzer Grenadiers are different, none of the poses being duplicated. Like other figure sets of the company, the minis require little assembly and the parts of each mini are supplied on individual slots, making the assembly instructions to be almost useless, so these are not provided. Anyway, the artwork confers sufficient information on how the figures might come out and also the parts match pretty fine in their locations. Using super glue gel, assembly goes smooth and it is created a bond capable to resist in time and to accidental drops. The stances are very well done achieved and fully appropriate for a unit mounted on an armoured vehicle, ten figures being sat, two standing and another to be emplaced in the hatch, of course the bust earlier mentioned.

All Panzer Grenadiers wear parkas, matching trousers and except the officer who received visor cap, the rest have got steel helmets, one of them also wearing the hood over it. The great majority of footwear is represented by ankle boots, but several decided to keep the long marching boots which is a more than accurate interpretation even for Late War WWII German soldiers, as this set wants and perfectly succeeds to depict. The Late War appearance is revealed not only by attire, but also by a couple of weapons entered in service in 1944, namely a StG44 and a Panzerfaust. Except those, Kar98K, MP40 and an MG42 are the rest of weapons put forward by the set. Gear is pretty light but again accurate for troops preparing for assault and also the minis possess the appropriate ammunition pouches for the weapons in use.

Though on the artwork the unit is showed in white, modellers have the option of paining garment in different Waffen SS and Wehrmacht camouflage patterns, too. Parkas and over-trousers reached the troops in 1942 and became standard specialised winter attire, being most of the time reversible, with one face white and the other mouse gray or featuring most of Waffen SS and Wehrmacht camouflage patterns. However, those garment items were not worn only in winter, but also in warmer periods, sometimes throughout the year, being not returned to depots for reparations and storage. 

Except the Preiser and HaT tank riders wearing M36 tunics, several cottage industry representatives such as Warriors and MIG Productions dedicated few sets to the topic, the included figures emerging as great comrades for the here reviewed Panzer Grenadiers which benefit by a fine anatomy classifying them in the tall side of 1/72 scale.

In spite the care taken by the manufacturer in packing the content, some barrels of weapons might arrive bent, but fortunately, the white metal deployed by Miniaturas Alemany is pretty soft, allowing repositioning the weapons on normal positions. Like for any figure cast in white metal, it is necessary after getting rid of flash, to prime it in order the material to finely maintain enamel, acrylics, and artistic oils.

The very good sculpture with in scale weapons and gear as well as the natural stances achieved thanks to the multi-part solution adopted turn this set into a great option for depicting Panzer Grenadiers carrying out one of their main duties as true “bodyguards” of armoured vehicles.

 

Historical Accuracy 10
Anatomy 9
Poses Quality 9
Details Quality 9
Mould Quality 9
Sculpture 9
Recommendation/Utility 10
Reviewer’s Opinion 9