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Miniaturas Alemany - German Field Kitchen With Soldiers (FG7220) _________(BRF)

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Manufacturer Miniaturas Alemany
Scale 1/72
Set Code FG7220
Year -
No. of Figures 6
No. of Poses 6
Additional Items Hf 11 or 13, limber, 2 horses, kitchen accessories
Size Tall
Material White Metal
Colour Silver
Flash Level Medium
Glue-ability Excellent (Superglue Gel)
Conversion-ability Difficult
Optimal Period 1939  - 1945

 

Review

For various reasons, WWII German Army deployed the largest number of hoses during a military conflict in the history of mankind, statistics highlighting that 80% of the entire land transport of that army being horse-drawn. Army, civil, and field converted vehicles had been rushed into service on all fronts together with mounted infantry and cavalry units. As it well-recognised, the 1/72 mass production and cottage industry offer in the field is by far insufficient for depicting the true dimension of horse usage within WWII German army, only several horse-drawn vehicles and mounted troops being available.

Feeding troops is one of the main concerns of logistics of any army and obviously, it benefitted by special attention within WWII German Army, too. Function of field kitchens was properly regulated and those could be drawn either by horses or motor vehicles. Most references revels them as horse-drawn, Hf.11 to 14 designating horse-drawn field kitchens, Hf.11 and 13 for large field kitchens and Hf.12 and 14 for small ones. Anyway, differences between these vehicles were slight and mainly were based on the central vat dimensions and its emplacement on the two wheel cart.           

Miniaturas Alemany’s “German Field Kitchen With Soldiers” is the single white-metal kit on the topic and it shows the large type, a Hf. 11 or 13 vehicle together with a two horse-limber, six figures and few kitchen accessories. Some of the figures are addressed for the kitchen and limber while others embody soldiers that came to have or take their meal.

The kitchen and limber are pretty well done as well as the horses in poses that seem inspired by the excellent Revell/Preiser horses available in “German Artillery”, with several modifications, a little larger and with blankets on them. At their turn, figs benefit by nice stances, properly integrating near the two vehicles.

The large number of parts for putting together the whole kit requires some patience and it should be done with super glue gel as the best adhesive for white metal. A quite good instruction sheet for assembly is supplied, giving proper indications on how to put together the vehicles and arrange the figs and accessories. Flash is present but easy removable, Miniaturas Alemany’s white metal being not very sturdy. Likewise, after cleaning and assembly, before starting painting priming is mandatory.

Due to its attractive topic, satisfactory sculpture and accuracy, the present kit emerges as an extremely useful one, excellently portraying a million times repeated scene, but hardly encountered in the 1/72 scale.   

 

Historical Accuracy                                                    9
Anatomy 8
Poses Quality 9
Details Quality 8
Mould Quality 8
Sculpture 9
Recommendation/Utility 10
Reviewer’s Opinion 9