Articles

Miniaturas Alemany - StuG IV Late Model with Zimmerit&Crew (FG7213) _________(EXT)

 

 

Manufacturer Miniaturas Alemany
Scale 1/72
Set Code FG 7213
Year ?
No. of Figures 3
No. of Poses 3
Aspect Tall
Additional Items StuG IV Late Model
Material White Metal
Colour Silver
Flash Level High
Glue-ability Satisfactory (Super-glue Gel)
Convert-ability Medium
Optimal Period 1939 – 1945

 

Review 

As one of the main providers of figures together with vehicle kits, Miniaturas Alemany tries not only to offer appropriate crews, but also to supply some infantry-men which supported armour on the battle-field, delivering them in various attractive stances, often covering gaps in the field of 1/72 WWII Germans. Usually, the content of a single kit is enough for releasing an attractive vignette incorporating both people and vehicle. Obviously, in terms of figures, some of their kits are better and others less, with two or three army-men in quite common poses, an example being “StuG IV Late Model with Zimmerit&Crew”.

Both vehicle and figures are cast in white metal, the numerous pieces of the StuG requiring some work for putting it together. However, the present review is dedicated only to the accompanying troopers, so the vehicle will not be analysed.

Provided in the common Miniaturas Alemany box, the content wrapped in plastic bags is even better protected by an inner cardboard box. The artwork illustrates the unpainted version of the final model and together with the supplied assembly guide printed on an A4 paper, might be used for reference.

Depicting two crewmen and an infantry officer, the three figures are issued on individual slots and assembly means almost nothing, just the officer’s right arm being separate. As usual, super glue gel achieves the best results in making the strongest bond between white metal parts as well as such material and resin or hard plastic in case hobbyists would want adding extra equipment.

Although manning a Late War vehicle, the crew is dressed in attire matching the entire period of WWII, one standing wearing the standard Panzer uniform and the other seat, having just the shirt, trousers and marching boots. An interesting item is his suspenders with braided ends, Miniaturas Alemany emerging as one of the fewest companies endowing with suspenders figures in several sets like "Tiger Maintenance Group". Revell’s “German Artillery” sets out as another source for troopers wearing suspenders with braided ends, but as mentioned, the related offer within Braille Scale is really scarce. Both crewmen wear M34 overseas caps and that is a fine approach even for a Late War Panzer or Assault Artillery soldiers, many times those rather wearing the old caps than the newer M43, its visor clearly perturbing activities of armoured vehicles crewmen. Normally, gear is scarce, the standing Panzer trooper having a pistol in holster and headphones on the head. His pose is pretty uncommon, with a map-board in the right hand he is clearly made to stay outside the vehicle. The army-man seems being involved in a conversation because the left hand presses the device on the ear, maybe for better hearing what is communicated to him. No wires or throat microphone are ensured, and a more accurate modeller should scratch-build those, metal wire being ideal on the matter. Likewise, Unicorn, Minimali, MID or other maps on printed paper might be easily added on the board for a nicer appearance. The seat crewman does not impress at all, he looks like taking a rest on the vehicle in an extremely awkward pose. His cloths are appropriate not only for what he is intended to depict, but for almost all WWII German army units. This soldier is somehow out of place here, making the impression it was slotted in by the manufacturer merely for increasing the number of figures of the kit. In fact, the same mini is deployed by Miniaturas Alemany within another kit, as driver for their horse-drawn field kitchen limber.    

As mentioned, except the StuG crewmen, the kit also proposes another, an infantry, Panzer Grenadier or cavalry officer wearing camouflage smock, breeches, officer visor cap and marching/jack boots. Tunic collar is visible and either Waffen SS or Wehrmacht boards could be depicted on it and of course, the camouflage pattern on the smock should match the collar boards. Reversible and issued in most Waffen SS and Wehrmacht camouflage patterns, the hobbyists have plenty options for painting. His breeches are a nice touch, most of WWII German officers preferring such trousers. Attractive items are his goggles worn on the visor cap as well as the strap of his MP40, the weapon being enforced by KStN as personal weapon for first-line officers. He also has got appropriate right hand ammunition pouch for MP40, a pistol in holster, binoculars on chest and maybe a map case or another pouch on the left hip. His attire, gear and weapons perfectly match for a well-trained first-line officer and should not wonder the absence of helmet, even in battle WWII German officers often not wearing steel helmets. He is on foot and maybe waits to hear what orders are transmitted by the field command to the crewman with headphones. Offering such a mini is a great advance, Miniaturas Alemany often integrating within their kits excellent officer stances. Apart from the trooper in shirt, clearly finding his place only in warm environments, the other two cover the whole period of a year, Panzer wrappers and camouflage smocks being intensively worn even in winter.

Anatomy does not impress too much, the figures being very tall, but not giants, so still usable in the 1/72 scale. Heads are quite big, especially the one of the seat guy which has an ugly facial expression as well. Luckily, the rest of his comrades benefit by satisfactory sculptured faces and not over-scaled palms with fine fingers. With the exception of the same seat guy, attire is acceptable depicted, with niceties such as genuine creases, collar and shoulder boards and insignia. Furthermore, weapons and gear are in-scale, matching similar offers issued by various manufacturers. Neither the crewmen intended to be emplaced on the vehicle, nor the officer who stays on the ground received bases. In addition, like most white metal minis, these are created principally for diorama builders, target group not needing special stands, rather removing the factory ones in case that those exist.

Flash is present everywhere as well as a mould line mutilating the face of the seat soldier, but at least excess of material misses. Cleaning takes some time and does not imply special tools, the white metal utilised by Miniaturas Alemany being quite soft. However, before painting it entails priming otherwise the colours would not proper fix and the painting work is endangered even by small touches. In terms of painting, after priming the minis will start acting as regular plastic ones, enamel, acrylics and artistic oils properly working, resisting in time and at handling.

As previously stated, these figures are in the tall side of 1/72 but plenty of sets related both to Panzer crews or German infantry released in the scale put forward such minis. According to size and attire the crew matches quite well with CMK’s “Waffen SS tankers WW II” and “German tankers WW II”, El Viejo Dragon’s “German Panzer Crew” as well as different Miniaturas Alemany’s Panzer crewmen available in plenty of kits. On the other hand, the officer finds a huge number of subordinates to command, either dressed in camouflage smocks or various items of clothing.

Though not the most striking Miniaturas Alemany product, the principle of ensuring within the same kit several figures for the vehicle is highly welcome and appreciated. Perhaps here an attractive pose offers the crewman dressed in Panzer wrapper, but also the officer sets out as a proper release, quite useful and realistic, especially because he possess an MP40 with a fine strap. 

 

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