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CMK - German Hospital staff (ML80295) _________(EXT)

Manufacturer CMK
Scale 1/72
Set Code ML80295
Year Unknown
No. of Figures 5
No. of Poses 5
Additional Items None
Size Medium
Material Resin
Colour Cream
Flash Level Low
Glue-ability Excellent (Super Glue Gel)
Convert-ability Medium
Optimal Period 1939 -1945

Review 

As widely recognised, 1/72 WWII Germans benefit by grand attention from most important mass production and cottage industry reps, hundreds of sets being dedicated to them. However, in spite the impressive tender, there are still serious gaps in the field, one of the most known and significant emerging the medical personnel. According to the place they activated, such personnel can be divided in two, respectively front-line medics and stretchers and regular or field hospital staff grouping doctors, nurses and eventually adjacent personnel like pharmacists, stretchers, cookers etc. Of course, medical personnel were of key importance, the conditions they performed in and the immense contribution brought during WWII being beyond words. As usual, WWII German High Command regulated in detail the activity and organised Sanitatsdienste in special battalions, companies, transport units etc. Furthermore, even plenty of infantry platoons incorporated a stretcher.

In production nowadays there is a single 1/72 set exclusively focused on the topic, namely CMK’s “German Hospital Staff”. In addition, Preiser included a nurse in “WWII German Troops on Leave” and Plastic Soldier in “Late War German Infantry 1943-1945” put forward a first-line medic, easily identified after the Red Cross armband and vest with a large version of the same cross worn over tunic. Another medic is available in Orion’s “Volkssturm” carrying a wounded soldier on the back, his membership being highlighted by the two medical pouches fixed in front exactly like Kar98K ammo pouches, but of course different in shape and size. Likewise, to these offers could be added other two quite poor ones, out-of-production for tens of years and hard to find on the market, Atlantic’s “Hospital” and “Medical tent”. Moreover, in the highly praised desire of covering blank matters in terms of WWII Germans, Zvezda has announced for 2012 the intention to issue within “Mini-Box” series the set “WWII German Medical Personnel”, the set following to comprise merely two poses quite similar with the assemble already proposed by Orion. In addition, for several years StreletsR has made public their intention to launch “WWII German Field Staff and Hospital”, but nothing has materialised until now.

To the just mentioned sets, for hospital personnel might be useful the engineer from FB Minis “Inspectors & Engineer” that can be turned into a doctor purely by painting, the nun from Caesar’s “WWII Partisan in Europe” as well as the cookers from CMK’s “German Soldiers at Rest” as well as Miniaturas Alemany’s “German Field Kitchen with Soldiers” and “German field kitchen in action”. However, other resources for hospital staff should be sought in 1/72 sets on civilians while first-line medics are achievable by adding to some unarmed figs Red Cross armbands and eventually other Red Cross symbols utilised by WWII Germans like red crosses painted on helmets. In this purpose excellent solutions provide figure sets released by Preiser, Dragon, and Caesar, where modellers must put together the toy-soldiers and to separately add gear and weapons.

Pointed out a little above, CMK is the one and only company trying to give an answer to the medical issue inside “German Hospital Staff”, the kit comprising one doctor and four nurses in dissimilar poses. The set belongs to “Maritime Line” Series and the stances adopted by the minis were designed for matching other figures of the same series. At the moment, these hospital staff members are not carrying out the usual duties, being preoccupied to say “Farewell” to their patients. Perhaps they are intended to stay on the deck weaving hands or simply looking how an U-Boot or a Kreigsmarine vessel leaves the harbour going in a new and dangerous mission. In the same “Maritime Line” there are accessible related crewmen for the U-boot or vessel and able to interact with the hospital staff from the shore. In this light there can be stressed “U-Boot crew on the deck – departing” and “U-Boot crew on the deck – arriving” but other proper stances are at hand inside the remarkable 1/72 WWII German Kriegsmarine range produced by CMK. Nevertheless, the same hospital staff might be used in any location for land and air units, the uniforms of hospital personnel raising no problem as being the same. Likewise, they permit deployment either in a classic hospital or in a field one, the famous Lazaretts, functioning in a tent or in an improvised location such as school, church, or other larger building. The set is extremely versatile, having almost no limitations concerning location and year, it can be utilised since the beginning till the end of WWII in all areas the German Army was present.

Commercialised in the common CMK clear plastic box attached to a cardboard sheet, the customer can see from the very beginning the five slots, each comprising the basic parts for putting together a figure. The artwork showing the painted versions of the minis has a double role, both as painting and assembly guides. However, getting together the figs is extremely simple, just all the heads and four arms having to be glued in places and the pieces really fit well. As usual for resin, the recommended adhesive is cyanoacrylate, super glue gel providing excellent results, the bond between the parts being extremely strong and capable to resist to shocks. Of course, little care should be given when detaching the parts from the slots, particularly to nurses’ legs and arms.

The sculptor succeeded in a brilliant manner to give to the single male of the kit a slicker appearance, the doctor holding his hands across the chest and smiling looking how potential rivals leave and let him with all the girls. The doctor is appropriately dressed for his position, with a white cotton apron over uniform, just a part of the tunic and trousers being visible. He keeps the visor cap in a casual manner, pitched on one side, and in his feet it seems he has got shoes.

By providing four nurses in dissimilar poses CMK’s “German Hospital Staff” turns out as the most significant source for such rare figures. All of them wear the correct German Red Cross Nurse uniform, with dress, apron, and nurse cap and in feet they shoe ankle boots or shoes. The uniform is excellent reproduced, with the specific white collar as well as the tiny Red Cross brooch worn at the last button of the dress. The Red Cross armband misses, but that was not a mandatory item especially in hospitals, but if needed, hobbyists can simply paint those particularly to the nurses with long sleeves. The two women with rolled up sleeves best fit in warm environments, as in fact all the figures of the set. However, for a colder area, modellers might paint hose at least for the ones with long sleeves, eventually for better accompany the Preiser nurse which wears a greatcoat on her shoulders.  

These nurses are intended to say good-bye to patients which do not necessitate medical treatment anymore. One of them waves a handkerchief with the right hand and some flowers in the left, another gentle holds a bunch of flowers with both hands, the third has a bottle of medicine or buzz in the right and the forth simply hold his palms in a very natural gesture. Of course, except those with flowers, the rest can be straightforwardly deployed inside a hospital as performing their main activities. Nevertheless, the ideal emplacement for all the four nurses might be in front of the hospital or lazarett, on the platform of a railway station or deck watching how the patients they took care in the last period go back to duty. With the support of such figs can be achieved extremely realistic and moving scenes, another approach to a subject most often implying toy-soldiers in combat poses.

The level of small details, proper anatomy, and historical accuracy are the ones specific to CMK’s 1/72 figure line, so pleasing for all target groups. More than ever here good anatomy was exceedingly necessary while the set mainly aims at depicting women delicate silhouette and not the common soldiers. The sculptor brilliantly fulfilled his task, three of the nurses having almost the same weight and fine shapes, only the one with the bottle in hand being slightly more robust but not contradicting the human proportions. Likewise, bodies, palms, and head sizes are finely balanced and facial details are tremendously well done, the faces of the four ladies being dissimilar. The only quite strange thing is all have got the same horse tail hair cut and it would have been more interesting at least one of them to receive shorter hair or a different hair cut in vogue in that period. Nonetheless, it has to be acknowledged and emphasized the hair is faultless sculptured. At his turn, the doctor has got a perfect facial expression and ideal anatomy proportions, easier to be achieved while he dresses an apron covering most of his body.

In spite the small scale, both doctor’s and nurses’ attire are highly detailed and in compliance with reality. We can immediately recognize the buttons of doctor’s apron with nicely shaped pouches as well as at nurses the buttons of the dresses worn under apron, ties of the apron cordons, and perfectly fashioned aprons and nurse caps. Likewise, the items of clothing genuinely fold on the bodies in conformity with the movements. The shoulder boards partially visible on nurses’ dresses are a little bit controversial, the great majority of reference images showing no shoulder boards on such garment. If desired, those details can be immediately removed in the same manner is proceeded with flash. Cast is assessed as quite satisfactory, the level of flash and thin film being reasonable and only few thin air-bubbles appearing in not so important locations such as under the arms of the doctor or on the bottom of two nurses’ aprons.

The resin employed by CMK is qualitative and not very bridle, so the figs may support accidental drops without damages. Furthermore, the material excellent receives and holds the modeller’s painting work, no matter it is done with enamel, acrylics or artistic oils. In case the owner has more copies of the same set, conversions are  effortlessly achievable by mixing the heads of the nurses and the separate arms as well as by adding various related objects in their hands, cyanoacrylate making a powerful liaison between resin and hard plastic.

In the medium side of 1/72, both the doctor and nurses find few companions quoted in the first part of the present review. Definitely CMK’s “German Hospital Staff” sets out as a key tender for collectors as well as most necessary for any diorama or wargame targeting the depiction of a WWII German hospital or lazarett. The incentive of finally issuing a set with medical personnel and more women has to be highly praised and regarded with gratitude, the topic being scarcely portrayed in the 1/72 scale, by far insufficient comparing with the major contribution, heroism, and sacrifice brought by German women in general and nurses in particular during WWI  

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