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Caesar - German Infantry (Late War) – Set 1 (H002) _________(EXT)

 

 

Manufacturer Caesar
Scale 1/72
Set Code H002
Year 2004
No. of Figures 42
No. of Poses 12
Additional Items None
Size Tall
Material Soft Plastic
Colour Gray
Flash Level Intermediate
Glue-ability Satisfactory (Super-glue Gel)
Convert-ability Difficult
Optimal Period 1942  - 1945

 

Review 

“German Infantry (Late War)” is the first Caesar set dedicated to WWII Germans. It maybe appears a little odd, but not randomly this company granted attention before other subjects to the last part of WWII. Such figures, addressed to the second half, especially through uniforms, there were only a few in 1/72, their comrades in general wearing the M36 tunic specific to the first part of WWII or camouflage smocks, parkas and great coats.  

It must be underlined that when it was issued, and for more than 7 years, the present set has remained the only one at 1/72 where all soldiers are dressed in M43 tunic, until Plastic Soldier issued “Late War German Infantry 1953-45”. Likewise, there are some other figures dressed in the same tunic in Revell’s, “German Infantry” and Italeri/Revell’s “German Elite Troops” (appeared after almost two years from Caesar’s set), but these are not too many.

The utility of “German Infantry (Late War)” rests in best fitting of these figures, together with the ones dressed in camouflage smocks, with Tigers, Panthers, JagdPanzers, Pumas and various vehicles characterising the last years of the war. Such vehicles are very well represented on the market at 1/72 in contrast with the figure offers.

As it was mentioned before, all the minis are dressed in M43 tunic. This one is a little bit different than the M36 version, the most visible dissimilarity being at pockets in the 1/72 scale. In addition, the M43 tunic provides the advantage that it can be painted in Feldgrau as well as in camouflage, existing lots of pictures showing it in Wehrmacht or Waffen SS camouflage patterns.

Most of the figures have jack/marching boots, but three of them have ankle boots and gaiters. Taking into account that in the last part of the war soldiers shod boots more than marching boots, it would be advisable that the proportion to be inverted. It is also true the marching boots continued to be delivered to troops till 1945. Furthermore, there are many pictures showing soldiers from the same German platoon having three different types of boots.

Except one soldier wearing an officer cap, the rest have helmets without camouflage covers. The figures are lightly equipped, all having “Y” straps, the rest of equipment being composed from gas mask, bread bag and canteen, except the officer/specialised trooper with helmet that did not receive the bread bag and the one with cap that has only the pistol holster, officer leather case and binoculars. Furthermore, the soldier with the flame thrower does not possess gas mask container and just a figure has, except all the equipment before described, the shovel and another was endowed with a mess-tin.

Regarding ammo pouches, not only that all the figures have the right ones, according to the weapon in use, but also all are in the right number. Weapons varies, the figures making use of two Kar 98K, two MP40, five StG44, a schwere Flammenwerfer 41, one Panzerfaust and two pistols, one in the holster and a sort of P-38 Walther.

The poses are very realistic, nine figures standing, two are crouched and one is in an intermediary position from crouching to standing. Not only the poses are dynamic, but also almost all are interesting. From these, it can be mentioned the one of the soldier firing a Faustpatron (even if such figures are in various soft plastic sets, the one from here is the only that fires from the right position, and not like with a rocket launcher as there are in many other sets), the one with the anti-tank grenade  Hafthohlladung 3HL (HHL3),  a very rare representation of this weapon in 1/72 scale. There is only another reproduced in Pegasus Hobbies’ “Waffen SS – Set 2”, though starting with 1943 there were manufactured over 550,000 such grenades. In addition, this mini is the only one from the set keeping a StiHg-r 24 grenade under the belt. Special attention must be granted and to the soldier with schwere Flammenwerfer 41, weapon that is extremely rare in the 1/72 soft plastic sets.

A soldier throwing a StiHg-r 24 grenade in a well done and believable manner, fully capturing soldier’s effort to throw it as far as he can is here put forward. Likewise, his endeavour is supported and enhanced by his facial expression with a wide open mouth.

Different by the rest of soft plastic sets where in general there is only one officer, “German Infantry (Late War)” might include two. One looks like he is in combat, with helmet, binoculars, canteen, gas mask and a pistol in the right hand. The pose is a little bit strange, looking like he prepares to stand for leading the attack. A detail that misses on this figure is the pistol holster and it could be easily assessed not only as an officer, but also as a specialised trooper endowed with pistol as personal weapon.

The other officer, even if he is in a classic position, is excellent realized. He has officer cap, pistol holster, officer leather case and holds his binoculars in the right hand. Surprising is the fact that both officers have the “Y” straps, right like regular soldiers, but that is a detail not quite impossible to be found on the battle fronts.

And the rest of the poses are fine, being appreciated the fact that many have StG44, a weapon not so common in the soft plastic sets. Regarding the uniforms, these are well done and detailed, according to the reality, the set being a special one due to the M43 tunics worn by all unit. The bodies are well proportioned and facial expressions are realistic and well sculptured. There are no differences between the size of weapons and gear between different poses. On the other hand, StG44, MP40 and other weapons are quite good although these might appear a hair over-scaled.

Except the advantages mentioned inside the review, it must be underlined that the set impresses through quality and large number of details, this being a characteristic feature of Caesar’s sets on WWII German troops. A good example in this way can be the fact that the figures have even the holes in the “Y” straps.

Flash is rare and can be easily removed while an unwanted plastic emerges at the running soldier with MP40, in the contact area between the charger and the knee, but it is not impossible to be removed.

Taking into account the uniform, weapons and dimension of the figures, encompassed by the tall side of 1/72, these are perfectly compatible with those from Caesar “German Infantry with Winter Gear”,  Italeri “German Elite Troops”, Esci “Nebelwerfer 41”, Preiser “WW2 German Pak40 Crew”, Pegasus Hobbies “Waffen SS - Set 1 “ and ones form “Waffen SS – set 2” and “Germans in Berlin 1945”. However, perhaps the foremost compatibility is achieved with Plastic Soldier’s “Late War German Infantry 1953-45”, in terms of size of both minis and gear.

Even there can be very small differences between their size or gear or weapons size, all the above mentioned figures can be gathered on the same diorama. Moreover, the M43 tunic can be painted in Feldgrau or in Wehrmacht or Waffen SS camouflage models.

 

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