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CMK - German Soldiers for FAMO (F72156) _________(EXT)

 

Manufacturer CMK
Scale 1/72
Set Code CMKF72156
Year ?
No. of Figures 3
No. of Poses 3
Additional Items None
Aspect Tall
Material Resin
Colour Cream
Flash Level Intermediate
Glue-ability Excellent (Super Glue Gel)
Convertibility Easy
Optimal Period 1939 - 1945

 

Review 

Czech Master's Kits (CMK) is definitely one of the most well-known 1/72 resin manufacturer, recognized for its large collection of figures as well as for their high quality. Related to the German Army, inside their sets there can be discovered not only soldiers in the next proximity of the battle field, but also figures addressed more to diorama builders, like crews for tanks and vehicles, as well as for submarines and airplanes.

As the title mentions, the main intention was to design the present set for a famous WWII German vehicle, the 18 tone Sd.Kfz 9 halftrack, better known as FAMO, after the name of the factory that produced the largest part of the 2727 such vehicles, the rest being manufactured by Vomag and Tatra. Especially during the last period, FAMO benefited by an enhanced attention granted by famous 1/72 manufacturers like Revell and Trumpeter. Furthermore, this set completes with another of the same company, including also three figures, namely ”German driver and personnel for FAMO”. Gathered together, both sets fill most of the seats of such a halftrack.  Nevertheless, the FAMO personnel can be deployed to serve and other types of cars, trucks or halftracks from the long list of vehicles used by Germans during the period. It is familiar the serious need of crews and personnel for vehicles, especially taking into consideration the fact that most of the representative producers in the field launch their kits without humans. For that reason, the present set represents a valuable solution to solve the issue, at least for one vehicle.

Figures come in the CMK specific small box with an artwork providing some information on how the figures are going to appear on the seats of a FAMO. The drawn soldiers are not exactly in the same poses with those incorporated by the box, but still pretty close. Another difference between the drawing and content is that on the box a figure wears drill tunic while in the set, all figures seems dressed in regular tunic and trousers, boots and M34 overseas caps. Except belts, they completely miss gear and weapons, showing in this respect the sculptor’s intention of depicting figures in a calm and safety area. Nevertheless, most of the reference images illustrate the German FAMO personnel equipped in this way, so historical accuracy is fully reached.

Their poses educe a relaxed atmosphere with unworried soldiers, having a little chitchat while traveling, all figures being seated in various poses. The most attractive is a mini with legs across, holding one with his right hand in an extremely natural manner, another, with rolled up sleeves, supports his left arm on the back seat while the last holds his knees with his palms. Indeed, all these are very successful poses for their meaning and will please diorama builders or vehicles with personnel fans.

Uniforms appear pretty accurate, the tunics displaying shoulder boards, buttons and other small details. Anatomy is more than impressive, main points of attraction being represented by some of the most expressively faces and very good sculptured fingers. There are not disproportions between the sizes of bodies of figures, flash is almost reduced to zero and the resin was cast without bubbles. The material greatly accepts the paint, and there is no need for using primer.

Considering their role, it is obvious that the soldiers come without bases, as well as the large majority of resin sets does, no matter the subject. Due to their high price, such figures have as target groups the collectors and diorama builders, but for sure, also wargamers would be pleased by such a set. Every figure is given on a separate sprue including next the head which practically is the single piece requiring assembly, super glue gel being recommended for a strong bond. As all resin sets, enhanced attention should be paid when detaching the soldiers from the sprues while due to their fragility, some parts can brake quite easy.

As it was pointed out above, there is a great need of crew and personnel for the large number of WWII German means of transportation available in 1/72 scale. Except CMK, with this set and its completion “German driver and personnel for FAMO”,  several other companies took into account the lack and tried filling the gap through related sets with more or less figures. Such offers, with 1/72 soldiers in poses suitable for entering the seats of vehicles could be found in Preiser’s “WWII German Motorised Infantry”, “WWII German Infantry Resting”, “German Air and Ground Crew”, “German Tank Crew, Warriors’ “German Tank Riders Set 1 and Set 2”, Miniatures Alemany’s “German Panzer Grenadiers” etc.

On the other hand, other solution is provided by manufacturers that launch on the market vehicles with crews, but these examples should be counted on the fingers of one hand. Hasegawa and Esci/Italeri brought on the market several such kits, a proper example in the field being “SdKfz.7 Half Track 8-ton” of the first just named companies. Moreover, in general, the figures from such kits are quite poor but due to the fact that these are made of hard plastic, may be improved with Dragon and Presier body parts, gear and weapons. For better comparing these figures from the point of view of size, it should be said that it is in the tall side of 1/72, the minis having almost the same size of heads, palms and bodies with soldiers met in sets like Caesar’s “German Infantry Late War”, Revell’s (German Navy), Italeri’s (German Elite Troops) and Pegasus Hobbies “German Mortar Teams”. Another way of completing the numbers of similar units proposes CMK in a brilliant series of kits aiming Kriegsmarine and Luftwaffe army-men and where are included a large number of minis dressed in overalls or drill attire.

CMK’s “German Soldiers for FAMO” can bring life to any vehicle, but also may be used for other purposes, as soldiers carrying out activities related to leisure. For instance, being in sat poses, these figures can take position around a table for eating or talking, Preiser chairs or ammo boxes being good solutions in this respect.

 

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