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MIG Productions - German Fallschirmjager (MP 72-059) _________(EXT)

Manufacturer MIG Productions
Scale 1/72
Set Code MP 72-059
Year Unknown
No. of Figures 3
No. of Poses 3
Additional Items Gear&Weapons
Size Tall
Material Resin
Colour Cream
Flash Level Low
Glue-ability Excellent (Superglue Gel)
Convert-ability Easy
Optimal Period 1941 – 1945

Review 

MIG Production certainly emerges as one of the most representative resin manufacturer of 1/72 WWII Germans, with a rich offer of excellent sculptured figures, often covering unusual topics or stances. For a good period of time 1/72 German Fallschirmjager had not benefitted by proper representations, those wanting superior figs finding in MIG Production’s interpretation the main solution in the field, the accuracy of helmets and Type III smocks consisting top points. Well-known companies such as ESCI/Italeri, Revell, and Preiser treated the WWII German Paratroopers matter, but most of those lamentably failed, so the need of proper sculptured Fallschirmjager was very high. Still, only few niche producers decided to issue related sets, except MIG Production, CMK and Propaganda listing in their catalogues resin figures. In addition, those made of white metal are slightly more numerous, especially thanks to TQD Castings. However, as time passed, several other mass-production makers have joined the group, Dragon, Zvezda, and Pegasus Hobbies launching or preparing to launch some excellent sets while Orion and Caesar offers, in spite several nice ideas, does not impress too much.

The kit proposed by MIG Production rests in three multi-part minis and as usual for this company, figures are supplied in a transparent plastic bag fixed on a cardboard sheet delivering information related to the set as well as showing the assembled version of the troopers. No other guidelines for putting together the content is available but things are clear from that image although the rifle is fixed completely wrong, perhaps just to show its existence. A slot is dedicated to the three bodies and other two for the arms and heads while weapons and gear are emplaced on seven distinct slots, so quite an impressive number of slots for just three miniatures. One Kar98K, one MP38/40 and one MG42 compose the arsenal of these soldiers, completed by two pistols in holsters and few grenades already sculptured under the belts of two troopers. Equipment consists in two bread-bags, two mess tins, two canteens, two gas mask containers, two gas mask bags, one map case, and one MG pouch. In addition, a MG ammunition box is delivered and it can be added either to the rifleman or to the one with MP, both having the right palm modelled in a proper manner for holding that box. While equipment is separately provided, hobbyists have the liberty to endow the soldiers as they want, but obviously, the MG pouch should go to the gunner as well as a pistol holster. Nevertheless, the most appealing item appears the cloth gas mask bags issued in olive green like the earlier smocks. Except the special gas mask bags and Kar98K bandoliers, the WWII German paratroopers used standard infantry gear, although some modifications in terms of colours could intervene such as blue-gray bread-bags and MP38/40 ammunition pouches. However, most of the times, the pieces were directly taken from infantry, so implicitly had identical colours.

Assembly is not complicated but requires a little time on account body parts, gear, and weapons are supplied as separate parts. It is a job for super-glue gel, the adhesive not only making a perfect bond on resin, but also granting the modeller few extra seconds for eventual readjustments. Moreover, the same adhesive is fully capable to perfectly stick hard plastic pieces to resin, so items cast by Dragon, Preiser or Caesar might find their place on these figs.

A special point of attention is the Type III Fallschirmjager smocks they wear, emphasising the role of these troopers as elite infantry rather than airborne. Except smocks, all have trousers, short ankle boots, paratrooper M38 helmets, and “Y” straps that are regular and not M40 model issued predominantly to mounted units and FJs. Likewise, their trousers can be either regular or paratrooper ones, a clear identification being difficult whilst the length of each smock covers the place where it was emplaced the gravity knife pocket, the main clue for recognising paratrooper trousers in 1/72 scale. Anyway, it is no important what kind of trousers these figs have got as both models were intensively worn by FJs, especially after they became more infantry than paratroopers. In addition, the same trousers can be painted as tropical ones, dressed by Fallschirmjagers not only in Africa but also in Mediterranean countries. Under smocks there is visible a small part of tunic or shirt, the jump smock could be dressed over the blue-gray Luftwaffe tunic, over shirt in warm periods, or directly over skin, being known funny photos with FJs wearing just the jump smocks even without trousers. At their turn, the regular “Y” straps and the short ankle boots highlight these paratroopers are closer to infantry, the special jump boots being replaced by the more comfortable short ankle boots when airborne missions started to be very rare. The infantry role is further emphasised by the jump smocks worn free, without forming the “shorts” though such possibility existed, expressly created in case of an airborne mission. Type III smocks not only open all but also could form the “shorts” through a system of snaps allowing the bottom to be fastened around legs. On MIG Production’s jump smocks the external pockets appear very clear and the attire can be painted either in earlier splinter or later water/tan camouflage patterns.

In relaxed positions, in standard assembly they do almost nothing, just stay still and might be easily displayed as chitchatting either on the front line or during a training session. The Fallschirmjager without grenade was designed to receive the MP38/40, but there is the possibility to embody the MG gunner, simply changing the arms being enough for that. The MP38/40 pouches appear a little too large than the size generally encountered in 1/72 scale, but  nothing disturbing and certainly these can be utilised, also having nice details such as straps and left hand side small pouch for maintenance tools. The soldier with bandolier must get the Ka98K, bandoliers replacing the classical Kar98K ammunition pouches at paratroopers. MIG Productions delivers an incredible detailed bandolier, with superbly shaped pouches and clear snaps. In accordance with the artwork, his left palm is intended to hold the rifle but the shape of the right one also permits the modeller to set the Kar98K. Furthermore, the unoccupied palm can grab the MG ammo box, this figure being the most suitable to embody a MG assistant, such soldiers having Kar98K as personal weapons. The MG gunner keeps the weapon in one of the most common poses, on the right shoulder and it seems he prepares to search for something in the left front pocket, a place where FJs kept lots of stuff, from ammunition to personal items. Briefly, it might be said here MIG Productions succeeds to recreate in a fine manner a Fallschirmjager MG team, formed by gunner, loader, and commander or NCO.

It is well-known the issue of Fallschirmjager rimless M38 helmet in 1/72 scale, for a long period manufacturers falling to authentically depicting it. Luckily, this time we encounter some of the best M38 helmets, of an ideal shape and featuring small particulars as the liner retention bolts and the four point chinstrap. Not only this item but also anatomy, attire, gear, and weapons superbly reproduce reality. Small features are available as well as genuine creases, fine facial expressions and proper balanced proportions on bodies, gear, and weapons. Palms with all fingers in place can be painted with or without gloves, even when acting as infantry, the WWII German Fallschirmjager maintained their Luftwaffe leather gloves with elasticised cuffs.

A minor issue might raise the MP38/40 which is a hair too thin in comparison with similar weapons of various producers. In this light, it is perhaps more recommended using a Dragon or Preiser MP38/40, the soldier featured in the below images having a Dragon weapon. Likewise, due to an undesired event, namely a two meter fall, a small part of the Kar98K muzzle broke and I could not find it anymore. Because of that, I decided replacing the MIG Production rifle with a Dragon one, but it should be strongly emphasised that the original weapon was really excellent. Bearing in mind these facts, at the here illustrated figs, practically only the MG42 belongs to the manufacturer, but the weapon is gorgeous, recording in resin the special characteristics of the barrel as well as a fine bipod. 

Cast in a non fragile high-quality resin, generally able to resist to various shocks, the product comes almost flash-less and without air-bubbles, only insignificant amount of thin film being encountered. Enamel, acrylics, and artistic oils raise no problem, simply integrating into the material and lasting even if the minis are heavily handled. Without bases, the troopers have still a perfect balance, standing without additional devices thanks to their soles on the ground. Anyway, nothing keeps away the hobbyist either to base or to directly stick the figures on the diorama.  

In the tall side of the 1/72 scale, these miniatures properly interact with paratroopers issued by Dragon, Zvezda, Revell, ESCI or even Orion. Emplacing them next to Preiser and Caesar paras is not the most indicated choice while those are much thinner than MIG Production’s version. Likewise, though a hair taller, Italeri’s Tropical Paratroopers are a good addition to the present army-men, especially bearing in mind that many wear Type III jump smock. Furthermore, it seems Pegasus Hobbies is close to finally launch their long-waited Fallschirmjagers, many of the figures from there wearing the same garment. In terms of anatomy, perhaps the closest are CMK’s “Fallschirmjäger WW II” which also adopt a still attitude and wear Type III smocks but are equipped for jump. However, they perhaps combine in the best manner with MIG Production’s soldiers as well as with few others from Revell and ESCI for embodying a group waiting to embark in their glider, WWII Fallschirmjagers travelling with weapons on them with such mean of transportation. 

Mainly designed for diorama builders due to the level of assembly required and material, MIG Productions’ “German Fallschimjager” comes out as one of the best interpretations in the field, and even doing nothing, the minis are sufficient for a small vignette depicting a peaceful scene after 1941 when TypeIII smocks reached the troopers.

 

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