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MIG Productions - Eastern Front German Assault Team Vol. 1 (MP 72-073) _________(BRF)

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Manufacturer MIG Productions
Scale 1/72
Set Code MP 72-073
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 1943 – 1945

Review   

The hash winters spent by WWII German troops on various fronts, particularly on the Eastern one, as well as the attire worn served as inspiration source for many companies. At its turn, MIG Productions dedicated several sets on the topic, catching in a marvellous manner the appearance of various units in different attire. A rare item of clothing in 1/72 scale is the famous Waffen SS winter fur anorak whose first pattern entered in service in 1940, being distributed to soldiers in Norway and Poland. The second pattern started to be available in early 1944 on the Eastern Front and the main difference between those were the full length button-up closure, the initial version being pulled-over. The heavy, three quarter length fur lined anorak, with integrated hood was distributed exclusively to Waffen SS, being issued in various shades of gray, with mouse and field grays the most spread. Created specially for mobile units such as reconnaissance, patrols, signal etc, the anorak proved to be quite unpopular due to its weight and lack of ventilation, particularly of the first pattern.  Although the second pattern was issued and the first one had to be returned to depots for modification of closure exactly like the new model, unmodified old pattern pulled-over winter fur anoraks remained with the army-men till the end of war.

MIG Productions dedicated two sets to the first pattern of Waffen SS winter fur anorak within the two volumes of “Eastern Front German Assault Team”, the series brilliant catching the appearance of troopers dressed in that special item of clothing. The anorak is perfectly represented both in terms of length and details such as closure, front pockets and hood where we can see pretty nice carved fur. Except anoraks, the soldiers wear padded trousers, steel helmets, ankle boots, and steel helmets.

The figures of Vol. 1 depict three advancing troopers, according to the artwork perhaps an MG team on the way to the front line or in patrol. Commercialised in the common package of the company for the 1/72 minis, the artwork shows how the figures might look after assembly. The operation requires some time considering that weapons and gear as well as heads and arms are individual pieces. In fact, this set offers the largest number of gear and weapons from all MIG Production sets, a sprue with four grenades, one Tellermine 35, and two shovels being available. Furthermore, an incredible number of three Kar98K, three MG42, two MP40 as well as a great amount of gear are incorporated on distinct slots. Superglue gel admirably fulfils its task, strongly fixing in positions the parts. Likewise, the large number of options in terms of weapon and gear gives the owner the chance to customise the army-men according to his needs and desires, not necessary specialised soldiers like an MG team, but also simply privates and eventually an NCO.   

Great anatomy and impressive level of small details are supported by the premium quality resin, not easy breakable as well as by fine casting, without air-bubbles, flash or even carrying film. Likewise, the material awesome takes in any enamel, acrylic or artistic oil and holds the artistic effort in spite heavy handling. 

Encompassed by the tall side of 1/72 scale, the figs wonderful match not only with their comrades from Vol.2 and other MIG Productions WWII Winter Germans, but also with plenty of army-men wearing winter gear offered by different manufacturers. However, the single mass-production set with troopers dressed in fur anoraks is made available by Caesar under the name “WWII Panzergrenadiers (Kharkov 1943)” but the figures from there does not fit with the present reviewed ones because those are issued in the small side of the scale.

Proposing the best interpretation on Waffen SS winter fur anorak accessible in 1/72 and furnishing the modellers’ spare parts box with a large number of finely detailed resin weapons and items of equipment, “Eastern Front German Winter Assault Team Vol.1” distinguishes itself as one of the most useful resin sets on WWII Winter Germans. Thanks to its qualities and topic, the kit might interest not only diorama builders and collectors, but also wargamers even if it implies assembly and is made of a material generally avoided on the wargaming table. 

 

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