by: Frederick Boucher [ ]
OverviewMK35 Editions' 1/43 series of resin military figures focuses on subjects of the 1944-45 Ardennes campaign, includes this model WWII US Soldier Carrying a Jerrycan. It is crisply cast and features a base.
ScaleMK35 WWII military figures are 1/43, compatible with model railroad O scale in Britain and continental Europe. In 1/48 O scale this figure, posed bearing a burden, is 6-foot 3-inches tall from boot bottom to eye level (40 mm). Such tall soldiers served in WWII, thus this figure can be used with 1/48 models so long as the modeler is happy with the ratio of the helmet and other equipment.
MK35 currently lists 15 Allied and German figures in the series, including two figures of French Soldier of 2ème DB, Alsace-Lorraine.
The figureCast in a pastel lime resin the model is sealed in a zip-lock baggie. Included is a paper 'box art' label and painting guide. The figure is cast complete and features a base. All pieces share the same pour block. The figure and clothing are cast sharp and clear.
DetailThis GI is sculpted posed bearing the burden of a jerrycan. He is clothed in Boots, Service, Combat M1943 (Double Buckle), waist-length "tanker jacket" (Jacket, Combat, Winter), greatcoat, scarf, and 'tin pot' M1 helmet. Barely visible is belt webbing due to the coat but shown. The helmet chinstrap is pulled over the flared rear helmet rim.
Facial detail is muted as half of the face is under the helmet overhang. Basic facial structure - cheeks, nose, lips - is sculpted.
His jerrycan has basic detail but seems bulky.
Painting instructionsHumbrol paint is the sole hobby brand referenced. However, MK35 presents special painting ideas by including the mixing of special effects using Winsor & Newton oils, as well as using pencil lead. They also list a mix for the flesh tones.
ConclusionThis figure is one of several models in a series of US soldiers, Ardennes Winter 1944-45. He is nicely cast with a convincing pose and departs from cliché of being laden down with gear.
It looks properly proportioned with maybe the jerrycan being overscale.
I appreciate this model and recommend it.
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