by: Todd Michalak [ ]
introduction:Hussar is a name given to any number of various light cavalry. This is a designation dating back hundreds of years and still used today in many different European armies. Hussars from 18th Century, under the command of Napoleon, were some of his finest soldiers. Each Regiment had their own attire known for their flamboyant uniforms with bold colors and large plums as well as their quick to judgment to rush into to battle.
The Kit:The French Hussar kit, model no. MB3208, is a continuance of Mast Box’s Napoleonic War Series. This is a 1/32 scale styrene molded figure atop a steed. The set is presented in the standard end opening Master Box…box!
There is one sprue within the box with all the parts to construct the figure and horse in 1 or four variants:
• The 5th Hussar Regiment, 1812
• The 6th Hussar Regiment, 1812
• The 7th Hussar Regiment, 1812
• The 9th Hussar Regiment, 1812
Half of the sprue is laid out having the parts for constructing the horse and the second half are the parts for constructing the figure. At first glance there is a fair amount of flash on the smaller parts to this kit. I have recently seen this with another Napoleonic War Series kit I reviewed here on Historicus Forma: http://www.armorama.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=Reviews&file=index&req=showcontent&id=10507
There are a few mold seams that will be needed to be dealt with, mostly on the arms and legs as well as the horse’s body. The trusty hobby knife with a small sanding stick should take care of this.
Standard with Master Box kits, the instructions are printed on the backside of the box. These show construction and painting guides for all of the four variants the kit can be built too. The color chart give reference for using either Vallejo or Lifecolor paints to finish the model.
Construction:I am beginning to see a little trend with Master Box’s Napoleonic War Series kits, whereas between the flash and the overall fit of the parts these kits are completely different from the 1/35 scale kits. I started with the horse. The two main body parts took some wrangling to square up and get to fit correctly and there was a considerable amount of seam lines on the legs, inside and out.
The same troublesome cleanup is involved with the soldier as I seen with the Red Lancer kit I previously viewed. The legs and arms seem to have the heaviest seam lines to clean; however, after cleaning, most of the parts fit with little to no problem; however, the torso section needed a little adjusting to meet up with the leg section
Conclusion:While there are a number of small issues I have come across with the French Hussar Kit from Master Box, I do feel the subject matter is decent with and interesting set of options to choose from. There is quite a bit of cleanup that needs to be done with this kit, but with a little time and patience this piece could be finished into a nice static display.