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RCMP Female Officer with Dog
RCMP Female Officer with Dog
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by: Kevin Brant [ SGTRAM ]

Introduction

Formed in 1873 as the North-West Mounted Police, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police are the national police force of Canada. The RCMP are responsible for enforcing federal laws across Canada as well as acting as the provincial police force in all provinces and territories with the exception of Ontario and Quebec which has their own provincial police forces.

As for the uniform, the RCMP have become famous for their distinctive dress uniform or "Review Order", also called the "Red Serge". The uniform tunic was based on the British military pattern when the RCMP was first formed. Along with the Stetson style hat, dark blue trousers with yellow stripe, and brown riding boot, the RCMP have become recognizable around the world.

It was not until 1974 when the RCMP started to accept applications from women to join the force, with the first group of 32 female officers graduating on March 3, 1975. Today, women make up approximatelty 20% of the RCMP ranks, and having posted the first female commissioner in 2006.

A new figure from ICM depicts a RCMP Female officer in her "Red Serge" with a dog in 1/16 scale.

Contents

2 Plastic Sprues
1 Black Plastic Display Stand
1 Instruction Sheet

Review

This new RCMP Female Office figure comes molded on one large sprue with another small sprue containing some of the small accessories. The plastic is molded in grey, and looks to be very well done, with some great looking surface details. Overall I found no sink marks and very little flash.

On the surface, the "folds and creases" look well done and natural. The details on the tunic, including colar detail is very well done. This detail continues on the boots, belt, and sleeves, with very good looking details to laces and buttons where needed. I did find the facial details on the head very nice looking, and should really add to the overall figures appearance. On the dog, the fur and facial details are well represented.

The break down of the figure has the legs as two halves, as well as the upper torso and head. The arms are solid, with the finger, in gloves, below the knuckles separate. On hand is holding a part of the leash, but the leash attachment to the dog figure will have to be scratch built and added. I would think a cut strip of masking tape should do the trick. The belt accessories and epaulets are separate parts. The Stetson hat is made of three pieces, and also has a slight seam that will need to filled and sanded.

For the dog, there are two halves for the main body, as well as two for the head. The rear legs and tails are separate parts. The overall look of the dog, including head is very well done, including the collar for the leash.

Assembling the figure is pretty straight forward, using the parts guide from ICM. I did find that in some places that gaps showed at the joints, especially in the legs and torso, as well as the dog. While the gaps on the figure should be easily dealt with, the gaps on the dog may be a little more difficult to ensure the fur detail is not lost in those spots. Also the seam goes down the centre of the dogs head from front to back, and careful filling and sanding will be needed.

The instruction sheet is printed in color and two sided, with one side showing the sprue layout and the color list and the other showing the figure color guide and parts location on the figure itself. The color list shows Revell and Tamiya color, and while most of the colors are close, I am sceptical about the Dark Blue for the pants, which should be more of a Dark Navy Blue.

A nice addition from ICM is the base, which is a three piece black plastic molding. This should be a great way to show off the figure and dog.

Overview

Overall this looks to be a great figure from ICM representing the well known look of an RCMP Officer. The female officer and dog are well molded with some great looking surface details, and the uniform looks great and natural. The only real issue I saw in the assembly was a few gaps in the legs, torso, and in the dog. While the gaps in the figure should be easy to putty, the dog may require a little extra work to retain the fur pattern.

Note The little bit of the mangled look to the sprue and instructions was due to a bit of a gaf on the part of the Royal Mail, as I received a totally mangle box, but inside the ICM box held up a bit, and other then the bend sprue and crinkled instructions, all was intact.

SUMMARY
Highs: Good moldings, nice surface details, great looking subject.
Lows: Some gaps requiring filling on assembly, leash not provided and will need to be scratch built.
Verdict: A very nice figure with dog, with nice details on uniform should be a great figure to paint and display. Highly recommended.
  Scale: 1:16
  Mfg. ID: 16008
  PUBLISHED: May 25, 2018
  NATIONALITY: Canada
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 88.35%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 84.60%

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About Kevin Brant (SgtRam)
FROM: ONTARIO, CANADA

I am an IT Consultant and father, with a passion for plastic models. I mostly prefer 1/35 Armor and 1/48 Aircraft. My main interests are anything Canadian, as well as WW2 German and British Armor and Aircraft. I have been building models since I was a young kid, got away from it for awhile, but r...

Copyright 2018 text by Kevin Brant [ SGTRAM ]. Images also by copyright holder unless otherwise noted. Opinions expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of Historicus Forma or Silver Star Enterprises. All rights reserved.



Comments

Nice review, Kevin. Nice to see a kit depicting a real woman as well. I am curious about the dog, though, as the RCMP uses German Shepherds for duty work but does employ other breeds for specialty tasks, at least according to their website. Is there any information about what task she may be assigned to with that dog?
MAY 25, 2018 - 05:59 AM
I have seen then with mixed breeds as well. I would think it would range from drug detection to explosive detection. I have even seen them working working with Labs for both as well.
MAY 25, 2018 - 08:04 AM
I thought it was because the Husky is a breed thought of when it comes to the far north, and I know that in the past the Mountie was depicted as a policeman for frontiers of the north.
MAY 25, 2018 - 03:11 PM
   

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