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In-Box Review
British LRDG 1942
  • YM7002-2

by: Costas Rodopoulos [ MAJOR_GOOSE ]

Intro:

Korean Young Miniatures is among the most serious companies in the figure world. The quality of releases, despite the relatively slow rate of them, has established the company between the best companies lately. Sculpting and casting quality are the main reasons that this happens.

Here we will review a theme in 70 mm that we do not see very easily, and especially on larger scales: a British LRDG from 1942.

The Kit (what’s in the box):

This 70 mm kit, in white metal, comes in a total of 13 pieces, including the base part and the metal name plate.

Torso and feet are one piece together; the coat comes in two halves. Two different heads with different head cover are available in the kit adding an extra, two arms, 3 parts for the machine gun, and one strap.

Young Miniatures packaging always rates in my favorites. Big size black, hard luxury carton box, with a transparent plastic sleeve over it, to protect the color picture of the box art, and also keeping the box, safely and tightly closed. Inside the box, all the pieces, carefully placed, between 3 thick foam sheets and perfectly protected. This box deserves to be kept for further use definitely, as I have said before!

Quality – Detail:

Young Miniatures has climbed up fast as a quality company, since the products of it offer quality. The sculpting from Hiroyuki Ishii is really nice, clean and defined as much as you need to paint in easiness, without guessing where the lines are. Detail is really strong and well in scale, and I think that careful painters will find a lot of space, to play their “tricks”.

The 2 heads have nice characteristics, and will prove easy to paint without any particular problems.

The machine gun has enough detail but I would really prefer to have it in 2 pieces instead of 3, because joints on tiny spots as the barrel sometimes prove really weak. I think there you must pay some attention for a straight and tight bonding.

The ground piece is a simple desert like ground representation that might be enhanced a bit by the modeler.

The casting is beautiful, with a shiny and clean surface, with no grain at all and almost polished to a high shine. Thin mold lines on the sides will be eliminated easily with a pet from a fresh blade. On these specific points, some sanding will make the surface perfectly smooth and ready for priming.

After you do this minor cleaning, you can proceed to, assembly, priming and painting. This figure could be painted, in one piece, if you are experienced enough.

Painting it:

The box art, from Hiroyuki Ishii, is a recreation of a typical LRDG dressing code, so you can follow it, but some internet, or bibliography searching, will offer some extra possibility, mainly following earth tones.

A figure for almost all painters I guess, since the high quality, the easiness of assembly and simple painting scheme will not discourage anyone. More experienced painters, will be able to play more with the coat and present an interesting textured surface.

This can definitely be a different piece in your showcase and of course, is valuable as you cannot find many of them especially in this scale.

Conclusion:

This is a different subject, but will not satisfy only WWII lovers, as is a very good figure in general terms. Few pieces, easy assembly and relatively easy painting.

High quality, nice surface and skilled sculpting will turn painting to a joy for you.

Highly Recommended

SUMMARY
Highs: Theme in 70 mm that we do not see very easily, and especially on larger scales
Lows: The machine gun has enough detail but I would really prefer to have it in 2 pieces instead of 3, because joints on tiny spots as the barrel sometimes prove really weak.
Verdict: This is a different subject, but will not satisfy only WWII lovers, as is a very good figure in general terms. Few pieces, easy assembly and relatively easy painting.
  PACKING / INFORMATION:89%
  THEME/POSE:87%
  QUALITY/DETAIL:90%
Percentage Rating
88%
  Scale: Other
  Mfg. ID: YM7002
  PUBLISHED: Nov 04, 2007
  NATIONALITY: United Kingdom
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 88.76%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 92.14%

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About Costas Rodopoulos (Major_Goose)
FROM: KIKLADHES, GREECE / Ελλάδα

I started modelling 27 years ago with some 1/72 planes and military vehicles. Soon the diorama bug got into me and with Sheperd Paynes books I dug in. I loved to build dioramas and military vehicles till the Vietnam Era. I don't like modern stuff so much. 4 years ago I had a crush on figure painti...

Copyright ©2018 text by Costas Rodopoulos [ MAJOR_GOOSE ]. 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

The figure looks really impressive. Thanks for the review Costas! Mario
NOV 03, 2007 - 11:34 PM
Realy nice figure
NOV 04, 2007 - 02:45 AM
Morning all,.. As much as this subject is a first class piece of figure design and also beautifully cast, I have a wee bit of trouble with him,..the way that I see the wee man, he dose not have the feel or look of a LRDG member... Perhaps he was designed from one of the latter British Guards Reg. volunteers, or perhaps his coat design is throwing me, I don't know, anyway thats only one persons wee opinion...... Phil....
NOV 04, 2007 - 12:17 PM
Hey Phil, I almost see what you mean... to me he is a bit reminiscant of a 20's or 30's Chicago gangster Maybe even Dick Tracey-ish But... despite that, I still like him, I'd buy one Rudi
NOV 07, 2007 - 08:06 AM
Rudi, mate,.. your saying it, as I see him,..still a great piece of sculpting,..Perhaps drop the Tommy gun and give him a shovel, that could tell many stories for the LRDG.... phil...
NOV 07, 2007 - 11:54 AM
We broke our quick reply box. Working on it. Until fixed go to topic to reply.
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