from Japan has a wide series of 1/35 scale metal figures representing female warriors of World War II. Their interesting and life-like posed figures and also cats- puppies kits can add a good realism to vignettes and dioramas. Lately they released a few kits representing ladies of Russian Army accompanied with pets.
ML-038 Red Army Snipers
depicts a female sniper in her amoeba pattern camo suit. The kit also includes a little dog.
about the figure
Soviet snipers were a part of the military planning and tactics long before the outbreak of the war. The Soviet experience from the first world war highlighted the importance of incorporating snipers into their battle plans. Marksmanship and sharp shooting skills were emphasized in both the military and in official state run youth and recreation programs. When the rifle 1891/30 was developed it was also decided to develope a sniper variant. Up until that time the official tactics for small units largely ignored the importance of utilizing snipers equipped with special purpose rifles. The Soviet Army did utilize sharpshooters but they were equipped with either standard infantry rifles or sometimes civilian hunting rifles.
At the start of the war, there were two types of Russian snipers--snipers who were part of the Reserves of the Supreme High Command (RVGK) and snipers who were part of standard infantry units. The RVGK snipers were organized into separate brigades--such as the RVGK sniper brigade made up of women. Entire platoons, companies, and even battalions of RVGK snipers were assigned to fronts and armies to support critical sectors.
Red Army snipers hunted in pairs, one spotting and one firing. Both were armed with the Mosin-Nagant 1891/1930 sniper rifle that fires a 7.62x54mm rimmed round. Although the rifle's four-power scope mount also allowed the sniper to use the standard open sights for closer-in shots, both snipers also carried PPSH 7.62mm submachine guns as insurance. The spotter used his scoped rifle to back up the fire and to fire immediately at the target if the firer should miss.
The figure comes in 12x7 cm transparent zip-lock bag with a company label stapled on the top of the bag. Inside the bag; there are 2 small paper sheets ; one with the information about the figure in Japanese and English, the other with a painted photo which can be used as a painting guide. It is noted on the information sheet that the metal of the figures contains lead.
Figure parts are secured in another plastic bag.
The figure is sculpted by Kiyushi Tsuda
and cast in 3 white metal parts and the dog is in one piece. The cast is quite good, there are only a few slightly visible seamlines to clean. A quick sanding will be enough to make it ready for priming.
Body with head ,right arm and legs : Female facial details, hair and Pilotka cap are quite good. She wears Soviet Army one-piece camouflage overall usually called deceptive coverall and named as Maskirovochnyy kombinezon. The overall has the Amoeba pattern which shows big brown blobs on a pale green background. The cloth folds of the overall are well defined. She has under-knee length leather boots. She carries a Russian army leather belt with metal buckle. The ammo pouches are not sculpted or included on the kit.
Right foot : Right foot with under-knee length leather boot is given as a seperate part.
Left arm : It shows nice cloth folds.
Dog : A little dog sculpted in nice details and cast in one piece is included in the kit to display next to the figure.
A nice figure to display in Russian scenes and the dog is a nice bonus but in my opinion; no ammo pouches on the figure and rifle is not included in the kit are missing points .