by: George Redell [ ]
Verlinden Productions is known for its great resin figures and aftermarket kits. It was a sad day when Verlinden announced that it was closing its door. Fortunately for us, Verlinden produced a lot of resin kits. You can still find a lot the figures and bust still available on eBay and some hobby stores. The unfortunate thing is once they are gone they will no longer be available. This was one of the last samples sent to Kitmakers.net from Verlinden.
The kit a “Viking Charging” is a 54 mm figure charging with his sword raised. Packaged in a white box with a picture of the finished figure, the box contained a bag with 12 resin parts. No instructions were included. Every part had a casting block attached to it except the base. The parts were beautifully cast with a lot of detail. Sometimes the faces of Verlinden figures can be a little goofy looking, this face looked natural. There was some flashing on the battle shield and bottom of the base. This was easily trimmed off, but I did need to be very careful when removing the casting block from the other parts.
As I mentioned before, be very careful when removing the casting block so you do not damage the part. When I cut off the casting block I always leave a little bit on and sanded that area smooth. The resin can be brittle and damage the part if you break off the casting block. There are two parts that make up the main body and upper legs. Unfortunately the casting blocks are located where the two parts get glued together. Once I removed both casting blocks there was a lot of sanding and trail fits to get a good fit. A little filler was need to fill in a slight gap. The lower legs went together good but I did need to fill in the seam where the two parts met. All the other parts fit very well and needed no filler. It took me about 1 1/2 hours to cleanup and complete this figure.
The detail was nice and as with most resin kits a little cleanup is expected. Caution needs to be taken when removing the casting blocks. I would have liked to see a painting guide included, but Verlinden Productions does not do that with any of their kits.