by: Rob Harvey [ ]
With an ever-expanding line of resin figures and accessories hitting the market, Djiti Production of France is quickly making a name for itself as a company releasing an exciting and eclectic range of products. All the items are sculpted by the highly talented Jean-Thomas Rembert, who is himself a well-established modeller having authored many articles in a variety of modelling publications.
This review focuses on Djiti’s 40th release, simply entitled US Army Soldier (35040).
The figure comes packaged in a zip lock bag within a plastic blister box. The paper cover insert simply displays the item name and a photo of the unpainted assembled figure. Cast in a reasonably soft pale grey resin, the kit consists of the full body, separate left arm, head (with helmet moulded in place) and the left hand holding weapon. The attachment points for each separate item are easy to cut away and thankfully are located at points that will not interfere with the detail, for example the full figure is attached to the cast block via the bottom of the boots. Only the left arm will require careful removal so as not to damage the uniform folds sculpted where the attachment point is.
Construction is very straight forward, although the left arm will need to be positioned in place carefully as there is no locating pin. I found the best way to fit the arm in the correct place was to carefully line up the uniform fold contours. It is pleasing to find all of the figures equipment and ammo pouches moulded in place, I believe this gives a much more natural ‘sit’ of items, which is always more difficult to achieve by sticking on individual pouches which always look a little too stiff and unnatural.
The quality of parts and casting I would describe as excellent. I could only find one air bubble on all of the pieces, which was on the front of the sole of the figures boot. There are some mould lines to contend with; on both the inside legs and running very faintly up the outside right leg, very faintly up the right arm, and up both sides of the figures neck. Thankfully these mould lines are very slight and should be easy to remove with a fine sharp scalpel blade. I would advise priming the figure before removing them, as they are difficult to spot in the unpainted state. The figures weapon has some mould flash on it (this is generally down to the much finer casting) but this is very easy to cut away. An additional sprue length supports the fine barrel on the weapon, however the end of the barrel on my sample had snapped off.
The figure is in a natural standing pose with a pleasing level of detail and finesse in the sculpting. The folds on the uniform are particularly nice, with everything looking very natural and not over the top. This item is described as representing an up to date combat attire of a U.S. Army trooper serving in places such as Afghanistan. The figure wears what appears to be the Army Combat Uniform, although most probably in MultiCam as oppose to Universal Camouflage Pattern (which is being phased out). The figure is wearing some variation of the hot weather Army Combat Boot, perhaps a commercially produced version as these look slightly different to Government Issue examples. The uniform consists of the MultiCam version Army Combat Uniform trousers, which appear to have a very slightly different cut to the UCP trousers. On his torso the figure wears the MultiCam flame resistant Army Combat Shirt produced by Massif. Designed specifically for hot climates, the shirt features a breathable dark tan central chest panel with camouflaged sleeves and sides, and is intended to be worn under body armour. On the sleeves are upper arm pockets with Velcro panel, left forearm pen pocket and integrated elbow pads. On the figure the elbow pads appear a little too pronounced and could do with some slight sanding for a more realistic look. Over the uniform the figure wears a KDH Defense Systems Magnum TAC-1 plate carrier, currently issued to troops in Afghanistan as a lightweight alternative to the IOTV. The vest features all round MOLLE mounting surfaces with an array of PALS webbing, an emergency quick release tab, optional side torso plate pouches, and can be fitted with current issue SAPI and E-SAPI plates. Djiti’s is the first 1/35 U.S. military figure that I am aware of wearing this variation of vest and thus offers some pleasant variety to the usual OTV/IOTV clad figures. Moulded onto the figures vest are 3x ammo pouches, behind these are sculpted some tiny surgical scissors, a carabineer, Camelback (or some variation) hydration system with drinking tube placed across shoulder and front of vest, what appears to be a medical pouch and some other small utility pouch. The figure also has a Thales AN/PRC-148 handheld multiband radio inside webbing pouch, and 1-meter dummy blade folded in place on the rear of the plate carrier.
On the head, the figure is wearing Oakley ballistic glasses and the Army Combat Helmet. On the helmet is a SureFire HLA-1 LED helmet light and another set of ballistic goggles, with a very tiny carabineer sculpted on the strap.
The figure is armed with an M4A1 Modular Weapons System, which features the Rail Attachment System. The M4 is equipped with AimPoint Comp M2 red dot sight, forward handgrip, and AN/PEQ-15 laser target designator.
This is a first rate figure which is most certainly a very welcome addition to the market. The figure is well researched and features an excellent array of up to date and well-detailed equipment. The quality of the sculpting is without a doubt up to a high standard, with a realistic pose, good anatomy and some excellent sculpting on the uniform creases and folds, as well as the pleasingly fine and accurate plate carrier with webbing equipment. I also scaled this figure against other true 1/35 figures on the market and this one matches up perfectly. If I could pick any faults with this figure then I would just highlight again the mould seems which are present on some parts, and those elbow pads that are too pronounced. Overall though this is an excellent figure and is highly recommended to both figure painters and armour modellers alike.