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Set 16514

German Field Howitzer

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All figures are supplied unpainted    (Numbers of each pose in brackets)
Date Released Unknown
Contents 8 figures and 1 gun
Poses 8 poses
Material Plastic (Very Hard)
Colours Grey
Average Height 21 mm (= 1.51 m)


This set can be seen as a companion to the Horse Drawn Light Field Howitzer set as it contains the same gun but provides the crew figures. The crew are all correctly uniformed and there is some choice of heads to allow for steel helmets or caps to be worn. As might be expected when serving a gun these men have not encumbered themselves with any unnecessary kit, and one man has his tunic unbuttoned, so these are entirely natural looking.

The poses are nicely illustrated on the box cover, and are essentially an assortment of men either handing ammunition or the gun itself. Most figures have separate arms, so there is some latitude in terms of where the arm is placed, so any pose can be made to do whatever the customer requires. As a result all the poses are fine and realistic, with the second and third poses above being particularly nice as they are intended to be carrying one of the supplied ammunition boxes between them. The officer is using a field telephone, which is also a nice choice.

The gun is the same as the one in the horse team mentioned above so we will not discuss it here other than to repeat that it is a very nice model. All the extra ammunition boxes and shells are extremely welcome too as they would be an indispensable part of any scene involving this gun in action.

The usual Preiser standard of sculpting is repeated here, with very good detailed figures that have no sign of flash. Although they do need to be put together all the parts fit well enough. Another usual Preiser feature is the lack of any bases for these figures, however.

In short then this is a perfectly good set that depicts its subject very well. The 1/87 scale will mean some who are used to 1/72 figures will find those in this set too small (and the same applies to the gun of course), but if that is not a problem then this is an excellent addition to the Preiser German Third Reich range.


Historical Accuracy 10
Pose Quality 10
Pose Number 10
Sculpting 10
Mould 10

Further Reading
"German Artillery at War 1939-45 Vol.1" - Concord (Armor at War Series No.7059) - Frank De Sisto - 9789623611435
"German Light Field Artillery 1935-45" - Schiffer - Joachim Engelmann - 9780887407604
"The German Army 1939-45 (1) Blitzkrieg" - Osprey (Men-at-Arms Series No.311) - Nigel Thomas - 9781855326392
"The German Army 1939-45 (3) Eastern Front 1941-43" - Osprey (Men-at-Arms Series No.326) - Nigel Thomas - 9781855327955

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