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Set 16569

Soviet Marine Light Infantry

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All figures are supplied unpainted    (Numbers of each pose in brackets)
Stats
Date Released Unknown
Contents 11 figures
Poses 10 poses
Material Plastic (Very Hard)
Colours White
Average Height 20.5 mm (= 1.48 m)

Review

As the Great Patriotic War developed and Germany overran much of the western Soviet Union, the fleet soon found itself largely bottled up in port, so large numbers of sailors were used as naval infantry, and participated in many actions, particularly the fighting around Leningrad and in the Crimea.

The 10 poses in this set (for some reason one pose is repeated) are a mix of combat figures and men on the march or in more relaxed circumstances. All the figures require some degree of assembly (see the sprue), which helps to deliver some very realistic poses with no loss of detail. The various parts go together well, and the hard plastic makes it easy to bond with ordinary polystyrene cement. Detail is very good, despite the small size of these 1/87 scale figures, and there is very little flash.

The men all wear their normal uniform including the standard cap, and some also wear the short double-breasted pea-jacket that was often worn when on land duty. A number of the figures come with a choice of heads, namely a peaked or peakless cap, and in a couple of cases there is a choice of weapons too. Most of the figures are correctly festooned with fabric ammunition belts, which were a traditional mark of sailors on land duty, and all have haversacks, grenades thrust into their belts and some kind of pouches. Their armament is the standard rifle or submachine gun, and one man is carrying the very long antitank rifle. Everything here is accurate and properly done.

These are very nice figures that do the job well enough, although for either battle or behind-the-lines dioramas there are relatively few poses on offer. Their size means they do not mix well with the Pegasus set, which also offers more interesting and exciting poses, but this is still a collection of figures with considerable merit.

Ratings

Historical Accuracy 10
Pose Quality 10
Pose Number 6
Sculpting 9
Mould 9

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