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Set 16597

German Standing Draught Horses

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All figures are supplied unpainted    (Numbers of each pose in brackets)
Date Released Unknown
Contents 2 figures and 6 horses
Poses 2 poses, 6 horse poses
Material Plastic (Very Hard)
Colours Brown/Grey
Average Height 22 mm (= 1.58 m)


As is often pointed out, the German Army in World War II relied heavily on horses for much of its transport, and Preiser themselves have provided many kits of such guns and vehicles, usually with the necessary team. However these tend to be at the walk, which is not ideal if a diorama requires a stationary vehicle, and there are any number of other uses for draught animals, so this little set fills a hole very neatly. What we have basically is six draught animals, all standing. The box art shows them unhitched and apparently waiting loading or having been unloaded from a train, but of course much more can be done with them. All have the type 25 harness and some are saddled too, which was very common and a good choice here. Everything looks authentic, and that applies equally to the two handlers, who are wearing the smart early-wear uniform with tunic and breeches and long boots.

Preiser have taken the sensible option when it came to depicting standing quadrupeds, and have supplied all the horses in two halves. This ensures the stance of the animal is perfect - much better than any standing animal made with a rigid steel mould - and although they need gluing the halves fit together perfectly. The sculpting of both animal and man is excellent, and such detail as is required, such as elements of the harness, are also well done, while there is no flash or unnecessary plastic anywhere.

Like many Preiser sets this one has a modest ambition and achieves it perfectly. Although at a smaller scale than our favoured 1/72, for those that can live with that this set is a highly worthwhile addition to the enormous Preiser Third Reich range.


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

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