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Set ESK03

Eskimo Kayaks

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All figures are supplied unpainted    (Numbers of each pose in brackets)
Date Released 2002
Contents 2 figures, 2 kayaks and 1 iceberg
Poses 2 poses
Material Resin
Colours Black
Average Height 23 mm (= 1.66 m)


The word 'Eskimo', which is the term applied to the Inuit people, is seen as derogatory by many, particularly in Canada. In such a harsh environment much of the hunting was done at sea, for which the kayak was invented several thousand years ago. Kayaks come is many styles, but the ones in this set seem typical. They are waterline only, so they have a flat bottom and easily stand without wobble.

Neither of the two hunters are actually paddling their craft. One is apparently stationery and resting his paddle across the deck while the other is holding his harpoon or javelin up, ready to strike. The harpoon was attached to the air bladder which can be seen behind each man, though this rope has not been included in the set and we used ordinary thread for our model. We attached the rope to the back of the weapon, making it a javelin. If we had attached the rope to the head of the weapon then it would have been a harpoon.

With such a complex model the set naturally comes in a number of parts. Each kayak is one piece, as is each hunter. The paddles are separate, as are the harpoons and the air bladders. These are made of resin, which takes glue quite well and allows for plenty of detail.

Because these models come in several parts, there is some latitude in terms of choice of pose. Though they required some gluing, the resulting models are very attractive. All the parts fit well and everything is delightfully detailed. What little flash there is can be very easily removed as the very thin resin virtually falls off the figures, a lot easier than soft plastic. The mini iceberg helps to set the scene, though it could also be used as an interesting base for some small scene. All aspects of the costume and equipment seem quite authentic, and this is a very nice set for a subject very different from the normal military ones.

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