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Set 530

Republic of Korea Troops

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All figures are supplied unpainted    (Numbers of each pose in brackets)
Stats
Date Released 2005
Contents 50 figures
Poses 12 poses
Material Plastic (Fairly Hard)
Colours Dark Green
Average Height 23 mm (= 1.66 m)

Review

When North Korea invaded the South on 25 June 1950 they knew they faced an army ill-prepared to meet them. To stop the government of South Korea under Syngman Rhee from invading the North, the US had kept the South's armed forces deliberately weak, so when the invasion came much of the army crumbled before it. In time the US helped to rebuild the ROK army, and naturally it played a major part in the course of the war. In time it would be able to hold much of the line between the two forces, although its performance was sometimes patchy.

The 12 poses in this set are all fine and mostly fairly standard choices. A couple rely on more than one part to improve the natural feel of the pose, and this is entirely successful. In addition the prone rifleman has a separate head, which is a great improvement on the part-finished heads normally found on such figures. While some do not care for the effort required to assemble such figures, they are certainly the better for it and the plastic is very easy to glue, leaving a solid join and a good figure.

Much of the supplies for the ROK army came from US surplus, and could be variable at the best of times and much worse during the early months of the war. Therefore the troops always had an American look to them, and once the army had been rebuilt later in the war this was made more uniform. All the figures here have American uniform and kit, and have been properly sculpted. There is a good deal of variety, so for example some men are wearing field caps rather than helmets, which means the general view of these troops is pretty accurate. The weapons are mostly rifles, and there are no heavy weapons at all.

The sculpting on these figures is excellent, with all the right details in all the right places. This detail is sometimes very shallow, and therefore not as obvious as in some sets, but this is only true where it is appropriate - i.e. the sculptor has not exaggerated the depth of certain features to make them easier to see at this scale. This makes life a bit harder for anyone wanting to paint them, but whether that is an issue will depend on the needs of the customer. We found no flash to remove, and all the separate parts fitted together very well, often avoiding the need to glue, although we would still recommend that they are permanently fixed.

This is not the sort of set that is likely to set the World on fire, but it is a steady and workmanlike job that has no historical inaccuracies, which is more than can be said for many other sets.

Ratings

Historical Accuracy 10
Pose Quality 8
Pose Number 8
Sculpting 10
Mould 10

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