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Preiser

Set 72501

German Infantry Dismounting

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All figures are supplied unpainted    (Numbers of each pose in brackets)
Stats
Date Released 1999
Contents 12 figures
Poses 6+ poses
Material Plastic (Very Hard)
Colours Grey
Average Height 24 mm (= 1.73 m)

Review

This is another one of those Preiser sets where just looking at the figures leaves you wondering what is going on. The curious poses only become clear when you look at the box artwork and you see that these guys are getting off (or equally getting on) a half track.

Preiser sets vary considerably in the number of parts for each figure, but here the figures are mostly made up of separate legs, arms, body and head as can be seen from the sprue. This allows a lot of mixing of parts to make different poses, and indeed those we have pictured are simply the recommendations printed on the box, but many others are possible. In this case there are no spares, but of course by adding parts from other sets the possibilities are almost endless. As with many of these sets Preiser have included extra sprues with large amounts of weapons and kit, but in this case every man already holds a weapon and has many of the usual items of kit.

The parts fit together OK and the level of detail is up to Preiser's usual standards. Flash is virtually non-existent but if you want bases then you will have to provide them yourself as none are in the box. Of course if the figures are placed on vehicles as intended then bases are unnecessary anyway.

It might seem that a set of infantry simply getting on or off a vehicle is pretty limited, and to a great extent that is true. However when seen as part of the increasingly large range of Preiser World War II German infantry this set simply adds more components and multiplies the number of possible combinations to ever greater heights, and that ability must be the envy of everyone that models anything else.

Ratings

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

Further Reading
Books
"German Combat Equipments 1939-45" - Osprey (Men-at-Arms Series No.234) - Gordon Rottman - 9780850459524
"German Infantryman (1) 1933-40" - Osprey (Warrior Series No.59) - David Westwood - 9781841764627
"German Soldiers of World War II" - Histoire & Collections - Jean de Lagarde - 9782915239355
"Infantry Weapons of World War II" - David & Charles - Jan Suermont - 9780715319253
"The German Army 1939-45 (1) Blitzkrieg" - Osprey (Men-at-Arms Series No.311) - Nigel Thomas - 9781855326392

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