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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)
Date Released Unknown
Contents 11 figures
Poses 10 poses
Material Plastic (Very Hard)
Colours White
Average Height 20.5 mm (= 1.48 m)


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.


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

Further Reading
"Heroes of the Soviet Union 1941-45" - Osprey (Elite Series No.111) - Henry Sakaida - 9781841767697
"Infantry Weapons of World War II" - David & Charles - Jan Suermont - 9780715319253
"Naval, Marine and Air Force Uniforms of World War 2" - Blandford (Blandford Colour Series) - Andrew Mollo - 9780713707250
"Red Army Uniforms of World War II" - Windrow & Greene (Europa Militaria Series No.14) - Anton Shalito - 9781872004594
"Sevastopol 1942" - Osprey (Campaign Series No.189) - Robert Forczyk - 9781846032219
"Soviet Army Uniforms in World War Two" - Arms and Armour Press (Uniforms Illustrated Series No.9) - Steven Zaloga - 9780853686781
"Stalin's War" - Crowood - Laszlo Bekesi - 9781861268228
"The Armed Forces of World War II" - Orbis - Andrew Mollo - 9780856132964
"The Red Army of the Great Patriotic War 1941-5" - Osprey (Men-at-Arms Series No.216) - Steven Zaloga - 9780850459395
"World War II Soviet Armed Forces (1) 1939-41" - Osprey (Men-at-Arms Series No.464) - Nigel Thomas - 9781849084000
"Militaria (French Language)" - No.67

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