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Set 16543

German Soldiers Walking and Standing

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All figures are supplied unpainted    (Numbers of each pose in brackets)
Date Released Unknown
Contents 39 figures
Poses 13 poses
Material Plastic (Very Hard)
Colours Green
Average Height 21 mm (= 1.51 m)


Unlike most of the companies covered on this site, Preiser is primarily concerned with model railways, architectural models and other less military aspects of modelling. While they do produce a number of figures for World War II, their smaller range of figures for the armed forces of post-war Germany are probably intended mainly to decorate railway layouts or other civilian models. Parades and normal camp routine are the order of the day, so we have sets such as this, where no one even has a weapon.

All the poses in this set are either on parade or on the march, as shown by the suggested layout printed on the back of the box. Indeed you could be forgiven for thinking we have duplicated the same pose in our picture as many are very similar. However such near-identical poses are of course what the soldiers are trying to achieve, and the main difference between the figures is their dress, which is quite minimal and 'dressed down' in some cases. Apart from those wearing coats the only difference is in the choice of headwear, with field caps and berets being worn. Well, that and that the last pose is a woman - a difference that is doubtless very important to both her and the men.

This set bears no date, but the inclusion of a female soldier would seem to date it to the start of the century as women soldiers were only permitted from 2000 (although woman involved in medical and other roles had been in service for many years previously and some might on occasion have worn this uniform). However in general the clothing is suitable for the 1980s onwards. As usual with Preiser the sculpting is very good although none of the figures come with bases. The two marching poses have upper torso separate from the legs, but other than that there is no assembling, and being of hard plastic gluing is easy in any case. Their advertised scale of 1:87 makes them small compared to most of the figures we review, but they are nicely turned out with no flash and look pretty good when arranged on the parade ground.


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

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