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Set 72523

Soviet Infantrymen on a Tank

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All figures are supplied unpainted    (Numbers of each pose in brackets)
Date Released 2004
Contents 12 figures
Poses 6+ poses
Material Plastic (Very Hard)
Colours Olive
Average Height 25 mm (= 1.8 m)


Until recent years it has generally been the lot of the infantry to have to march wherever they were required. No doubt the opportunity for a ride on a tank was always welcome, and many newsreels of the Second World War shows Soviet troops riding into captured cities in just this manner. Now Preiser have created a set exclusively of such troops.

The set contains two of every part, sufficient to make the six poses we have illustrated twice. The figures generally have separate arms and weapons, so while we strictly followed the box guidelines for our models there are possibilities for varying what is produced, hence the comment about 6+ poses in each box. However the six suggested poses are pretty good, and when viewed in their natural habitat, which is to say on a tank, they look natural and realistic.

There are no accuracy problems with these figures either. They wear the classic uniform of Soviet infantry later in the war, and this has been correctly sculpted here. Our figures all wear a helmet, but the set includes enough extra heads to allow every figure to wear the pilotka side cap instead. Weapons are rifles, a couple of the inevitable PPSh41 submachine guns and a Degtyarev DP light machine gun.

The sculpting and proportions on these figures is very good, but the detail is very shallow and not particularly clear. All the parts fit together very well, although gluing is certainly necessary. Our sample had no flash, and since the figures are made up of several parts there is no excess plastic to worry about. Basically another fine workmanlike set of figures from Preiser.


Historical Accuracy 10
Pose Quality 9
Pose Number 7
Sculpting 9
Mould 10

Further Reading
"Infantry Weapons of World War II" - David & Charles - Jan Suermont - 9780715319253
"Soviet Rifleman 1941-45" - Osprey (Warrior Series No.123) - Gordon L Rottman - 9781846031274
"Soviet Uniforms and Militaria 1917-1991 in Colour Photographs" - Crowood Press - Laszlo Bekesi - 9781861263704
"Stalin's War" - Crowood - Laszlo Bekesi - 9781861268228
"The Encyclopedia of Weapons of World War II" - Amber - Chris Bishop - 9781905704460
"The Red Army of the Great Patriotic War 1941-5" - Osprey (Men-at-Arms Series No.216) - Steven Zaloga - 9780850459395

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