by: Todd Michalak [ ]
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Armor35 is a Russian based online modelling store since 2012 offering a wide variety of products to our friends in Russia and around the world. Recently Armor35 has branched out into offering a line of products, “Project Armor35”, including kits and accessories in 1/35th scale geared towards Railway Transport, the Second World War from resin and wood and most recently a line of 1/35th scale resin figures.
One of Armor35’s latest cast resin figures is their 1/35th scale German Soldier of WWII. The figure comes packaged in a small end-opening cardboard box with appealing box art depicting the figure contained as finished on the outside. The cast resin pieces are individually packaged inside in two Ziploc type baggies for protection.
There is three pieces to this figure, the almost fully assembled figure still mounted to its cast block, a small elbow section and a pickaxe both attached to their own cast blocks. The quality of the casting is excellent on this figure. There are no visible air bubbles and no flash whatsoever. I noticed a small mold seam on the inside of the leg; however, this is exactly where the seam in the figures pants would have a seam and appropriate modelers’ judgment would prevail as to remove this or not.
Well, there is not a lot to say about the construction of this figure. There is only the three parts to the construction process. After a small clean-up of the elbow section and the part can be glued into place.
The pickaxe has the right hand of the figure already attached to the handle of the tool. There are four attachment points securing the figure to its cast block and some care is needed in separating the part from the block as it is somewhat delicate. The hand glues into place and effectively the building is done!
After taking a good look at this figure and taking the time for the assembly I feel that this is a rather well made figure. The casting is exceptional, clean, crisp and free from defects. The subject matter is interesting and the pose is appealing to placement in an appropriate diorama or vignette setting or could even stand alone. The face is sculpted nicely and has a decent expression to it. The right eye does bulge out slightly farther than the left but I think with special care and a small scribe tool this can be remedied easy enough
Being new to the game of figure casting, Armor35 has certainly come out of the gate with a great little product; however, there are a few minor details I would like to mention. First being the limited construction option of the figure. Now personally, I do not mind being able to pull the figure out of the box and glue two parts together and steam forward to the painting end of things, but there might be some criticism to be had from the avid figure modeler. The option of adding the arms and most of all the head to the figure separately can be a critical part of the figure modelling process not only for personal options of arm placement and head facing direction but often with regard to painting and being able to paint parts separately so to get to points on the figure more easily.
One final note is after doing some research for the review and looking through the full line of figures offered by Armor35, I found that the head on the German Soldier of WWII is the same as the Soviet Soldier of WWII figure offered by the company with the exception of the Russian Star sculpted on the hat is removed. Now I do not see this as being too big of a problem and would make sense as the faces and even the hat fit both figures well and it would be doubtful that anyone might put the two figures together in the same setting. This brings me back to the assemblage of the parts. With the option of adding the head section separately, there is the option of adding different faces from either alternate companies that offer the add-on head parts or even more so what I would like to see in the future is Armor35 create a line of optional heads as this would be a tremendous push forward in the world of figure making for them.
All in all this is an appealing piece and along the detailing and quality of casting is sure to please most that would have the use of the German Soldier of WWII from Armor35 either by itself or in a diorama setting.