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In-Box Review
ROYAL NAVY 1939-45

by: Graham Townsend [ RIPSTER ]

Originally published on:
Model Shipwrights

Hecker & Goros are a German company that produce a wide range of figures in 1/72, 1/48 and 1/32 scales. Unfortunately I have been unable to find an English translation of their web page, and so cannot tell you any more about them.

Hecker & Goros produce two separate sets for RN ships, each containing three figures. They are the set on review here, ‘Royal Navy 1939-1945’ (KSHG 206) and ‘Royal Navy Crew Home Waters’ (KSHG 209) – see separate review. Packaging is simply a stiff cardboard backing, with a colour photo of the painted figures, and a bag containing the figures stapled to this. The figures are about 24mm high, and so scale out to be about 5’ 8” tall; this may seem ever so slightly on the short side, but if I remember correctly the average male was somewhat shorter in those days anyway…

The figures are cast in metal and are very crisply done. One or two had very slight mould seams down their sides but these were easily cleaned up with a sharp blade and needle file. The metal used is fairly soft which helps in this regard. There were some pour stubs on the soles of the boots, but again these are simple to remove – and far better than some manufacturers who still insist for some reason in having the pour stubs on the top of the figures’ heads!

The set contains three figures designed to man the 4-inch gun on the Flower Class corvette (although they would look at home on most 1/72 scale RN vessels of the period). One is dressed in the ubiquitous Royal Navy ‘woolly pully’ with anti-flash gauntlets, hood, lifejacket and steel helmet; the other two are wearing heavy duffel coats, one with steel helmet and one wearing a cap. They are all beautifully cast and nicely posed as if standing by to man the gun, and look fairly relaxed so would suit a non-action scene.

All of the figures are very sharply cast with excellent details, particularly around their faces. As you can see from the photos they compare very favourably to the styrene figures provided by Revell in their corvette kit.

These are very well produced, sharply cast and highly detailed figures in natural poses. Requiring very little in the way of clean-up and preparation, they would grace any 1/72 Royal Naval vessel from the 1930s through to the ‘50s, and will certainly add that something extra to a model. They are not cheap, but represent a quantum leap from the styrene figures provided with most kits in this scale. Hopefully Hecker & Goros will produce some more sets in different poses. I’d particularly like to see some chaps busy chipping and painting if you happen to be reading this!

Highly recommended.

I purchased these sets from Historex Agents in Dover.

Detailed and nicely cast figures that, with careful painting, will provide a great finishing touch to any WW2 Royal Navy ship.
Percentage Rating
  Scale: 1:72
  Mfg. ID: KSHG 206
  Suggested Retail: £7.05
  Related Link: Hecker & Goros website
  PUBLISHED: Mar 28, 2006
  NATIONALITY: United Kingdom

About Graham Townsend (Ripster)

I'm 40 years old, was married with three teenage kids and a veritable menagerie of animals, sadly going through a divorce at the moment... To put food on the table, and of course kits in the stash, I'm an ASW Sea King observer in the RN, joined up in Sep 89. Since then I've served in all three of ou...

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