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Yankee Scout & Tracker
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New Hampshire, United States
Joined: December 15, 2001
KitMaker: 12,504 posts
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Posted: Thursday, June 17, 2010 - 08:23 AM UTC
Jim takes a look at a new series by Master Box, A U.S. Civil War scout and tracker in 1:35 scale.

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England - South West, United Kingdom
Joined: February 24, 2008
KitMaker: 32 posts
AeroScale: 0 posts
Posted: Friday, June 18, 2010 - 11:07 PM UTC
I've just recently purchased this kit and there are a few things that are disappointing .1/ the troopers horses head is a little large and the neck too long .2/ the troopers saddle is more like a medieval saddle than a western saddle . But having said that it is a very detailed kit for the price and if MB had produced it in 54mm I would buy a least 2 more kits for conversion .
I know there are plans to bring out a set of charging union cavalry in the future , maybe MB could be encouraged to bring these out in 54mm it would make for endless dioramas
Indiana, United States
Joined: August 19, 2007
KitMaker: 2,184 posts
AeroScale: 54 posts
Posted: Saturday, June 19, 2010 - 01:46 AM UTC
Being no expert on the subject, point to be taken on civil war and the plains wars. Much equipment was purchased by the individual. Some outfits were supplied by rich benifactors while others came with what they had. So a mixture of tack and uniforms would be apropiate. But looking at the saddle for the trooper does leave me wondering if it is a Eruopian style? I just ordered this kit and am looking forward to it just to get away from the typical colors and subjects I normally do and hope the Pen. calvary set does indeed come out.
Oklahoma, United States
Joined: March 24, 2005
KitMaker: 10 posts
AeroScale: 0 posts
Posted: Monday, June 21, 2010 - 05:38 AM UTC
I have been waiting on this one for a while. It is very disappointing to hear about the saddle as one might hope that this item on a cavalry figure would be important enough to get right. Regardless of theater the soldier at least should have a McClellan. A Grimsley or Jennifer is also possible. It is a sad fact that Masterbox has better box artists than designers.--
Cork, Ireland
Joined: August 31, 2008
KitMaker: 67 posts
AeroScale: 3 posts
Posted: Saturday, March 12, 2011 - 01:44 AM UTC
I did notice 2 other things
1. the rank of the U.S. soldier in sargent major
2, Also if that is the case he also has the shoulder tabs of an officer
which a sgt/mjor downwards did not for the time period shown
Wyoming, United States
Joined: November 07, 2003
KitMaker: 3,087 posts
AeroScale: 79 posts
Posted: Monday, January 30, 2012 - 04:21 PM UTC
I know this is an older review but I am currently building part of this kit and I wanted to help clarify the troopers saddle. Going back to my country background in regards to the saddle, and the fact that my step-dad had one, the kit supplied saddle is a pretty decent representation of a McClellan saddle. Here are a couple of pictures which shows that the kit saddle is pretty close.

The McClellan saddle was a military saddle which explains the look. Most people are familiar with the western "cowboy" saddle, which has a different look, so that could be the reason for concern. It is a very close representation and I wouldn't let it concern anyone interested in the kit.

Hope that helps some.