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After Battle
WSS Panzer Grenadiere ,Winter 1944-45
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by: Engin Kayral [ GRAYWOLF ]

Introduction

Rado Miniatures from Poland, owned by talented sculptor Radek Pituch, keeps releasing high quality and nice posed World War II German figures. One of the latest releases of the company is RDM-35012 After The Battle is a two-figure kit including two static posed Waffen SS Panzer Grenadiere figures in winter 1944-1945. The figures of the kit are sold as single figures too; RDM-35010 and RDM-35011.
Review

  • Kit comes in a sqaure shaped clear acetate box labeled with a color photo of the painted figures in front and a warning sticker on the back. Both figures are inserted into seperate zip-lock bags and small parts are double secured with smaller ones.

  • Figures are sculpted in 1/35 scale and cast very clean in medium gray resin with sharp details. Casting blocks are marked in kit numbers to make assembly easier. No mistakes, deformations or visible seamlines on the figures. No need for a cleanwork, just remove casting blocks, prime and paint.

    FIGURE 1 - RDM35010 W-SS Panzergrenadier with G43 rifle

    Sculpted on a standing pose with hands on his side pockets; figure comes in 8 parts;

  • Body ; Over his uniform, he wears a fur inside coverall/ jumpsuit with two breast pockets. Cloth folds and wrinkles, front fly with 6 big buttons, single buttoned flap covers of pockets, elastic cuffs, baggy look of trousers, fur textile and scarf on the neck are all well defined. As for the footgear, he has ankle high leather Boots.

    His webbing and some parts of field gear are cast on the figure in crisp details. He carries a black leather Belt and leather Y-Straps. He has an unusual ammo pouch combination. Double canvas G43 ammo pouch on the right side and triple Kar98 ammo pouch on the left side. He has a M24 Stick Grenade inserted to his belt and two M39 Egg Grenades attached to Kar98 pouch. Breadbag is cast on the right back of the figure.

  • Head; Sculpted in nice facial features, two alternative heads are given. One with M42 Steel Helmet and another with Helmet with camo cover. Chinstraps, vent holes and flared out edges are well defined.

  • Mess Tin

  • Bayonet in Scabbard

  • Oak leaf Mittens will be attached under the side pockets.

  • Figure carries a semi-automatic rifle - Walther Gewehr 43.

    FIGURE 2 - RDM35011 W-SS Panzergrenadier with StG44 rifle

    Posed as standing; figure comes in 8 parts;

  • Body; He wears M36 Field trousers, ankle high leather boots and canvas Gaiters with leather straps. Over his uniform, he has a reversible Reversible parka w/hood painted in Oak Leaf Fall pattern camouflage on the boxart. Neck part of Roll neck jumper, details of the parka like front buttons, laces of hood, waist string and cloth folds are well defined. Officers’ belt, Y-straps, strap of the gasmask case, breadbag on the back and triple canvas StG44/MP44 Ammo pouchs are sculpted on the figure.

  • As the first figure, two heads with helmet and helmet with camo cover are given.

  • Mess tin

  • Water bottle

  • Gas mask case

  • Right arm is posed probably to hold a cigarette and shows nice cloth folds.

  • He carries an selective fire rifle - StG.44. Details of the rifle are well defined and left hand is cast on the forestock.
    conclusion

    Rado Miniatures seems to increase his high level on every new release. Poses are natural, uniforms and gear are adequate for the period. Sculpting is great in nice details, casting is flawless with no mistakes, parts fit is perfect. The poses of figures fit well to each other, so they can be displayed alone or together in many different scenes. They can be used as painted in different camo patterns for different periods of war.

  • SUMMARY
    Highs: Natural and realistic poses suitable for standing figures, great sculpt and cast, perfect fit on parts. Camo uniforms can be painted in different patterns.
    Lows: No lows on this product.
    Verdict: Unique figures for World War II German scenes.
      Scale: 1:35
      Mfg. ID: RDM-35012
      PUBLISHED: Sep 17, 2018
      NATIONALITY: Germany
    NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
      THIS REVIEWER: 92.20%
      MAKER/PUBLISHER: 97.00%

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    About Engin Kayral (Graywolf)
    FROM: IZMIR, TURKEY / TüRKçE

    Born in 1962,married and having 2 sons. I started modelling about 8 years old building USS Fletcher with mom. It was a model dad brought from USA., I think in those days only a few people in Turkey had info on scale model kits. Grown as an AF officer son , I built many aircraft models in years. Som...

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    Comments

    Good looking figures, thanks for the review! What is the one-piece overall? Not familiar with it, only have seen on color templates and other figures. Best regards Denes
    SEP 16, 2018 - 11:04 PM
    Hi Denes, All i can help
    SEP 16, 2018 - 11:39 PM
    Must be a big pain in the butt to go #2 with those coveralls ! Trap door bottoms ???
    SEP 17, 2018 - 12:03 AM
    The figure with the G43 is wearing mixed pouches because the G43 pouches contain magazines, the leather pouches contain clips to reload the magazines. It is not unusual to see this combination in photos, which would seem to suggest the pouches for the G43 weren't issued in pairs. Nice figures. It is good to see some of the more unusual Waffen SS clothing depicted. The MP44 equipped figure seems to lack the support strap for the mgazine pouches which passed around the small of the back and linked the pouches, to help support the weight and prevent them from falling forwards as they were otherwise prone to do. The Winter Coveralls are most famously modelled by "Panzermeyer" in Kharkov.
    SEP 17, 2018 - 04:52 AM
    As usual these are really nice figures worth looking into. Possibly sculpting them with more frayed pant cuffs would be a nice touch.
    SEP 17, 2018 - 10:49 AM
    Like Engin wrote, the coverall figure is based mostly on a series of shots showing an assembly o 20. Waffen SS Pz.grenadier Division (estonian no 1) somewhere around winter 1944. I also managed to find some other photos of coveralls with fur hoods, like a shot of Gustav Knittel.
    SEP 17, 2018 - 07:59 PM
    Interesting, thanks for the info!
    SEP 18, 2018 - 08:59 AM
    We broke our quick reply box. Working on it. Until fixed go to topic to reply.
    Thanks.
       

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