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Modern Russian Soldiers
Russian special troops with a portable radio set
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by: Mario Matijasic [ MAKI ]


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Battalion Models, still a fairly new figure company from Russia, is rapidly releasing new figure sets, all of them sculpted by one of the brightest figure sculpting stars today: Sergey Traviansky-Menelaev. I already reviewed two of Battalion’s modern figure sets which were truly amazing and now I have the opportunity to review their latest figure releases.

BAT35014 is a figure set depicting Russian special troop radio-operators in action. This set would look great in a figure vignette together with Battalion’s previous Russian special troops release (BAT35011).

The review

The figures arrived safely packed; a very sturdy cardboard was used to protect the box itself and the zip-lock bags inside the box were additionally protected with packing peanuts. The front of the box features nicely painted box art and lists both the sculptor (Sergey Menelaev) and the painter (Studio “Argo”). I do wish the box art picture was a bit bigger, though.

Each of the figures is packed inside its own zip-lock bag. Upon closer inspection the figures look amazing. The parts are cast in gray resin; the resin is almost completely clean of imperfections… there are no air bubbles, however I did find couple of seam lines. Casting blocks are well placed, allowing easy clean up with minimal chance of damaging the detail. Besides that, most of the plugs are attached to kit pieces on places that are not going to be visible once the figure is fully assembled. The fit of the pieces is very good, but I had to use some putty in order to fill the gaps between figure pieces.

The figures

The kit contains two figures depicting radio operators in action situation. The anatomy of both figures is perfect and the poses of the soldiers calling in the support are very natural.

The first figure is kneeling and carefully peeking behind the cover while pulling the extra AK magazine from the chest rig and reloading the weapon. The figure is wearing Gorka uniform, M23 Pioneer chest rig, paratrooper combat boots and has R-159 radio station on its back. R-159 is a WHM TF transceiver, used as a vehicular mounted set or as a portable broadband radio for Platoon to Company communications. Most of the controls are protected by the hinged lid which is normally closed. The radio station in this set looks very nice and all the modeler needs to add is the antenna and the wiring for the handset/headset; however, be sure to check the references for correct placement of those extra details. The figure is sporting AKM, a modernized version of AK-47. The oblique-cut muzzle compensator on the AKM reduced the AK’s tendency to climb up during full-auto fire.
As for the fit, I have to warn you about putty work I had to perform in order to fill the gap between torso and the left arm. Also, be careful with a pretty tight fit of the right shoulder and the torso; I would suggest fitting the front shoulder part with radio station strap properly first (paying attention to strap details) and then working your way to the back of the shoulder.

The second figure is kneeling and taking cover while calling in the support. This figure also wears Gorka uniform and a chest rig. I don’t know the correct designation of this particular rig, but I did find many references of Russian soldiers using it. The figure is armed with AK-74 and you can also use RPG-22, hanging the weapon on the figures back. Both weapons are very nicely cast with great details, although some work is needed to straighten up the AK barrel. I found a seam line going through the back of the figure; it could prove a bit tricky to remove due to all the intricate folds of the uniform. The fit of the parts is perfect and all a modeler needs to add are the weapon slings and wiring for the radio pieces. Again, check the references for correct placement of wires from the radio station to the handset/headset.

I can’t shake the impression the sculptor made this figure set so it can be used in combination with Battalion’s previous modern Russian Special Forces set (BAT35011) reviewed here
The figures from both sets wear similar equipment, suggesting the same historical timeframe for BAT35011 and BAT35014 figure sets. The figure poses are complimenting the dynamic moment of the battle well and I’m really thinking of placing the figures from both sets in an action packed vignette.

Conclusion

The first thing I noted about this set is how good the figures would look together with the previous set of Battalion figures I reviewed (BAT35011). The dynamic poses of the radio operators are masterfully rendered and facial features of both figures show the action very nicely. Although I had to use some putty while constructing the figures this time, I can really say the Battalion figures are amazing, wonderfully sculpted with perfect anatomy and sense of motion.
AFAIK, Battalion Models is looking for dealers in Europe and US; I’m pretty sure these figures are going to prove very popular once they hit the Western market…

Thanks to Evgeny of Battalion Models for this review sample.

References

  • Camouflage Uniforms of the Soviet Union and Russia (Schiffer Publishing); Dennis Desmond
  • http://www.tridentmilitary.com/Russian.camouflage.htm
  • http://www.russiancombatgear.com/
  • http://www.soviet-propaganda.com/
  • http://www.russianarsenal.com/
  • http://home.planet.nl/~meuls003/gallery/r159.html
  • http://world.guns.ru/assault/as01-e.htm
  • http://world.guns.ru/assault/as02-e.htm


  • SUMMARY
    Highs: Great set of figures; the poses are very lifelike and the anatomy is perfect. The level of detail is amazing and there is a great “action vignette” potential using this figure set along with BAT35011 set.
    Lows: Some putty was needed for building one of the figures.
    Verdict: Again a great set of modern Russian resin figures by Battalion Models. Highly recommended.
    Percentage Rating
    91%
      Scale: 1:35
      Mfg. ID: BAT 35014
      Related Link: Battalion-Models website
      PUBLISHED: Jun 15, 2009
      NATIONALITY: Russia
    NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
      THIS REVIEWER: 93.37%
      MAKER/PUBLISHER: 93.75%

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