by: Darren Baker [ ]
If there is one common complaint about figure sets today, which is repeated across the board it is I wish they had equipped them with this rifle or that MG. DML some time ago released an Allied weapons set which answers some of those wishes. This set from DML can truly be said to be Allied weapons as it covers weapons from Russia, the United States of America, and Great Britain, these weapons were used by all Allied forces including the Common Wealth forces through World War II and some into the Korean war.
The kit is packed in a light weight card end opening box, inside you will find four light grey sprues packed in a single clear plastic bag.
Review The four sprues in the box each contain ten weapons, with each one being cast in its own segment of the sprue. By molding the weapons in this manner it has prevented damage being caused to any of the weapons, and prevents any confusion over what parts belong to which weapon. There are two different sprues which are duplicated giving you two of each weapon type, and as can be seen by the attached pictures. Some of the weapons are single pieces while others require minimal assembly.
The moldings are free of flash, sink, or push out marks, but they all require a cleanup due to mold lines. Some of the detail is a little soft on some weapons, while there is a good level of detail on others. These were released before the days of slide molding technology so each barrel will need to be drilled out, this will not be an easy task on some of the weapons as the barrels are very fine and easily broken.
I do not proclaim to be a fount of knowledge on small arms so please forgive me if any of the weapons are misidentified, I do know that the SG 43 is really a Degtyarev MG and I have noted it as such. Here is a complete list of the weapons included in no particular order;
M1918A2 BROWNING BAR
JOHNSON MG M1941
BREN GUN MK1
LEE ENFIELD No5 MK1
LEE ENFIELD No4 MK1 (T)
LEE ENFIELD No4 MK1
JOHNSON AUTO RIFLE M1941
STEN GUN MK 2
STEN GUN MK 5
This kit is out of production but can still be found without any real difficulty, if you see it I would recommend you buy it as it has a good number of options at a minimal cost. The British weapons are not the easiest weapons to find in any other offering in plastic, and are perhaps the biggest reason to purchase the set.