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Father & Son
Father & Son, Civilians set 2
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by: Andrzej Snigorski [ ENDRJU007 ]


Originally published on:
Historicus Forma

Adalbertus offers another two-figure resin set showing 1:35 civilians. This time it is father and his son during break in work. Figures and base were sculpted by Maciej Dauksza and painted for cover art by Wojciech Bułhak.

The Figures

The kit shows man standing in his workplace pouring some liquid, probably milk or water, from clay pot to a cup. Man wears hat, shirt, vest, trousers and knee high boots.
In front of him walks his son. Boy is about 5 year old. He wears a hat (type called “maciejówka” – typical villager’s hat that was also worn by some polish military units, also Józef Piłsudski had often been seen wearing “maciejówka”), shirt, sweater, trousers and boots.
Both figures may represent European villager civilians from almost whole XX century from twenties to even eighties or nineties – there is no detail binding them to any specific period of XX century.
Figures stand on small round base showing part of stone fence. Vegetation shown on cover-art is not included.

The Kit

Kit is packed in hard grey cardboard box with cover-art showing painted figures on the base and with the company name on it. Inside the box there is plastic zip-bag containing all parts. No additional protection is used and it seems that none is needed – parts came intact.
Kit includes 10 parts:
- father’s body with legs
- father’s left arm with cup
- father’s right arm
- father’s right hand with pot
- father’s head
- son’s body
- son’s left arm
- son’s right hand
- pick
- base

Detailing and quality

Parts are made of pale, almost white resin (taking pictures of it was very difficult since it’s quite transparent to light). Parts require heavy cleaning due to heavy flash and seam lines. Some parts make me think that casting form requires some refurbishing – father’s vest looks like the form was delicately damaged – amounts of flesh are quite significant. Same goes to son’s chin. Some details are sculpted roughly and piling may be necessary to remove hard edges i.e. on son’s arm. Son’s hand are very small and delicate but they could have been sculpted more precisely (or it is the casting form again…) Some parts are attached to blocks in quite important places and removing of the blocks may be difficult and time consuming.
Father’s figure has quite natural pose but the son does not look so natural to me – he walks rather like a grown-up than like little boy and there is some stiffness in his posture.
Cloths have natural look and they’re sculpted nicely.

Painting and assembly

There is no additional assembly painting instruction attached, but cover-art placed on the box is absolutely enough to assemble figures. The same cover-art delivers quite good painting reference, but since the figures are civilians there is no restriction concerning colors – they can be easily adjusted to clothing style of region depicted.
Dry-fit check of few parts shows no problems – parts fit quite well.

Conclusion

1:35 scale set that may be very nice stand alone vignette or may be used as part of bigger diorama. Unfortunately the fact that quality of figures is not from the highest shelf and there will be a lot of work necessary outshines nice idea of this father-son situation.
Taking the price under consideration I expected much better quality.
SUMMARY
Highs: Great idea, nice as a stand-alone and as part of bigger diorama.
Lows: Poor casting quality, stiffness in poses.
Verdict: Interesting set but it sure will require a lot of work before reaching satisfying look.
Percentage Rating
69%
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: ADB35005
  Suggested Retail: 14,51€
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  PUBLISHED: May 10, 2014
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 85.58%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 82.33%

About Andrzej Snigorski (endrju007)
FROM: WOJEWODZTWO PODKARPACKIE, POLAND

My first contact with model making took place over 20 years ago – I’ve made few models of planes when I was 9. They were all destroyed in one disastrous accident. Pain after loosing results of my own work was so big that I’ve left model making for about 15 years ;) . I’ve returned to building models...

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Comments

Robert and Darren, That's an interesting trike... although as a Harley rider myself, I can't quite decide whether it is a really cool variant - or just an abomination! Great pics though, thanks for posting them!
MAY 31, 2014 - 02:11 AM
I remember the motorcycle officer in my hometown when I was a kid riding one of those, in PD colors of course.
MAY 31, 2014 - 02:17 AM
   

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