by: Robert Blokker [ ]
It is very nice to see the smaller and newer companies doing their own stuff to find their gaps in the market. Masterbox again shows their ability to fill a gap with the creation of a figure set which has a interaction between the figures that you often only see in resin figures. A very nice set of three late war German Tankhunters.
3515 – German Tankhunters comes in the well known Masterbox packages of a side opening cardboard box. On the front a beautiful box art painted by A. Karaschuk and at the back you will have a drawing of the sprue inside the box and three line drawings of the assembled figures and where all the parts need to be fitted. One thing that is missing from the back is the painting details and paint numbers and so on. The figures are sculpted by A. Gagarin. And show a very crisp detail. In the box you will find a sprue with 37 parts moulded in medium grey plastic.
Ok I kinda “stole” this way of doing the review from Jim Rae simply because it is a good built up to do so… So just like Jim I will do the several aspects of these figures seperately.
The Heads: The heads were quite impressive. Where you definitely had to change the heads for Hornet or Warriors examples because the detail was not that sharp and the faces had a bit of a flat appearance in this box I was surprised to find 3 heads all having variation from the other. And some good detail. Nice facial expressions, And the choice of giving two of the figures Helmets or field caps
Hands: The hands in this set are very good.. All to scale, not bulky, too small or the size of coal shovels. Also the animation in them is very well sculpted.
Legs/feet::: Apart from the clean up of seam lines and such which actually every injection moulded kit manufacturer has troubles with the legs and feet are very good too. Two of the soldiers wear the high soldier boots and one wears the shorter variant with gaiters. The buckles and such on the gaiters are very well moulded. Also the folding detail of the trousers fabric is very good and will make painting an ease
Torsos: The torso’s are single-piece mouldings and the detail is very sharp of all the fittings and awards. Two of the soldiers are wearing the standard wehrmacht service uniform for the private and one is wearing an Fieldblouse with camo presumably SS
Equipment: The equipment looks to be very well done. The kit comes with a load of Kar 98 ammo pouches. The boxart shows the guy with the Panzerschreck wearing a shovel but no appearance of that shovel in the set. So if you want him to carry a shovel you have to get it out of the scrapbox. Two figures carry both the breadbag as the canteen, the guy with the panzerschreck only carries a canteen
Weaponry: Included in the kit you will find two Kar 98 carbines, one Panzerfaust 60 and a Panzerschreck. The detail is very nice of these things… the only thing I thought was a pitty was the end of the Panzerschreck which normally is a sort of open basket type thingy… in the set it looks a bit like a funnel with closed sides.
The Poses:: Absolutely one of Masterbox growing specialities. To tell you the truth I bought the set for the bending guy… I had no real plans with it but it was his pose that was just so good. The guy with the Panzerfaust kinda has a bored feeling over it. The guy with the Panzerschreck pointing really looks happy and his whole appearance tells you the same. As I said before it is a set of which the figures do interact with each other very well. And if you built them you are already halfway to your vignette.
Construction Notes: No real problems were encountered during the building of these figures. Everything fitted well on to each other. The only problem and it is a well known problem with the Masterbox figures is that the fieldcap appears to be too small for the heads.
ConclusionA very useful set. Well sculpted, well engineered and really a jump forward to their older figures. Masterbox really proves they are wanting to innovate their figures to let them reach a higher level. What I really love about these figures is the interaction between them. They tell a story when put together, even the bending guy and the pointing guy do tell it, The bending guy has a ton of other possibilities as has the Standing guy with the Panzerfaust. They definitely can be used along other figures in larger diorama’s. Masterbox has choosen very wisely here by making this subject and with these poses they have an absolute winner on