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German Paratrooper No.3
German Paratrooper No.3 Battle of Crete
  • 4803g

by: Engin Kayral [ GRAYWOLF ]


Originally published on:
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introduction

Greek company YS Masterpieces offers figure painters and diorama fans more 1/48 scale World War II resin figures representing German Paratroopers in Battle of Crete.

about the figure

The figure YS – 4803 represents a walking German Paratrooper – Fallschirmjager with bandolier wearing Splinter B pattern camouflage jumpsmock in Battle of Crete.

box

The figure comes in a 95 x 65 x 30 mm. white color good quality cardboard box. The cover of the box shows a photo of the figure painted by George Hatzopoulos. The sides of the box gives information about the product and company.

Inside the box, there is a small piece of polyfoam to protect the parts and a small paper sheet including contact details of YS Castings.

Parts are well secured in a plastic bag and small parts are given attached to resin casting blocks.

parts

The figure is sculpted by Greek sculptor George Hatzopoulos and made up of 5 resin parts. Despite the small scale, all parts are cast clean and crisp in very good details. No cleaning process will be needed but the tiny parts need attention when seperating from casting blocks.

The main part is Full body without arms. He wears a Fallschirmschützenbluse M1938 - Knochensack jumpsmock in Splinter B camouflage pattern over his Luftwaffe uniform.Gasmask case Gasmaskbeutel on its cloth cover, bread bag- Brotbeutel, water bottle - Feldflasche and Fallschirmjager style bandolier are cast on the figure. German style haircut,facial details and uniform details are well represented on this scale. Cloth folds of jumpsmock and trousers, Y-straps - Trageriemen, strap of gasmask case and strap of Kar 98 rifle, bandolier and other personal fieldgear are also very well defined.

Other parts are ;

  • Right arm

  • Left arm

  • Helmet : A M38 Fallschirmjager helmet is provided as a seperate part to assembly on the left side of the waist.

  • Rifle : The standard German WW II rifle Mauser Karabiner 98 Kurz is hanged on the left shoulder.

    reference books

  • Osprey Publishing – Men At Arms – 139 : German Airborne Troops 1939-45

  • Osprey Publishing – Warrior - 038 : Fallschirmjager German Paratrooper 1935-45

  • Squadron-Signal Publications – Combat Troops in Action – Fallschrimjagers

    conclusion

    Another nice figure sculpted and cast in good details to display as a single figure or as a part of a WW II vignette or dio. Ease to assembly with less parts and very good fit. It can be painted in a color/camo variety of jumpsmock options to represent Europe or Africa Fallschrmjager operations.

    Highly Recommended

  • SUMMARY
    Highs: Nice sculpt and cast in such a small scale.
    Lows: A figure base could be good to display it as a simple figure. Posing of the left arm could be better.
    Verdict: A nice figure to display as a single figure or as a part of a World War II vignette.
    Percentage Rating
    85%
      Scale: 1:48
      Mfg. ID: YS-4803
      Suggested Retail: 9 EUR
      Related Link: Product Page
      PUBLISHED: Sep 28, 2008
      NATIONALITY: Germany
    NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
      THIS REVIEWER: 92.20%
      MAKER/PUBLISHER: 89.45%

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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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