The set consists of five sprues:
A single large sprue contains all of the body parts and equipment for four figures, a sprue containing parts for a Vickers MG, a sprue containing three Lee Enfield Mk III rifles and two unsheather bayonets, two sprues of greatcoat skirts for each figure, and a sheet of etched brass.
This sprue contains all of the body bits for the four figures; a kneeling officer, a seated machine gunner, a prone ammunition number feeding the MG, and a prone rifleman. All of the figures including the officer are wearing 1937 pattern webbing and greatcoats.
Each figure is equipped with a small pack and gas mask container, with the gunner and riflemen also wearing basic pouches. Helmets are provided for all, with a peaked cap for the officer as well.
Moulding is generally good, with well defined creases and straps, although the buckles on the webbing are a bit soft at the back. Gaiters appear to have the straps the right way around this time.
The helmets appear a bit too high and rounded and look suspiciously similar to French helmets of the period, as well as having a knob in the middle, which I do not believe is correct.
The weapons sprue W contains three Lee Enfield Mk III rifles and two unsheathed bayonets. Details on the rifles are good, but as these are not Gen 2 items, do not have separate bolts. Although the cover illustration shows the prone rifleman as loading a clip into his rifle, the rifle is not provided with an open bolt nor the clip.
the vickers machine gun
The gun on its tripod is made of 15 parts including an ammunition belt and three ammunition cases, one of which is open, but has no lid provided.
Also included is the coolant condenser can with attached tubing, but I believe the tubing would be improved by being replaced with some more flexible material.
The three ammunition cases have webbing strap handles on each side, meaning six are required, but only three are provided in etched brass, which will definitely require annealing.
This sprue includes, as I mentioned above, an ammunition belt, but no empty belt is provided as shown on the box top. Readers should note that Vickers MGs used canvas belts and fed (as correctly illustrated on the box) from the right.
The greatcoat skirts for all four figures are provided as separate pieces, and appear to have a good natural appearance and drape.
Despite a few minor shortcomings, this kit is recommended.
Highs: Early war British troops at last, and a Vickers MG.Lows: Detail a bit soft in places, and a few bits inexplicably missing.Verdict: Good - worth buying.
About Rob Williams (wedgetail53) FROM: QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA
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