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Master Box 'France 1944'
c5flies
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Posted: Saturday, May 07, 2011 - 06:29 AM UTC
Rick Cooper reviews a multi-figure set from Master Box titled 'France 1944'.

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Posted: Saturday, May 07, 2011 - 06:39 AM UTC
This is the kind of stuff that a whole lot of us have been waiting for. Thanks Master Box ,for this set and not just another set of Germans. Next hurlde would be to see some WW I stuff. Thanks again and again.....................Al
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Posted: Saturday, May 07, 2011 - 10:18 AM UTC
I passed on this in the LHS as I have three of the wagon already from previous sets. Hopefully the figures will be released seperately.

The helmets do look problematic- like old marx green army men helmets
retiredbee2
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Posted: Saturday, May 07, 2011 - 10:32 AM UTC
Hey Pat.................to me the helmets look about the right size ,maybe just a tiny bit on the small side , but the netting looks strange. Maybe it will paint up better than you think , otherwise you could make your own netting from nylon material, or just use some other helmets.
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Posted: Saturday, May 07, 2011 - 03:03 PM UTC
I agree, the helmets are a bit off. They need to sit lower on the head. They look more like Nam era helmets than WWII helmets. But, I still plan on adding this kit to the stash at some point.
AlanL
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Posted: Tuesday, May 10, 2011 - 07:50 AM UTC
I like the mix of these, creative thinking on their part. I was over having a look at their WIP and they have some interesting sets of figuers coming along, with several development on the softskin front for German cars. No British Staff Cars yet!!!.

Good for them, any errors look easily fixed.

Al
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Posted: Friday, May 20, 2011 - 11:03 PM UTC

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I passed on this in the LHS as I have three of the wagon already from previous sets. Hopefully the figures will be released seperately.



The wagon in this is different to the old Hay wagon that's included in the older sets like "Somewhere in Europe" and "Road to the Rear". The one in this set is more akin to the new Miniart one, and is larger. Personally I think it lends itself to more uses than the old hay wagon one.
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Posted: Saturday, May 21, 2011 - 03:32 AM UTC
This set along with many other M.B. will be ordered by me when my settlement comes in. M.B. has taken the leap others would not. The sets they are releasing are some of the best interactive around if the only ones yet. The mixture of civilian and military is quit nice. To bad other companies missed the boat on this, hint to D.M.L.!! Just look at it this way. In refferance research, how many pics do you see with military passing by or through civilians, or civilians standing on the side of the road. There will always be more civilians about the war zone than soilders, ratio wise, and they have to be somewhere. As a dio/vign builder, I love these sets. The possobilities are wide open as they are or as seperate set ups. You could even set them up as post war national guards helping after a natural disaster, flood/earthquake etc. The added bonus of course is the wagon and horse. Again as is or alone. I feel as if the companies out there are doing a fine job with new releases but M.B. has jumped ahead with these sets. Even if you don't do figures, the wagon can be used as a support in a dio for a a.f.v. or truck passing by. And the helmets can get replaced out of the stash box or if they sit too high as stated, just sand down the head a bit. Heck, what kit doesn't need a tweek here or there. From the M.B. kits I have and the future releases I see, M.B. is in the front with styrene and I will continue to purchase their kits. Good job M.B!
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Posted: Saturday, May 21, 2011 - 08:49 AM UTC

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The wagon in this is different to the old Hay wagon that's included in the older sets like "Somewhere in Europe" and "Road to the Rear". The one in this set is more akin to the new Miniart one, and is larger. Personally I think it lends itself to more uses than the old hay wagon one.



You've sold me I'll add it to the stash
JohanHefer
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Posted: Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - 12:26 AM UTC
Hi

I have build most of these figures for a diorama I am building. I am no expert on helmets etc. but I did enjoy building all the figures and will be using the two "bonus" figures in the diorama as well.

Just one comment. The nun would not fit onto the wagon! I had to reduce her "veil??" significantly to be able to have her sit on the wagon's seat. However the "veil" never did look natural too me and the pointy parts that I cut off actually makes it look more natural.

Of course I might have built it wrong somewhere!

I will be posting some photos in the next couple of days in my diorama build:

Normandy 1944

Johan
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Posted: Friday, May 27, 2011 - 07:36 PM UTC
A Horse, a child, a nun, a women


...well done...
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Posted: Friday, May 27, 2011 - 11:26 PM UTC
Just bought this box of goodies of e-bay, really looking forward to doing something with them.
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Posted: Monday, November 05, 2018 - 12:57 PM UTC
Yes, I know I'm seven and a half years late, but perhaps future modelers will read this as I did today. These are not M1942 jackets, as it states in the review. They all have the wrong pockets for the unit, time AND location. So just be warned you'll have a little work to do. Otherwise a pretty decent set.