Dragon British Infantry Normandy
1944, 1/35-scale ‘39-‘45 Series Kit No. 6212
by Cookie Sewell
110 parts in grey styrene; price about $8.95
Advantages: badly needed new set of Commonwealth figures, all in combat
poses; good selection of weapons will provide flexibility
Disadvantages: No PIAT, all figures in basic battle dress only
Rating: Highly Recommended
Recommendation: for all Commonwealth and D-Day fans
Face it: injection molded styrene figure sets of British – or Commonwealth,
as most of the members wore British uniforms and carried British kit –
are not in abundance anywhere. This is the third set from DML and happily
will please a great many modelers who want this quality of figure to go
with their vehicles.
The kit provides six "squaddies" in basic 1944 long-sleeved
battle dress, all in basic combat poses (e.g. advancing, crouching, kneeling
or at the ready.) Two different styles of "tin hat" are included,
regular or with a camouflage netting stretched over it. Also included
are two sets of the weapons from set #6055 (the Commonwealth Northwestern
Europe set) so a variety of arms are included. These include three Sten
guns (two different marks), four SMLE rifles, and two Bren guns. All are
provided with ammo packs in good number.
The figures are also provided basic kit – water bottle, pouches,
and mess kit.
The poses include three walking/advancing, one kneeling, one raising up,
and a prone Bren gunner.
Overall this is a nice and useful kit, and one many modelers have called
for to provide a bit more "depth" to their infantry scrum.
Thanks to Freddie Leung of DML for the review sample.