Dragon Georgian Legion Normandy
by Frank De Sisto
1/35th-scale injection molded styrene plastic. Contains: 70 styrene
parts and a small decal sheet, plus assembly and painting guide on box
top. Price: unavailable.
This new set from DML consists of four figures in the act of surrendering.
Three have their hands raised, while a fourth is down on the ground, holding
a wounded shoulder. They all wear M1943 tunics and trousers as well as
M1941 ankle boots with canvas gaiters. The remainder of their dress is
standard belts and steel helmet.
Figure one is standing with legs apart, hands up. Figure two is also
standing, but is in the act of turning towards his captors, also with
hands raised. The third man is kneeling on both knees with hands raised.
The fourth is lying with feet outstretched and covers his wounded left
shoulder with his right hand. He is bare-headed. The last two figures
also feature hob-nail details on the easily visible soles of their boots.
The poses are natural and will certainly lend the figures to many a diorama
idea. And, since the figures wear standard German uniforms, they can be
modeled as either Heeres or Waffen-SS troops (in the latter case by removing
breast eagles and placing SS-style eagles on the sleeves) with little
Each man comes fully-equipped with ammo pouches for a Kar98 K rifle,
canteen, bread bag and bayonet in frog. They all have steel helmets, with
the bare-headed figure’s helmet including internal suspension webbing.
There are two sprues with weapons. One contains two Kar98s and an MP40.
The second is more extensive and contains one each of the following weapons:
Kar98, GW43, MP40, MP44, two different Panzerfausts and an MG42. This
last item comes complete with opened or closed bipod, snail drum ammo
container, ammunition box (in four parts so it’s completely detailed),
belted ammo and finally, a spare barrel container. These can be placed
around the figures for an “immediate” look.
Molding and detail is crisp, with very well-defined items such as shoulder
straps, belt buckles, buttons, collars and pockets. The assembly and painting
guide is situated on the box bottom, and has painting notes keyed to Testors
and Gunze paints.
Although one hears complaints whenever DML releases “another German
figure set”, in this case, the poses are most useful and unique.
Diorama modelers ought to like these guys.
Reviewer’s note: Since May of 2005, I have been working on books
for Concord Publications, a sister company to DML. The reader may wish
to take this into consideration. For my part, I will attempt to maintain
an objective viewpoint when writing these reviews.
DML kits are available from retail and mail order shops. For details
see their web site at: www.dragonmodelsltd.com.