Warriors German U Boat Crew set
by Mark Bannerman
This is my first time I have had an opportunity to study and look over
a set of 1/72 resin figures by Warriors. And this is amazing stuff. Sculpting
and casting has come a long way since those Airfix 1/72-scale plastic
Napoleonic figures. These are incredible!
This set is the third in a series and includes three figures - a gunner,
a loader, and an officer instructing the two manning the gun. First, I
must say that the level of detail is beyond what I would have expected
in this scale. The hands and facial details are clear and very well sculpted.
The heads have enough detail that these can be painted to bring out the
characteristics sculpted on the face, The folds, the boots and small uniform
detail is quite remarkable.
The figures are cast in a crisp light yellow resin, and each comes with
separate arms, and head with the exception of the loader that has arms
attached to body. Some clean up of flash is required and similar to 1/35th
scale figures, the resin carriers are located under two of the figures'
boots. On the gunner, a carrier plug is situated across his upper torso
but I found that it was easily removed and left very little in the way
of marks. A little sand paper will do the trick nicely. There are very
few seam lines and removal of flash is quite simple with an Xacto knife.
The quality of the casting is very good.
I never took notice of this particular scale before and this set has
opened my eyes to what is out there in the way of small scale resin figures.
This smaller series will be particularly interesting to watch in future
in light of recent releases of smaller scale armour (i.e. 1/72nd and 1/48th).
A really superb 'eye-opening' set and another fine release from Warriors.
Thanks to Bob Letterman for supplying the review samples