Review US Paratroopers from MJ Miniatures

Discussion in 'Reviews & Open Box' started by napoleonpeart, May 14, 2017.

  1. napoleonpeart Forum Moderator

    Country:
    England
    Hi

    MJ Miniatures continue to add releases to their catalogue this time in smaller scales in the shape of WW2 US paratroopers .

    The release was announced here and of course on Social media :

    http://www.planetfigure.com/threads...mj-miniatures-new-release-for-feb-2017.83975/

    Since these releases earlier this year more double sets have been added including the Axis forces , the figures are also available as single pieces.

    The sculptor Ho, Seo is a new name to me and he is certainly talented so its nice to be able to share his work.

    This is the release
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    MJ Kim has also done a great painting video on You Tube , over an hour of delight

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    Nap
  2. napoleonpeart Forum Moderator

    Country:
    England
    Now to the resin itself

    Details of the release:

    Title: WW2 US Paratroopers set

    Reference: MJ35003

    Scale: 1/35th

    Material: Lt gray resin

    No of pieces: 14 in MI set, 16 with Thompson

    Sculptor: Ho , Seo

    Box Art: MJ Kim


    M1 set

    Parts consist of main body, , 2 arms , 2 heads , 2 helmets , field dressing, 2 small pouches , back pack, water bottle in pouch, spade and grenade
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    Thompson set

    Parts consist of main body , 2 arms , heads x 2 , 2 helmets, field dressing , small knife , back pack, 2 pouches, water bottle in pouch, spade, grenade and holstered pistol .
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    General Information

    Both figures stand casually

    Both have various equipment on this includes: Spades, Water bottles, pouches, pistols, grenades

    Both carry different weapons ( Garand Rifle and Thompson Machine Gun )

    Both carry the weapons on the right( sculpted with the arm)

    Both wear jump boots and gloves

    A choice of heads ( with helmet or bareheaded) heads are the same on both pieces

    Helmets can have with or without field dressing

    No base is included in either

    MJ Kim has also done a great painting video on You Tube , over an hour of delight



    Prep

    These comments apply to both sets ....all have casting blocks to remove carefully , obviously they are small so be careful , they are all located in sensible and easily got to places and when removed does not affect the quality of the casting or sculpt .

    I will do this review slightly different by giving my thoughts in this way ( again these apply to both figures )

    Presentation

    Th pieces were in 2 separate bags and held in a more than suitable box , on the top we have the excellent box art and also at the side ..good reference .

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    Sculpting comments

    Despite the scale , the quality of the sculpting is as I wanted to see very good and very much in line with other releases from MJ Miniatures

    Weapon definition is very good

    Folds and creases overall sit of the clothing really very good again and the figures look like they belong in the airborne , both have divisional patches on the left sleeve.

    Facial work is good with 2 options , one being bareheaded the other is sculpted with the top cut and angled to take the helmet of your choice.

    Helmets are the correct shape with camo included , nice work on the actual netting itself .

    Webbing is very well done , I like the addition of a spade and the pistol option together with the grenade , all pouches are the correct style with good strapping details

    Jump Boots and gloves are what epitomised the US para item sought after by other soldiers ...again we see the high level of sculpting on both , I like the way the gloves look at the wrist as well .


    Casting comments

    Despite the small scale this is very good with the casting blocks being positioned with care and thought which helps a lot when taking the pieces off to build the figure , casting has not lost anything that the sculptor did and the resin quality is very good retaining the detail well.

    Lets have the pictures

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    Final Thoughts

    This is good to see that MJ Miniatures are now looking at a wider market place with this scale , opening up their products to those that do diorama's and larger set pieces , the quality is very good both in sculpting and the casting .and with lots of build options to add or leave off webbing etc , allowing many variations of the same figure and of course there is also the conversion potential as well .

    Recommended

    For more information on this and other release as well as the many items released in all scales why not visit:

    Website : www.mj-miniatures.co.kr

    Facebook : www.facebook.com/mjminiatures/

    Thank you to MJ Miniatures for the review items and for you all for looking in

    Enjoy the modelling time

    Nap
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  3. napoleonpeart Forum Moderator

    Country:
    England
    Lets now have some more of the box art which also shows the helmets option as well as the bare headed .

    ENJOY

    Nap

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  4. Pavka Well-Known Member

    Country:
    Poland
    Great review nap!, Btw. Ho-seo isn't new, many of these figures including Us paras were released many years ago by himself under the brand Infinity shape and if I know they were casted in metal. Thanks to MJ Kim we can buy now these beautiful figures (hard to get as Infinity Shape) this time in resin.
    Cheers
    Pawel
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  5. swralph A Fixture

    Cheers for a great review Nap:).

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