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Kit Review - Verlinden German Officer WWI

Discussion in 'Reviews , Video Reviews and Open Book' started by Dan Morton, Sep 25, 2004.

  1. Dan Morton A Fixture

    This is a Verlinden 120mm resin kit of a Imperial German Army officer of WWI. I don’t know the name of the sculptor and Verlinden does not identify him. The second lieutenant is running in a crouched position. His pistol is in one extended hand and the other arm is thrown back for balance. An excellent and unusual pose somewhat similar to what could be a companion Verlinden piece, the crouched running grenadier that Verlinden refers to as “All Quiet on the Western Front”. You could put them both together in a nice diorama. The officer comes with a base representing no man’s land. The facial features are particularly good. The uniform of the officer is, I believe, the M1915 feldbluse with long cuffs. I’ve compared the feldbluse cuffs on the figure to pictures of officers in Charles Woolley’s “Uniforms and Equipment of the Imperial German Army”. The cuffs look a little too long or deep. The officer is wearing superbly detailed leather gaiters and boots, his binocular case slung around on his back hip.
    Since the figure is crouched and running, it’s very difficult to determine if the piece is in accurate scale. It looks pretty close.
    The kit comes in the box shown. Parts are in one plastic zipper bag with packing material around the bag. The parts have a considerable amount of flash and some supporting plastic on one leg that would be tricky to remove. No visible seams and nothing broken or warped.

    No instructions. You have to make do with the photos on the box showing the typical front and back view. Lack of instructions and a color guide in the Verlinden kits is a weakness. The running pose with one foot in the air above the fallen tree branch might make assembly a little tricky.
    I bought this kit at a reduced rate of $28.00 and it was worth that price. Other retailers offer it for $31.00. Interesting and unusual figure pose, a face with character and interesting uniform aspects make this a figure I’m really eager to start putting together and painting. With a set of instructions, slight improvement in packaging and a painting guide it would be worth $31.00 or maybe more.
  2. bonehead A Fixture

    Hello All,

    This is my first posting here. Several of you know me, (hello friends!) while some of you may have heard of me. At any rate, being in the "bizness", I have some insider info about this particular figure that may be of interest.

    Verlinden never openly credits his sculptors but many of us know them by their particular styles. This particlualr figure is more than a little familiar to me because I was there when my old friend, Brian Stewart, sculpted it! Knowing this, maybe some may be able to indentify more of his work in the Verlinden line.

    The head was sculpted by myself (sans hair and moustache), as Brian does not usually do his own heads. Much of the equipment is Verlinden's generic stuff for WWI Germans. The figure itself is 1/16 scale although Verlinden's equipment may divert from this somewhat.

    I know it is kind of nice to put a name with stuff when such things are not clear. So there it is............. !


    Mike Good
  3. Joe Hudson Well-Known Member


    Thanks for the review and hello MIke! It is nice to have you here and hope we can maybe see some sbs's from you in the future? ;)

  4. captnenglish Well-Known Member

    Dan thanks for the review, this one has been on my wish list (which almost never gets shorter) for some time now.

    Mike welcome to the Planet.

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