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1/35 Alpine Miniatures Otto Carius & NCO

Oberleutnant Otto Carius (born 27 May 1922) was a German Heer tank commander during World War II and is credited with destroying more than 150 tanks.  He is also a recipient of the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves (Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes mit Eichenlaub). The Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross and its higher grade Oak Leaves were awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership.

Born 27 May 1922 (age 90)
Zweibrücken, Weimar Germany
Allegiance Nazi Germany Nazi Germany
Service/branch Balkenkreuz.svg Heer
Years of service 1940 – 1945
Rank Oberleutnant of the Reserves
Unit 21st Panzer Regiment
Schwere Panzer-Abteilung 502
Schwere Panzerjägerabteilung 512
Battles/wars World War II

  • Operation Barbarossa
  • Battle of Narva
Awards Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Other work Pharmacist

NCO: The NCO corps usually includes all grades of corporal and sergeant; in some countries, warrant officers also carry out the duties of NCOs. The naval equivalent includes some or all grades of petty officer, although not all navies class their petty officers as NCOs. There are different classes of non-commissioned officer, including  junior non-commissioned officers (JNCO) and senior (or staff) non-commissioned officers (SNCO).

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The Figures:

This set of figures arrived to my desk from High Calibre Miniatures. The first thing that caught my eye was the packaging. Simple and yet elegant giving a quick impression that what’s inside, is a high quality product. And once you open it and get the contents out, in this case Otto Carius and a NCO set # 35150, you will see a pair of high quality resin figures.

Both figures are cast in a light gray color unlike the traditional ”butter yellow”.  If it wasn’t because I’ve got the usual dust while drilling a peg hole on one foot, I would have thought that I was working with a high quality styrene. There is a seam line to deal with, but nothing that you couldn’t tackle in a few minutes using your method of choice. Other than that, the casting is 100% clean.

The molded on details are nothing short of spectacular. The folds on the uniforms look very real and they are in the real place for the figure stance. The clothes folds fit those from separate arms even over the pistol holsters. As an ex action figure collector, I know a good sculpture from a sloppy one. Remember, Otto Carius is a real person. My hat is off to sculptor Taesung Harmms. The likeness for a figure of this scale is simply amazing!

NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR
As a compliment to your favorite 1/35 Tiger 1 or a a stand alone, the 1/35 Otto Carius figure from Alpine Miniatures deserves a spot on your display case.Highly Recommended!

My most sincere thanks to  James & Allan Gates from High Calibre Miniatures for the review samples.

George Collazo
George Collazo
George has been hosting review sites and blogging about toy collectibles, travel, digital photography and Nikon digital imaging since 1998. His first model kit build was a Testors 1/35 DODGE WC-54 in 1984.
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