Category Archives: 1/32 and 1/48 Resin and Injected Aircraft Figures

Revell of Germany 1/32 FW-190 (Finished)

The Focke-Wulf Fw 190 Würger (English: Shrike) is a German single-seat, single-engine fighter aircraft designed by Kurt Tank in the late 1930s and widely used during World War II. Along with its well-known counterpart, the Messerschmitt Bf 109, the Fw 190 became the backbone of the Luftwaffe’s Jagdwaffe (Fighter Force). The twin-row BMW 801 radial engine that powered most operational versions enabled the Fw 190 to lift larger loads than the Bf 109, allowing its use as a day fighter, fighter-bomber, ground-attack aircraft and, to a lesser degree, night fighter.
[Source: Wikipedia]

I finally got some time to finish the one up. I pretty much patterned the scheme with Brett Green’s build because I really liked it.  All paints were Tamiya and the Camel Yellow was from a Tamiya rattle can because I think it captures the yellow quite well. I used EagleCal decal set EC#91 and they went down flawlessly. I had absolutely no fit issues on this kit and am very pleased at the quality and detail RoG is putting out…the price was exceptionally affordable…got it on sale for under $30 U.S.

See the work in progress of this model kit here.

The only problem I encountered with my kit was with my own fumble fingers.

Immediately after applying decals to the right landing gear, I noticed the gear needed adjusted…so, what did I do? I handled the decal area and crumbled them…sheesh. Also, on the left side of the fuselage I accidentally got a drop of Tamiya thin cement on the edge of the BalkanKreuz and it ran some of black, but not too badly.

Note from the Author
All-in-all this was a great kit and I hope RoG keeps them coming.

Bravo 6 and Alpine Figures

We are pleased to present 2 new set of 1/35 resin figures. First is a set if from Alpine Miniatures set 35155 3rd AD ‘Spearhead” #2. This set comes with 2 different heads and the sculpting is as clean and exquisite as our previously reviewed Otto Carius figure. The body has a very casual stance great for different dioramas plus the provided second sculpted head add up to the possibilities. This figure was sculpted by Taesun Harmms.

The second set of figures come from well known Bravo 6 Figures. This is the kit #B6-35044 MACV-SOG (Military Assistance Command-Vietnam Studies & Observations Group) (2). This one is a series of 3 sets hence the number 2 in parenthesis. The sculpting on these figures are absolutely stunning. Every cloth fold, belt, buckle, shoelace, boot soles, boot eyelet is brought to life with incredible detail.

I have been an action figure collector of many subjects for many years and I always felt great respect for Todd McFarlane’s work. If you know his work, you probably know what I mean. The guys behind the Bravo 6 figures are doing a great job sculpting these figures. If this is the output at 1/35th scale, I can only imagine the master sculpts of these figures.

Note from the Author

Both, the Alpine Miniatures and Bravo 6 figure sets are well worth their respective price tag and I highly recommend them.

My sincere thanks to High Calibre Miniatures for these review samples.

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).

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.