Alpine Miniatures
Late War WSS Pz. NCO #1
1:35th Figure Set No. 35045
Review by Terry Ashley

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Figures scupltered by Taesung Harmms
and painted by Calvin Tan
This recent figure from Alpine Miniatures is a single Late War Waffen-SS Panzer NCO in a semi-relaxed standing pose and wears the single breasted leather jacket originally issued to U-Boat crews but were also used by Panzer Regiments of the 12th SS Panzer Division Hitlerjugend after the Italian surrender. The jacket has five metal or plastic buttons and either a cropped or normal collar and adjustable cuff bandsand plus a single breast pocket with a small flap and two front waist pockets and were lined as was the jacket with coarse woolen blanket material. The leather trousers were straight legged with two side pockets and were also originally issued to U-Boat crews.

The figure has the usual choice of two heads with excellent facial features and one wearing a Officer's cap and the other field cap and for a bit of variety this head has a bandage over a right ear wound and is armed with a Walther P38 holster in his belt.

The full body is cast as one piece with just the heads and arms as separate parts with excellent uniform details including all the pockets, lapels and fabric seams in the right places plus and well defined fabric folds.

There was virtually no cleanup needed apart from the usual small casting blocks to be removed but there was some minor casting seams between the lower legs which are easy to remove. Assembly is very straightforward with the fit of the arms being spot on requiring no trimming or filler while the heads also fit neatly into the collar.

As with previous figures I added a small “wire” pin to the neck to go into a hole drilled into the body but again this is a personal thing to make fitting and swapping the heads easy and not a reflection of the fit which is perfect if you just want to glue the chosen head in place. This also allows the heads to be painted separate and easily attached later.

Another excellent figure from Alpine wearing a very different jacket and trousers than normally seen to offer an excellent deviation to add interest to dioramas and the bandage wound also adds nice animation.

Highly recommended 9/10
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See the Alpine Miniatures web site for ordering details and thanks to Taesung from Alpine Miniatures for the review sample.


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