Alpine Miniatures
12SS "HJ" Grenadier
1:35th Figure Set No. 35061
Review by Terry Ashley

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Figures painted by Calvin Tan
This companion figure to set #35060 also features a grenadier of 12. SS-Panzerdivision "Hitlerjugend" suitable for Normandy just after D-Day 1944.

The figure is again standing in a semi-action pose wearing a camouflaged one piece coverall over his normal field gray blouse and trousers. He is armed with an Kar98 rifle, a holstered Walther P38 and stick grenade, bread bag, water bottle and trenching tool on his belt which also has the Kar98 ammo pouches as well as the usual choice of two heads, one with M1942 steel helmet and the other a steel helmet and camouflage cover.

The full body is cast as one piece that includes the ammo pouches, stick grenade and bread bag with separate arms and heads as well as the hands cast holding the Kar98 which makes for a very natural fit. There was a bare minimum of cleanup required on the small casting blocks on the feet and heads, there is some minor casting seams in the insides of the legs that are easily removed with a #11 blade.

Detail on the uniform is well done with nicely defined fabric seams, pockets and collars as well as the Kar98 ammo pouches and grenade that conform to the body nicely with the facial features also well done with natural expressions that will come up nicely with painting.

Assembly of the figures was very straightforward without any trimming or other alterations required, most notably with the arms that fit very snugly into the shoulders for quick and easy assembly. There are small indentations in the body for a natural fit of the separate equipment items.

As with previous figures I added a small “wire” pin to the neck to go into a hole drilled into the body to make fitting and swapping the heads easier but the head fit if you just want to glue the chosen head in place. This also allows the heads to be painted separate and easily attached later. A small tip if you do add the pin is to always drill the hole for the pin at right angles to the neck cut-off on both the torso and head as this will ensure the head sits correctly as intended when fitted together.

I also added the pins to the wrists with holes drilled into the arms for easy fitting of the rifle at any stage and for a more robust assembly, this also allows you to align the arms with the wrists easily during construction.

Another excellent figure from Alpine Miniatures with excellent uniform and anatomical features and should makes for a perfect combination with set #35060 for a semi-action posed group.

Highly recommended 9/10

Also see set #35060 12SS "HJ" Grenadier NCO and combined set #35062 12SS "HJ" Grenadier Set

The resin parts
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Wire pins added to hands for easy fitting to arms
Also allow the exact alignment of the arms as you attach them to body

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Views of the assembled figure
note alternate heads

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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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