Alpine Miniatures
Kurt Meyer LAH Kharkov
1:35th Figure Set No. 35063
Review by Terry Ashley

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Figures painted by Calvin Tan
Kurt Meyer with his reformed SS-Aufklärungs-Abteilung 1 saw extensive action during the Battles of Kharkov and was awarded the Oak Leaves to his Knight's Cross for actions together with Max Wünsche during the 3rd battle of Kharkov in early 1943. He later went on to command SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 25 where he was promoted to SS-Standartenführer (Colonel) on 21 June 1943.

This figure from Alpine depicts Kurt Meyer during the fighting around Kharkov in early 1943 and is a perfect companion to the figure of Max Wünsche LAH Kharkov (Alpine set #35057)

The figure is standing in a relaxed pose and wears a fur lined jacket with reversible winter trousers with his hands in pockets and includes the usual alternate heads, one wearing an Officer's cap or fur lined cap indicative of the subzero temperatures of the time.

The full body is cast as one piece with just the two heads separate with just a bare minimum of cleanup required with just fine casting seams between the legs which are easily removed with a #11 blade.

Detail on the uniform is subtle but also with well defined fabric seams with items such as the pockets, collars and excellent fur texturing that will come up well with painting as will the facial features with natural expressions.

Assembly of the figure was very straightforward without any trimming or other alterations required with just the required head added for quick and easy assembly.

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.

This figures continues the high standards from Alpine Miniatures and is the second figure to depict a specific person and as such can only be used in certain scenarios, not that this is problem as it allows you to build a particular diorama at a particular time period.

As mentioned this figure would make an excellent companion to the Max Wünsche LAH Kharkov figure (Set #35057) for a larger Kharkov diorama.

Highly recommended 9/10

Also see set #35064 SS Grenadier LAH Kharkov and combined set #35065 LAH Officers Kharkov Set #2

The resin parts
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Views of the assembled figure
note alternate heads with wire pins added

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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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