is a new company from Warsaw,Poland producing 1/35 scale resin World War II subjects. Owned by the young talent Radek Pituch
, also the sculptor and boxart painter; the company got into the market with two German figures. Two more Germans are already announced to be released soon and it seems we will see WW II Russian, Allies and more German figures of Rado Miniatures in future .
RDM35003 - Battlefront Normandy 12. SS-Pz.Div. “HJ”, Summer 1944
is a multi-figure kit including the first two Rado releases and depicts young soldiers of HitlerJugend on standing poses with standard uniforms, field gear and weapons.
Inside a clear acetate box, both figures are inserted into seperate zip-lock bags and small parts are double secured with smaller ones. A label in front of the box shows a color photo of painted figures, company name and product info. Backside is labeled with a warning sticker.
Parts are cast clean in medium gray resin. No mistakes, holes, excess resin or visible seamlines on the figures. There will be no need for a serious cleanwork other than removing casting blocks before priming. Details are sharp.
As I read the title 12. SS Pz.Div. HJ, I first checked if the figures look young like Hitlerjugend members of the Division. I have to admit that both heads show nice facial features and have baby faces, the sculptor captured the young appearance very well.
Sculpted as a standing posed SS-Schütze; figure comes in 6 parts; Head, body, 2 arms, machine gun and folding stock.
He has an SS-Panzer enlisted men Side cap on his head. Hand sewn Bevo woven type eagle and skull insignia are well sculpted for that scale.
He wears standard tanker uniform of Panzer Wrap jacket - painted in Pea /Dot 44 pattern camo on boxart, Panzer Trousers and Long boots. Cloth folds and wrinkles on the uniform, scarf on his neck, Jacket details like wide collars, buttonholes, shoulder straps, Iron Cross on the left breast, MP40 gunstrap on right shoulder, Trousers details like front fly, front pockets with flap covers and watch pocket are all nicely defined. Enlisted men belt with metal buckle and triple MP40 ammo pouches on both sides are sculpted on his waist over the jacket.
Right arm is posed to hold the gunstrap on right shoulder and left arm is posed to put his hand over triple ammo pouch. SS sleeve eagle on left arm and small bandage on the right forearm are nice touchs.
MP40 submachine gun and folding stock are given as seperate parts. Extra care will be needed for muzzle and stock when removing from sprue as they are tiny parts and look fragile.
As a standing SS-Sturmmann; figure comes in 5 parts; Head, body, 2 parts of field gear and rifle.
He has a helmet with cover - painted 2nd pattern Oakleaf Spring pattern camo on boxart. Besides nice facial features , panels of the helmet cover are also visible.
Body is cast together with arms and support pin on the right hand should be removed first. He wears an SS Camo Smock over his field tunic, field trousers, ankle boots and gaiters. Besides nicely done cloth folds, all other details of the uniform like SS and rank collar tabs, elastic cuffs, foliage strips on upper sleeves and torso of smock, laces on the boots, straps on gaiters are very well defined. Most of the field gear is cast on the figure. He carries Y-straps, belt with triple Kar.98 rifle ammo pouches attached on both sides and breadbag on the left back - all sculpted in crisp details. Two M39 egg grenades are added under the pouches and a field shovel is inserted to the buckle belt.
M31 Canteen and Bayonet in scabbard are given as seperate parts and will be assembled to the hollowed places on the back of figure.
Figure carries a Mauser Kar.98 laid on his left arm. Rifle shows nice details and wounded left hand with a small bandage is cast on the rifle.
I think Rado Miniatures made a nice entry to the market that will satisfy his customers. The figures are carefully sculpted and cast in high quality. Poses are natural, uniforms and gear are adequate for the period.
I like the figures are same posed and both heads are slightly turned to left so they can be easily displayed together as watching someone or somewhere, maybe looking at something like a poster, etc.
Panzer Wrap and Reversible smock are good uniform options because they can be painted in different patterns for different scenes.
Congratulations to Rado Miniatures for the first releases and Good luck on market.