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Totenkopf Division Kharkov
Totenkopf Division Kharkov 1943
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by: Darren Baker [ CMOT ]

Introduction

MiniArt is one of the main go too producers when it comes to figures, especially so if it is World War 2 period figures you are seeking. In this review I am going to take a look at one of the latest figure releases from MiniArt in the form of a set titled ĎTotenkopf Division Kharkov 1943í. This is a five figure set offering featuring German troops in a series of relaxed poses.

Review

This five figure set from MiniArt is packaged in the usual manner of an end opening card box containing a plastic bag with the sprues inside. This offering also has a single sheet of instructions present. An examination of the sprues does reveal a couple of issues in the form of quite a lot of flash on the figures that will need to be dealt with and which I was not expecting to find on a new release. Also present is a broken rifle on one of the weapons sprues which while not an expectation is a case of one of those things, due to the way that MiniArt protects its name I am sure they would happily replace the damaged parts, but due to the wide selection that is available with this release it is not something that bothers me in the slightest.

The figures can be thought of as five individual sprues with each figure on its own specific branch. The figures each break down in the usual manner of separate arms and legs and the torso with separate heads; an aspect I like to see now due to the number of modellers who swop injection moulded heads for resin offerings from the like of Hornet. With these figures representing troops wearing cold weather gear the hood portion of the jackets is supplied separately in the case of four of the offerings, the fifth figure has the hood up and this has been supplied in three different parts not counting the head itself. The four figures with the hood down have a separate steel helmet which is another aspect I like.

The figures themselves have a mix of gloves and mitts and so the hand detail looks a little bulky as indeed it should. The bulky cold weather uniform make this offering a little different from the norm and has been well tackled by MiniArt having a nice look scale wise and very well done crease detail. I am not an expert on the type of boot worn, but they look pleasing to me. The helmets are an especially pleasing aspect of this model as six are supplied and they have interior detail that I cannot recall having seen before.

Supplied on a separate sprue that the helmets are attached are the:
5 Gas mask holders
5 Bread bags
5 Water containers
5 Mess tins
7 Entrenching tools in 2 styles
1 Entrenching tool out of its holder
1 Open mess tin with separate lid
1 water container with the drinking portion separate

There are three sprues of which2 are duplicates covering the weapons in this offering from MiniArt and it is one of the duplicated sprues that has the damaged rifle and a lightly damaged bayonet on it. The contents break down as follows:
4 Kar 98 rifles
4 MP 40 mg with separate folding stocks that can be assembled open or folded
2 Lugers
2 Flare pistols?
6 holsters 2 of which are open
4 Bayonets out of their scabbards
2 Binoculars
A mix of ammunition pouches and ammunition boxes
MG42 with separate breech and a choice of closed or open bipod
A two piece ammunition box with a separate belt of ammunition
MG42 spare barrel
MG42 drum magazine

Conclusion

I cannot recall MiniArt having supplied this amount of support equipment with one of their stand alone figure sets previously and so I am very impressed with what is on offer. The figures themselves are excellent being in poses that would make them excellent as tank riders or even around a fire trying to get warm. I will admit to being disappointed in the amount of flash present on the figures with this being a new product. Going back to the equipment and I can forgive the damage present as it is one of those things, but when you look at how much MiniArt has supplied with the figures you cannot help but be impressed. The only thing I can think of as being needed to make these figures complete is some decals and I am kind of surprised that MiniArt has not produced some generic decal sets to be supplied with their figures. I will be looking at for more of this figure set as it has made it into my top ten of injection moulded plastic figures.
SUMMARY
Highs: The fact that these figures would be equally at home on a vehicle or on the ground makes these a must have for me.
Lows: The amount of flash on a new figure set is disappointing.
Verdict: With all of the equipment supplied with this figure set and the display possibilities make this a must have.
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: 35075
  PUBLISHED: May 02, 2019
  NATIONALITY: Germany
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 87.04%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 85.88%

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About Darren Baker (CMOT)
FROM: ENGLAND - SOUTH WEST, UNITED KINGDOM

I have been building model kits since the early 70ís starting with Airfix kits of mostly aircraft, then progressing to the point I am at now building predominantly armour kits from all countries and time periods. Living in the middle of Salisbury plain since the 70ís, I have had lots of opportunitie...

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Comments

Useful & good, relaxed poses. The extras are a real bonus too!
MAY 02, 2019 - 10:47 AM
Thanks Darren! Iím planning a Kharkov diorama with the II SS Panzer Korps. Perhaps 2 different Panzer IIIs (G/H and K/M), a Panzer II Ausf F, Sd.kfz. 250/1 spe alte, lots of figures like these and either a pz.kpfw. IV Ausf G or Tiger as the focal point. I have a lot of photos showing the Korps moving across the steppe and into the suburbs and a lot seem to be a causal but cautious advance with a mix of soldiers and the ready and others relaxing on tanks. These figures will be perfect. The subtext Iím shootings for will highlight the diversity of equipment the 3 divisions used at the time and how it was one of the battles that bridged the gap between early war and late war and their dichotomies.
MAY 02, 2019 - 12:05 PM
I love the figures and poses provided as they lend themselves to many settings, but I am disappointed in the amount of flash present as cleaning them up while retaining the soft look to the winter clothing may prove problematic.
MAY 02, 2019 - 05:32 PM
That is some of the worst flash I have seen in a long time. The good news about clothing is a little putty "feathered" will help cover anything that needs it.
MAY 03, 2019 - 03:32 AM
   

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