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Eduard

Set 7501

Czech Air Force

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All figures are supplied unpainted    (Numbers of each pose in brackets)
Stats
Date Released 2008
Contents 6 figures
Poses 6 poses
Material Plastic (Very Hard)
Colours Grey
Average Height 24 mm (= 1.73 m)

Review

This is a set of six hard-plastic kit figures, something like the many Preiser sets. As you can see from the image of the sprue you get a total of 34 small parts which make up the figures, which appear in our picture as per the instructions. Since all the figures come with separate arms and, in most cases, separate legs too, there is scope for some swapping to vary the poses as well as differences in placement, but we will go with the advertised figures as shown.

We must make it clear that we know nothing about the modern Czech Air Force, and there is no useful information available concerning uniform, at least in English. Therefore we cannot comment on the accuracy of these figures, although since they depict a contemporary subject we would assume accuracy is good. The set contains two pilots plus what seems to be four ground crew figures, the first two in caps and smart uniforms and the second pair in dungarees – presumably more casual work wear. It seems like the pilots are conversing – one is perhaps demonstrating some manoeuvre to the other, who is listening intently as he holds his helmet. The ground crew seem to be in general poses as if checking an aircraft. All the poses are pretty good, with the man on one knee being particularly natural looking. The kit aspect means better, less flat poses can be achieved, and while in some cases the figure could easily have been made as one or two pieces, for some the pose is much better for being in several parts.

We found no flash to speak of, and once trimmed off the sprue the various parts went together very well, although unfortunately there are no bases in the kit. The detail is pretty good too, so along with the natural poses these are very nicely made figures. Clearly intended to decorate some of their range of 1/72 scale aircraft, this is a very fine first set of 1/72 figures from this Czech manufacturer (although they had previously made figures in other scales), and let’s face it, if you are looking for modern Czech Air Force personnel then there is not much choice out there!



Ratings

Historical Accuracy
Pose Quality 10
Pose Number 7
Sculpting 9
Mould 10

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