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Pegasus

Set 7202

Waffen SS - Set 2

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All figures are supplied unpainted    (Numbers of each pose in brackets)
Stats
Date Released 2005
Contents 43 figures
Poses 20 poses
Material Plastic (Medium Consistency)
Colours Grey
Average Height 23 mm (= 1.66 m)

Review

This is set 2 of the Waffen SS from this company - the first was set 7201 and is reviewed here. Basically this is more of the same, depicting the same troops in the same uniform and time period. Once again we get a large number of all-new poses, and again they avoid the flat samples found in so many sets. There is plenty of life and no small amount of imagination here, and there are plenty of advancing poses (after we complained there were so few in set 1), although there is still no marching pose. However the cost of all these good poses is multiple parts, which we discuss below.

The uniform is that appropriate for the Kursk battle in 1943, so the men are in smocks and have helmet covers on. The small errors in the smocks seen in set 1 have been corrected here, and we found no cause to complain about accuracy this time.

This set is made in what appears to be the same plastic as that used for the first, so the plastic is very soft, but sadly it is not of a type that makes a strong bond using polystyrene cement. This is a problem as all the figures require some form of assembly. To begin with all come with no base but simply a peg under one foot. A number of bases are provided and the figures fit them well, so now the customer has the choice of basing their figures. Most also have a separate entrenching tool which fits into a hole on the jacket skirt. This is not always a snug fit and will require gluing, and the same thing goes for the many figures with separate arms, not all of which were as well engineered as we would have liked. However Pegasus have provided extra arms - basically arms carrying different items such as mines and charges - so there is some scope for customisation beyond what our picture shows. Finally several poses, including all those on the ground, have separate heads. This is a good idea that does much to improve what was previously an awkward stance to mould, but again we found a few were quite tricky to place correctly and care must be taken in matching the correct parts for each figure.

The net effect of all these parts is that a good deal of time must be taken to put the figures together. Some will find this enhances the enjoyment of the set, others will hate the prospect, but the poor bond created by polystyrene cement will be the source of some frustration, although we found more specialised plastic glues did result in a very strong join and therefore a more usable result.

The sculpting is of the same high standard as that found in the first set, and there is no flash in need of removal, while the proportions and overall look is very natural (in this case we have deducted two points from the mould mark to reflect the poor choice of material - something our points system does not accommodate well). The detail is very good and even extends to an apparent entry wound on the chest of the casualty figure! Certainly the multi-part approach of this set will be the deciding factor for some people in deciding whether they wish to make a purchase, but with some patience and the right adhesive a lot of very rewarding figures can be gleaned from this product, and with some opportunities for customisation too. It is good to see most of the lessons of the first set have been addressed here, and no doubt many World War II enthusiasts will find room for these figures in their collection.

Ratings

Historical Accuracy 10
Pose Quality 10
Pose Number 10
Sculpting 9
Mould 8

Further Reading
Books
"German Combat Equipments 1939-45" - Osprey (Men-at-Arms Series No.234) - Gordon Rottman - 9780850459524
"German Infantryman (3) Eastern Front 1943-45" - Osprey (Warrior Series No.93) - David Westwood - 9781841767802
"German Soldiers of World War II" - Histoire & Collections - Jean de Lagarde - 9782915239355
"Infantry Weapons of World War II" - David & Charles - Jan Suermont - 9780715319253
"The German Army 1939-45 (3) Eastern Front 1941-43" - Osprey (Men-at-Arms Series No.326) - Nigel Thomas - 9781855327955
"The German Army 1939-45 (4)" - Osprey (Men-at-Arms Series No.330) - Nigel Thomas - 9781855327962
"The German Army 1939-45 (5)" - Osprey (Men-at-Arms Series No.336) - Nigel Thomas - 9781855327979

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