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Revell

Set 02522

German Crisis Reaction Forces (KRK)

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All figures are supplied unpainted    (Numbers of each pose in brackets)
Stats
Date Released 2002
Contents 50 figures
Poses 12 poses, 1 dog pose
Material Plastic (Medium Consistency)
Colours Dark Green
Average Height 25.5 mm (= 1.84 m)

Review

Around the time this set was made figure production from Revell has focused on modern forces rather than those from history, and as a German company it was only natural that they should particularly concentrate on the German armed forces. This is one of several such sets, and depicts the men that participated in the IFOR and SFOR operations in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

By their nature peacekeeping forces are meant to fulfill their task by their very presence rather than by engaging in combat, so most of these troops are in non-aggressive stances. Clearly patrol is the main on-duty function of these troops, and several of the poses show the men moving with weapons at the ready. Germany was one of several nations to use dogs on patrols, so the dog and handler pose is useful, and there is also a man holding up a stop sign, as at a checkpoint. The set also includes a civilian suspect, hands raised, with a soldier searching him. Finally a man apparently handling a bomb (or more likely a mine) reminds us of the very real dangers of the job even without any actual fighting. All these poses are appropriate for the situation and have been properly thought out.

By the last few years of the 20th century differences in uniform between the Western European armies were mostly in the detail. Certainly these would seem to be properly sculpted, though most of the uniform is covered by a flak jacket. Though we had great difficulty finding evidence for this, it would be remarkable for Revell to have made any serious accuracy mistakes on such a contemporary item. However we would have liked to have seen some effort to model the large armbands which identified the IFOR/SFOR troops to friend and foe alike.

Certainly no other manufacturer has produced figures for the last decade of the last century, so Revell have a monopoly on this subject. The figures are of the highest Revell quality, with natural positions and well sculpted detail, though they are unusually tall, particularly when compared to sets like the Revell Modern British. The choice of dark green for plastic colour makes these difficult to appreciate, but for fans of modern soldiers these will no doubt find favour.


Ratings

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

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