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SealladhArd Inactive Member23 Apr 2011 4:34 p.m. PST

Kingsleypark's Wargaming Menagerie

A look at the latest 1/72nd scale offering from The Plastic Soldier Company Limited – the Russian Infantry Heavy Weapons set.


number423 Apr 2011 4:56 p.m. PST

Thanks for previewing this set as it's saved me wasting money on them. The mortars are nice, but that's about all. That Maxim firing crew is useless – they wouldn't last two minutes in combat making big targets of themselves like that. The photo on your blog clearly shows how it was done, and in this day and age there really is no excuse for basic errors like that. However, I expect some people will love them

Ruben Megido Inactive Member23 Apr 2011 5:20 p.m. PST

Thanks for the review. I donīt care too much for the Maxim pose as far i plan to use them for Crossfire and the poses are irrelevant. It looks a bit small, isnīt?

Personal logo Cardinal Hawkwood Supporting Member of TMP23 Apr 2011 6:29 p.m. PST

yes thanks for that ..nice indeed..

CPBelt Inactive Member23 Apr 2011 8:26 p.m. PST

Looks like some bad mold lines on the figures?

SealladhArd Inactive Member24 Apr 2011 12:09 a.m. PST

@mort – there are mould lines on all of the figures but they do scrape off. In my haste to put the figs together and get them photographed I didn't clean all the figs up

12345678 Inactive Member24 Apr 2011 2:27 a.m. PST

I have just painted these up and they are rather nice. As to the Maxim crew, there are plenty of photos showing them sitting firing, similar to the crew of a tripoded MG42 or a Vickers really!

Pauls Bods Supporting Member of TMP24 Apr 2011 3:05 a.m. PST

Not a bad looking set. They do seem to have some mold lines though. Great review.

freecloud24 Apr 2011 5:17 a.m. PST

Thanks – I am building 1/72nd Russians so this is very timely.

normsmith Inactive Member24 Apr 2011 6:11 a.m. PST

Thanks, good addition to the range.

ochoin deach Inactive Member24 Apr 2011 11:43 a.m. PST

Very good blog BTW.

SealladhArd Inactive Member24 Apr 2011 11:59 a.m. PST

@ochoin deach – Cheers!!

number424 Apr 2011 4:09 p.m. PST

For machine guns, this set is a much better deal link

ochoin deach Inactive Member24 Apr 2011 4:26 p.m. PST

Maybe, #4 but I think the detail on the figures is blurry: a bit 2nd rate, actually.

donlowry25 Apr 2011 10:23 a.m. PST

How do they compare, in size, to other brands? And are they made from vinyl or hard plastic?

Pauls Bods Supporting Member of TMP25 Apr 2011 10:35 a.m. PST

@Don…look here;
TMP link

1815Guy Inactive Member25 Apr 2011 10:39 a.m. PST

Ģ11+ postage for 13 figures….hmmmmmm

Not a bargain then.

I can't help thinking PSC has missed a critical price point with this set. I love their tanks, but at nigh on a quid per PSC guy here I think I rather like the look of Fantassin 20mm instead…..

Then I can choose just exactly what I want for my force.

Good review though, thanks for posting.

It's frustrating that with all this surge of interest in 20mm WW2 Russians Valiant have spent ages to get out into the market with….. a cart truck!!!! How many of those are they going to sell compared to probable sales of Russian infantry!! They normally work out at 9p per fig, and include Heavy Weapons on the normal sprues. No Russians though, as I said. Tsk.

SealladhArd Inactive Member25 Apr 2011 10:50 a.m. PST

@1815guy – you get more than 13 figs!!

That is one sprue's worth and u get 3 sprues in the box. So you get a total of 39 figs, 6 maxims, 3 82mm mortars and 3 50mm mortars in the box.

NigelM Inactive Member25 Apr 2011 12:28 p.m. PST

Never let the facts get in the way of a good rant!

number425 Apr 2011 1:56 p.m. PST

"Maybe, #4 but I think the detail on the figures is blurry: a bit 2nd rate, actually"

Can't really tell from the scan and I don't have the Maxim set myself, but the Zvezda 122mm Howitzer comes with two crew that are excellently sculpted.

1815Guy Inactive Member25 Apr 2011 3:36 p.m. PST

"@1815guy – you get more than 13 figs!! u get 3 sprues in the box. So you get a total of 39 figs, 6 maxims, 3 82mm mortars and 3 50mm mortars in the box."

Aha! And D'oh! Silly me.

Thanks SA. I stand corrected, and at £11.00 GBP its not a bad deal, and I quite like the idea of having a maxim which is clearly shown as moving, not firing, to be replaced on the table when deployed with a firing maxim base…..quite neat.

Thanks for correcting my mistake.

And its time for you to take another of your pills NigelM! Or have you despatched your order for a dozen or two essential Valiant handcarts?!! :o)

donlowry25 Apr 2011 3:50 p.m. PST

Thanks, Paul. I hadn't paid any attention to that thread, not knowing what PSC stood for.

NigelM Inactive Member26 Apr 2011 4:03 a.m. PST

If I still did 20mm I probably would have ordered some of the carts from Valiant (not quite a dozen though) a much neglected item IMHO. Actually if Valiant had got their act together and continued releasing kits at the rate they started at I may well have reverted back to 20mm. Now it seems the momentum is with PSC and as they duplicate it all in 15mm there is no need for me to change scale again.

1815Guy Inactive Member26 Apr 2011 11:51 a.m. PST

Yes I know what you mean. If I didnt already have a load of 20mm stuff as a basis for extending I'd be in 15mm.

I might have to get an army in 15mm anyway if I'm playing at my club – all the WW2 there is pretty much FOW.

12345678 Inactive Member26 Apr 2011 12:47 p.m. PST

Interesting! There is no FoW at all at our club; lots of PBI though.

donlowry26 Apr 2011 1:23 p.m. PST

I won't be getting any of these because, as the review points out, they are not consistent with Airfix.

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