CMK has put out some great resin detail sets for both aviation and armor
subjects. Now they have added to these detail sets with several figure
sets in both 1/48 and 1/35. Most are WW2, but one of the 1/35 sets is
from the Vietnam era.
German Fighter Pilots, Battle of Britain
This set provides two Luftwaffe fighter pilots from the Battle of Britain
era. Both have the typical Luftwaffe flying uniform on along with their
life vests. One is wearing his cap while the other is not.
The resin is very well cast and captures a lot of detail. There's not
a lot of parts in this set, with one pilot being made up
of a one-piece torso & upper legs with separate arms and feet. The
other pilot has a separate torso and legs. Both have separate arms, allowing
for different poses. The heads are attached to the torso in both figures,
and this could pose a problem. The heads are the one shortcoming of these
sets in that they are too small. This is very noticeable and the only
real solution would be to replace them with heads from some other figure,
a difficult challenge indeed. This is a pity considering how well detailed
and nicely cast the rest of the parts are.
German Pilot & Ground Crew
Another 1/48 Luftwaffe pilot set, this one includes one of the ever-present
"black men", the ground crew so essential to maintaining fighter
aircraft. This set has the pilot stripping off his heavy flying suit,
with his flying helmet still on. The ground crew is set up to be assisting
the pilot out of the suit.
set is even simpler than the previous one, with the figures being cast
as one piece. The ground crewman has separate arms and the pilot has a
separate hand. The castings are very well done, but like the set above
the heads are again too small. This is very noticeable in the pilot figure,
with his bulkiness from the flying suit and one-piece casting. Again,
the only solution would be to remove the head and replace it with another
piece. Given the layout of the pilot figure this would be nearly impossible,
but for the ground crewman it wouldn't be too hard to do. Alternatively,
you could place the ground crewman in a hatch or something similar, hiding
the head that way.
German Tank Hunters
A pair of Wehrmacht tank hunters make up this set, complete with an
RPG. Being in a larger scale than the 1/48 sets, these are broken down
into more pieces, allowing you more freedom in how you put them together.
Slight variations in position will really help bring these figures alive.
Unfortunately, these figures suffer from the shrunken head syndrome as
well, although not nearly as bad as the 1/48 sets. The heads are separate
so replacing them will be a simple matter.
The soldiers are separated into torso, legs, feet, arms, and heads,
with extra castings for accessory items such as the weapons, helmets and
canteens. All the castings are very well done and reveal lots of detailing.
While you won't be able to change the position of the figures greatly,
the separate parts do allow some freedom in how you can display them,
lending themselves well to potential diorama possibilities.
US Marines - Vietnam
This set is mislabeled, sort of. It states that there are two figures
included, when in fact there are three. The third figure is the one in
the body bag, and while it is proportioned correctly, the other two standing
figures suffer from the small head problem. Like the previous set, though,
the heads are separate and replacing them won't be too difficult.
accessories in this set are plentiful (adding stuff for the third guy
in the bag) and the castings on the helmets are very well done. Two M-16s
are included, as well as two helmets, four canteens, several accessory
bags, a flashlight, and a sheathed knife. Like the previous set, the figures
are broken down into basic parts, allowing you some freedom in varying
the positioning of the final figure.
German Infantry After Combat
This set has a couple German infantry taking a bit of R and R. One soldier
is sitting on a crate, molded as one piece with a bit of groundwork, while
the other is standing with a wine bottle in his coat pocket. Again, the
heads are slightly too small, making the finished figures look bulky.
seated figure is very well detailed, as is the base he's on. The standing
figure is molded as one piece, with separate lower pant pieces, boots,
head and arms. The seated figure has just his arms and head as separate
pieces. The only accessories included are a pair of guns. One is the typical
German grease gun while the other is a larger machine gun with a separate
part for the stock.