by: Alan McNeilly [ ]
IntroductionResicast provides a resin set designed to reproduce a British/Commonwealth Soldier in a seated position as a 1/35 scale figure. The figure comes in the standard Resicast plastic zip bag, with a good colour picture insert giving a guide to painting and building the figure. There are no instructions with the figure, but the basic assembly should be fairly straight forward.
ReviewThe figure is posed in the seated position with his left leg crossed over his right and the pose is very relaxed with his left arm outstretched behind him and his right hand resting on his knee. The expression on his face reflects the pose as he is smiling and happy looking. Both left and right arms come as separate items, so there is a little flexibility in how you finish the figure.
The figure is dressed in standard 37/40 Battle Dress Serge wearing Anklets and Ammo Boots with the tunic collar open at the throat. For equipment, he is wearing standard 37 pattern web gear with equipment in the form of ammo pouches, belt, and shoulder straps.
The head comes as a separate item, being well cast with clearly defined detail. The face to me gives the impression of someone who is cheerful and relaxed. On his head he is wearing the Mk III helmet with netting and the helmet is nicely tilted slightly towards the rear of the head, exposing the detail of the face and giving further credibility to the pose.
Cast in a light grayish resin, there are 3 small casting plugs to remove from his feet and both arms and head will need the plugs removed also. On the example I looked at, the cross straps on the back of his webbing will need a little clean up as the detail here had some small rough edges and was not as sharp as I would expect. On his left boot there is a small amount of resin that will also need cleaning up. Other than that I could see no air bubbles or faults in the casting of the figure, which to me looks very good, so minimal clean up should be required.
ConclusionAll in all I would say this is a very friendly figure, apart from the clean up issues I mentioned he should fit in well with those chaps waiting around or drinking tea! The picture depicts him with a bandaged left hand, but this is artistic licence, as no sign of a bandage is there but should you wish to add that detail it would be an easy addition to replicate. In the picture he is posed on top of an APC so no additional kit is provided. I would have liked to have seen a few items such as a rifle, mug, small pack, or even a bottle of wine or two to go with him, but again these items should be in most people's spares box so not really an issue. As always, the standard precautions when working with resin apply and this figure should be a welcome addition to any casual diorama or vignette.