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German Infantry Barbarossa 1941

DML 1/35 German Infantry Barbarossa 1941 Kit First Look

By Ray Mehlberger

Date of Review November 2011 Manufacturer DML
Subject German Infantry Barbarossa 1941 Scale 1/35
Kit Number 6580 Primary Media 144 parts in grey styrene
Pros Nicely detailed figures w/Gen 2 Cons No helmet and insignia decals
Skill Level Experienced MSRP (USD) $12.99

First Look

German Infantry Barbarossa 1941
German Infantry Barbarossa 1941
German Infantry Barbarossa 1941

This kit comes in a shrink-wrapped end-opening type box. The box art shows 4 German soldiers taking cover behind a log building. One soldier is firing his rifle around the corner of the building.

The soldier behind him is preparing to throw a potato masher type grenade.

Behind him is a soldier advancing with his rifle.

The fourth figure is behind these 3 other soldiers and is prone. He is supporting himself on his left arm and has his right arm up in the air with a pistol in his hand. He seems to urging on some other unseen soldiers onward behind him.

All four soldiers are wearing the standard field gray uniforms with jack boots.

The soldier shooting, the one advancing and the prone guy all wear steel helmets.

The advancing guy has a rubber band around his helmet to attach some branches for camouflage.

The guy holding the grenade has his rifle slung across his back and has a bayonet in scabbard on his belt.  He also wears a white scarf.

The prone guy has a MP40 machine pistol in his left hand and a pair of binoculars around his neck. He has a flashlight attached to his shoulder strap, a ammo case on his belt along with a pistol holster.

The advancing guy is equipped with ammo cases, canteen and bread bag. The shooting guy is similarly equipped.

A case of the potato masher type grenades lays on the ground.

One side panel of the box has black and white illustrations of these German soldier’s equipment: a MP40, carbine, bayonet in scabbard, canteen, mess kit, carbine ammo cases, MP40 ammo cases, a unidentified carrying case and a case for the grenades. The other side panel shows the full color box art of another kit that DML markets. It is kit no. 6704 of German Waffen Grenadiers 1944-1945. Next to this is the statement that the kit is not suitable for children under 3 because of small parts choking hazard. The kit is designed for modelers 14 years of age and older. Dragon’s web address and their street address in Hong Kong are provided here. The copyright for this kit is 2011 and the kit was made in Hong Kong.

The back of the box serves as the painting and assembly instructions. Photos showing the front and back of the assembled figures in their gray molded unpainted color are shown, as well as the grenade ammo case. Part numbers with arrows to them serve as the assembly instructions.

Below this is a full color smaller copy of the box art. There are 3 numbers pointing to parts of these figures in this illustration. I know from other kits that these 3 numbers refer to either Mr. Hobby, Mr. Color or Model Master brands of paints. However, nowhere on the kit is there a list of what colors these represent. Very bad omission DML!!

Inside the box is 2 sealed cello bags containing 4 gray parts trees. One tree is of the 4 figures etc. and the other 3 are DML’s Gen 2 weapons and equipment  parts.

The tree of figures has each of them divided into separate heads, torsos, arms and legs. In addition there is the grenade case, 2 steel helmets, a neck scarf for the guy that holds the grenade, 3 loose grenades, 4 rolled tarps, 2 steel helmets, a pistol holster, a bayonet in scabbard, a Mauser 98K rifle and some pouches (49 parts)

The smallest gray parts tree of the Gen 2 equipment holds 4 shovels in their carrying cases.

The medium sized gray tree of more Gen 2 stuff holds: 3 machine gun ammo drums, 7 rifle clips, 2 type 43 assault rifles, an MG 34 machine gun, a MG 42 machine gun, clips for the type 43, separate chamber lids for the MG34 and 42, a MG bipod, 5 98K carbines, 3 MP40’s, 2 MP40 ammo clips, 1 MP40 shoulder stock (30 Parts)

The large gray tree of Gen 2 stuff holds: 4 canteens, 4 gas mask canisters with separate lids, 4 bayonets in scabbards, six 98K ammo pouches, 6 assorted equipment pouches, 4 rolled tarps, 6 MP40 ammo pouches, 3 potato masher type grenades, a luger, a P38 pistol, a pair of binoculars , 4 steel helmets and 3 pistol holsters (2 are for Lugers and one is for a P38 (60 parts). There is no instruction sheet in the box and no decals for the helmets or shoulder insignias.

This kit will make up into a nice diorama like shown on the box art.

My sincere thanks to Dragon Models USA for this review sample!

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