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Red Army Infantry (1939-1942)

ICM 1/35 Red Army Infantry (1939-1942) Kit First Look

By Ray Mehlberger

Date of Review January 2008 Manufacturer ICM
Subject Red Army Infantry (1939-1942) Scale 1/35
Kit Number 35051 Primary Media Styrene
Pros Neat poses that lend themselves to an instant diorama Cons Kit is very overpriced for one small tree of parts
Skill Level Basic MSRP (USD) $11.95

First Look

Red Army Infantry (1939-1942) The third (and last) figure is wearing a quilted top and trousers and a fur lined cap with fold down ear flaps. He has knee high boots, like the first figure and is wearing a pouch on the back of his belt. As mentioned, his pose is saluting the second figure.

ICM is a modeling firm based in the Ukraine. They do a number of AFV and figure kits in 1/35th scale, 1/48th and 1/72nd.

This kit comes in one of ICM’s usual end opening type boxes. I am not a fan of this type of box, because parts (particularly the decal sheets) tend to find their way past the end flap and get lost. I prefer the tray and lid type of box. You can put parts and assemblies into the tray as you build, to keep them organized while assembling the kit.

The box art shows a winter scene, with 3 Soviet infantry figures in assorted winter uniforms. There is a T-28 tank shown in the background.

One figure is wearing quilted trousers, a white hooded parka and knee-high boots. He is leaning on a shovel and smoking a cigarette. His right fur-lined glove is off his hand and hanging from a cord.

The second figure is probably an officer, because he is getting saluted by the third figure. He is holding a map (or something) in his right hand. He wears a fur lined cap, that is the Mongol style with the point on top. He has a fur-lined great coat on and knee-high fur-lined boots that zipper up the front. He is armed with a pistol on his hip.

A real snowy scene and a great diorama possibility.

A side panel shows the box arts for 4 other 1/35th scale figure kits that ICM markets. French line infantry, French – Prussian War 1870-1871 (kit no. 35061 four figures), Soviet tank crew 1939-1942 (kit no. 35181 three figures), Soviet motorized infantry figures of the Soviet – Afghan War 1979 – 1988 (kit no. 35331 four figures) and U.S. elite forces figures – Iraq (kit no. 35201 four figures).

The back of the box has color illustrations of these same infantry men. Colors are called out in Humbrol brand, with color swatches next to the listing of these colors that are suggested to decorate the figures.

Inside the box is one lonely very light gray parts tree, a small instruction sheet and a sheet of IMPORTANT INFORMATION CONCERNING THIS KIT in no less than 20 languages, including English. Each of these paragraphs has ICM’s address below them.

The instructions consist of a small single sheet in 5 ½” x 7 ¾” format, printed on both sides. One side has illustrations of the three figures, calling out the colors to use with alphabetic tabs. Part assembly is indicated with numbers of the parts. The other side of this sheet has a parts tree drawing, which you will have to consult as only it has part numbers shown on it. The parts tree does not. Paint colors are called out in an alphabetic listing, in Ukrainian and English. There is also some CAUTIONS and ICM’s address again.

The single tree of very light parts is in a sealed cello bag. It holds the parts for the 3 figures, a rifle, 2 ammo pouches, 2 large pouches, a pistol in a holster, and a shovel.  (26 parts).

Some of the parts on the parts tree drawings are miss-numbered, when comparing them to what the numbers are that are shown to use on the assembly drawings. Part number 12 on the parts tree drawing is called out as part number 13 on the assembly drawing. These are the rifle ammo pouches

Although some neat figures in very interesting poses, I cannot help but think – given the amount of plastic in this kit – that it is very over-priced.. The detail on these figures is excellent. Recommended.