Master Box 1/35 Russian Infantry, Korsun-Shevchenkovskiy, 1944 Kit First Look
By Ray Mehlberger
|Date of Review||July 2011||Manufacturer||Master Box|
|Subject||Russian Infantry, Korsun-Shevchenkovskiy, 1944||Scale||1/35|
|Kit Number||3529||Primary Media||Styrene|
|Pros||Neat instant diorama scene||Cons||Nothing noted|
|Skill Level||Basic||MSRP (USD)||$15.95|
In the course of battle, especially battles as hard as the fighting in the Korsun-Shevchenkovskiy pocket, supply officers did not always manage to deliver the required equipment and uniforms for the troops in time. For frontline soldiers on both sides, this meant scrounging necessities where they could be found. Both Russian and German soldiers wore captured clothing more often than not. Russian soldiers pointed out the excellent concealment given by the German camouflage jackets, while they rightly assumed that their cold weather gear was better suited than the German’s to the harshness of the Russian winter.
This kit comes in an end opening type box. The box art shows one of the diorama possibilities using these figures. A group of 4 Soviet soldiers are being photographed by an officer for the folks at home or the newspapers.
The back of the box serves as the assembly and painting instruction drawings in full color. There is a parts tree illustration that will have to be referred to in order to find the parts on the tree in the kit. This illustration has part numbers shown, but the tree itself does not. There is a short paragraph (that I have repeated above) and 2 color photos of diorama possibilities with the kit. One photo shows the 4 men getting their picture taken next to a knocked out German Pz.Kpfw. IV behind them. The other photo shows the group by a damaged building and the officer is holding binoculars, rather than the camera this time. Both the camera and binoculars are in the kit as options. There is also a color chart here that lists Vallejo, Tamiya, Lifecolor, Humbrol and Agama brands of paints suggested to use to finish the figures.
One side panel of the box shows the box arts of three other figure kits that Master Box markets in color:
- Kit no. MB3532 “Bail Out” Russian Tank Crew, Kursk, 1943
- Kit no. MB3535 Soviet Tankmen, 1943-1945
- Kit no. MB3527 German Checkpoint
The other side panel has general cautions about building the kit in English, Russian and Ukrainian.
Inside the box is one light tan tree of parts in a sealed cello bag.
The tree contains the 5 figures. The figures are divided into separate heads, torsos, arms and legs. Two of the soldiers are kneeling and the other two are standing. The standing ones are wearing steel helmets. One of them carries a PPSh machine gun and the other one has a DT machine gun. One of the kneeling soldiers are each armed with Moissan M1891 rifle and the other one has a PPSh. They are wearing the fur-lined type hats. All the figures wear jack boots. One of the standing figures is wearing a captured German camouflaged jacket. The other standing figure wears a quilted uniform, as one of the kneeling soldier does also. The other kneeling soldier wears a hooded all white jacket.
The officer that is taking the picture of them wears a fur lined leather greatcoat and a fur-lined hat. He has a large map case slung from his belt. All the soldiers have a variety of field gear.
These figures are well animated for the photo shoot scene and are close to DML quality in my estimation.