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US Airborne Officer, Ardennes 1945

Adalbertus 120mm US Airborne Officer, Ardennes 1945 Kit First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review October 2017 Manufacturer Adalbertus
Subject US Airborne Officer, Ardennes 1945 Scale 120mm
Kit Number 12004 Primary Media Resin, Photo-Etch
Pros Excellent quality casting and sculpting Cons Nothing noted
Skill Level Experienced MSRP (USD) Out of Production

First Look

Adalbertus is a brand of figures produced by Arma Hobby of Poland. They produce excellent quality figures which assemble easily and only need painting and weathering to bring them to life. This kit is inspired by the HBO series 'Band of Brothers' which portrays a soldier running through a field with his Thompson submachine gun.

US Airborne Officer, Ardennes 1945

As you can see in the image above, the kit comes with a beautifully cast torso, separately cast arms, Thomson with two hands in place, gas mask carrier, magazine pouch, canteen pouch, holster w/.45 caliber, mess kit pouch, hand grenades, and display base. This kit also includes photo-etched parts for hand grenade pins as well as Thompson sling mounts and buckles. The set also provides a strip of foil (not shown) to render the sling for the submachine gun. The set provides two small sets of decals, one with the US markings for the canteen pouch, gas mask carrier, and magazine pouch. The other set provides your choice of shoulder crests for the 17th, 82nd, or 101st Airborne Divisions along with a shoulder flag, first sergeant stripes, and officer/NCO helmet markings.

The bad news is that Arma has announced that they are terminating production of their Adalbertus and Attack Squadron products, so if you've considered these figures in the past, get them now as they will be gone soon. While Arma is planning to sell the molds for their products, there is no telling if any new owners can match the casting quality of Arma Hobby. Last call!

My sincere thanks to HobbyZone USA for this review sample!