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German Infantry Barbarossa 1941

DML 1/35 German Infantry Barbarossa 1941 Kit First Look

By Cookie Sewell

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 Complete interactive set of figures; better reflection of “combat” poses matches German photos of the period Cons So-so box art and “stick here” directions
Skill Level Experienced MSRP (USD) $12.99

First Look

For a change of pace, DML has now released a new set of early war German infantry that are suited for the summer campaign in Russia. The set provides four figures with open collars, bandanas, rolled-up sleeves and the “right” look that matches many of the action shots of German troops during the first summer of the campaign in Russia.

One kneeling man covers the rest, while a second man cocks his rifle to back him up; a senior man prepares to throw a grenade, and their NCO prepares to fire a flare to notify the rest of their unit.

The figures come in the usual DML “Gen1" arrangement of six basic parts (head, torso, arms and legs) with add-on bits where needed. But the directions here are more confusing than usual with all sorts of numbers called out and still pieces that are not described. For example, part C8 goes on the figure cocking his rifle, but is neither shown nor called out in the photo of the figure.

Strangely enough this was the first DML kit ever that I can recall actually was missing a part when it arrived for review: part A4, the right arm of the firing man, was missing from the sprue. As it was not in the bag, it must have fallen off at the factory. Considering I have been building or reviewing DML kits for over 20 years now, this was a real surprise but a rare event.

Overall this is a nice set and a good kit, but once again mediocre box art and poor directions hurt the set for anyone other than an experienced modeler.

Thanks to DML for the review sample.

Sprue Layout:

  • 6580 49 Four figures, basic kit, grenade case with grenades
  • G 60 German Generic Kit - helmets, bread bags, canteens, ponchos, etc.
  • G 4 German Generic Kit - entrenching tools
  • W 31 German Generic Weapons - 3 x MP40, 4 x Kar 98K, MG34, MG42, etc.