Zvezda 1/35 Soviet Assault Group WWII Koenigsberg 1944 Kit First Look
|Date of Review||May 2012||Manufacturer||Zvezda|
|Subject||Soviet Assault Group WWII Koenigsberg 1944||Scale||1/35|
|Kit Number||3509||Primary Media||95 parts in olive drab styrene|
|Pros||Nice variety of assault weapons to include an SG-43 and carriage and LPO-50; good poses; assault armor vests||Cons||Not as crisp as newer releases from other companies|
|Skill Level||Basic||MSRP (USD)||$15.98|
The Soviets were slow to catch up in some areas with the Germans, but by the later part of the war they had adopted camouflage smocks for assault or raiding parties (shturmovaya or desantovaya gruppa) for use when either leading assaults or scouting for “tongues to wag” (prisoners for interrogation). They also had adopted heavy breastplate armor that covered the center part of the chest to protect the wearer from small arms or fragments.
This set provides six figures (making it reasonable for the price) of these late war troops. One figure is advancing slowly with a PPS, another is lying down with a PPS and binoculars, a two man team with engineer munitions and PPSh submachine guns is kneeling, one man with an LPO-50 flamethrower is advancing, and one more kneels behind an SG-43 heavy machine gun.
Each figure consists of the usual six pieces – head, torso, arms and legs – with separate helmets and assault armor for the four infantrymen. As the torsos of these four lack detailing, it appears the body armor is not optional. Each figure also comes with a canteen and ammo pouch for his weapon (long magazine ones for the PPS, short round ones for the PPSh) and a bayonet.
The LPO-50 consistes of two tanks (fuel and pressure) and the weapon head with stock, plus a straight piece of styrene which has to be bent for the hose. Most modelers will want to replace this with some sort of vinyl or rubber tubing. Note that the forward grip/hose connector is molded into the figure’s left hand.
The SG-43 (“heavy” version only because it comes with the wheeled carriage) consists of the gun and mount, separate spade grips and cocking grip, and barrel change and mount locking levers. It goes on a eight-part mount that permits traverse and also optional positions for the towing handle (folded out for towing or folded under the trail of the carriage for use).
The machine gunner also comes with the grips molded into his hands, and if used needs to have the spade grip handles cut off and his hands glued in place. An ammo box and cartridge belt are also provided, but the cartridges appear too thick for scale.
Finishing directions are provided in black and white but all colors are matched to Testors Model Master or Zvezda paint callouts.
Overall, while not as crisp as DML, Master Box or Minart sets, they are a nice compliment to any late WWII Soviet armor model.
- A/D 53 Four figures, assault armor, weapons
- E/K 42 Two figures, SG-43 and carriage, LPO-50 flamethrower