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DML has cornered the market on German figures from WWII of all sorts, so it is
really a special event when they produce something other than German figures.
(Note that for political reasons they have not done any Japanese WWII items, as
this is a very sore subject in China and Korea!) Therefore this kit was a
pleasant surprise and should please a lot of people, especially as it is being
released right before the 60th Anniversary of Operation Overlord and the D-Day
The kit – accompanied by the usual great artwork from Ron Volstad – has four SAS
troopers on what looks to be a "recce" patrol with a mixture of US and British
weaponry – two M1 carbines, an M1928A1 Thompson with "stick" magazine, and a
Bren gun. They wear service dress and red berets, with three in camouflage
smocks and one in the leather "battledress jacket" that seems to have more
commonly been called a jerkin. Two different kinds of pistol holsters are
provided, one for the M1911A1 Colt .45 and one for what appears to be a Webley
Since the new US style weapons – which appear to be what makes these figures SAS
and not Airborne or commandos outside of the traditional "Commando" knife – come
on the kit sprue (e.g. #6199) the optional sprue with the Bren gun comes with
para weapons – two SMLE rifles and a Sten gun as provided with Kit No. 6065,
Commonwealth Troops in Northwestern Europe 1944.
Two of the figures come with separate collars for their smocks, with one loose
and one spread (think Sean Connery in "A Bridge Too Far"). All are well animated
and the poses will be useful for many things.
Overall, this is a great set and will finally give some more options to
Commonwealth fans (e.g going back to "A Bridge Too Far", a diorama or vignette
with 1 Para Div soldiers meeting a XXX Corps Sherman Firely after withdrawing
from Arnhem.) It is only a shame (especially in light of the box art) that there
is not a nice new vehicle like a Para "scout jeep" for them to complement!
Thanks to Freddie Leung of DML for the review sample.
Review Copyright © 2004 by Cookie
Page Created 16 May, 2004
Last updated 15 May, 2004
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