Wednesday, April 30

100 years and taking prisoners has changed a little - Masterbox's latest three from May on display

Masterbox have given us three kits for this coming month of May - from wounded combatants in WWI through to ever popular German Panzermen to modern special ops servicemen and their captive -  lots of shots of the figure together in our preview

Masterbox new products for May 2014

Kit No: 35160
1/35th scale.
The kit relates to World War II era and it consists of 5 figures of German tankmen. Three figures represent the tankmen that fixed themselves in various poses on the turret of the tank and that are talking about something.
These figures suit any main kinds of the tanks that were in service with the Panzerwaffe. Two other figures represent the tankmen that are dealing with fuelling the tank. In contrast to other figures of the kit, these two figures can be used not only with tanks, but also with any kind of technique of that period, both with armoured and softskin vehicles. Thus, the modeller gets two kits in one box in fact that is good especially when creating dioramas in which the modeller uses more than one unit of technique.

The kit relates to the modern period and it shows the actions of the special detachments in the Middle East. The kit consists of 5 figures.
Four figures are fighters of the special detachment and one figure is an oppositionist that was taken prisoner. The peculiarity of the kit is that the figures of the fighters can be assembled in the most various variants and to show the figures showing the actions in either Iraq or Afghanistan at modeller’s choice. 
The figures are distinguished by a very high artistic level of performance; they are animated well and interact with each other very well.

MB 35158: British and German Soldiers, Somme Battle 1916
Kit No:35158
1/35th scale.

This set was inspired by this 100 year old picture

The back of the box
Kit No:35158 will contain six figures – two of which are British “Tommies” who are escorting their four German soldiers as prisoners away from the battle of the Somme in 1916.
The story of the kit relates to the events that occurred during the bloodiest Battle of the Somme in 1916 and this kit opens the series of the kits devoted to World War I and commemorating the 100th Anniversary of various events that occurred during 1914-1918. The kit consists of six figures. Four figures are captured German soldiers and two figures are English soldiers-escorts. 
There are two German prisoners of war carrying a wounded comrade in their hands in the center of the composition, one more captive is going near them and there are two figures of escorts on each side. The figures are animated very well, all figures interact with each other well, nevertheless, the figures from the kit can be used both altogether and separately at modeller’s wish, if the modeller wants to create his own story of the diorama. Besides, it is possible both to create an independent vignette from the kit with the use of the figures and to use the kit together with the models of technique of this period from other manufacturers.
I suppose you could make the carried soldier British if you wanted too – with the Germans carrying him for their trouble. It is wonderful to see MasterBox taking on WWI figures – an untapped market if ever there was one in Injection moulded kits.
These and many more kits like it are to be seen on Masterbox’s website along with a list of their distributors..