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Offline Dave W

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Master Box WW1 British and German cavalrymen
« on: January 06, 2021, 11:07:55 AM »

Reviewed by David Wilson

Scale: 1/35th
Price $A 27.50 plus postage in Australia; £12.99 in UK .
Stockist: Available from quality model retailers world wide
Contents: Plastic parts for two figures & two horses, optional headgear.

Ukrainian model company Master Box Ltd has a growing catalogue of often unique figures from both world wars, plus an exotic range of figures in various scales covering subjects such as the American Civil War, the Indian Wars, Zombies and even a futuristic “Mad Max” type world.
Master Box’s 1/35th military range is impressive but it’s their WW1 range of six sets of figures that draw our attention here.
Of those sets this is perhaps the most visually striking and esoteric – two cavalry officers on horseback wielding sabres in the heat of battle. It’s a scene that could be a stand alone diorama or form part of a wider scene.
The figures are sculpted by A. Gagarin and their detail is quite nice but the real challenge here would be in the detail painting.

The figures are on two sprues packed in an end-opening box. Figure assembly instructions  and painting details are on the box with colours usefully keyed to Vallejo and Lifecolor paints.
Mould quality is good and after some clean up the parts assemble easily.

The set includes the soldiers’ weapons for .303 rifles and a Lewis gun are included.
A real appeal with the Master Box range is how the figures can be mixed and matched with others or adapted to different dioramas.
There’s debate on whether 1/35th scale figures can be used around 1/32 scale aircraft or vehicles. It’s for each modeller to decide but I find the scale difference barely noticeable – mindful that the average height of combatants in WW1 was apparently shorter than people today.
There’s also the trick of visual; perspective- place the 1/35th scale figure slightly to the back in a diorama and it appears as if the figure is a bit further away which actually lends visual depth to the scene.
The Master Box range of figures is excellent because the figures are sculpted to be part of a story rather than just posing in front of an aircraft or tank. As such they can be adapted to any WW1 land war scenario.
Highly recommended.
Our thanks to Master Box Ltd for the review sample.
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Offline Monty

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Re: Master Box WW1 British and German cavalrymen
« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2021, 04:11:46 AM »
Really nice action poses... will watch out for this.... Marc.