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Donkey Rider
Donkey Rider - Afghanistan 2008
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by: Marcin Kardaszewski [ WARLORD ]


Originally published on:
Historicus Forma

introduction

Recent armed conflicts in Arabian countries like Iraq or Afghanistan made that region very attractive for modellers across the world. Shelves of hobby shops are full of model kits of different military equipment and figures, but those who would like to build diorama or vignette with Arabic civilians have limited possibilities. Fortunately ToRo Model of Poland released kit 35F36 Donkey Rider sculpted by Maciej Dauksza in 1:35 scale.

the kit

The kit is packed in sturdy box with picture of painted figure on top. Box-art label is also used as a seal for the box. The box contains nine parts cast in light cream resin secured in zip-lock bag and a leaflet with pictures of assembled and painted figure on one side and pictures from Afghanistan (probably used by a sculptor as a reference) on the other.
Although the kit is not secured with bubble wrap none of the parts had been damaged due to tight packing.

Manufacturer provides five elements for donkey and they are:
- body
- head
- ears
- tail

For Afghan rider you get only four elements:
- body with head and legs
- separate arms
- whip

The only thing that is not provided in the kit is rein, but it can be easily replicated from thin paper, masking tape, lead foil, etc.

All parts are cast very well, without any seam lines present. I didnít find any air bubbles holes either. Minimal flash is present on ears, tail and whip but removing it wonít be a problem. Casting blocks are quite small, but some care will be needed during removal from figureís feet.
All parts have good and crisp details. Legs of the rider seemed to me a bit too thin when I looked at them from the front. After a second or two I got used to the look as overall proportions are good.
Beard face of a rider looks really good and both beard and face have nice details.
For easier assembly and better fit, arms are supplied with locating pins and body has corresponding locating holes. Rider wears typical outfit for Afghanistan region, trouser, tunic, turban (Pakol) and vest. All folds and creases look natural and in scale.
Donkey has simple bridle and horse rug cast on. Here details are also sharp and look very good and only thing you need to do is to scratchbuild rein.

conclusion

A very well done and useful kit with broad range of use. Natural pose, high quality cast, easy to assemble and interesting subject are advantages of the kit. Donkey Rider should look very good as a part or a centerpiece of diorama or even standalone miniature.
Highly recommended!

Please mention Historicus Forma when contacting ToRo Model


Thanks to ToRo Model for review sample
SUMMARY
Highs: Interesting subject, good quality, easy to assemble.
Lows: At first look riderís legs seem a bit too thin.
Verdict: Very good kit. Highly recommended!
Percentage Rating
96%
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: 35F36
  Suggested Retail: 17 Euro
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  PUBLISHED: Apr 28, 2011
  NATIONALITY: Afghanistan
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 92.40%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 91.29%

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About Marcin Kardaszewski (WARLORD)
FROM: WARSZAWA, POLAND

I began my modelling adventure when I was 12, building 1/72 aircrafts. Few planes later I got bored and gave up my hobby. After few years break I returned to modelling, but switched to modelling 1/35 armour and figures in all scales.

Copyright ©2017 text by Marcin Kardaszewski [ WARLORD ]. All rights reserved.


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Comments

I really like this one as it gives a lot of possibilities for Iraq/Afghanistan dioramas. Great review Marcin, thanks! Hope we'll see more ToRo reviews here soon, they have some really nice modern Polish figures. Mario
APR 29, 2011 - 03:19 AM
I agree it is very useful kit for Afghan and Iraq scenes. Great review on a nice kit. Thanks Marcin
APR 29, 2011 - 03:42 AM
Very nice review of a very useful product. I just need to know where to get one (or two) now. It's even painted correctly, with the top and bottom of the shalwar qameez being the same color. A certain figure painter likes to mix and match the colors, but in Afghanistan, the shalwar qameez is treated like we treat a matched suit in the west. We rarely if ever mix and match. By the way, that's not a pakol, but it still looks good, and you're right - excellent beard detail.
MAY 04, 2011 - 08:49 PM
Robert, thank you for your comment. ToRo products are available directly from ToRo or via Adalbertus
MAY 05, 2011 - 03:00 AM
Sorry for reviving the old thread, but I'm wondering if this kit can be used for Iraq as well? Any peculiarities in the outfit that sets the figure in Afghanistan only? Cheers, Mario
AUG 29, 2014 - 04:00 AM
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