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Grenadiers Advancing
1:35 Preiser Advancing Grenadiers with MG. The German Reich 1939-45.
  • Preiser Grenadiers Advancing with MG 42

by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]

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The Kit
You get 193 parts of gray styrene. The six figures consist of 32 well detailed parts – 6 bodies, including 12 individual arms, and 12 separate heads! The kit supplies weapon sprues of 8 separate pieces, 2 Kar98k, a Panzerbüchse Pz.B 39, a MG 42 and an entrenching tool. To equip them you are supplied with two sprues of 76 pieces: ammo pouches, bayonets, water bottles, bread bags, Zeltbahn rolls, etc.

There is no separate instruction sheet. The parts and assembly directions are printed on the interior of the box.
The Grenadiers
These are marketed as 1/35 scale. I measured a figure as 45mm ( 1.75 inches ) from the soles of the boots to the collar, without a head attached. Their poses look natural and dynamic.

The uniforms are closest to the early to mid-war Heeres M1935 SD uniform tunic, trousers and Marschstiefel (Jackboots). Litzen is not on all collars.

Compared to modern Tamiya or DML, or resin figures, the molding quality is good, but inconsistent. Areas of some figures are sharp, while other areas are soft, e.g., a belt buckle and belt-to-tunic crease, on another figure. The engineering is a dichotomy of old and new modeling concepts with separate heads, but several arms and hands have the rifles molded into them--a practice that went out of fashion decades ago! Some rifles have oversized slings molded from the gun to the limb.

Happily, the heads look human with a natural oval shape, not the squished elongated mutants popular with many resin sets.
The Equipment
These twin sprues make this set a fair value. The molding quality of most items is sharp. Included is the oft-ignored Model 39 Eihandgranate" egg hand grenade". Each photograph will tell you more than 1,000's of my words.
The set is a conundrum of old and new mold making concepts. Though expensive for the inconsistent molding, you will have more than 150 pieces of equipment to equip your 6 Landsers. Preiser’s Grenadiers look like they can be built into a nice set.

Company History
Preiser is increasing their ever expanding product line with military figures and accessories from World War Two and the NATO / modern era in the popular military scales of 1/32, 1/35, 1/48, 1/72, 1/87, 1/144 and 1/350. Included are unique sets of civilians digging in rubble, refugees, and soldiers on leave.

Since 1949, family-owned Preiser KG produces an enormous selection ( 1,400 sets ) of figures, vehicle models and accessories for train layouts, dioramas, and professionals in architecture and engineering design concepts. Best known amongst model railroaders in the scales of HO (1/87), N (1/160), Z (1 /220), several G scales (1 /22.5 through 1 /29) and 1 Gauge (1/32), Preiser is producing civilians and soldiers dating back to Fredrich II of Prussia, the 1500's, the Normans, Vikings, Rome, and even figures from the Winnetou novels.
Preiser items are impressive. Many of their models have incredibly fine detail–some detail can be finer than the unaided eye can often appreciate.

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Highs: Huge set of equipment. Good detail. Natural poses.
Lows: Expensive for the inconsistent molding. Rifles molded into the hands and arms. Some soft molding.
Verdict: Preiser’s Grenadiers look like they can be built into a nice set.
Percentage Rating
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: Art.Nr. 64013
  Suggested Retail: $21.99
  Related Link: Preiser KG
  PUBLISHED: Apr 25, 2008

About Frederick Boucher (JPTRR)

I'm a professional pilot with a degree in art. My first model was an AMT semi dump truck. Then Monogram's Lunar Lander right after the lunar landing. Next, Revell's 1/32 Bf-109G...cried havoc and released the dogs of modeling! My interests--if built before 1900, or after 1955, then I proba...

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well those figured don't look terrible. I would think they could be used by almost everyone. I wonder if they can be combined with parts from tamiya or dml to make different figures? Joe
APR 26, 2008 - 11:54 AM

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