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WW1 British Horses in Harness
Resicast - Two WW1 Horses in British Harness
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by: Alan McNeilly [ ALANL ]

Introduction

Following on from the release of their GS Wagon Mk X (kit No 35.1245) Resicast have recently released a set of two horses in harness (kit No 35.1247).

The Kit

The kit comprises two complete horse bodies with separate neck/head/ears. The movements of the horses look quite realistic with one shying back a little and the other glancing over. The tack on the animals comes with some parts moulded on to the bodies and separate leathers c/w buckles to complete the side part of the tack. This gives a nice loose look to the tack when the parts are mounted.

The neck and head joins the animal just above the neck harness collar and needed a little bit of filling and filing to lose the joint. The ears you attach as necessary.

Both horses have cropped tails and manes which was a common feature of war time animals. They are slightly smaller in build than the old Italeri horses I have, but this is not really an issue as horses come in many "hands" (an old measure of horse size).

Additional fixings/straps are provided to link the animals to the wagon and an A4, two sided, black and white set of instructions comes with the horses to aid the build.

A small set of photoetched parts comes with the bridle bits and the only thing I can see you might need to add are the reins that should be easily fashioned.

Conclusion

A useful pair of horse which could be used either on their own or attached to the GS Wagon. There were a couple of air bubble holes that need filling in on one of the hoofs and you need to be careful the carpet monster doesn’t eat any of the separate harness parts (said he from experience).

The tack looks correct for the WW1 time period and the animals look like a decent set of horses to me. The individual tack harness gives a nice 3D effect and with a little patience and work these should be a very useful set for WW1 modellers.



SUMMARY
Highs: Good detail and poses
Lows: None not mentioned
Verdict: Highly Recommended
Percentage Rating
85%
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: 35.1247
  PUBLISHED: Jul 25, 2016
  NATIONALITY: United Kingdom
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 88.73%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 90.29%

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About Alan McNeilly (AlanL)
FROM: ENGLAND - EAST ANGLIA, UNITED KINGDOM

Greying slightly, but young at heart. I've been teaching adults off and on for most of my life. Left the services in 85 and first started modelling in about 87 for a few years. Then I had a long spell when I didn't build anything (too busy) and really just got started again during the summer of ...

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Comments

Hi Alan, Thanks for the review. I guess they can be used in any period. As a horseman: it looks like one of them is moving backwards. But maybe this is due to the way they have been photographed. My motivation is the fact that the hind legs are under the horse and the front right leg is completely stretched..... But maybe other riding modellers may see this differently.
JUL 25, 2016 - 06:52 AM
Hi Paul, Yes, it's shying back from something on the ground, or from a loud noise, or fluttering flag me thinks. Not an unusual move for a horse. Alan
JUL 25, 2016 - 07:11 AM
Hi Alan, thanks for the swift reply! It was just to be sure. Having coach horses I know they have to go backward sometimes! E.g. to come between the beams or adze, but I wanted to be sure that my impression was right. Anyway, now we can use it with a soldier who is preparing a team to pull a load. Good to see some horse related items again. P.
JUL 25, 2016 - 07:21 AM
Yes this is a common pose for horses, I really like the posses of the two horses, unique and will be a great asset to any diorama. Must have!
JUL 25, 2016 - 09:20 AM
COOL!!! The nice thing is if you do just a bit of modification you can use these horses in WWII scenes as well as the harness is very close to the German style for instance. J
JUL 25, 2016 - 02:31 PM
Thanks for pointing this one out, Alan.
JUL 26, 2016 - 06:06 AM
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