by: Alan McNeilly [ ]
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 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.
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.