by: Charles Reading [ ]
This kit contains the parts to make four German grenadiers circa 43-45 dependent on the type of weaponry you choose. As with all the latest Dragon Gen2 kits this one offers you various options as to the weapons and includes a fifth head and hand set.
The kit is cast in typical Dragon light grey plastic and each figure consists of approximately 18 parts. The detail is what we have come to expect from Dragon. The faces are very well detailed and although it has become a normal process to discard the kit heads and replace them with replacement Hornet renderings, this is not the necessity that it was in the past.
The kit consists of four figures representing members of the Wiking Division during the winter months. There are two figures cautiously moving forward and a prone machine gunner with his loader by his side. All are dressed in winter gear-parkas, gloves, etc. Weapons choices include two Kar 98K rifles with optional bolt positions. Two MP 38/40, again with the optional bolt positions. One Gewher 43 and one MP44. One MG42 with optional breech position and opened or retracted tripod. All weapons include various clips and accessories. There is a sprue of stick and egg type grenades.
The personal gear is where the Gen 2 kits really excel in my opinion as the detail is exquisite. there are two sprues of personal equipment including helmets, bread bags, canteens, gas mask canisters, knives, shovels, holsters, magazine holders etc. The small Etch fret included with Gen2 kits consists of various straps, clips and decorations. A nice touch for added detail.