by: Alan McNeilly [ ]
Private Van Lemon NZL eating from plate – LRDG No 5
Private Wool eating from can – LRDG No 6
Resicast recently released two new LRDG figures to add to their growing range of excellent LRGD offerings. These are two individual figures available separately, but as they combine well I’ve decided to look at both in the same review.
Both figures were sculpted by Gerard Detroeye.
Firstly a look at:
35.5652 -– Private Van Lemon NZL eating from plate – LRDG No 5
This is a simple standing figure of 5 parts. The body is cast as a whole with separate arms, head and hat.
The figure is cast in light grey resin, with excellent detail and no sign of any cause for concern.
The figure is dressed in 39/40 Battle Dress tunic, open at the neck with the undershirt and a small neck scarf visible. The trousers appear to be of the Australian Khaki Drill style with the large left back pocket and smaller right back pocket. The detail on both the blouse and trousers is excellent. To compete the torso the figure wears sandals (Chappies) on his bare feet)
The arms come as separate items. The right arms is bent with the hand holding a spoon (be careful here when cleaning up the pour plug and handling in general). The left arm is also bent holding a plate of scoff.
The head is nicely done with good facial detail and to top off the dress he wears a "lemon squeezer felt hat".
This is a great figure, with excellent detail and an interesting mixed order of dress. Very appropriate for the LRDG, and New Zealand forces in particular, with the Lemon Squeezer hat although a change of head would suit it to many situations.
The second figure in this review is:
35.5653 - Private Wool eating form cam – LRDG No 6
This is also a standing figure posed in the act of eating from a can. The figure is comprised of 5 parts; the body as a whole, separate arms, head and comes with two additional eating implements.
Again cast in the normal Resicast light grey resin this figure was also free from any damage.
A nice alternative style of dress here with the figure wearing an undershirt, wool jumper and a pair or Khaki drill trousers with the large left leg map pocket. A pair of ammo boots complete the dress.
The right arm is bent holding a fork raised towards the mouth and the left arm is also bent holding an open can of food. The head has good detail and wears a balaclava style hat of some description.
Normal precautions apply when working with resin.
The figures stand approximately 43mm in height from heel to shoulder and have good overall body proportions. The stance of both is quite natural and well depicted. Detail is sharp and crisp, no seam lines nor air bubbles were present and clean up was minimal.
Two excellent additions to the Resicast range of LRDG figures, both tailored for a vehicle halt scene but with good mixed orders of dress making their use much more generic if needed. Both have excellent potential either as stand alone subjects or incorporated into a diorama.
The casting and detail are first class, be careful when handling the arms holding the eating implements . There were no seam marks or bubbles to worry about so clean up was very easy.
The uniform detail is great, nice natural folds and creases should ensure they paint up well.
Resicast have produced an excellent range of LRDG figures, conversions and accessories for the old Tamiya 30cwt which should ensure many hours of enjoyable detailed modelling for those with an interest in this subject area.
As a keen modeller of British and Commonwealth subjects I am particularly delighted at the direction the Resicast figures have taken over the past two years. There is no doubt that through Gerard’s sculpting talent and Graham’s casting skills Resicast produce the most comprehensive and detail British/Commonwealth figures on the market. I am always amazed at the detail and this new generic approach gives much more scope to individual modellers to use as needs require which I have always considered an important element when choosing figures.
Additional images at the end of the review, courtesy of Gerard Detroeye.