Friday, February 29, 2008 - 04:49 AM UTC
Another of our regular updates on the WIP (Work-in-Progress) by Masterbox Ltd..
This set is one which for many will be very high on their personal wishlists - French Partisans (Maquis).

Once again, Masterbox have sent us images of work in progress on a new, 1/35th scale, injection-moulded set.

It goes without saying that with these, almost any theater involving Partisans could be modeled - Yugoslavia, Italy, Greece - even the Spanish Civil War?. It also means that more figures are available for supplying civilian figures for dioramas.

As to the images, I apologize for duplicating any images, but, with news like this, who cares?

As always our thanks to Alexander at Masterbox Ltd. for taking the time to supply these images.
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This particular set is one i waited for a long time. Great animation and fantasticly sculped. I absolutely love this one. Thanks Masterbox ! One tiny thing though.........!? No way that a partisan would give a German officer medical assistance ! He would probably be shot on site. Anyway,........I am gonna buy a few of these amazing sets. Frank
FEB 29, 2008 - 07:55 AM
Very nice set! Perfect for a 'just happened' dio scene be it town or country. I believe his right hand was full of salt...
FEB 29, 2008 - 10:14 AM
perhaps he's feeling for a heart beat, to see if a bullet is needed. Nice to see a replacemnt to the Esci set. Nice legs on the babe!
FEB 29, 2008 - 12:59 PM
Yesss, it's nice to see a new resistance set. Btw. what had happened with the old ESCI one? Seems to me that Italeri had reissued almost all of their 1/35 molds, except this one. I liked it very much, the figures were vivid (comparing to e.g. the Italeri ones) and the poses were good. The legs of this new lady are really nice, but her frame looks to me a little bulky. No criticism, just a remark.
MAR 01, 2008 - 02:34 AM
Like others (of a certain, advanced age ) I also have the old Esci set buried in the 'pending' stack and apart from one of the figures, it really isn't all that brilliant. It was innovative in its time (as was the Camel) but not really up to today's standards.. For some good accounts of Maquis activity in France, take a look at Das Reich by Max Hastings. There's always a possibility of doing some of the figures as Spanish Republicans (who fought with the Communist Resistance) - also, change the heads and use Soviet forage caps and you can do Yugoslav Partisans. Once again, Masterbox is doing a set with IMMENSE possibilities...
MAR 02, 2008 - 09:31 PM
How about Polish Home Army in Warsaw? At last a figure set to go with the Hetzer...
MAR 02, 2008 - 10:24 PM
IIRC the ESCI set included a couple of AK (Home Army) figures, together with random partisans from various bits if Europe. The Masterbox set look better suited for French Maquis, specially since one has a French rifle and equipment. EDIT: Actually it was one obvious AK member, three apparently French and two Yugoslav(ish) For more reading on Allied liaison with French maquis (and all the other factions) try Roger Ford's 'Fire from the forest' (covering the SAS) and 'Steel from the sky' (ditto for Jedburghs) BTW at least Masterbox know which way round a Bren mag goes David
MAR 02, 2008 - 10:55 PM
Well, give them a couple of Stens and those MB Maquis will become AK members in no time. Thanks for pointing that possibiliby out, Henk! In fact, even that poor German fellow might be quite usable - it is not unknown for partisans to use captured uniforms. Good stuff there, yet again. Guess I need to get cracking at my reviews.
MAR 03, 2008 - 03:07 AM
LMAO AK figures would just be part of a long list - the more I think about, the more possibilities I can see. Civilian clothing in the 1930s/40s was pretty much to a universal 'style' in Europe (effectively changing little from the '20s). Any fashion history graduates out there?
MAR 03, 2008 - 03:20 AM

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