Sunday, April 20, 2008 - 10:04 PM UTC
The other day, we published CAD images of Masterbox's German M/C in 1/35th scale. Now, in 'part # 2', we present images of another WIP - the crew figures.
In part prompted by the comments made on the M/C news story, Masterbox have sent us images of two different crewsets that they are working on at the moment.

The intention of the company is, using the Motorcyle as a base, they intend to cover as many different theaters/time periods of WWII as possible. This will inevitably follow with various new 'instant' vignette sets - more details on these are they are developed.

Please Note: The motorcycle used in these photos is almost certainly the Tamiya one - Masterbox's own M/C is under development at the moment and can be seen (in CAD form) on this link:


Once again, our thanks to Masterbox Ltd for giving the Site Users the opportunity to get a glimpse of something we rarely see - Work-in-Progress from a major manufacturer.
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At the risk of being labelled a wiseacre and a nitpicker, that is not the old Tamiya BMW combination - the front mudguard brace was never in that kit nor were there any hand controls (clutch and brake lever) or pipes connecting the cylinder heads to the exhausts, the photos feature a separate front mudguard (which was commented on in the previous review as being a feature of the new kit) and the wheels are very obviously moulded in more than one piece (gaps behind the spokes indicate separate pieces). Not trying to rain on any parade here, I think the new BMW kit and the proposed crew figures are just what we've all been waiting for. I only wish my LHS would stock 'em...
APR 21, 2008 - 09:43 AM
Honestly, it's hard for me to get excited about more German WW2 stuff, since that's not really my thing, model-wise. However, Masterbox should get a BIG pat on the back for bringing this set out; a new, state-of-the-art BMW was probably on many modelers' wish lists, and both the motorcycle and the figures have enormous potential, even if not used in other "instant vignettes". I like the direction MB is taking with this one, and I'm sure one (or two) will work its way into my stash (for inevitable capture by Allied forces, of course). -YL
APR 21, 2008 - 04:36 PM
Nor, to be honest mine However, coming from a (predominantly) Allied modeler, this is a good example of how badly, IMO, Axis modelers have been treated. Oh yes, plenty of the big 'status' projects like Panthers, Tigers etc. (at least the PzIV has been finally addressed) but the release of German softskins has been pitiful and, in figures, this (believe it or not) is the first M/C riders from ANY injection company...
APR 21, 2008 - 08:37 PM
MB did it again! They really know what gaps there has to be filled figure-wise. Great stuff.
APR 21, 2008 - 08:46 PM
Greetings all, Not big on Axis stuff myself but this shows good thinking on their part, offering a range of figures to suit the theatre/time of war. A few standing M/C riders would probely fit the bill too. They have produced some very user friendly sets of late so I take my hat off to them 'simply steps ahead' lol, lol. Just waiting on their range of British/Commonwealth figures which I hope they approach with the same though process Al
APR 22, 2008 - 05:11 AM
YAHOOOOOOOOO !!!!!!!!!!! This is how it should be done. Keep in touch with your customers and listen to there feed back. MasterBox, you are fantastic ! A school example for other great companies. Happy greetings, Frank
APR 22, 2008 - 08:37 PM
Well Frank, you can take some of the credit - the owner of Masterbox saw your comments in the thread on the M/C images and immediately sent images of the riders...
APR 22, 2008 - 08:43 PM
Thanks Jim, and offcourse Master box for making great modelkits like these. Frank.
APR 22, 2008 - 08:50 PM
I want one !!!!! Very cool Masterbox. milvehfan
JUN 21, 2008 - 02:26 PM

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