In-Box Review
European Bald Heads

by: Brian Steven Balkwill [ DSOTM ]

’Heads were replaced with Hornet…’ - How often have you read or heard this in an article on a build? There is a good reason for this, Hornet make some of the most detailed and top quality replacements available. Since I first discovered them I have used them on virtually all the figures I have made so far.

The set
The set is labelled ‘5 or more varied bald heads with European faces’ and are marked as 1:35. I test fitted them to three different manufacturers figures and they looked to scale on each.

Each head comes on its own poured block of high quality resin, each of which has the set and its own model number moulded on the side. This useful as the Hornet range is large, and once removed from the packet, allows you quickly identify the correct set should you want to re-order. The block is easily removed either by cutting or snapping, with the residue beng removed by a quick swipe of a sander. Necks are extra long to allow fitting in any situation, even open necked shirts.

Each head has a different realistic expression, one is even giving a lewd wink. The quality of sculpting is amazing, and really can only be appreciated under a macro lens. There are no seams, flash, pitting or odd angles. Facial proportions, details and expressions are all perfect, and the smoothness of the surface has to be seen to be believed. I know from experience that primer only improves the features, and often I have wanted just to leave them primed and not ruin them with my amateurish face painting.

Headgear and hair can be added as needed, and helmets from both allied and axis figures fit perfectly when tested.

in Conclusion

Already at the top of most peoples list, Hornet continues to produce some of the best replacements available, and this is a welcome addition to the figures box.

Highly recommended.
Another head set from Hornet that exudes quality!
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  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: HH25
  Suggested Retail: £7
  Related Link: Hornet
  PUBLISHED: Oct 06, 2006

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About Brian Steven Balkwill (dsotm)

Spent time in specialised sales to militay, non-destructive testing, risk engineering, engineering underwriting surveys on mines and mineral processing plants. Modelling from Airfix days, I took a 25yr break and came back to the hobby 18month ago. Currently working on a Sturmtiger with fully detaile...

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These look as good as all of the other superb range that they offer to us, I must admit that if the figure has either a flat fitting, or a socket I find them easy, but always seem to trash them when the recipient figure has one of the shaped neck sockets,like many Tamiya and have quite a set of heads in my spares box that have no necks or one that is too short. John
OCT 05, 2006 - 09:40 PM
I always use a large drill on the figure and hollow the neck out. Then just cut the block off the Hornet head and insert. This way gives you some play as well when positioning it, as well as making for a realistic tunic/neck boundary. Vinnie
OCT 05, 2006 - 09:43 PM
John If you can get hold of a Micro-Detailer (battery operated, variable speed dremel) you can grind out and profile the smallest detail without damaging surrounding material - I would not be without mine Heres a link: http://www.ww2modelmaker.com/microtoolpg.htm Brian
OCT 07, 2006 - 06:06 PM
Geez, these are tremendous! They are the best from Hornet I've seen in a while... They are all quite useable for my purposes, and numbering 5 would be great for a tank crew... Good character head, that #2!
OCT 07, 2006 - 06:12 PM

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