Built Review
British Seaman WW II

by: Henk Meerdink [ HENK ]

We modelers are living in a real 'Golden Age', and hardly another week passes without another new set of 1/35 Military figures being announced or released. That the vast majority of these are variations on well trodden paths, seems not to dampen the enthusiasm of the manufacturers. It is therefore always a pleasure to hear of a trully new line of figures, and in the case of Jakrei, these are not only Allied figures, in fresh poses, but in metal too.

The subject of this review is the 'British Seaman WWII, (J3507) which depicts a generic seaman, in a casual pose which will adapt to use both seaborne and on shore. He wears a heavy duffel coat, with both hands deep in the pockets, and typical Navy round Hat and Bell bottom trousers.

A closer look
This figure is broken down into just two parts, the head being the only separate part. The parts are packed in small zip-lock bags, and stapled to a card header, which displays only the title of the subject, and the item number. As the parts are made in white metal, without any protruding limbs or accessories, this method of packaging is sufficiant, as damage is quite unlikely. I understand that subsequent releases are however to be packed in appropriate boxes.

No instructions are provided, and whilst in this case they would not be neccessary, the ommission of painting instructions are a different matter. Simple as the subject may be, a small insert with painting recommendations would be very usefull.

Close inspection of the parts reveals just one area of very rough surface, the left arm suffering from pitting and loss of detail. The damage can be remedied (I used thick paint), but the loss of detail around the cuff is more difficult to rectify. That is however the only flaw on this review sample, and the rest of the figure is flawless. {Reviewers Edit - I have had feedback from others who have purchased this figure, which indicate that the damage seems isolated to my example. - }.
The mould lines (the one on the right leg being the most pronounced) are easily removed with a few swipes of sandpaper.

The photos show the individual parts before and after construction (rather a grand expression for a two part kit.) as well as having given the base paint coat. The figures relaxed attitude, with his hands deep in the pockets of the coat, make this a very simple, and therefore easy subject, which is both a good diorama filler, as well as a great first 'stand alone' figure for figure modellers
Highs: A relaxed Seaman in a duffelcoat. Whilst not of immediate obvious interest to most Armour modellers, it opens many possibilities. LCM's, DUKWs and other assorted waterborne (armourded) beasts are a natural home for this figure.
Lows: The pitting of the left arm needs remedial work to make it presentable.
Verdict: If you need a Seaman who stands and watches the procedings, than this is your figure.
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: J3507
  PUBLISHED: Mar 31, 2007
  NATIONALITY: United Kingdom

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nice figure. now he just needs his ship name on his cap!
MAR 31, 2007 - 07:15 AM
Looks very nice. Now we just need a 1/35 Vosper MTB for him to stand in front of.
MAR 31, 2007 - 08:00 AM
Just HMS was the norm during the war for security reasons. Nice review Henk.
MAR 31, 2007 - 08:00 AM
Thanks guys, this chap will be looking on the quay side at the LCM 3 on the back of a Dragon Wagon, ready to be transported to the Rhine Crossing area. His Duffelcoat makes him perfect for the time and area. Cheers Henk
MAR 31, 2007 - 08:21 AM
Wow Henk that was FAST! Jim
MAR 31, 2007 - 08:21 AM
Hi Henk, Nice review and a good job on the figure. Jakeri have some interesting figures out now and some very interesting ones in the pipeline. I like the casual post of this chap, he's already in the collection. Now just a word to remind you 'Bedford'? Cheers, kepp up the good work. Al
MAR 31, 2007 - 12:17 PM
Thanks for the review Henk. I recently read a description of the briefing given by General Horrocks to the Guards Armored Div before they hit the road to Arnhem where among the motley uniforms being worn Duffel coats are mentioned. With a change of head and some work on the Bellbottoms would this figure be suitable as a Tank Officer NWE 44 or is he wearing too many layers ?
APR 01, 2007 - 06:07 PM
Henk, Nice review mate. I got mine today and there is no sign of any pitting what soever on the sleeve. Perhaps yours was pre-production? Pat, Yes it'll work (it's what I'm doing) Pete sent me the MP's head, The bell bottoms are okay with two patch pockets at the bottom they could pass as Pixi suit trousers (have a look at IWM 15234) HTH Craig
APR 03, 2007 - 07:29 PM

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