In-Box Review
Commonwealth Radio Team
Resicast Infantry Radio Team
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by: Alan McNeilly [ ALANL ]

Quite some time ago Resicast released 2 additional figures to the British/Commonwealth range. Whilst we often get the ‘news’ on releases, we don’t so often get reviews on the small manufacturers figures. Allied modellers often complained about the lack of figures available, particularly in the British/Commonwealth range and I for one have on many occasions joined that song. These 2 figures are IMHO a welcome addition to the small, but growing, British/Commonwealth range.
The Set
Consisting of 2 figures, an officer and a radio operator, these figures depict a Commonwealth Platoon radio team. Both figures are in the kneeling/squatting position. The figures are cast in a light cream resin and inspection of the parts showed no sign of any air bubbles or flaws. The detail is crisp and clear. They arrive in two clear plastic bags contained within a slightly larger bag which has a good colour picture to aid building, painting and ‘plumbing’ them up. No instructions are included as they are simple builds, which in some ways is a plus!

The Officer
Dressed in standard Battle Dress with a leather jerkin, (British Warm), he is equipped with a pistol holster, pistol ammo pouch, small officers haversack and binoculars case. This order of dress would make him suitable for NWE, Italy and most probably the early Norway Campaign, if an alternative head was used. In his right hand he is holding the radio mike and his left arm rests on his knee. On his head, he is wearing a camouflaged Mk II helmet and the headphones for the wireless.

The Radio Operator
Again kitted out in standard Battle Dress, no jerkin this time, he is equipped with 2 standard ammo pouches and a water bottle, plus the short stabbing bayonet for the No 4 rifle. He has a slightly open collar. Again the basic battle dress would make him suitable for NWE, Italy, although the No 4 rifle would be inappropriate for earlier campaigns.. In his right hand he is holding a No 4 Rifle, his left arm hangs straight down. He too is wearing the Mk II helmet this time with a netting cover. His radio equipment is supplied in the form of the Type 18 wireless set (reviewed here) which comes with the necessary canvas attachment to complete the build. Also included is the small fitting for the radio antenna.
I think these are 2 very useful and long overdue figures. Modellers can adapt them to fit the situation, a red/green beret would see them work as Paras/Commandos just as easily, and they should add interest and quality to any scene. The position of the Radio Operators right arm is a bit disappointing. I am not really a fan of weapons being moulded into hands/arms, as it lessens figures flexibility, but arms can be changed.
Highs: These figures fill a gap in Commonwealth Infantry figures that had been long awaited. With good crisp detail they should build into 2 excellent figures.
Lows: The cost of resin figures is always an issue, but given the manufacturing process and the fact they are usually produced by small independent operators, understandable. The position of the radio Operators right arm is a bit disappointing.
Verdict: Overall these 2 chaps are a welcome addition to the Commonwealth forces currently available and a good addition to the impressive Resicast range. With a little imagination and work they could be used in a variety of situations.
Percentage Rating
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: 35.596
  Suggested Retail: 21 Euros
  Related Link: Resicast Homepage
  PUBLISHED: Aug 17, 2008
  NATIONALITY: United Kingdom

About Alan McNeilly (AlanL)

Greying slightly, but young at heart. I've been teaching adults off and on for most of my life. Left the services in 85 and first started modelling in about 87 for a few years. Then I had a long spell when I didn't build anything (too busy) and really just got started again during the summer of ...

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Nice review Alan.
AUG 17, 2008 - 01:13 PM
The resicast figures look extremely well detailed. That was a good review. Thanks Alan
AUG 17, 2008 - 06:53 PM
Hi Dave and Michael, Thanks Guys. Al
AUG 18, 2008 - 03:42 AM
Al-- nice review. Are you going to put these fine figures in one of your dioramas? thanks DJ
AUG 18, 2008 - 05:54 AM
Hi DJ, Thanks, and yes that's the plan, I got them for the Nan Red project. Cheers Al
AUG 18, 2008 - 06:18 AM

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