In-Box Review
Wee Friends RN Sailor
Wee Friends RN Sailor in BD Tunic
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by: Alan McNeilly [ ALANL ]


The Wee Friends range of figures available through Friendship Models continues to expand with the recent release of 3 new figures. This is a brief look at the Royal Navy Sailor, featured in the news recently.
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The figure was sculpted by Pete Morton, whom Iím delighted to say is continuing to add to the original range.

The figure

Packaged in an oval plastic snap box is a simple figure of 4 parts. The figure is further protected within another zip plastic bag. Also in the pod are two small paper inserts. One with a front and rear view of the figure and the other contains contact details for Friendship Models.

Cast in a light cream resin, the figure depicts a Royal Navy Sailor in a relaxed setting. The body is cast as a whole and comes with separate left and right arms and head. His right hand is designed to fit in to his right hand trouser pocket and the left to hang by his side. A nice addition is the Navy Battle Dress jacket which he wears open at the front exposing a polo neck jumper. The casting is good with only an air bubble on top of the beret. Clean up should be minimal.

What I like about this figure is the pose and the order of dress. Both seem very apt for the time frame. The pose is very natural and the open tunic and jumper highly appropriate. The uniform detail looks correct and the casting has nice natural folds in the clothing. To complete the uniform the figure is wearing a pair of Sea Boots with thick socks over the top.

The head shows the face of a tough looking young man; the detail is very good and only the pour stud needs removed from the back of the helmet, but take care here not to damage the rim. The helmet shows the chin strap looped over the front rim of the helmet.

The left and right arms are separate items and again have good detail. Height and proportions are good with a heel to shoulder height of 40 mm approx.


It is great to see another RN Sailor coming onto the market and I particularly like the mixed order of dress. A very useable figure who should appeal to both diorama builders and figure painters alike. Well sculpted and cast with good detail, the open BD and jumper are a refreshing change and I do hope we see a few more figures of this type coming along.

Itís good to see the Wee Friends range continuing to expand, Iím sure this chap will be enjoyed by many. Another excellent figure from Pete and a good addition to the Wee Friends range of Royal Navy personnel.
Highs: Excellent Order of Dress, good pose and a very useable figure.
Lows: None I can think of.
Verdict: Highly Recommended
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  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: WF35033
  Suggested Retail:  £8.99
  Related Link: On Line Site
  PUBLISHED: Feb 13, 2010
  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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Hi Guys, Just in case anyone likes boats, I see Italeri have a 1/35 Vosper MTB in their coming range. Also Accurate Armour have a new British Driver in Battle Dress and Wellington Boots, again by Pete Morton, who with the BD pocket removed would make another useful Sailor. Speculating about the Italeri Vosper I wonder if it will spawn a RN crew as happened with the ELCO and German MTBs? Al
FEB 14, 2010 - 01:39 AM

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