In-Box Review
'Thumbs Up' Tommy
Soldier in Greatcoat, 1940, 'Thumbs Up'
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by: Alan McNeilly [ ALANL ]


Resicast continue to add to their range of 1/35 scale BEF early war figures with the recent release of another Tommy. This is a welcome addition to their BEF range and for those who donít need/want the full set of figures released some time ago.
The figures were mastered by Gerard Detroeye and if you combine Gerardís sculpting with Resicastís casting then the chances are you will have something very worthwhile.

The figure

The figures comes packed in the standard Resicast pouch for small items.

This is a standing figure originally designed for the inside of the Bren Carrier. The figure is a simple one of 4 parts; the body cast as a whole, 2 arms and a head. The figure is dressed in a greatcoat and battle dress trouser. Around the greatcoat he wears a set of skeleton webbing consisting of 37 pattern belt, left and right ammo pouches and shoulder straps, and around his neck and sitting on the chest is a Mk VI respirator haversack. The detail on the greatcoat and webbing are excellent.

The coat, of early style has the right buttons, even the pocket edges are visible coming out from under the ammo pouches. It has nice folds and creases and looks the part. The webbing is excellently done, good brasses on the front and buckles present on the rear of the 37 pattern belt. Also present are the small buckles above the ammo pouches. The Mk VI respirator haversack is very expertly done. To complete the main body the figure has BD trousers, anklet and ammo boots, again all well depicted.

The arms which are separate items come with the greatcoat sleeves and on each is a long leather gloved hand. On the left arm is an armband. Again all well sculpted and cast. To complete the figure is the head of a mature soldier . The facial detail is excellent , and shows a welcoming face. On top of the head is a Mk II Helmet with the chin strap around the face.

The standing figures measure in at about 45mm from heel to shoulder, so a very acceptable height. The body proportions on all the figures are excellent.


This figure should be of interest to both model makers and figure painters. With highly accurate detail it should paint up extremely well.

The quality of the casting is as one would expect from Resicast, which is to say excellent. The British Soldier would not be limited to NWE, he could easily be used in North Africa or any of the early campaigns.
Highs: Excellent casting and detail.
Lows: None I can thnk of.
Verdict: Highly Recommended.
Percentage Rating
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: 35.5630
  Suggested Retail: 12.50 euro
  PUBLISHED: Jan 22, 2012
  NATIONALITY: United Kingdom

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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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Thanks for the review Al. In a way it's a pity the respirator case is moulded in place. It would be nice to have the option of using this figure in a late war setting.
JAN 22, 2012 - 09:07 AM
Hi Pat, Thanks. It's good point, would offer wider options, although this one is wearing the early style Greatcoat not seen much by the latter part of the war. I do like these BEF options, early N Africa, Norway or the Home Front are other options so it's still pretty versatile and makes for an area not covered much before. I'm hopeful Graham might do a set of early war gear which again would be very useful. I noticed Italeri issued their 407 accessories set again recently so I stocked up on SMLE. Cheers Al
JAN 22, 2012 - 11:50 PM

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