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Alpine's Late War WSS Pz NCO Set
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Posted: Monday, March 26, 2007 - 10:28 AM UTC
Waffen-SS tank troops were distinctive in making extensive use of leather clothing; a large amount of which was surplus navy engine room crew clothing. This recent, high quality release by Alpine Miniatures is an excellent example of how the garments were worn.

Link to Review of Alpine's Late War WSS Pz NCO Set (35047)

If you have comments or questions please post them here.

Thanks!

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Posted: Tuesday, March 27, 2007 - 06:38 AM UTC
Very nice looking figures.
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Posted: Tuesday, March 27, 2007 - 10:54 AM UTC
They're really 2 fantastic little figures, Dave.

This was my first opportunity to review Alpine figures, and now I finally realise what everyone was raving about. As I said in the review, the sculpting is impecible, as is the casting. Taesung's attention to detail is fantastic!

I've never given a figure such a high rating before, and I think that in itself says something!

Thanks for reading

Rudi
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Posted: Wednesday, March 28, 2007 - 10:11 AM UTC
A nice pair of very usefull figures, that should really add the finishing touch to any Panzer vignette.
The leather trousers are a great touch, and sculpted very well (I know, I used to wear leather bike trousers). The only thing I'm less enthusiastic about would be the service caps, they are just a little bit to much 'pulled back'. When the stiffening band is removed from the cap, and the sides 'pulled down' , they assume that 'lazy' floppy look, which in my opinion has not been completely achieved here. Still, the field caps are a good alternative. Talking of which, it would be nice to see the boat shaped field caps for Tank troops, as the peaked field caps were not popular with tank crews, because the peak was a hindrance inside the the tank. For starters, the peak got in the way when trying to look through the vision blocks...

Still a good set though, and a fine example of Taesung's skills.

Cheers
Henk
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Posted: Wednesday, March 28, 2007 - 07:54 PM UTC
Hello Gents
Thanks for the kind words!

Henk,
Thanks for the detail constructive comments on
the officer crusher hats. I do have hard time making
these hats everytime. It seems to me that the NCOs
and the officers had certain ways to "crush" the shape
of the hats. I'll try to get this right next time
As for the feldmütz brim gets in the way, I read about
this too. But the photos show many tankers still wearing
a lot of these hats. Maybe it's the gunners who hated
the brim as it gets in the way when they look in the gun
scope. Also, there's some pics that show tankers wear
the feldmütz backward once in their position inside the
tank. By the way, wasn 't the feldmütz suppose to replace
the oversea caps at some point in 1944???

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Posted: Thursday, March 29, 2007 - 01:14 AM UTC
Two great pieces by Taesung,when i can produce figures to this standard i will know i have achieved a very high level,looking at work like this makes me want to improve.

Steve
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Posted: Friday, March 30, 2007 - 10:16 AM UTC

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As for the feldmütz brim gets in the way, I read about
this too. But the photos show many tankers still wearing
a lot of these hats. Maybe it's the gunners who hated
the brim as it gets in the way when they look in the gun
scope. Also, there's some pics that show tankers wear
the feldmütz backward once in their position inside the
tank. By the way, wasn 't the feldmütz suppose to replace
the oversea caps at some point in 1944???



When the fieldcap was introduced, the overseas ( boatshaped) cap was 'officially' withdrawn/discontinued. That is not to say that the crews would have rushed to replace their overseas caps at the earliest opportunity....
You are right that the crews would wear the hat back to front, to avoid the peaked brim interfering with the sight or vision blocks. There is certainly plenty of photographic evidence of the fieldcap being worn by the crews. Mind you, that brings us to another subject, German wartime photography.. How many photos are posed propaganda photos, and how many are real crew snap shots?

As for the method to achieve the floppy effect of the crusher caps, after the stiffening band is removed from inside the hat, the sides are pulled down. This causes the front of the cap to be pulled up and back, due to the pull on the material. I can understand how difficult it is to sculpt this in 1/35 scale ( I have trouble sculpting replacement items in 1/16 scale... I'm definitaly not questioning your sculpting skills.. )

Cheesr
Henk