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British Para with Stretcher
British Para Stretcher Bearer
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by: Alan McNeilly [ ALANL ]


Originally published on:
Armorama

Introduction

I was reading a review of the Resicast Tankers Eating Set in Model Military issue 37 the other day and in reference to Resicast the editor wrote the following:
“In my opinion Resicast are the market leaders in producing 1:35 WWII British figures........”

I reviewed this set a while ago, which can be found Here on Armorama.

I have to say I would agree with that statement. No other manufacturer, either of plastic injection or resin products, has such a wide range of British 1/35 scale figure subjects covering Tankers, Infantry and Paratroopers. Whilst other manufacturers pay lip service to the British/Commonwealth 1/35 scale figure side of life, Resicast are still the market leaders in this genre.

Many of the Resicast figures started life 10 or 12 years ago and will be familiar to many, yet few on line reviews exist of these excellent figures. I hope to balance that with a look at some of these older figures that still, in this advanced age of technology, have a level of quality and detail about them that few have been able to match. I am not a figure expert, nor expert on any specific military vehicle or genre, like many I model for pleasure and fun. So at the outset let me say I am bias to all things British and Commonwealth, but I will try and give you my honest opinion of what I think.

One thing that has always ways struck me about Resicast figures are the variety of natural poses most of the figures have. In general they are a good match for other 1:35 scale figures, they tend to be of slimmer build and don’t really fit that well with the likes of Dragon whose infantry are slightly bigger in size.

This is the first of a series of reviews on their British Airborne range that I hope you will find useful.

The figure

Packaging:
This is standard for all Resicast figures; a zip plastic zip bag holding a paper insert showing a colour picture of the product and the maker’s name. The figure(s) are contained within another small plastic zip bag. The picture should help aid painting and rarely do you need, or get, any specific instructions.

Casting:
Cast in a light grey resin, this figure depicts a medic/paratrooper walking whilst carrying a stretcher over his right shoulder. The cast is excellent with good sharp and clear detail. The figure comes with a complete body, head, arms and separate stretcher. Minimal clean up should be required with only the removal of the small pour stubs on the individual items.

The Body:
Cast as a whole, the figure is shown in an upright walking position with left leg forward, and is dressed in a Para Smock, BD trousers, anklets and ammo boots. The smock is well depicted showing the correct number of pockets and crotch strap fixed up at the rear of the jacket. Studs are present in the right quantity and right place on the garment. Further detail is added in to the lower pockets shown well filled. The jacket hangs low enough to be a good image of the real thing. Under the smock can just be seen the collar of a shirt. On the trousers, the map pocket is in evidence whilst a good set of anklets and ammo boots finish off the clothing.

The figure is depicted in full battle order. This includes a full set of 37 pattern webbing, left and right ammo pouches, small back pack with ground sheet, and as a medic, there is attached to the left hand side the small haversack that would have contained shell dressings, morphine syringes etc. The front and rear brasses are in evidence and the buckles are well depicted throughout the webbing.

A little clean up may be necessary between the legs and the small pour stubs will need removed from the boots.

The Head and Arms:
The head sports a paratroopers beret complete with badge. The beret is pushed back on the head exposing the face of a young soldier. Detail on the face is very good. The right arm is bent at the elbow to clasp the stretcher, whilst the left arm is designed to hang down the body. Around the left arm is an armband that can be painted up to represent the medical arm bands worn by medical troops. Fastenings are in evidence at the cuffs.

Equipment:
This comes in the form of a stretcher. British Airborne Paratroopers would have been issued with the folding type of stretcher and as far as I can tell this looks to be of that make. The stretcher is extended, but closed down for transportation. The stretcher will require careful handling when removing it from the pour stub and some flash needs to be cleaned up on the handles. A small indent is included on the underside to ensure the stretcher sits naturally on the shoulder.

Conclusion

This is my first look at any of the Resicast Paratroopers, and this is an impressive start. The pose looks very natural; the detail on the uniform and equipment is excellent. The proportions of the body are well balanced. This should prove to be a very useful figure, and be of interest to both diorama builders and figure painters alike.

From heal to tip of shoulder he comes in at about 40mm, with his head on and leaning forward on the left leg just under 50mm. This is just short of the 2” norm, but he does not look small to me and should be perfectly acceptable.

The quality of the casting and detail provided should ensure that he paints up very well indeed. Most importantly to me is that he looks right; the pose, the stretcher over the shoulder, the head slightly bowed. The equipment detail is correct and accurate.

All credit to the original sculptor and Resicast for an excellent figure.
SUMMARY
Highs: Excellent detail, good clean casting, an excellent figure all round.
Lows: None that I can think of.
Verdict: Highly Recommended.
Percentage Rating
92%
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: 35.5543
  Suggested Retail: 11 euro
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  PUBLISHED: May 10, 2009
  NATIONALITY: United Kingdom
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 88.73%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 90.29%

About Alan McNeilly (AlanL)
FROM: ENGLAND - EAST ANGLIA, UNITED KINGDOM

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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Comments

Hey Al, Thanks for the review. Nice looking figure, not seen this one before. He'd be good companion along side of Master Box's Para medics set. Cheers jjumbo
MAY 09, 2009 - 05:28 PM
Hi John Resicast have a good selection of medics in their Airborne Range. What would be really handy would be a kneeling medic in Battle Dress. With alternative infantry and Para heads, Equipment would be 37 pattern belt, hand held water bottle and over the shoulder would be the medical haversack. Rational. In the Para selection he has a stretcher partty, individual Para stretcher bearer and 2 wounded soldiers, plus the Para Medic Jeep. The wounded are in BD and can therefore be used as Paras or Infantry but the medics are all Paras, so a medic in BD could be used by either Genre and compliment the wounded soldiers. Result: extremely useful and generic figure, offers an alternative to the recent MB set or compliments it if you choose, and keeps the infantry foot sloggers happy too. Plus it would be a first of it's kind in the infantry side of life. Don't you just love figures Thanks for looking. Al
MAY 09, 2009 - 10:02 PM
Good review Alan. I suppose you could substitute a piat or some other piece of equipment for the stretcher if you wanted.
MAY 10, 2009 - 01:08 AM
Hi Pat, Yes, if you didn't want a stretcher bearer then you could switch equipment. His left arm however, has the outline of the arm band for the medics red cross, but he could be carrying anything. Cheers Al
MAY 10, 2009 - 01:20 AM
Hey guys, Just a thought, 1st Airborne Division probably had a section of their Provost Company at Arnhem. The brassard on the arm could be used for an MP's. Cheers jjumbo
MAY 10, 2009 - 09:40 AM
Hi John, That's possible. They must have had their own Regimental Police too. He'll suit my purposed as a stretcher bearer, but he looks to have the right stance to be carrying a Vickers MG too. I've just spent a really enjoyable day painting him up. I'm really pleased with the result so far. Some dust on his boots and a little more facial work and he will be about done. I should have some really small red crosses somewhere for the haversack and his left arm with a bit of luck. Cheers Al
MAY 10, 2009 - 10:36 AM
Hi Guys, In for a penny, in for a pound,. Thought I'd have a go at the paratrooper and see what came out. Sorry the pics are a little dark best I could get at the moment. Looking at the pic I have the stretcher set the wrong way - typical !!! lol, ,lol. Al
MAY 11, 2009 - 03:29 AM
Hey Al, You did a nice job on your stretcher bearer !! Wish my figures and camo turned out as well !!! The building looks interesting, is it a kit ?? Cheers jjumbo
MAY 11, 2009 - 06:17 AM
Hi John, Thanks, appreciated. The building is just for focus as my camera doesn't like figures at all. It's one from Plus Models if I remember correctly, the Kisok. Al
MAY 11, 2009 - 06:41 AM
   

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