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Sgt’s Mess I9 Italian 81mm mortar team

Three figures as above, standing dropping bomb into tube, kneeling with bomb at the ready and running with bomb carrier pack and rifle; as above separate heads are provided. All comments about these figures are as in the review of I5 Italian Breda LMG teams, except a couple of major quality control issues.

  1. I ordered pack I7 (Brixa 50mm mortar team) and whilst this pack is clearly marked I7; it is certainly NOT;
  2. there was no 81mm mortar in this pack just the figures and heads!

Review by Richard B.

Sgt’s Mess I5 Italian Breda LMG teams

These sculpts were formally from Reiver Castings which Gary now owns and sells under his Sgt`s Mess brand. You get four figures, a two-man prone firing team and a two-man moving team, the figures wear standard Italian uniform: jacket, trousers, boots w/puttees and carry light kit: haversack, water-bottle and belt pouches. The figures come without heads allowing you to use them as different units. You also get a couple of strips of heads (mine were either standard tin helmet or Bersaglieri tin helmet with feathers). The figures are OK, maybe not so detailed as some of the more modern sculptors (with my painting it makes little difference); there was however quite a bit of flash.

Review by Richard B.

Early War Miniatures FreInf21 French stretcher Team

Two soldiers with full kit wearing greatcoat and Adrian helmet, posed carrying a wounded comrade on a stretcher. The wounded guy is similarly dressed, his coat tails hang below the stretcher (nice touch), he has no head allowing you to give him whatever unit headgear you wish (you get a couple of variants in the pack); the bearers have armbands sculpted on (again a nice touch). The whole group looks the part, though I may paint these up to join my SCW medical unit rather than my French one.

Review by Richard B.

Early War Miniatures Gveh1 Kubelwagon

In this pack you get a ready built resin Kubel, with white metal wind-screen, tilt and two crew figures.

The Kubel is smashing, though there were a few holes which had to be filled, the white metal tilt shows nice “cloth” detail, there was a little flash. The two crewmen – driver in side cap and passenger in helmet with MP40 as tidy enough and fit well into the vehicles cramped interior.

Review by Richard B.

Early War Miniatures Bart9 25 Pounder Limber

In this pack you get two limbers, both 3-part white metal models – main caisson including towing arm plus two wheels. Dead easy to assemble, there was a tiny amount of flash and some faint mound lines which needed cleaning before undercoating. Both models took literally sixty seconds to assemble, great for the modeller who has no time or hates multi-part complicated kits.

Review by Richard B.