Now, despite the fact this promises to be the first proper Finnish infantry in summer uniform figures in 1/72 on the market I am NOT going to get too excited...I have, after all, already got Strelet's 'Winter War Finns' and I think I made my opinion of them clear enough in previous posts (they are a bit stinky)!
...BUT they are - allegedly - 1944 summer Finns so how could I not buy them?
Well they arrived this morning, and so I held my breath and pulled the first sprue out of the box...Oh dear!
|(Apologies about the rushed and shaky photography!) There are 4 of these|
sprues, making 52 figures in all.
Now, I am going to be nice here and say there is definitely a market for these figures. As said they are - after all - the only proper mid-late WW2 summer dress Finns on the market in 1/72. And aside from that persuasive fact some people - particularly war gamers - seem to like a slightly exaggerated, almost cartoony, look to their figures.
|The poor guy on the right obviously picked up someone else's helmet!|
They are also made from the softer plastic that you associate with Airfix figures - so expect a lot of deformed and bent gun barrels!
Now, you might take it that I HATE this set, but that's not strictly true. They do have a certain character about them - if you ignore some of the more comical figure sculpts - and if I was building my army using PSC and Valiant sized '1/72' models I might be tempted to use them because of the novel quality of the little fellows.
|Now, I quite like the soldier on the right!|
UPDATE: COMPARATIVE 1/72 FIGURE SCALE
I was actually quite surprised to find out that the Starlets Finns aren't actually as over-scaled as I thought they were. I did a comparison when I got home and here are the results...
Above: 1/72 Hat, Revell, Starlet, Pegasus, Plastic Soldier Company and Valiant. Amazingly the Starlet officer is actually a bit smaller than the Pegasus NCO!
However, Startlet's figure dimensions are somewhat erratic. Here are some of the other ranks compared...
Most of the Starlet's infantry are slightly bigger than the Pegasus soldiers...Just. But, not as over-sized as the PSC or Valiant chunky-monkeys (on the right of this picture)!
So, there you go. I think it is the exaggerated features of the Starlets that gives the over-sized impression. Really they are mid-sized for 1/72...But, unfortunately they are still a little bigger than I want for my army.