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Home arrow Reviews arrow Figures: Small Scale (110mm or smaller) arrow Resicast Para 3 inch Mortar and Crew
Resicast Para 3 inch Mortar and Crew PDF Print E-mail
May 27, 2010 at 02:22 PM

 By Alan McNeilly

 

Introduction

Resicast make the only 1/35 scale 3 inch mortar around that I know of. This set contains 1 x 3 inch mortar complete with a crew of Paratroopers so probably a first on both accounts. This set has been around for a good number of years but for those unfamiliar with it here is a quick look at what you get.

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The Set

Packed in the standard Resicast zip plastic bags it come with a paper insert depicting the finished and paint mortar and crew to aid painting. The set is cast in light grey resin and appeared free from damage or air bubbles.

 

Along with the separate kit and figure parts is a A5 page black and white sheet of pictures showing the built mortar and crew. There should be sufficient information on the sheet to enable successful building of the set, but it would have been nice to see apart listing and the inclusion of the build pictures form the 35.2223 mortar set.

 

The Mortar

The mortar includes the tube, which is excellently moulded and pre drilled, base plate, bipod and elevating mechanism, mortar sight, and handles. You get 4 mortar bombs, 2 metal mortar cases and 3 sets of mortar bomb containers along with the sight case, and fuse box . This should be a reasonably easy build although some on the parts are quite small so care should be taken when removing them from the plugs, especially the base plate that has 4 very small ‘legs’ attached and the mortar bombs as the fins are very delicate. Looking at the references I have for the equipment this kit gives a 1st class representation of the mortar and accessories.

 

The length of the tube is 36mm from the ball swivel joint to the top for those who want to check the accuracy, diameter 2.5mm approximately. The barrel length is started on line as 54 inches but that does not say whether or not the base plate is included in the measurement. If it is then the mortar is spot on.

 

The bombs are excellently detailed with 6 small fins, there is good detail on the 3 inch ammo boxes and bomb containers. The sight, base plate and adjusting legs plus the handles all have excellent detail and this kit will build into a very acceptable weapon.

 

The Crew

To complete the picture you get a crew of 4 paratroopers to man the mortar. The paratroopers used the standard infantry weapon for fire support.

 

Crewman 1 (NCO i/c)

 

The figure comes in 6 parts, the body cast as a whole with separate arms, head, satchel and digging tool. This depicts a kneeling figure with the right arm resting on the right knee and the left arm raised about chest height giving the signal to fire the mortar. The figure is dressed in a Dennison Smock, and trousers ‘parachutist’; these garments are well depicted with good detail and nice folds in the cloth. All the studs being present and in the right place.

 

Over the smock the figure is wearing 37 pattern webbing consisting of belt, left and right ammo pouches, short stabbing bayonet on the left hand side of the belt and water bottle on the right. All the buckles and brasses are well sculpted and the right hand shoulder strap is designed to hang down on the top of the upper right arm, a familiar picture to many! To complete the figure the soldier is wearing anklets and ammo boots both of which are nicely detailed.

 

The arms come as separate items and are both well depicted with good detail. On the right arms is part of the fallen web strap.

The head comes wearing a camouflaged paratroopers helmet with the chin strap fasted above the rim. The face is excellent show that of a young soldier with his mouth slightly open given the order to fire the weapon.

 

Additional equipment comes in the form of the digging tool and a respirator case. I am not keen on the Resicast digging tools, but they can be left off or replaced if you wish.

Over all this is another excellent figure from their Paratrooper range, highly detailed and well sculpted. The figure should paint up very well indeed.

 

Crewman 2 – Bomb Loader

 

Depicted stand loading a bomb into the tube the figure comes in 5 parts. The body comes cast as a whole with separate head, arms, hands and bomb.

 

Again dressed in standard paratrooper clothing with skeleton webbing, this figure has the short stabbing bayonet on the left hand side and the respirator case moulded to the read of the webbing in the style worn by some troops. No water bottle this time. Again brasses and buckles are all present and correct, the over all moulding is excellent and the uniform well detailed. The right hand pocket of the smock is bulked out with some extra kit. The upper body is bent slightly forward in the act of loading the tube.

 

The head this time sports a paratroopers helmet with netting. The face of the trooper is excellently done, the loose chin strap hanging down the right hand side,

 

The arms come without hands the hands being moulded onto the bomb. The arms are pre-drilled for easy fixing of the hands at the right angle.

 

Another excellent figure, again highly detailed in all areas.

 

Crewman 3 – Kneeling Loader

 

This time the figure is in 7 parts, with a full body, head, left and right arms, left hand holding the bomb, respirator and digging tool. Dressed in the Dennison Smock with no webbing the figure carries an ammunition bandolier over his right shoulder and around the lower left side of his smock. Nice folds and creases and with all the correct detail, this figure should paint up really well. Anklets and ammo boots finish off the uniform.

 

The head wears a paratroopers helmet complete with camouflage net. The chin strap is fastened below the chin and the face has good facial details, the expression being one of concentration.

 

Both the left and right arms have nice folds and cuff detail, the left hand is supplied separately and is holding a mortar bomb and the left arms is pre-drilled to accept this. The bomb is very well depicted.

 

Additional equipment comes in the form of the Respirator and gigging tool but neither will be required for this figure as he had no webbing.

 

Again an excellent 3rd crew member adding variety of finish to the over all set.

 

Crewman 4 – Bomb Fuser

 

The forth and final crewman is again kneeling this time on both knees. The figure comes in 7 parts, full body, head, right hand, left arm, left hand with bomb, digging tool and respirator. The right arm is moulded to the body and the figure is dressed as before in Dennison Smock and parachutists trousers. The smock is well detailed, the left hand front lower pocket being bulked out a bit with kit. Over the smocks the figure wares 37 pattern webbing in skeleton order, no bayonet but with a water bottle in a canvas carrier on the right hip. Again as with the other sets the webbing has all the right buckles and brasses well depicted. Ammo boots and anklets complete the uniform.

 

The head wears a standard Mk I helmet with no scrim or netting and the chin strap is clearly shown around the lower face. The facial features are excellent and these heads will paint up very well indeed.

 

The left arms and hand are separate, the left hand hol;ds a good representation of the mortar bomb and the right hand is also separate designed to show the figure fusing the bomb.

 

Additional equipment is in the form of the small digging tool and respirator. These are optional items you can add or leave off as necessary.

 

Conclusion

Another cracking set of paratroopers from Resicast. The Dennison Smocks are excellent and all are open at the next showing either BD or a scarf underneath. All too often we hear the call for more action type British figures and these certainly fit the bill manning the weapon in the firing position. The 3 inch mortar is excellently detailed, the bombs, although requiring careful handling are excellent representations of the actual shells. Coupled with the ammo boxes and tubes this set will build into and excellent stand alone kit or as part of a larger diorama adding detail and interest however used.

 

The Resicast paratroopers are just amazing with a level of detail that few other manufacturers come close to. Considering how long ago these were originally made the set has stood the test of time well and holds its own with anything currently on the market, if not out doing it.

 

No personal weapons come with the set so you will have to source these as needed. I would like to have seen some additional mortar bomb tubes as often wartime pictures show the mortar pits surrounded with bomb carrying cases. I am not sure if additional boxes and cases are available as a separate set but if not they would be a welcome addition.

 

Resicast are the only manufacture I know of that makes light support weapons for the WW2 British/Commonwealth modeller, except for Accurate Armour who do do a cool version of the 4 inch mortar.

It would be good to see a set of standard infantry to man the mortar which is also available as a separate kit No 35.2223, as it would be good to see a set of paratroopers to man the .303 Vickers MG. Kit No 35.222.

 

Normal precautions apply when working with resin. Unfortunately no decals are provided for the 3inch mortar boxes or tubes.

 

This mortar was one of the first resin kits I ever tried to build, so should be buildable by most people.

 

Useful links

 

Mortars in Miniature

http://www.mortarsinminiature.com/index.html

 

Visual Collector.Com

http://visualcollector.com/VisualCollectorLinks/MortarsMines.htm

 

Stephen Johnson UKWeb On Line

http://web.ukonline.co.uk/stephen.johnson/arms/heb3.jpg

http://web.ukonline.co.uk/stephen.johnson/arms/pyro3.jpg

http://web.ukonline.co.uk/stephen.johnson/arms/tinch3.jpg

http://web.ukonline.co.uk/stephen.johnson/arms/box8.jpg

 

Highs

A beautifully detailed and accurate set of a much used British and Commonwealth weapon. Everything you expect from Resicast.

Lows

Some build instructions for the mortar, or a list identifying the kit parts would be helpful for some. No decals are provided for the ammo boxes/tubes

Verdict

Highly Recommended

Price 52.00 euro

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Last Updated ( May 27, 2010 at 09:25 PM )
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