The second kit of Romeo Models
new 1/35 scale series, representing characters from World War II in scenic bases. As the first one, this kit is also includes white metal and resin parts. RM-WW-02
depicts a young boy from Volkssturm in Berlin, April 1945
about the kit
, literally means storm of the people, was German national militia of the last months of World War II. It was set up, not by the traditional German Army, but by the Nazi Party on the orders of Adolf Hitler on October 18, 1944. It conscripted males between the ages of 16 to 60 years who were not already serving in some military unit but kids in younger ages also served as the situation got worst.
The Volkssturm was a sign of Germanys desperation in 1944 as it became clear that Germany was losing the war. Vast numbers of Red Army soldiers were moving ever closer from the east and the western allies were liberating France, so to raise more troops the Volkssturm or militia were activated. They were young boys, old men and those previously deemed unfit for the armed forces, and while often brave and sometimes enthusiastic they had little training and very few resources. While theoretically delivering large numbers of new fighters their actual impact was minimal, but many did see action, particularly in the final defence of Berlin in 1945.
Efforts were made to provide a uniform for the Volkssturm but the only true uniform was an armband on the left arm. Many men found themselves wearing odd items from all kinds of sources, and many received no special clothing at all. As a result, they had a very motley appearance, which is reflected quite well in this set. Several men do have military tunics and even straps, while a few have obtained steel helmets as well, but many seem to have only civilian clothing or uniform items taken from their jobs.
Naturally the Wehrmacht got most of the weapons Germany could produce, so the Volkssturm received many old or captured weapons, often with little suitable ammunition.
The kit parts are served in a plastic zip lock bag and a company label is stapled on it. Inside the bag , a photo of the figure painted by Stefano D'Antonio
is supplied as a painting reference. The figure and base parts are seperately secured in bubble stretch film bags.
Figure is sculpted by Stefano D'Antonio
and posed standing with a panzerfaust on his right shoulder next to a high trench wall . It comes in 2 white metal parts (full body and weapon with right hand) and a resin part (head) . A short cleanwork will be needed to remove the vertical seamlines on metal parts.
He wears a polo neck sweater, jacket with a breast pocket on right side, shorts, under knee stockings and short boots. As this is a civilian figure, it can be painted due to the modelers color choices. Right arm is posed raised to carry his weapon on his shoulder. Left arm is posed putting his hand on his thigh and he has an identical Volkssturm armband
on the upper arm. The official pattern armband was a printed black/white/red band measuring 7 cm wide. The basic band was a wide black stripe with narrow white stripes on each outer edges and with wide red border stripes at the top and bottom. On the wide black field was the inscription Deutscher Volkssturm/Wehrmacht in Latin capitals and on both sides of the white inscription was a white national emblem with outstretched wings. As a secondary weapon, he carries a Model 24 Stielhandgranate
, standard stick hand grenade of German army, inserted to his belt.
Head ; Cast as a resin part, it shows nice facial details. This part is very clean and no cleanwork will be needed other than removing the casting block . He wears a Stahlhelm / Steel helmet and a Motorcyclist Goggles is carried over the helmet.
His main weapon, Panzerfaust 60M is given as a seperate part and right hand is cast on the weapon. Slighlty visible seamlines need to be sanded. Panzerfaust literally means armor fist and it was a cheap, single shot, recoilless anti-tank weapon. It consisted of a small, disposable preloaded launch tube firing a high explosive anti-tank warhead, and was operated by a single soldier. The Panzerfaust was in service from 1942 until the end of the war.
The scene consists of 3 resin parts ;
Base ; A 4x4 cm. square base with cobblestone texture is given inside the kit. Other two parts can be easily assembled to the marked places on the base. A few bricks,stones and rubble on the ground make it look more realistic.
Wall ; Metal part at the bottom, wood texture on the planks and ground texture at the top are well represented. There is a metal column on the left side. The fragile resin sides of this column was a little damaged on my sample. This part should be worked carefully.
Wooden column; It will be added to the right side of the wall , wood texture is well defined.
The following book can be helpful when painting this product ;
Osprey Publishing - Warrior series 110 - Hitler's Home Guard: Volkssturmmann, 1944-45 by David K. Yelton & Sean O'Brogain
A very nice and easy kit to create a World War II scene. Sculpting and casting is good. No need to look for ideas how to display it. All in one is a good service of Romeo Models.