by: Darren Baker [ ]
Corsar Rex is a company that has been releasing resin and white metal figures since 2009 in three main scales of 1/16th, 1/35th and 1/48th. A look at their website will quickly reveal that 1/35th scale resin figures usually covering the period of World War 2 from all combatants are their stock and trade. The latest offerings are listed as Finnish soldiers of the Waffen SS in 1/35th scale.
Starting this review with a close look at the quality of the resin casting results in a positive opinion in my case. casting has been managed with three connection points in the case of this offering which are on the underside of the figure where they will be hidden even if poorly cleaned up. The helmet has a tab at the rear that will need carful removal to avoid damaging the rim of the helmet. The right arm has a single tab casting plug that will be easily tackled in the case of this figure.
The figure is cast taking a knee and throwing a stick onto a fire that is not provided. The top of the head is stepped that allows for a positive location of the helmet with nice undercut detail present. The right arm has a locating pin and shaped mating surface that ensures the arm sits at the angle intended by Corsar Rex.
The figure is supplied wearing uniform trousers and braces, but is only wearing a shirt, this seems a little odd due to it being described as a Finnish Soldier depicted throwing a stick on the fire and the other three offerings released are all in winter clothing. This figure is wearing the high boots typical of Germans in the early years of the war, but one of the boot soles is on show and has no detail present beyond the instep. The shirt that is worn has very nice breast pocket detail that may be just a little over emphasized.
This is a figure that has nothing to be seen that specifically identifies it as a Finnish SS Soldier; no insignia of any kind is present. I would have liked to see a personal weapon provided, but that is not difficult to source any longer. I do feel that a jacket should have been provided as depending on the setting it will be difficult to explain away its absence.
The hands of this offering have first rate finger detail that should not require any help from the modeller. The hand shown with the stick could easily be altered to show a knife or even a personal weapon with some carful cutting. The head also has good features with perhaps a little work needed to improve the look behind the ears. I would again liked to have seen some emotion put into the figures face such as looking thoughtful for lost comrades or such, I feel it is aspects such as that which really gives a figure character and visual appeal.
Removal and clean up of the parts is a breeze with the exception of the helmet; I have four figures and I damaged 50% of the helmets while removing the tab present. I found the best approach was to use a good set of sharp snips, but even that way I damaged one of the helmets. You can clearly see the damage that occurred in this example due to the finesse of the helmet lip. I would suggest to Corsar Rex that they change the connection point or include a spare in the product. There is some clean up needed under the left arm that is a tight area to get at. The assembly is so easy due to the very positive joints and locators with the result that no filler is required. Other than the helmet which could be blamed on me I was very impressed with this offering from Corsar Rex.
This is a nice resin figure in 1/35th scale in an interesting and pleasing pose, but there is nothing present to indicate the nationality represented beyond it being Axis in nature. I would have liked to see a weapon provided perhaps specifically a Finnish offering, but I really feel a discarded jacket is needed for this figure to make it complete.