by: Jim Starkweather [ ]
This is a new series by Master Box. A slightly odd scale at 1:35 vs. the more typical 54mm (1:32nd) scale that historical figures are presented in. The set depicts a U.S. Cavalry scout on horseback with a dismounted Native American tracker. Another horse is provided for the tracker which isn't depicted in the box art on the cover.
This kit does contain some very nice details which MB is obviously porting over from their WWII endeavors. While some amazingly small, detailed bits are provided, like the scouts braided pony-tails, spurs, and stirrups, the horses reigns are not part of the kit and will need to be scratch-made with materials not provided. There is also no instruction sheet (only the color and assembly guide shown on the rear of the box). This may be a bit daunting for younger or less experienced modelers because the placement of some of the gear and accessories is not clear from the pictures provided.
I decided to do basic assembly on this kit to see how the fit was. Overall most parts went together as expected. There is some obvious need for sanding and filling along the horses major seams. As well there is obvious mold lines that appear most distinctly on the horse undersides.
Being no expert on this time period in terms of accuracy, I can't comment on those aspects of this kit. But for me this was an enjoyable project to start and get to this point. Ironically even though the box clearly has a warning for small children (due to small parts I assume), it puts the age warning from 0 to 14. I would have thought this a good kit for 10 plus(if the modeler had some level of experience).
It should certainly be interesting to see if this series is successful and where it goes from here.