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Donbass Militiaman RPG
Donbass Militiaman (Set-II)
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]


Originally published on:
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Introduction
Armor35, known for World War II-era Eastern Front figures and railway models, is producing figures straight out of today's headlines. This model is Donbass Militiaman (Set-II), model 35144. So far there is a second militiaman and two female militiamen in this series.

Donbass
    The Donbass (Russian: Донба́сс) or Donbas (Ukrainian: Донбас) is a historical, cultural, and economic region in eastern Ukraine. The word "Donbass" is a portmanteau formed from Donets Basin (Ukrainian: Донецький басейн, translit. Donetskyi basein; Russian: Донецкий бассейн, Donetskiy bassein), which refers to the river Donets that flows through it. Multiple definitions of the region's extent exist, but its boundaries have never been officially demarcated. The most common definition in use today refers to the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts of Ukraine, whilst the historical coal mining region excluded parts of these oblasts, and included areas in Dnipropetrovsk Oblast and Southern Russia. A Euroregion of the same name is composed of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts in Ukraine and Rostov Oblast in Russia. Donbass formed the historical border between the Zaporizhian Sich and Don Cossack Host. It has been an important coal mining area since the late 19th century, when it became a heavily industrialised territory.*

Since the 2014 overthrow of the Ukrainian government, the Donbass suffers war between Russian-backed separatists and a post-revolutionary Ukrainian government.

The model
Militiaman of Donbass (Set-II) is a heavily-armed gray resin figure kit. He consists of three cast resin pieces. The main piece is the entire body except for the right hand. His weapons, an AK-47 and an RPG, are separate. The militiaman is in an alert pose.

Casting is excellent for the figure with no bubbles or other flaws. The surface is neither slick nor textured. Each piece is still attached to a pour block.

This model features some fine parts - the bill of his cap arrived broken off.

Detail
This figure wears a body armor vest and multiple ammo pouches. He wears a baseball cap. His combat boots have distinct lacing and the rest of the clothing has good seams and other detail.

His face has excellent detail, too. The RPG and AK are sharply cast and finely detailed.

Painting and Assembly Instructions
None except for what you can glean from the box art.

Conclusion
With this figure Armor35 continues to issue high quality resin figures. Militiaman of Donbass (Set-II) is one of four figures with which they step out of WWII and into today's headlines. This model can be used as a stand-alone subject or incorporated into bigger scenes of modern subjects. Using Militiaman of Donbass (Set-II) with the other militiaman and the militia women can create an interesting mini diorama, or be part of a larger endevour.

This heavily-armed figure features high-quality casting and excellent detail. My only complaint is that some pieces have fragile detail.

Easily a focal point of your collection or diorama, Militiaman of Donbass (Set-II), alone or with the other three figures in the series, should be well received by modelers of this era. Recommend.

Thanks to Armor35 for providing this review sample. Be sure to mention you saw it reviewed on Armorama when ordering your own.
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SOURCE

* Wikipedia. Donbass. [Web.] 13 December 2015, at 18:46.
SUMMARY
Highs: Excellent detail and quality casting.
Lows: My only complaint is that some pieces have fragile detail.
Verdict: This heavily-armed figure can be a focal point of a collection or diorama.
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: 35144
  Suggested Retail: $5.50
  Related Link: Donbass Militiaman - I
  PUBLISHED: Jan 15, 2016
  NATIONALITY: Ukraine / Україна
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 87.00%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 93.83%

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About Frederick Boucher (JPTRR)
FROM: TENNESSEE, UNITED STATES

I'm a professional pilot with a degree in art. My first model was an AMT semi dump truck. Then Monogram's Lunar Lander right after the lunar landing. Next, Revell's 1/32 Bf-109G...cried havoc and released the dogs of modeling! My interests--if built before 1900, or after 1955, then I proba...

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