Weapon Sling set.2 for 1/35 WW2 German Army
by MJ Miniatures
Ok, so this set replaces the usual hassle of trying to represent weapon slings from paper, lead foil, or electrical tape. What is more, we have an accurate representation of the various clips, buckles and swivels on the weapon slings, which are notoriously difficult to create convincingly. With 11 slings in the pack, these will be useful for those figures where the sling is visible, or where the figure is a centre-point for the model. At around $1 per sling, it will be somewhat expensive to fit one of these slings to a mass of figures, but they would look fantastic!
As shown above, the set consists of 4 slings for the Kar98 rifles or the StG44 assault rifles, 4 slings for the MP38 or MP40 machine pistols, and three slings for the MG34 or MG42 machine guns. The slings are 3D printed in black material, raised up on little 'legs' which can be cut with a razor blade to release the sling from the backing.
Kar98 / StG44
As shown above and below, the slings are so detailed that it is possible to see the doubled-over part of the strap, as well as the clips along the length of the sling. At one end is a swivel loop for the StG44, which is removed on the Kar98 and Kar98k rifles as they used a low bar loop to secure the front part of the sling. The rear of the sling passes through the stock of the rifle and is secured by a buckle on the right side of the stock - the buckle is provided as a separate item to fix on your model.
MG34 / MG42
As we can see above and below, these slings also show the doubled over strap, and the complicated buckles at each end. The hasp at the front connected to a loop on the barrel shroud, and the complex buckle attached to a hole at the very bottom of the pistol grip. On one of my straps, this part was missing, possibly because of its fragile nature. The part was not in the bag, so was missing during production. I'm certain that this was a rare accident and other packs will not have this problem.
MP38 / MP40
The straps for the machine pistols are attached to the weapon using low bar loops, which can be represented on your model using stretched sprue.....if your eyesight can manage! The photos here show just how thin the material is, and the incredible amount of detail incorporated into these items.
OK, so overall this set is just incredible, and these straps will really enhance your model. The improvement over the plain moulded-on straps on most figures is very obvious. There are three things to bear in mind:
- The straps are of fixed length, so could be difficult to adapt to fitting around a chest or shoulder, rather than just hanging loosely.
- The straps are straight, and have to be shaped by heating, If too hot, they completely lose their shape, so I suggest gradually increasing the heat until the material just becomes pliable. I prefer hot water, because the heat is spread evenly, whereas a candle flame is localised and too extreme.
- As a comment, the 'base' to each strap uses a lot of the expensive 3D printing material, and if I dare make a wish, I would have preferred more straps and less base..... I could do with more slings.
On balance, I would certainly recommend this little set as a very useful addition for figures and for weapons stowed on vehicles. Remember, it was relatively uncommon for weapons to lack a strap when in use.
Highly Recommended for Beginner to Advanced builders.
Thanks goes out to MJ Miniatures for this review kit.
Reviewed by Chris Lloyd-Staples, 2VP (International)
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