Set 35015 British Heads WWII
Reviewed by Brett Green
Tamiya released their excellent Cromwell Mk. IV a few months ago. Accurate Armour launched a range of accessories and decals to further enhance the appeal of this kit. Tamiya's re-releases of their Churchill VII (with very nice new crew figures), the Universal Carrier, the Grant and the Matilda have also been a boon to Commonwealth fans. More good news was Tamiya's new five-figure "British Infantry on Patrol" set.
Ultracast also burst onto the scene with some pretty spectacular resin Commonwealth figures and two different tank crew sets. It was probably logical to expect that, sooner or later, they would get around to releasing a set of Commonwealth Infantry replacement heads. And that is exactly what they have done.
Ultracast's "British Heads WWII" comprise five resin heads each cast on small separate blocks. This thoughtful arrangement will ensure that the over-enthusiastic modeller does not accidentally remove a chunk from an adjoining head when removing the part from the casting block. The parts are cast flawlessly in Ultracast's usual light-cream coloured resin. There will be a wafer of flash at the back of the neck to clean up when the heads are removed from their blocks.
Each head is crowned with the familiar Mk II (rimmed) helmet. All five helmets have nets and camouflage strips in place, and three have first-aid dressing bundles under the netting at the rear of the helmet. Although labeled as "British", the helmets as portrayed were used by most Commonwealth (and Polish) troops in Europe during 1944/45.
Facial expressions are usefully neutral, while features are sufficiently varied without being exaggerated. Helmets are tilted at different angles too.
These heads with their camouflaged helmets will add a great deal to Tamiya's new "British Infantry on Patrol" set, or breathe new life into other, older Commonwealth troop figures.
If you build Commonwealth armour, vehicles or figures, this set is a "must-have"!
You may view these and other products including excellent photos at Ultracast's Web Site.
Review by Brett Green, June