by: Frederick Boucher [ ]
introductionArmor35 focuses on 1/35 models of workers and peasants of The Workers and Peasants Red Army as well as Soviet railroad subjects during The Great Patriotic War of 1941-45. Woman Mechanic, item 35139, is a resin figure of a female Soviet mechanic of the WWII era. Modellers have identified a void between warriors and weapons and this interesting and versatile figure should be popular in that popular category to help fill that void.
With the growing number of tractors and other non-combat subjects, this civilian mechanic should find a place in the collections of many modellers.
Woman MechanicCast in gray styrene, Woman Mechanic is a two-piece figurine. Casting is high quality with no bubble pocks, flash, or molding seams. Each piece is a on a pour block. It is cast with good undercuts and sharp relief detail.
Aside from this figure's footwear I do not see anything that screams WWII Soviet. Thus, this model offers great versatility of country and era.
detailWoman mechanic reminds me of "Rosie the Riveter's" cousin "Matryona the Mechanic". She wears a jacket over coveralls, with a shirt under the coveralls. All of that is bundled with a belt. Her hair is protected with a scarf. Curiously, she seems to be wearing military jack boots. I have no idea if that was common in the Soviet Union of the era.
The clothes have definite seams and folds. Buttons and button holes detail the jacket and shirt. The belt has buckle and hole details.
She wears a wrist watch.
Her face is nicely sculpted with a shock of hair on her forehead.
Detail is well captured by Armor35's expert casting. It looks like it will be fun to paint.
Armor35 packs this figure in their standard one-piece box. "Box art" is a photo of the assembled and painted model glued over a sepia tone images of equipment and scenes associated with the figure; on the back is an armored train guarded by an anti-aircraft team. All kit pieces are secured in a zip-loc baggie.
instructions for assembly and paintingThere are none. Look at the box art for guidance.
conclusionArmor35 has issued some interesting and unique subjects. Modellers have identified a void between warriors and weapons and this interesting and versatile figure should be popular in that popular category to help fill that void.
Aside from this figure's footwear I do not see anything that scream Soviet. Thus, this model offers great versatility of country and era.
The figure features excellent sculpting and detail. Excellent casting accentuates the detail.
Aside from the footwear I see no problems or disappointments. This is another fine model by Armor35 and I can recommend it.
Please mention that you saw this model here - on ARMORAMA.