Copper State Figures - WW1 British
Suitable for RNAS Lanchester Armoured Car, or for any other situation
These figures, released by Copper State Models, are intended to represent Naval personnel working as crew for the Lanchester Armoured Car. However, the British '02 pattern Service Dress was pretty universal in all parts of the British and Commonwealth services, and it could equally be used for Army tank crew, infantry or whatever. These below are Army guys with a Rolls Royce car:
The figures are produced in grey resin, and are the best I've seen. For clarity, I'll just repeat that........after 45 years in this hobby, these are probably the best figures I've seen. Each figure is taken from a photo, with some artistic licence, and the quality of casting is exceptional. The guy who made the masters is some kind of genius. The parts fit together with great precision, and there are virtually NO mould lines. No clean-up is needed. I'll let the photos tell their own story. I'm reviewing eight figures, Chuck Aleshire will shortly review three more.
OK, figure 001 is a Navy officer, wearing a waterproof Macintosh and being British, he has a mug of tea. According to figure manufacturers, the British services did nothing but drink tea all day. This is only partly correct.
Figure 002 is an infantryman (actually a sailor!) with tea and a biscuit. But is it tea? Maybe a rum ration?
Note the slight mould seam on the puttees. These are annoying to remove, step by step, but the mould separation is only slight, with no mould shift, so it is just a matter of scraping the seam away gently. Note the laces, and the fantastic facial features.
Figure 003 is taken from a scene where a bogged car is being dug out. The officers do what officers do, and are watching the work being done.....while the lower ranks do the work.
A quick look at Service Dress uniforms of the period makes me think that the breast pockets should have external buttons on the flaps. I don't think that the RN had anything different to standard SD uniforms, though I may be corrected. The prominent seams on the sleeves are absolutely authentic - the seams were raised and very visible.
Figure 004 is every bit an officer, with a Sam Browne belt, and lace-up boots. His gauntlets are probably private-purchase or are borrowed from stores, as they are typical of motorcycle dispatch riders.
Figures 005 and 006 are inspired by this photo, though the chaps in the photo look to be Lieutenant rank, judging by their sleeve insignia and collar type. When they first joined the Navy, they expected to be sailing a ship on the high seas. When they transferred to the RNAS, they expected to be flying through the open skies. And here they are driving a smelly armoured car around the (expletive) desert in the southern (expletive) Caucasus........
CSM has made their figures as sailor/infantryman rank.
This figure is designed to rest his arm on the turret roof, while standing in the rear deck area. His left hand rests on the open door (which would need modification of the CSM Lanchester kit). His right arm doesn't look quite right.... despite the position being determined by a peg, I think it looks too high. Plus, if you raise your arm like this, the shoulder automatically raises as well. When I fit this guy to a model, I'll cut off his arm and reposition it.
Fiigure 006 is sitting on the side stowage box, while holding the door.
Figure 007 is wearing a greatcoat and carrying a bucket. Perhaps he is after some extra tea? To assemble this figure, you need to add the handle for the bucket, though the holes for the wire are already there - how cool is that!? I used a Dremel to remove some of his coat, so that the bucket would hang nicely in place.
Figure 008 is labelled as a Petty Officer, or equivalent to a Sergeant in the Army. He is standing in his greatcoat, and looking suitably relaxed.
The white powdery deposits on this figure are my fault - I spilled too much superglue and had to use a debonder. The attention to detail on these figures is quite remarkable, and the faces show real character. The goggles are extremely well done. On this particular figure, there is a very tiny gap separating the stubs of his hands from the pockets in his trousers, but this is only visible by holding the figure upside down.
OK, well the photos should tell everything. These figures are exceptional in every respect. The casting is crisp and clean, with no real mould lines. The detailing is excellent. They fit together perfectly, with no joints between parts. Faces are full of character, and all are different. Poses are natural, interesting, and work well together.
There is nothing more to say. These chaps are absolutely brilliant. Remember, they would be just as much at home in a trench, on a tank, or in any other situation. You only need to consider whether you need to remove the goggles (mostly used by armoured car crews, aircrew, and dispatch riders).
Very Highly Recommended for Beginner to Advanced builders.
Thanks goes out to Copper State Models for this review kit.
Reviewed by Chris Lloyd-Staples, 2VP (International)
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