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Yankee Scout & Tracker
U.S. Civil War Series: Yankee Scout and Tracker
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by: Jim Starkweather [ STAFF_JIM ]


Originally published on:
Historicus Forma

Introduction

This is a new series by Master Box. A slightly odd scale at 1:35 vs. the more typical 54mm (1:32nd) scale that historical figures are presented in. The set depicts a U.S. Cavalry scout on horseback with a dismounted Native American tracker. Another horse is provided for the tracker which isn't depicted in the box art on the cover.

The Kit

This kit does contain some very nice details which MB is obviously porting over from their WWII endeavors. While some amazingly small, detailed bits are provided, like the scouts braided pony-tails, spurs, and stirrups, the horses reigns are not part of the kit and will need to be scratch-made with materials not provided. There is also no instruction sheet (only the color and assembly guide shown on the rear of the box). This may be a bit daunting for younger or less experienced modelers because the placement of some of the gear and accessories is not clear from the pictures provided.

I decided to do basic assembly on this kit to see how the fit was. Overall most parts went together as expected. There is some obvious need for sanding and filling along the horses major seams. As well there is obvious mold lines that appear most distinctly on the horse undersides.

Conclusions

Being no expert on this time period in terms of accuracy, I can't comment on those aspects of this kit. But for me this was an enjoyable project to start and get to this point. Ironically even though the box clearly has a warning for small children (due to small parts I assume), it puts the age warning from 0 to 14. I would have thought this a good kit for 10 plus(if the modeler had some level of experience).

It should certainly be interesting to see if this series is successful and where it goes from here.
SUMMARY
Highs: Well detailed, solid plastic offering of a unique 1:35 scale subject matter.
Lows: Some limited flash and mold line issues.
Verdict: Overall a very promising first kit in this series.
Percentage Rating
82%
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: MB3549
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  PUBLISHED: Jun 17, 2010
  NATIONALITY: United States
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 89.91%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 84.05%

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About Jim Starkweather (staff_Jim)
FROM: CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES

I started building models in 1971 when I was 6. My first model was a 1/32 P-40 Warhawk. Revell I believe. From there I moved onto the standard cars, Apollo spacecraft, and other kid orientated kits. I don't know what got me started on Armor. I must have seen a Monogram tank kit one day and said "Mom...

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Comments

I've just recently purchased this kit and there are a few things that are disappointing .1/ the troopers horses head is a little large and the neck too long .2/ the troopers saddle is more like a medieval saddle than a western saddle . But having said that it is a very detailed kit for the price and if MB had produced it in 54mm I would buy a least 2 more kits for conversion . I know there are plans to bring out a set of charging union cavalry in the future , maybe MB could be encouraged to bring these out in 54mm it would make for endless dioramas mistermagoo
JUN 19, 2010 - 06:07 AM
Being no expert on the subject, point to be taken on civil war and the plains wars. Much equipment was purchased by the individual. Some outfits were supplied by rich benifactors while others came with what they had. So a mixture of tack and uniforms would be apropiate. But looking at the saddle for the trooper does leave me wondering if it is a Eruopian style? I just ordered this kit and am looking forward to it just to get away from the typical colors and subjects I normally do and hope the Pen. calvary set does indeed come out.
JUN 19, 2010 - 08:46 AM
I have been waiting on this one for a while. It is very disappointing to hear about the saddle as one might hope that this item on a cavalry figure would be important enough to get right. Regardless of theater the soldier at least should have a McClellan. A Grimsley or Jennifer is also possible. It is a sad fact that Masterbox has better box artists than designers.--
JUN 21, 2010 - 12:38 PM
I did notice 2 other things 1. the rank of the U.S. soldier in sargent major 2, Also if that is the case he also has the shoulder tabs of an officer which a sgt/mjor downwards did not for the time period shown
MAR 12, 2011 - 08:44 AM
I know this is an older review but I am currently building part of this kit and I wanted to help clarify the troopers saddle. Going back to my country background in regards to the saddle, and the fact that my step-dad had one, the kit supplied saddle is a pretty decent representation of a McClellan saddle. Here are a couple of pictures which shows that the kit saddle is pretty close. The McClellan saddle was a military saddle which explains the look. Most people are familiar with the western "cowboy" saddle, which has a different look, so that could be the reason for concern. It is a very close representation and I wouldn't let it concern anyone interested in the kit. Hope that helps some. Randy
JAN 30, 2012 - 11:21 PM
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