Black Cat Models
1/350 World War II US Sailors Set (No2)


Reviewed by Martin J Quinn
April 2019
Black Cat Models from France continues to release new 3D printed accessories.   Among the latest releases is a set of 1/350 figures, WWII US Sailors Set No2 (x60), set AC350047b

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The packaging is Black Cat's typical plastic clamshell container.   The 3D printed runner containing the figures is secured to the bottom of the packaging with thick double sided tape,  which prevents the runner from moving during shipping.  I've found that in recent shipments it's been easier to remove from the tape, to review the product more closely.

Inside you'll find sixty (60) 3D printed figures in various poses.  All the figures are wearing helmets, as if at battle stations.   Some are walking, some standing, some reaching, some are carrying what look like duffle bags.  Other than the helmets, the features are non-descript and soft, and have what look like very pronounced pectoral muscles.  I'm not sure if that is supposed to represent a kapok vest or shirt pockets.  However, in 1/350 scale, these should suffice and once painted, look the part.   I've used the figures from NorthStar models in the past, and while those have more definition to their figures, they are very brittle and difficult to remove from the printing wafer.  I'm interested to see how these compare. 

Close ups of some of the parts details.
There are no instructions in the box, but the packing directs you to the Black Cat Models website.   There, on a data page for the particular item, you will find instructions on how to remove the printed supports that are part of the 3D printing process.  Which, for figures, is pretty simple.
These 3D printed figures aren't the most detailed item I've reviewed from Black Cat.  As mentioned above, the details on the figures are soft and not sharply defined.  However, once painted and on crewing the newest member of your scale navy, I'm thinking they will look fine.   I plan to try them out on an upcoming waterline build to see how they look. 

This is Black Cat Models set AC350047b, WWII US Sailors Set No2 (x60).   The set retails for about $13.75 USD, and are available directly from Black Cat Models or from some of our fine sponsors.   Recommended.