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Master Box “Woman at War: US Navy Waves" in 1/35th Scale

This is Master Box’s 1st release of a “Woman at War” series.

History:

Women served in the US Navy during World War I, but the following woman military organizations were formed as follows:

1942:

  • WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Services) was established.
  • WAACS (Women’s Auxiliary Army Corps Services) founded.
  • SPARs (Semper Parafus-Always Ready), a branch of the Coast Guard founded.

1943:

  • WRs (Women Marine Reserves) founded.
  • WASPS (Women Air Force Service Pilots) was founded.

President Roosevelt signed a law changing WAACs to Women Army Corps (WACS), thus they became a branch of the army (though not with benefits).

The Kit:

Contains 1 sprue with 37 pieces that have minimal flash

It has two female figures: One represents an enlisted WAVE in the Summer Whites uniform with the Dress Jacket). The other represents an officer WAC in the standard working uniform with an Eisenhower (Ike) Jacket. Although some WAVES did wear the WAC style uniforms when serving in some jobs, they would not have worn the ARMY style patches as seen on this figure.

There are two male figures: One is in the “Cracker Jacks” uniform for enlisted sailors (which can be painted to represent the Summer Whites or Winter Blues). The other is in the Officers Dress Whites uniform. *(What is really cool, is the enlisted male sailor comes with a parrot and a monkey that can be placed on his arm/shoulder).

Conclusion:

It appears, that like many of their other releases this will not be a disappointment.

I highly recommend getting the Osprey “Men-at-arms” #357 World War II Allied Woman’s Auxiliary Services by Martin Brayley, and illustrated by Ramiro Bujeiro and Osprey “Elite” #80 US Navy in World War II Mark Henry, and illustrated by Ramiro Bujeiro. You will find all the information on painting these figures accurately.

My “Build Review” should follow in a few months (or at least I hope to get to them as more and more group builds catch my fancy). Overall this should build into an outstanding replica of sailors (and one soldier) during World War II, and is highly recommended for anyone who enjoys figures that are not covered by most manufacturers. I would like to thank Alexander Surzhenko of Master Box Models for the review kit.

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