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Russian Female Hilfswillige
World War II Russian Female Captive - Signaler
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by: Engin Kayral [ GRAYWOLF ]

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Aurora Model keeps releasing interesting figures representing women served in World War II. Owner and sculptor of the company, Kiyoshi Tsuda, carries his talent on sculpting female figures to 1940s battlefield. His figures are very good complemantary figures to add realism to World War II scenettes.

The figure ML-010 represents a female Russian Red Army member captured and employed in a German Field Communication Unit. In the boxart photo, the figure is displayed with a German radio operator from DML 6053 German Signal Troops. It seems the figure is sculpted as a replacement figure for the Russian auxiliarie carrying the Torn.Fu.d2 (Tornisterfunkgeräte.d2 - VHF AM transceiver) on this DML kit.

Please know that the German radio is not included in Aurora Model figure kit.

about the figure

Just a few weeks after the German invasion, thousands of Soviet soldiers were surrendering or deserting their posts. Because of the enormous numbers of prisoners taken, the Germans had placed them in temporary internment camps. The internment camps were unsafe since hundreds of thousands of Soviets prisoners were dying from starvation and disease. Many of the Russian captives and deserters suggested their help to Germans in subsidiary services. The Germans took this needed manpower, since casualties were amounting on the Eastern Front and this was a good possibility to send more Germans to serve in forward positions. These Russian auxiliaries serving in German Army were called as HiWi from the word Hilfswillige - Voluntary aide. At first, they served in the rear services as laborers, cooks, interpreters, hospital attendants. In time, they were also used as guards, messengers, ammunition or communication device carriers.

HiWi’s didn’t have standard uniforms. Many of them continued to wear Soviet uniforms and badges of rank and some wore mix and match Soviet and German uniform combinations. The only standardized part is the white cotton armband carried on the left sleeve of uniform. It has black lettering with an inscription of Im Dienst der Deutschen Wehrmacht which means In the service of German Army. ( Photo )


The figure comes in a 12x7 cm transparent zip-lock bag with a company label stapled on the top of the bag. Inside the bag; there are 2 small paper sheets ; one with the information about the figure in Japanese and English, the other with a painted photo of the figure that can be used as a painting guide. It is noted on the information sheet that the metal of the figures contains lead.

Figure parts are secured in another plastic bag.

Figure is sculpted by Kiyoshi Tsuda aka SOLO in 1:35 scale (47 mm for this figure) and cast in white metal. A cleanwork is needed to clean vertical seamlines and the metal excess (casting block junction) on the top of lower body part. A quick sanding and brushing process will make the figure ready to prime.

The figure is made up of 3 parts.

  • Upper body with right arm : Facial details and hair with a topknot are well represented. As the headgear,she has a Pilotka cap, the standard khaki color sidecap of all enlisted ranks of Soviet Army usually worn tilted to the right. The red enamelled star badge is a nice detail sculpted on the cap. She wears Gymnastiorka, khaki color cotton made shirt-tunic of the standard Soviet uniform. The high collar, front buttons, pockets and cloth folds of the tunic are well defined. The modified Y-straps to carry the Torn.Fu.d2 radio are molded on the figure. Rings and buckles of the webbing are well defined. Right arm is also cast on this part holding the strap.

  • Lower body : The skirt part of the gymnastiorka is molded on this part. She wears khaki color half-breeches loosy trousers named Sharovari and knee-length leather boots. Cloth folds and under-knee reinforcement patches are well defined. As the radio is quite heavy for a woman, the figure is posed to support her body putting her left hand on left knee. The left hand is molded on the knee for easier assembly and correct fit.

  • Left arm : HiWi armband is represented well on the left sleeve. The hole on the wrist makes a very good dry-fit to the left hand on the knee.


    Sculpting and cast of the figure are good. There is no chance to display it as a single figure as the radio is not included in the kit. Anyway,it is a good figure to replace to the male Russian auxiliarie carrying radio on DML 6053 kit.

    Highs: Interesting subject, nice sculpt and casting.
    Lows: It can not be displayed alone .A German signal troops kit or at least a German radio is needed to display this figure.
    Verdict: A nice figure replace to the male Russian auxiliarie carrying radio on DML 6053 kit
    Percentage Rating
      Scale: 1:35
      Mfg. ID: ML-010
      Suggested Retail: ~ 20 USD
      Related Link: Product Page
      PUBLISHED: Mar 18, 2009
      NATIONALITY: Russia
      THIS REVIEWER: 92.20%
      MAKER/PUBLISHER: 76.47%

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    About Engin Kayral (Graywolf)

    Born in 1962,married and having 2 sons. I started modelling about 8 years old building USS Fletcher with mom. It was a model dad brought from USA., I think in those days only a few people in Turkey had info on scale model kits. Grown as an AF officer son , I built many aircraft models in years. Som...

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    Engin, Thanks for the review this line looks very interesting and has lots of potetnial. IMO though, this figure looks larger than the Dragon figure it's posed with and is supposed to be paired with; it could just be the photo.
    MAR 18, 2009 - 06:59 AM
    Hi Engin, Thanks for the review. A couple of questions: out of curiosity, how many Russian women were actually used in the HiWi? From what I heard the Germans were raping and killing women all the time as they advanced into Russia (the Russians later reciprocated ). With regards to the 47mm measurement, is that her height as she leans forward? Or an estimated measurement were she to stand upright? I like the figure's face and pose, but she's definitely got a very anime look - understandable given the sculptor's background and preference for the anime look (his own words). Thanks again for the review bro Rudi
    MAR 18, 2009 - 10:37 AM
    Matthew-it can be the angle of the photoThe figure didn't look overscale to me when checking the parts but I will check it with a DML figure again and will give an exact answer. Rudi- I do't have a detailed knowledge about the exact number of female Russian hilfswillige but as Germans needed more manpower, they accepted more auxiliaries on Wehrmacht for logistic support and also fighter units. German 6th army in Stalingrad German Sixth Army at Stalingrad had 25% hiwis ,more than that 71st and 76th Infantry had parity between German and hiwi manpower. I will give the exact measurements asap. I agree about the anime look of Aurora figures but I think the look of these figures are not disturbing and very good for 1:35 military lady figures. As I check them closer,I can say the figures are not like the ones in Pokemon or YuGiOh they are absolutely suitable for WW 2 dios. keep safe all
    MAR 19, 2009 - 10:32 AM

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