Historex 54mm Figures are available online from
S u m m a r y
and Item Number:
||French Guard Dragoon
a' Cheval Office
|Contents and Media:
||Approx. 69 parts in
white styrene pieces
||54mm (1/32 scale)
realistic figure and horse; multi-part breakdown improves three-dimensional
impact; good value at less than USD$9.00
||Some very delicate
parts; flash on some parts; experience required for assembly and elimination
of seams etc.
Reviewed by Brett Green
Historex has a long and distinguished reputation for producing 54mm
injection-moulded styrene figures. Being a French company, their key area of
focus is the Napoleonic era.
This release is a French Imperial Guard Dragoon Officer, mounted on his
The kit comprises approximately 69 parts in white styrene. All the parts are
well detailed, with the smaller elements of the elaborate Imperial Guards dress
uniform, and the elements of the horse's saddle, bridle and remaining furniture,
being provided as separate parts.
The quality of the plastic is very good, with the only noticeable problem
being flash surrounding some of the parts.
Assembly is quite logical, but some of the join lines are in obvious places
on the larger parts, including the centreline of the horses body and the
head/body join. These, and other joins on the body of the figure, will require
careful filling, blending and sanding. The smaller parts will also require care
when removing them from the sprues and subtle use of cement when gluing them to
the Officer and his horse. Too much cement could easily distort some of the
smaller detail parts.
Although the bridle is moulded onto the horses head, the modeller will have
to supply his own reins and other gear from lead foil or a similar material.
Instructions are by way of a single folded sheet of A4 paper. A half page is
devoted to describing the figure and some text to assist assembly; another half
page has small, exploded view diagrams for assembling the kit; and the flip side
contains descriptive information about the elements of the uniform.
The only painting guide is the colour photo on the front of the pack.
However, this photo does display the detail quite well, including the Panther
skin band on the plumed copper "Minerve" helmet.
Historex's French Imperial Guard Dragoon is a very attractive offering that
will be impressive on its own, or as part of a larger Napoleonic display.
Review Copyright © 2002 by
Brett T. Green
This Page Created on 20 July, 2002
Last updated 22 July, 2003
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