by: Peter Ong [ ]
Not Yet Dead Miniatures
1/35 Survivor Alice (NYD-S021)
Not Yet Dead Miniatures of Germany specializes in 1/35 and 28mm resin and white metal figures of survivors and zombies, a popular modeling topic with the appearance of several recent post-apocalyptic and zombie television shows and movies.
Not Yet Dead Miniatures’ (NYDM) resin 1/35 “Survivor Alice” came in a white cardboard box but no color paper sleeve since this kit was just released and the cover photo was not made yet. Opening the box with a clear plastic window reveals the figure padded with blue foam top and bottom. The kit contents are:
• Figure of Alice (single-piece cast)
• Left arm holding magazine clip molded in place
• Right arm holding automatic handgun molded in place
• Black plastic circular disc
Although a black plastic circular disc comes with the kit, the figure isn’t really intended as a wargaming figure since all of NYDM’s figures are scale models and thus lack the “heroic proportions” (that squat-squashed appearance) found in wargaming figures.
Alice’s pour blocks are conveniently located at the bottom of her sneakers, leaving the rest of the figure’s surface unscathed. I did not detect any casting errors with my review sample, no runs, lumps, sinkholes, warping, flash, seam lines, or blobs. The figure’s detail looks very good with nice casting and pretty sharp details.
Young teenage Alice wears what one could interpret as a private schoolgirl uniform of sleeveless shirt and soft pleated skirt. However, since the shirt has no tie, design, or “sailor stripes,” the figure builder doesn’t have to fashion Alice to the schoolgirl uniform. Two sneakers are on Alice’s feet and the sculptor did a nice job of sculpting the shoelaces and the tongues of the shoes. A closed soft bag backpack, partially filled, with flap buckle rests on the bottom portion of her back, the thin backpacks straps molded across her shoulders. Her head tilts down to stare down the barrel of her gun, and she sports a serious complexion.
Alice comes equipped for fighting. She wears a simple strap harness with three pistol magazine clips on her right ribcage and a small empty holster on her left rib cage. Therefore, any figure modeler desiring to model Alice as an ordinary civilian girl will have to sand off these features.
The right arm points straight outward, holding the small automatic pistol. A small girl’s dial watch is molded on her right wrist. Her left arm rests by her side with her left fist clenched and holding a magazine clip, ready to reload. Alice thus comes with four spare magazine clips, quite an ammunition load for a young girl. The pour blocks for the arms are on the shoulders; therefore, I could not testfit the arms properly without cutting the pour blocks off. The arms’ glue surfaces have pegs to align with the holes in the torso.
I compared Alice to my standing 1/35 DML “Light Infantry” figure and Alice’s height comes up to the shoulder of the DML figure. Alice’s thin build really does resemble a child when positioned next to an adult soldier.
NYDM’s 1/35 “Survivor Alice” is a unique figure of an armed young girl. The homemade accessories of molded-on magazine clips and empty holster, and the small size of the handgun, seem to fit young Alice well. The sculptor definitely factored in Alice’s small size and young age with the light gear and armament. Figure builders should note that the molded-on gear kind of prevents Alice from becoming an ordinary unarmed civilian girl, but NYDM never advertised Alice as such. Alice should make an original addition to any post-apocalyptic scene calling for a young girl to defend herself against approaching threats.
Special Thanks to Not Yet Dead Miniatures for the review sample. Photos with a red background are from Not Yet Dead Miniatures.