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Wednesday, July 06, 2005 - 01:01 AM GMT+7
Many members may have heard the name ICM whispered in the hallowed virtual halls and passage ways of Armorama.com. Herewith follows a brief background on the Ukrainian company and a roundup of their 2005 new releases to date.
The original ICM company was formed in 1996. After 6 years of phenomenal growth and winning several prestigious awards, part of ICM, including many moulds, became property of Russian company "Alanger". The manufacturing of models was renewed again in 2003 by ICM Holding Company, to whom the ICM brand now belongs.

During 2003 ICM Holding released the model of the Soviet fighter I-5 in 1/72 scale in two variants, and also the family of Ural-375/4320 and ZiL-131 trucks (1/72). 2004 was marked by many new releases - among them Messerschmitt Bf 109 E-3/E-4 in 1/72 scale, sets of figures in 1/48 scale ("WWII USAAF Pilots and Ground Personnel", "WWII Luftwaffe Pilots and Ground Personnel"), figures in 1/35 scale ("German Assault Troops (1917-1918)", "Soviet Sappers (1979-1988)"). The company has also ventured into 1/144 with the model of the German U -Boat type XXIII, and into 1/350 scale with the WWI German battleship "Markgraf".


2005 Releases to date...


1/72 Aircraft:

72191 Heinkel He 51B-1(Spanish Air Force)
This kit is injection molded, contains 49 parts in 1 sprue and one clear part, includes decal sheet for 4 variants.


1/35 Armour:

35341 Bergepanther (early version)
This kit is injection molded, contains 2 hull parts and 288 parts in 7 sprues for assembly of German armored recovery vehicle Bergepanther model. The kit includes decal for 2 variants.

35361 Pz.Kpfw. V Panther Ausf. D
This kit is injection molded, contains 2 hull parts and 415 parts in 8 sprues for assembly of German tank Pz.Kpfw. V Panther Ausf. D (early production) model. The kit includes decal for 3 variants.


1/35 Figures:

35211 German Tank Crew (1943-1945)
This kit is injection molded, contains 28 parts in 1 sprue for assembly of four figures – two officers and two soldiers of German Wehrmacht tank troops of late WWII period.
Figures are shown in static poses. They are dressed with a late pattern uniform of the WWII German tank troops. Officers are shown in the full uniform - black leather boots, black trousers and tunics, grey shirts with ties. Hauptman with the Iron Cross and tank troops collar patches has parade service cap and leather gloves, and lieutenant with self-propelled artillery collar patches – black field cap. They are armed with P08 pistols in holsters. Soldiers are dressed with a work uniform – one of them in the grey-green trousers and jacket, and other (with spanner) – in grey-green trousers and grey shirt.

35301 British Infantry (1917-1918)
One of the new ICM plastic kits is “British Infantry (1917-1918)” in 1/35 scale. This kit is injection molded, contains 48 parts in 1 sprue for assembly of four figures – one officer and three soldiers of British infantry of late WWI period.
Figures are shown in action poses. They are dressed with a field uniform of the British Army - brown leather boots (with leather overshoes for officer and canvas – for soldiers), khaki trousers and tunics 1902 pattern. The officer wears a khaki peaked cap, the bomber – knitted cap, and riflemen – steel helmets. The officer is armed with the Webley revolver, bomber – with Mills bombs in special harness, riflemen – with SMLE rifles No.1 Mk.III and bayonets. There are also full field equipments 1908 pattern for soldiers figures.

35501 Soviet-Afghan War (1979-1988) - Soviet Special Troops
This kit is injection molded, contains 61 parts in 1 sprue for assembly of three figures – the officer, the sniper and the machine-gunner of Soviet special troops of Afghan war period. The kit includes weapons and equipment – NSV “Utes” heavy machine gun, SVD sniper rifle, AKS-74 assault rifles (one of them – with GP-25 “Coster” rifle grenade projector)



From what I have heard, the quality of the ICM products is comparable to the likes of Tristar and DML, so this company is definitely one to keep an eye on. It will also be interesting to see if the company can regain their former glory - and range of products.

I recommend that readers browse the ICM website. The currect range is available in the 2005 catalogue, which can also be downloaded in PDF format.


For more information on these and other fantastic products, visit ICM Holding.


Please remember, that when ordering, to mention that you saw their products highlighted here - on Armorama.com
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  • 35501 Soviet-Afghan War (1979-1988) - Soviet Special Troops
  • 35301 British Infantry (1917-1918)
  • 35211 German Tank Crew (1943-1945)
  • 35361 Pz.Kpfw. V Panther Ausf. D
  • 35341 Bergepanther (early version)
  • 72191 Heinkel He 51B-1(Spanish Air Force)
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