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German Tank Crew Normandy 1944 (35275) 1:35 Special Edition

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German Tank Crew Normandy 1944 (35275) Special Edition

1:35 MiniArt via Creative Models

 

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As WWII dragged on, uniforms as well as military equipment evolved, and the German tankers began wearing a more close-fitting utilitarian uniform in tank black, with smaller caps that replaced the rather foppish ones of very early war.  This set depicts a set of German tankers in a seemingly buoyant mood, one of whom is entertaining the rest with an accordion.  The figure sized box contains three sprues of grey styrene, plus a small sheet of instructions for the accompanying accessories such as first-aid kit, MP40 machine pistol, map and flare pistol cases.  Instructions for the accordion aren't given, but it's not exactly rocket science to figure it out!  The musical crew member is stood, presumably on the engine deck, while the crew watch, one stood with his hands on hips, another sat, while another leans on the barrel.  The commander is stood in his hatch trying not to look too impressed, with both hands resting on the cupola.

 

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Sculpting is excellent, and as usual fall of cloth and poses are very realistic.  The figures are broken down to torsos, legs, arms and head, with caps separated to glue to the flat tops of their heads.  The additional sprue contains all the aforementioned items, plus bayonets, pistol holsters, pistol and flare pistol, ammo pouches (rifle and MP40), a couple of Kar98 rifles and even a pair of binoculars, which have slide-moulded outer lenses.

 

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Conclusion

These gents represent a perfect accompaniment (excuse the pun) to a late war diorama of a Panzer parked up waiting for the inevitable invasion.  The calm before the storm.

 

Highly recommended.

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