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Russian Tank Crew (84411) 1:35

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Russian Tank Crew (84411)

1:35 Hobby Boss via Creative Models Ltd.

 

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This is new reboxing of this Tristar figure set, consisting of seven figures either in whole or in part for two of them who are legless and suitable for insertion into tight hatches of their tanks.  The set arrives in a figure-sized box and inside are two sprues in tan styrene, one larger than the other.  The parts for each figure are grouped together with a letter prefix identifying them as part of one figure without having to refer to the instructions, which are printed on the rear of the box in the usual fashion.  Four of the crew are wearing overalls and two are wearing leather tankers' jackets that bear a passing resemblance to more modern biker jackets.  The final figure is a female tanker in the standing position, as the Soviets were ahead of most other WWII combatants in allowing women to serve on the front line, decades before the other Western powers.

 

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Two of the male figures have alternative heads so you can build them wearing either the tankers' helmet or a fitted cap.  You can see the various poses below in the instruction picture.  Sculpting is good with the helmeted characters having three sections to their heads consisting of a narrow section with their faces and two side parts that include hanging straps that bulk out the head.  The alternative capped heads have the usual seamline running down the backs of their ears, as does the female with her seam running down the front of her short bobbed hair.

 

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The table below the instructions shows the colours visually as well as in words, plus Mr. Hobby, Acrysion, Vallejo, Model Master, Tamiya and Humbrol codes for our ease.  These are called out side-by-side with the part number on the instructions as you can see.

 

Conclusion

Quite a large set for a competitive price with good moulding that can be used to crew up a number of projects if you use them wisely.

 

Highly recommended.

 

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