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U.S. Tank Crew (2)
U.S. Tank Crew (2) 1944-1945
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by: Engin Kayral [ GRAYWOLF ]

introduction

After the first kit B6-35108 U.S. Tank Commander depicting Sergeant Wardaddy character acted by Brad Pitt of Fury movie, BRAVO-6 released two more kits for the rest of M4A3E8 Sherman crew.

One of these kits , B6-35109 U.S. Tank Crew(2) 1944-45, includes two tanker figures sitting on the hull in typical World War II U.S. tank crew uniforms.


box

Figures come in a brown cardboard box labeled with a photo of the assembled and painted figures. Body and other parts like heads and arms are inserted seperately into two small plastic zip-lock bags.
figures

Each figure is sculpted in crisp details and cast in grey resin as four pieces - body, head and two arms. Resin quality is very good and casting is superb. No air bubbles, flesh resin, casting mistakes or visible seamlines. Cleanwork is NOT required other than removing casting blocks easily. Note that some attention is needed to remove the casting block on neck part of Figure A.

FIGURE - A

Figure is posed to sit on the hull of tank. Over his OD wool sweater, he wears tanker overalls. This mustard brown trousers were made of cotton shell and wool blanket lining, cut in the style of bib-overalls. It has attachment hardware in front and suspender adjustment clips. There are short openings at the trotters of each leg to facilitate putting on or removing the trousers with the boots on, along with a two position snap closure. Cloth folds, details of the overalls and short boots are well defined.
Facial details are extremely well defined showing great alikeness to Grady 'Coon-Ass' Travis acted by John Bernthal. I liked regulation hair cut very much. Hair is clipped very short all across the sides and back of the head whereas the top of the head is left longer. Details are very crisp that will show the painting so good.
Arms are posed to put his hands on the hull on both sides of the body. He has M1938 Airborne Gloves and rolled up sleeves are well defined.

FIGURE - B

Posed to sit on the hull of Sherman, he wears Army Dark shade M41 HBT trousers in OD color with cargo pockets secures with single button and short boots. Over his uniform, he has windbreaker design, zipper front 2nd Pattern Tanker Jacket. It was a waist cut, medium weight jacket and different than the 1st pattern with two external patch pockets, this one had two hand warmer style slash pockets. Cloth folds and details like wool knit collar, waistband, cuffs and zipper are very well defined. Right hand of the figure is cast on the left thigh due to his sitting position.
Facial details are great on this figure too. Facial details, moustache and goater beard are well defined showing great alikeness to and Trini 'Gordo' Garcia acted by Michael Pena. He wears a HBT cap.
Left arm is posed to put his hand on the hull and right arm to put to his left thigh. Places to paint corporal rank patch on the right, insignia and rank patches on the left are marked on the figure.
conclusion

Both figures absolutely look like the characters on the movie. They are great figures to create a Fury movie scene and they can also be used as any WW II tank crew with a head replacement as heads are supplied as seperate parts.
Highly Recommended
SUMMARY
Highs: Great alikeness to movie characters.Nice sculpt and cast. They can be used as any WW II tank crew with head replacements.
Lows: No lows on this product.
Verdict: Great figures to create a Fury movie scene.
Percentage Rating
94%
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: B6-35109
  PUBLISHED: Jan 13, 2015
  NATIONALITY: United States
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 92.20%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 95.07%

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About Engin Kayral (Graywolf)
FROM: IZMIR, TURKEY / TüRKçE

Born in 1962,married and having 2 sons. I started modelling about 8 years old building USS Fletcher with mom. It was a model dad brought from USA., I think in those days only a few people in Turkey had info on scale model kits. Grown as an AF officer son , I built many aircraft models in years. Som...

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Comments

It is amazing how well Vladi can get a facial likeness in 1/35 scale. His Platoon series featured number of familiar faces, but these are even better defined in my opinion. Amazing figures, great review. Thanks Abi, Mario
JAN 12, 2015 - 01:02 PM
Vladi is a huuuge talent!! And we are lucky to have him and his figures!! Cheers Romain
JAN 12, 2015 - 10:28 PM
The reviewer references the period haircut on John Bernthal. In the photos of the unpainted headsculpt it looks as though the right side of his head is smooth (i.e. hairless) while the left side has texture (i.e. hair). Is this the way it was intended to look or is this a problem with the cast?
JAN 12, 2015 - 11:03 PM
As the reviewer says, the haircut is similar to a Mohawk - sides shaven and top longer and falling over to one side. Germans had similar haircuts. The shaven sides could be painted a pale shade of hair color to indicate stubble.
JAN 13, 2015 - 11:27 AM
Hi guys! It`s not cast problem, it`s just funny moment. When I sculpt this figure (at 2014 summer, long before movie release), I had only some photos and officail Fury trailer. As luck would all pics of "Coon-ass" show him from right side and only some seconds from left side (episode inside turret, very dark pics, it looks as he has hair on head left side). I supposed that such haircut is very unusuall for WW2 era US tankers and it looks as hard scars or burns on right side of head, without hair. Anyway, 2-3 minutes and sharp knife can correct his haircut! )))
JAN 13, 2015 - 12:41 PM
   

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