by: Darren Baker [ ]
In this review I will be taking a look at a series of Russian motor troops which represent Tanks very early figure releases, in fact if the identification codes represent Tanks release schedule this is the 11th set of figures to be released. This set consists of two figures which can be used individually or with any number of the six twin figure sets available in the same vein. The sets are designed to be used on or around Russian armour of World War Two.
The figures in this pack are in the standard white card box with a colour print showing the figures assembled and painted on the front. Inside the box there are two clear zip lock bags with the parts for each of the figures together in each bag. Both figures are moulded in a light grey resin and consist of;
• Torso and legs moulded as one.
• Two arms.
• Flat top head.
• Water bottle.
• Drum magazine or clip magazine canvas pouch.
• Personal weapon.
Figure one is depicted in a kneeling crouch and in the artwork he is shown firing his weapon over the top of the turret of a T34. This figure is shown wearing a Telogreika jacket with standard uniform breeches. Detail is good throughout with very nicely done creases and undercuts. There is an issue with this figure which is that there are some minor air bubbles on the chest area and both arms, I guess this just proves that every manufacturer has an off day as this is the first time I have encountered this problem with Tank figures.
Hand detail is good with facial features being very good. The personal weapon supplied for this figure is a Pistolet-Pulemet Shpagina obrazets 41 with drum magazine and he is also equipped with the correct drum magazine pouch, the barrel will need to be drilled to aid detail and great care will be needed to prevent damage. The Myeshok, or canvas bag, has been well detailed for such a simple item with nice attention to the tied off opening. The water bottle and helmet are well done with the water bottle being well detailed. I also like the pour plug connection points on this figure which should make life easier. I will mention that the drum magazine to be fitted to the weapon and the drum magazine pouch were both broken from their pour plugs but do not appear to have suffered any damage.
The second figure is in standing/stooped position and unlike the first is completely free of moulding faults. The uniform consists of late style standard shirt and breeches with some nice undercuts where the shirt meets the breeches and again good natural crease detail. The personal weapon for this figure is again a Pistolet-Pulemet Shpagina obrazets 41 but this time with the banana clip magazine, this one however is broken at the magazine and stock but should not be too hard to fix. The hands, face, and added equipment is as good as the other figure with the Myeshok again being worthy of praise.
Despite the breakage and air bubbles on this example I cannot help but think one or two will always get through the quality control, and as such I will not hold this against Tank. The figures are well poised with good to excellent detail throughout and as such I highly recommend them for your consideration.
Images of assembled and painted figures are from Tank.