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MiniArt US Tank Crew, NW Europe
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Posted: Sunday, October 09, 2011 - 12:02 PM GMT+7
Darren Baker takes a look at one of MiniArt's latest releases, the much awaited US Tank Crew NW Europe five figure set.

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Posted: Sunday, October 09, 2011 - 12:19 PM GMT+7
Thanks for the review Darren. The box art really wets the lips ... the figures, details and poses look fantastic, but looking at the molded details, I dont think there will be many who will be able to match the box art level. The details appear quite soft in comparison. Will be interesting to see these built up.
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Posted: Sunday, October 09, 2011 - 12:25 PM GMT+7
Thank you for the very quick reply Frank. I did look at the detail and was going to accuse it of being soft, I then considered that the majority of the detail was clothe and that where it wasn't the detail was there. As I said in the review not as good as their other new products but still worthy of consideration for a Sherman crew.
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Posted: Sunday, October 09, 2011 - 12:27 PM GMT+7
Good review Darren. Frank, I have to agree with you. It's gonna take a lot of work to get these figures really sharpe. However, it can be done. Will probably take a lot more time in preparation than it will to assemble and paint. But I'll get a set anyway.
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Posted: Sunday, October 09, 2011 - 12:56 PM GMT+7
Hi Darren I have this set and agree it's not as good as Miniart's other figure sets.

The cloth helmet you couldn't identify is the Winter Combat Helmet
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Posted: Sunday, October 09, 2011 - 02:16 PM GMT+7
Thank you for that Pat, I suspected it was a winter head covering but I could not find supporting reference, so at the risk of looking an idiot I left it out. I really wanted to be positive about this product but at the same time I was obligated to be accurate in my review, and this product I would say is a step back of about 2 years or so by MiniArt. It is still however a product that could be used for an area of the hobby that is lacking.
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Posted: Sunday, October 09, 2011 - 04:25 PM GMT+7
The thing I really dislike about this set is that on the four figures wearing the winter tanker jacket the jacket stops exactly at the waist. This makes thing easier for the mould maker but in real life the jacket was often worn lower
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Posted: Monday, October 10, 2011 - 04:39 AM GMT+7
That really IS a lot of flash for a 2011 release... On the other hand, removing the mold line with or without flash really doesn't make that much of a difference. What worries me more are the fine lines left from the molding process. They make small depressions which have to be smothed out before painting.

Nevertheless, it's always good to have new US tank crews, there certainly has been a need for those.

Cheers!
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Posted: Friday, October 14, 2011 - 05:20 PM GMT+7
Thanks for this review. I have always cried out for tank crews to man my armor and I supposed mine and many others who want this has been heard. I would have wanted to see a small sheet of decals with armoured division pathes and ranks though.
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Posted: Monday, October 28, 2013 - 05:33 PM GMT+7
One snafu that has yet to be mentioned is that the corporal stripes, while accurately depicted in the box art, are positioned upside down per US regulations. They will need to be shaved off and replaced with the points up.
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Posted: Tuesday, October 29, 2013 - 08:50 AM GMT+7
Nice to see an allied addition to counter the bizillion German releases.
Detail may be a bit soft but nothing a bit of undercutting won't cure!
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Posted: Tuesday, October 29, 2013 - 10:33 AM GMT+7

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Nice to see an allied addition to counter the bizillion German releases.
Detail may be a bit soft but nothing a bit of undercutting won't cure!
J



Jerry,

I couldn't agree more. It's kinda sad that a even a fairly bad set like this sold out from my LHS twice before I had a chance to pick one up. So great is the void of available allied figures that you'd think the Germans fought the war all by themselves against themselves.

Ridiculous, I know there is a demand for allied stuff out there. I've seen it first hand at the local hobby stores. The last couple of places that stock plastic around here can't keep allied subjects like Shermans and crews on the shelves. In the meantime, shelves are overflowing with German subjects that just languish there. All sorts of nonsense that didn't even exist and I can't imagine why any one would build it unless they are possessed by delusions of neo nazi revision to history.
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Posted: Tuesday, October 29, 2013 - 12:23 PM GMT+7

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Nice to see an allied addition to counter the bizillion German releases.
Detail may be a bit soft but nothing a bit of undercutting won't cure!
J



Jerry,

I couldn't agree more. It's kinda sad that a even a fairly bad set like this sold out from my LHS twice before I had a chance to pick one up. So great is the void of available allied figures that you'd think the Germans fought the war all by themselves against themselves.

Ridiculous, I know there is a demand for allied stuff out there. I've seen it first hand at the local hobby stores. The last couple of places that stock plastic around here can't keep allied subjects like Shermans and crews on the shelves. In the meantime, shelves are overflowing with German subjects that just languish there. All sorts of nonsense that didn't even exist and I can't imagine why any one would build it unless they are possessed by delusions of neo nazi revision to history.



Well,the kit makers make the German stuff because it still sells the best,maybe not in your LHS but around the world. Look at most builds here in these forums to catch my drift. That being said,I just finished a USA GI vigntte in the figures forum and plan to do one of the Miniart figs of some GIs in the near future. Miniart have been releasing some very useful stuff!
J