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Historical miniature modeling of any size, scale, or subject.
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Best 1/48 and 1/35 figure for a beginner.
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England - North West, United Kingdom
Joined: March 21, 2011
KitMaker: 27 posts
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Posted: Thursday, February 14, 2013 - 04:14 AM UTC
As the tittle says really.

What brand should I go with I know Tamiya has a great name in the aircraft world but what's the best for figures. Specifically ww2 please.

Thank you.
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Izmir, Turkey / Türkçe
Joined: December 01, 2001
KitMaker: 6,403 posts
Armorama: 1,848 posts
Posted: Thursday, February 14, 2013 - 04:53 AM UTC
Alpine Miniatures and Evolution Miniatures are the first ones that comes to my mind
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North Carolina, United States
Joined: December 24, 2007
KitMaker: 462 posts
Armorama: 262 posts
Posted: Thursday, February 14, 2013 - 05:08 AM UTC
dragon/dml are nice little sets of four, decent prices a lot of lots on eBay. nice for the beginner their in plastic. and a whole lot of choices.
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Wisconsin, United States
Joined: April 05, 2007
KitMaker: 1,897 posts
Armorama: 1,148 posts
Posted: Thursday, February 14, 2013 - 05:11 AM UTC
Hey Matty,
While Tamiya kits are pretty good their figures are not very good, soft details. Seeing that you are just starting out I would recommend a Dragon box of figures. There are 4 in a box with multi body parts, 2 arms, 2 legs sometimes the boots/feet are separate, torso & head. All equipment is separate so you have to fit it and glue it and sometimes alter the body to make it all work. But great detail.Get one that has Gen2 weapons, awesome detail ! Alpine figures are great but starting out 4 Dragon figs are cheaper than 1 Alpine figure. Never did an Evolution Figure.
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England - North West, United Kingdom
Joined: March 21, 2011
KitMaker: 27 posts
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Posted: Thursday, February 14, 2013 - 05:52 AM UTC
First off thank you for the super fast replays. I will try a few of the figures suggested.

I did notice the alpine are rather expensive but they do look amazing.

Once again thank you.
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Quebec, Canada
Joined: January 01, 2004
KitMaker: 7,275 posts
Armorama: 5,861 posts
Posted: Friday, February 15, 2013 - 06:33 AM UTC
Hornet or Alpine resin heads are an inexpensive way to greatly improve any plastic fig.
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Donegal, Ireland
Joined: May 14, 2002
KitMaker: 9,762 posts
Armorama: 7,443 posts
Posted: Saturday, February 16, 2013 - 01:37 AM UTC
Tristar figures are right up there with Dragon as far as quality goes. Very fine detail makes them easily painted. MiniArt and Masterbox quality are getting there (if not already there). Pose-wise they were great to start out with, but the details were large and clumsy, and not great for painting, but thats improving with each new release. Their most recent releases would be perfect.
Resin figures like those already mentioned are fantastic, but as you see, you are paying for what you get.
But one thing you should keep in mind .... buying cheap figures to practise on is not a good idea. The better quality figures are much easier to paint as they have better and more defined details. If money is an issue, buy one single figure ... the best quality you can afford ... paint it, strip it and repeat the painting steps as many times as you want. You´ll progress much faster and see your development. Starting out with poor quality figures ... there is a risk for the opposite happening.