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In-Box Review
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Early Russian infantry
Red Army men with Degtyareva MG Summer 1941
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by: Darren Baker [ CMOT ]


Originally published on:
Armorama

Introduction

Tank is a Russian company specialising in resin figures and weapons. The figures they produce are mostly World War Two Russian and German figures, but they do have a few modern Russian figures. In this review I will be taking a look at two early Russian infantry figures depicted marching/trudging their way to/from the front.

Contents

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 dark grey resin and consist of;
Torso and legs moulded as one.
Two arms.
Head with Pilotka.
Water bottle.
Spade
Helmet
Personal weapon

Review

The first figure is carrying a Degtyareva MG with separate moulded bipod and magazine, the detail and dimensions of the weapon all seem to be accurate with the only issue being that the barrel will need to be drilled, which will require great care to prevent breaking the barrel. There is one point with this weapon which I have not been able to verify and that is the sling, I have as yet been unable to find a Degtyareva with a sling attached.

The moulding is excellent with the exception of a small lump on the inside of the left boot near the sole. The undercuts are well executed in a way that only resin figures can be. The creases and detail in the uniform all appear accurate and natural in appearance. The facial and hand detail is acceptable, but being one of Tanks earlier figures they are not their best.

Figure two shares all the same attributes as the first figure with the exception of the weapon which is a Mosin-Nagant M1891/30. The rifle does have the same issue in that the barrel will need to be drilled to improve accuracy, and you will need to make a sling for it.

Conclusion

Despite being one of Tanks older figure sets the moulds appear to be holding up very well. The faces and hands are acceptable but as stated not Tanks best efforts, which I accept is due to the age of the moulds rather than a lack of effort on the part of Tank. I believe these two figures will make a good vignette or focal point marching beside a KV1 or such and highly recommend them for your consideration.

Images of assembled and painted figures provided by Tank

SUMMARY
Highs: These figures have a very natural posture and very good crease detail.
Lows: The face and hand detail are showing their age.
Verdict: I highly recommend this set to you.
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: T-35058
  Suggested Retail: 10.99
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  PUBLISHED: Sep 17, 2011
  NATIONALITY: Russia
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 87.16%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 83.00%

About Darren Baker (CMOT)
FROM: ENGLAND - SOUTH WEST, UNITED KINGDOM

I have been building model kits since the early 70s starting with Airfix kits of mostly aircraft, then progressing to the point I am at now building predominantly armour kits from all countries and time periods. Living in the middle of Salisbury plain since the 70s, I have had lots of opportunitie...

Copyright 2018 text by Darren Baker [ CMOT ]. Images also by copyright holder unless otherwise noted. Opinions expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of Armorama. All rights reserved.



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