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Soviet Motor Rifle Troops III
Soviet Motor Rifle Troops III Summer 1943 - 45
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by: Darren Baker [ CMOT ]


Originally published on:
Armorama

Introduction

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.

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 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.
Helmet.
Personal weapon.
Satchel.

Review

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.

Conclusion

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.
SUMMARY
Highs: The figures have good detail throughout with the detail put into such a simple item as the Myeshok being a high point for me.
Lows: Some air bubbles in one figure and some breakages are the low points of this set.
Verdict: I have no concerns about highly recommending this set of figures for your consideration.
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: T-35011
  Suggested Retail: 10.99
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  PUBLISHED: Sep 27, 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.



Comments

Looks very nice and would undoubtedly work very well with tanks. Thanks for the review!
SEP 26, 2011 - 08:17 PM
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