by: Darren Baker [ ]
In this review I will be taking a look at a series of Russian motor troops which represent Tank's very early figure releases, in fact if the identification codes represent Tanks release schedule this is the 10th set of figures to be released. This set consists of two figures which can be used individually or with any number of the six 2 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
• 1 holster
Moulding detail of both of the figures such as facial features and hands is of a very high standard which will allow the more skilled figure painters to achieve a very lifelike appearance. Uniform detail is good throughout with nice crease detail and no obvious issues at all. The moulding all appears to be free of any of the issues that can affect resin such as air bubbles or distorted parts caused during the curing process but there is, of course, a limited amount of flash that will be easy to remove.
Figure 1 is an almost upright figure leaning very slightly forward and wearing the appropriate summer uniform. This figure is armed with a Pistolet-Pulemet Sudareva obrazets 43 with a folded stock, I would have liked there to be the option of having the stock open. I consider this the 43 rather than the 42 version as the pistol grip has a protruding bulge at the front bottom of it which is the only way I know to tell them apart in this scale. Also supplied with this figure is a holster for, I believe this is a Tula-Tokareva TT33 but my knowledge of holsters is limited. Being equipped with a pistol I believe identifies this figure as an officer or commissar. The other personnel equipment supplied with this figure consists of two water bottles, a magazine pouch for three magazines, and a map case.
Figure 2 has both knees bent and is leaning forward and again wearing the appropriate summer uniform. This figure is armed with a Pistolet-Pulemet Shpagina obrazets 41 with drum magazine. The figure is supplied with a drum magazine ammunition pouch and water bottle, the satchel supplied with this figure had broken free of its pour plug and so I test fit it on the figure, the fit is perfect and lines up a treat. The front waist of this figure has a pronounced groove where the belt would be, I am unsure if this is by design or a fault. If it is a fault then it must have been a poor joint on the master, if it is by design then I believe it is to show the belt is digging in where the figure is bent over.
Another great pair of figures from Tank which despite being very early offerings from this manufacturer are of a very high standard, and so I have no concerns about recommending this pair of figures to you.
Pictures of the built and painted figures are from Tanks website.