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Arto Production is a new company whose first figures will be tank crew of the 12 SS Panzer Division, 6 Kompanie
An interesting feature of the figures is that they wear the ‘U-Boat’ jacket.

Worn by the Kaiserliche Marine since WWI, it was used during WWII with only slight changes in design. During the war, this jacket was also used by the Panzer Division for its ability to protect the body from fire.

It was initially used by only two Panzer Divisions, "1SS LAH" and "12SS HJ", in January 1944 until the Normandy campaign. From autumn in 1944, increasing amount of elite divisions were given this jacket. From 1945, it was widely worn by SS and WH, including the Hermann Goering Luftwaffe ground units.
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Does the figure have to come only with the "tank" base?
SEP 07, 2020 - 02:53 AM
Well if it does, since it's obviously a bit of Tiger, that would make him a member of SS Schwere Pz Abt 101/501, not HJ. SS SPzAbt 101/501 also used this clothing as it contained many former members of the Leibstandarte. As I understood it, the U Boat leathers originated from Italian stocks supplied by the Germans "liberated" by the LAH during their sojourn in Italy following Kursk. They became widespread throughout LAH, HJ and 101 because these units were all part of 1 SS Pz Korps. I wasn't aware they were common issue later, my understanding was they were strictly limited stocks.
SEP 07, 2020 - 05:41 AM
This is a awesome figure with nice detail,the leathers will make a great project for oil paint. I would buy this figure for sure if available without the base. Never been a fan of panzer wedgies.
SEP 07, 2020 - 12:41 PM
Figure is sold alone, the Tiger has been added by the figure painter.
SEP 07, 2020 - 01:33 PM
Nice, useful figures; hoping for more with more varied poses.
SEP 09, 2020 - 01:32 PM
There is this set from MiniArt. At least three of them are wearing leathers. Just replace the heads with resin ones and they are very nice figures: LINK
SEP 10, 2020 - 03:21 AM

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