After the first two Arab Tanker figures released on 2016 posing for a selfie - MW3503 Say Cheese
, Paracel Miniatures
released new Arab tank crew figures that can be used as Iraqi, Syrian and other Mideast armies or rebel tankers.
MW3538 Cat Lover
depicts a tanker sitting on the hatch and cuddling a cat.
Inside companys cardboard box labeled with a photo of the painted figure, it comes in a plastic zip-lock bag.
Sculpted by Giang Xuan Le
in 1/35 scale as a one-piece figure and cast in resin, details are very sharp and clean. No need for a cleanwork other than vertical seamline on the right side.
Facial features like eyes, nose and lower lip, moustache and long beard are well defined giving him a Middle East apperance. He has a Russian Style Tanker Helmet with nicely sculpted long heavy cotton pads across the head, earphone covers ,rear neck flap, chin strap and buckle.
His uniform consists of a military jacket with two waist pockets and trousers with two side cargo pockets. As tankers in Mideast wars wear a variety of uniforms from United States, Russia or locally produced, his uniform can be painted in different colors or camouflage patterns. A Shemagh - traditional large scarf with tassels on edges wrapped around his neck. Over his uniform, he wears a tanker jacket with wide fur collar, shoulder boards, waist string, loaded side pockets and a small pocket on left arm. Cloth folds and wrinkles are well sculpted and figures butt is flattened to make a good fit for a sitting on the hatch pose. As for the footgear, he has military boots with front laces. Note that heels can be reshaped after removing from casting block.
Arms are posed to cuddle a cat on his left shoulder. Great sculpt on the details and pose of the cat.
Once again, I appreciated Giang Xuan Le for sculpting such an interesting and very well posed figure. Besides sculpting and casting quality of the figure, it will be great to display this figure on a tank crew at rest on a Mideast diorama, especially when used together with MW3539 Book reader.