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RAAC Figure Set
RAAC Centurion Tank Crew and Infantry Set -3 Figures
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by: Ted Hayward [ TED_HAYWARD ]

contents

Packed in zip-lok bags and bubble wrap, the usual Hobby Fan box contains a resin set of three (RAAC) Royal Australian Armoured Corps figures: one tank crew member seated and two infantrymen walking. The two infantrymen are equipped with SLR rifles, rucksacks, canteens, and ammo pouches moulded in excellent definition. One is left with an extra canteen for the spares bin, as it doesn't really suit the seated crewman figure. The 4-part figures consist of separate torsos, heads, and arms.

construction/painting

The heads and hats of the two infantrymen are moulded as one part. Pins and holes are provided for easy first-time location of arms, while the rucksacks are located by tabs. I found the two rifle barrels to be very slender indeed, so take care. One may wish to add rifle slings from paper or foil for extra detail. As with all Hobby Fan kits, the limbs, weapons, and accessories fit the torsos first time around, with no need for gap-filling or trial-fitting.

Although intended for the (RAAC) Centurion Mk. 5 kit by AFV Club (item AF AF35106 ), these figures would well suit any Vietnam Nam era diorama featuring an Australian/New Zealand vehicle. Resin is certainly not cheap, especially when compared to plastic figure sets, but the addition of a resin set from Hobby Fan will turn an already great model/diorama into a show-winner. I especially like that there is little flash and no moulding seams to be removed.

I primed the figures with a couple of thin coats of GSI Gunze Sangyo flat white, after which painting with acrylics is easy. You are on your own to research color references for these sets; none are included. The completed figures look very animated, with life-like facial expressions.

Please note: the bases for the two infantrymen are not included in the set.

conclusions

With the investment in resin made, only then can one appreciate this expression of art in 1/35th scale. Creases and seams in clothing are distinct and well-portrayed. Expressions are believable and the poses very human-like. If I have one complaint about resin, it's that removal of pour stubs is more laborious than the clean-up involved with styrene plastic. To take the work out of this task, I purchased a Dremel grinder. Proper safety precautions are recommended, of course.

Once over my initial misgivings about working with resin, I thoroughly enjoyed this set, and look forward to tackling a whole line of figure and accessory sets from Hobby Fan. These figures make a very nice addition to my RAAC Centurion dozer Mk.5 from AFV Club, Reviewed Here on Armorama, and may give me the inspiration to tackle a full diorama someday soon.

SUMMARY
Highs: Expressions are believable and the poses very human-like. No mould seams to clean up.
Lows: If I have one complaint about resin, it's that removal of pour stubs is more laborious than the clean-up involved with styrene plastic. No bases are provided for the walking figures.
Verdict: This addition to the Centurion (RAAC) will turn an already great model into a show-winner.
Percentage Rating
95%
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: HF573
  Suggested Retail: US$ 21.99
  PUBLISHED: Jun 16, 2009
  NATIONALITY: Australia
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 92.73%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 88.86%

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About Ted Hayward (ted_hayward)
FROM: TAIPEI, TAIWAN / 台灣

From B.C., Canada. Living in Taiwan for past several years. I've been building kits for as long as memory serves -armor, aircraft, cars. Big fan of 1/16th scale armor kits. Currently serving as poster boy for working with CA adhesives in a well-ventilated area. My first kit was the positively awful ...

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Thanks for the review, its saved me a lot of money. I have to say these are not a very good representation of Australians in Vietnam (even the early part of the conflict). Starting on the two "Grunts": - The Bush Hat is all wrong for the distinctive Commonwealth/Aust Bush Hat (Trust me I wore one for a lot of my career) - The Weapon - nice L1A1 - The Webbing - not complete and the pouches and H harness look nothing like the real thing. -backPacks - look nothing like the 37 pattern or later Austpacks -Boots - the Australians wore a uniquely Australian pattern GP boot which was a high top boot. These have the wrong cut of construction and look nothing like a GP Boot. The Earlier AB boot looked like these but they were worn with a distinctive Gaiter (not depicted) and only for the very earliest (1 RAR) rotation - Uniform trousers - Pocket on one side only for the 58 pattern or 44 pattern trousers. The later Aust Jungle greens had the pockets on the front of the legs and not the sides. The "Turret head" - Same comment for Boots - The Headset appears to be the US pattern H 82/ 161 type. The Cents had Brit Radios with a distinctively brit headset with Rubber Ear covers with Vent holes. Given the price of these figures I could not recommends them as eith Aussies or Kiwis Al
JUN 16, 2009 - 12:24 AM
Ya beat me to it Al. Jason
JUN 16, 2009 - 02:18 AM
Hi Al. Would I be correct in thinking that the troops would have worn 2 canteens, or did they carry an extra one in their packs? Did the Aussies have their own style of webbing, jungle webbing for the British at that time was still the 44 pattern and 2 canteens would have been standard due to the heat. Belts were really uncomfortable though and we wore the webbing without the straps which meant when your ammo pouches were full then tended to tilt forward as the belt loops were on the lower end of the pouch lol, lol. If you had a 58 pattern belt in your spares it was a better option. It was a Regimental thing and not a very good one at that as all the weight was on the belt. Pity about the kit issues these would have been a welcome addition. Al
JUN 16, 2009 - 04:19 PM
Hi Alan, when Australia first committed mainstream troops to Vietnam (as oppossed to trainers and other "interesting" forces they wore essentially 58 and 44 pattern Jungle Greens. The webbing was a mix of US M1956 H harness, Belt, Bum Pack, FAD pouch and Waterbottles. SOP is a MINIMUM of two waterbottles but many more including collapsible canteens were carried depending on Op duration. Packs were initially the old WW2 era large 37 pack which were replaced by the Austpac and US lightweights where these could be begged, borrowed or stolen. Initally the pouches (basic) were M1956 and 37 pattern with the Aust Pattern 44 Bren Pouches being extremely popular. These were usually attached to the belts (US pattern preffered) by cutting slits in the back or using the brass hooks. The upper buckles were generally cut away. The Larger Aust F1 Basic pouch similar to the US large ALice ones but in Canvas duck were introduced in 68 but 44 Bren pouches were prized for their size (I was still using mine in 92 until the new Minimi pouch was issued). With 3 and 1 RAR there was a little bit of Brit kit from working alongside in Borneo but the Brit 58 Pattern kit was despised as it soaked up water and got very heavy then rotted. The Brit 44 Pattern Waterbottles were highly prized but rarely seen after 67. I have yet to see a Brit 44 Patt Rucksack carried by an Aussie in Vietnam. Bushhats were almost always worn in preference to US M1 Pots but these were worn along with US Flak Jackets when operating in the mined areas around the Long Hais 69+. We wore essentially the same webbing through to 1992 in some cases. Cheers Al
JUN 16, 2009 - 06:44 PM
Thanks Al, useful info. Alan
JUN 17, 2009 - 12:57 AM
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