by: Ted Hayward [ ]
To complement the ever-expanding range of Stryker kits released by AFV Club, Hobby Fan continues to produce a number of useful and highly-detailed modern era resin figure and accessory sets. As with all Hobby Fan sets, the figures are dedicated to a specific AFV Club model. As such, the fit is superb, with hands resting naturally upon hatches, without the need for repositioning limbs. These figures are designed by the same world-renowned sculptor responsible for all the Hobby Fan resin figures.
Included in the usual Hobby Fan packaging are two full figures wearing ACU uniforms with the current CVC combat helmets and Interceptor body armor: A commander and a crewman armed with a M240 belt-fed light machine gun.
Both 4-piece figures (one-piece torso/legs) are complete with holstered sidearms (separate parts). The single-piece head/helmets are superbly-detailed with believable facial expressions and excellent definition. Added bonuses are accessory items for the Remote Weapons System: canvas grenade launcher shrouds, and a shell case catch bin.
If working with resin for the first time seems daunting, use it as an excuse to purchase a rotary grinding (Dremel) tool - which will make the removal of pour stubs a breeze. My set was free of flash or air bubbles, with no moulding seams to be removed. One needs to exercise extreme care with the very fragile barrel and ammunition belt of the M240.
After priming with ordinary Tamiya flat enamel, these figures will be ready for painting with acrylics or oils. To depict a modern camo scheme of the ACU uniforms, I highly recommend purchasing a decal for 1/35th scale figures, available from an aftermarket company such as Meister Chronicle Shinsengumi.
I spent an enjoyable few hours assembling and posing these crew members. Adding these figures has transformed my finished Stryker. Stay tuned as I examine the whole range of 1/35th scale Hobby Fan accessory items now available for these very popular kits.