As all you figure nuts know, Tank (or Tahk, an attempt to render in English the Cyrillic letters of the company’s Russian name) has been putting out some impressive resin figures for some time now, including winning awards and honors from the modeling community. This review will focus in item number T-35109: Soviet Scouts III, Summer, 1943-45.
The two figures are packaged in a white, 4x3x1 cardboard-type box with a photo of the completed figures on the front.
Upon opening the box, I found the figures had been place into two zip-lock type bags, one per figure, with all the needed accessories and weapons for said figures. Each one is molded in a grayish-color resin, along with their weapons and accessories. I did notice that each figure was placed on over-sized molding blocks, which can be used to the modeler's advantage in the painting process. Removal of the figure from said block can be done with a small saw.
As I stated, T-35109 contains two figures; I will start with Figure 109A. He is posed in a standing position holding a canteen in his left hand, as if on a break in the field or behind the lines. This figure comes with one head, a sub-machine gun, and other accessories. The uniform is called into question because the figure’s head is covered with a Winter-type cap. Further research is needed to verify if his uniform was, in fact, Summer issue.
The detail on this figure is very clean, crisp, and well-defined, so much so Tank has molded a Potato masher-type German grenade inside the figure’s right boot leg. There is some flashing on the left hand at the wrist where the canteen is. This is very, very little and can be removed with ease. Looking at the accessories and the SMG, these are also very well-defined. You can see the separation in the barrel vents and the barrel itself is well-defined, which is difficult to pull off in my opinion. I will say that the trigger and guard do need flashing removed, but this is very minor at best.
Figure 109B is posed also in a standing position holding his SMG in his left hand and a smoke in his right, also as if on a break in the field or behind the lines. He has a pair of field glasses around his neck, and comes with two head options, both of which have caps on: one has a field-type dress cap, and the other is a winter-type fur cap. The figure also has some captured German weaponry, in this case a 9mm Luger molded into his belt on his left-side. Again, the detailing is very crisp, clean and well-defined. No flashing was noted at all.
I was disappointed to find that the smokes in both figures’ hands had been broken off. I was able to find them in the baggies, but repairing this kind of damage would not be advisable. In my opinion, removing and replacing the hand with an aftermarket version might be the best way to go.
Looking at the weapons and accessories, I found them to be just as clean as with the first figure with no flashing to speak of, though the detail in the weapon is not as defined as with figure 109A's SMG.
It's is this reviewer's conclusion that these figures would make any Diorama project stand out or even by themselves look very good. At the time of this review I as unable to find a price in Euros or U.S. dollars. I'm sure whatever the cost, it will be money will spent.
Thanks to Armorama and Tank for providing the review sample. Please be sure to mention Armorama when ordering.
Highs: No flashing: that's a bonus, since clean up can be a very big pain with figures.Very-detailed, crisp, clean features. Lows: Other than the uniform issue I pointed out with figure 109A, none that I could see.Verdict: Overall, Tank has put out some very fine-looking figures with this set. They would go very well in a dio or by themselves.
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Model builder since 1977. Started with 1/48 aircraft, WW2, lost interest. Toyed around with other scales, then fou...