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Zvezda Modern Russian Tank Crew
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Posted: Saturday, August 29, 2009 - 09:25 PM UTC
Rob Harvey provides a review of a Modern Russian Tank Crew, a three figure 1/35 set by Zvezda.

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If you have comments or questions please post them here.

Thanks!
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Posted: Saturday, August 29, 2009 - 10:59 PM UTC
And the point is that this set is based on a real photo.

http://ic2.pbase.com/u9/igor01/upload/1649638.cecenija_rusai33.jpg


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Posted: Sunday, August 30, 2009 - 12:09 AM UTC
Looks good, and a step up from the Dragon or ICM/Alanger figures.
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Posted: Sunday, August 30, 2009 - 12:13 AM UTC

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And the point is that this set is based on a real photo.




Thanks for getting this sorted James!

yes I think I read somewhere the set was based on a photo, I did want to write it in the review but couldnt find the pic. Your pic isnt showing up snakeeye...
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Posted: Sunday, August 30, 2009 - 12:18 AM UTC
Here's the pic


Very nice set and good review Rob, thanks.

Zvezda's quality does seem to be improvving doesn't it?
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Posted: Sunday, August 30, 2009 - 12:22 AM UTC
Thats the one, thanks for that Pat! These figures are indeed very good quality, many of these Eastern European and Russian companies are improving a lot!
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Posted: Sunday, August 30, 2009 - 11:57 PM UTC
Great review Rob, lets hope Zvesda get some more modern figures out!
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Posted: Monday, August 31, 2009 - 04:24 AM UTC
they did a nice job with the helmets as they look very good.
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Posted: Monday, August 31, 2009 - 04:32 AM UTC
Now if they would finally release their T-90 kit and have it at the same quality as these figures!

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Posted: Monday, August 31, 2009 - 04:51 AM UTC
Hi guys

Just a quick comment regarding the T-90. I emailed Zvezda about a month ago asking them if the T-90 kit would be an new tooled kit or use some parts from their (Dragon) T-72. Their answer was that it should be an all new toold kit with an ETA of November (as with any kit ETA date I wouldn't put money on it).

Cheers,
/E
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Posted: Monday, August 31, 2009 - 03:12 PM UTC
That will be great, if it happens. This one has been coming for so long I admit to some skepticism. Won't stop me from snapping it up in a heartbeat, though!

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Posted: Friday, September 04, 2009 - 07:57 AM UTC
Thanks for the review Rob.

FYI, I notice the cord for the intercom (from the helmet) isn't molded on the figures.

Has anyone heard if Zvezda plans to release a set with the crew in summer uniforms and helmets?
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Posted: Friday, September 04, 2009 - 08:15 AM UTC
Hey rob great review. Zvesda are improving with there figures. I like there range its differenet. Darren going back to your comments. The heads would be the first thing I would replace if I got the sets.

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Posted: Sunday, November 15, 2009 - 11:57 PM UTC
Just looking back at this review after George Keseyan's T-72B WIP thread and seeing these figures in my LHS . Is there any way they can be used with a T-55 (which I have in my stash) or are the uniforms too modern? One of the Former soviet republics maybe?
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Posted: Monday, November 16, 2009 - 12:41 AM UTC
These guys are probably too modern for a T-55, I had similar problems with my dio when looking for a tank crew for my T-55. In the end I settled for a Tank models Chechnya tank crew as those figures are wearing Afghanka style jackets that have been issued since the 80's (i aimed at setting my dio in an 80's period).

These guys however aren't wearing Afghanka, they have these "bomber" style jackets. I haven't seen these too much and I don't know much about this uniform. Maybe it's Russian Federation specific but aside from this one reference photo I haven't seen many other photos with this style of jacket. Most Chechnya images I have feature the Afghanka style coat. It would be interesting to learn a little more about the jackets featured in this set.

If you want an accurate T-55 crew why not try try ICM's new kit? That looks good and is specifically for a T-55. It's been "coming soon" for ages, not sure if it's finally been released yet.
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Posted: Monday, November 16, 2009 - 12:57 AM UTC
Hi Jon

do you mean this set ?



If so, I see they are in stock at a few outlets. For example

http://www.modelhobbies.co.uk/shop/soviet-tank-crew-19791988-35601-p-22437.html

Alan
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Posted: Monday, November 16, 2009 - 01:52 AM UTC
I think these figures can be used from about the mid 80's. They wear the latest style Russian tankers cap which seems to of been introduced around the end of the Afghan conflict. As to the jackets I think these are referred to as tankers BDU. Like everything Russian they are a reasonably old design that has been updated. I did some digging on the uniforms and couldnt come up with much but found a book on Cold war Russian uniforms and it did describe the these tankers jacket as being introduced in the mid 80's.

Modern Russian uniform research is very difficult! There doesnt seem to be much in the way of standardized design in the Russian military.
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Posted: Monday, November 16, 2009 - 02:04 AM UTC
Hi Alan! Yes thats the one, I had seen images flashing around on banners at various websites for ages but hadn't seen an actual release date or review yet.

I would be interested to get my hands on one of these and see what its like. I must admit the reference photo on the box art doesn't really tell you much or show much, it would be nice to see a figure made up and not just a sprue shot to get a better impression. From my experience though I have always found ICM kits to be very good. I especially like their 1:48 plastic figures, those had some wonderful detail so I have high hopes for this 1:35 set.

Rob I know what you mean! It's easy to find lots of stuff on WW2 uniforms and earlier even (Tsarist), but finding good books that cover modern Russian Uniforms is rather tricky. I suppose a major issue since the end of the USSR is the drop in military spending in post Soviet Russia, which has resulted in a lot of reused gear, hand me downs, and eclectic mixtures of uniforms and equipment. Still it's good for us modellers I guess, gives us good artistic license!