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Tamiya: Wehrmacht Tank Crew Set
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Posted: Monday, May 22, 2017 - 05:09 AM GMT+7

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It's a sad day when Tamiya actually makes more useful (and better) figures than Dragon.



Yes, but it's also telling that the business model that Tamiya follows is different to Dragon's.

Where one tried really hard to better the other and corner the market with cheap kits, loaded to the lid with "extras" etc, they were popular and to many Tamiya were yesterdays news, a company that no longer cut the mustard. But it seems they (Tamiya) would stick to their tried and tested ways and knew their core market and what appeals to it.

Whereas Dragon are now building their sales on rehashes of previous releases with less in the box, squeezing out releases from whatever they can cobble together from existing moulds, still with poor instructions, at greatly increased prices, to the point where Tamiya kits now look like bargain prices for their latest releases.

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Posted: Friday, May 19, 2017 - 02:58 AM GMT+7
It's a sad day when Tamiya actually makes more useful (and better) figures than Dragon.
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Posted: Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 05:59 AM GMT+7
What he's really saying is "if these Arschlochs don't shut the **** up about us, we're going to drop a round right here on them."
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Posted: Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 12:15 AM GMT+7
I fail to understand the comments about the figures being unrealistic. They were scanned from actual people wearing the actual uniforms, how could they be more realistic?

As a side note, in addition to using 3D scanning technology to desing its figures, Tamiya also appears to have perfected its molding technique. I'm presently working on a couple of figures from their recent US tank crew set, and I have a hard time finding mold seams to clean up.

Cheers!
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Posted: Sunday, May 14, 2017 - 05:35 AM GMT+7
I really like these figures and applaud Tamiya for producing new figures that actually people might want to buy. Reminds me of earlier kits that I so enjoyed building. And useful poses as well!
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Posted: Sunday, May 14, 2017 - 01:52 AM GMT+7
I think they are a welcome addition, and it's about time Tamiya got back in the sadlle. The comments on the trousers, well look at Dragon's panzer trousers, they are just as slim. I welcome any new sets, and will shurely get these
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Posted: Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 11:17 PM GMT+7
I thought these actually look pretty good. Tamiya seem to have absorbed some lessons from Masterbox and DML here. I am particularly impressed by the ears (yes that sounds weird, but most plastic figure makers seem to have a lot of trouble with these features, including DML). The faces all seem to have expression and are all different too. The ranking and badge transfers included is a nice touch. Overall I'd say a pretty useful set.
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Posted: Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 03:16 PM GMT+7
I have always thought the Tamiya figures lacked detail in the heads, neck, shoulders, and lower leg and foot/boot areas. Their dimensions also seem smaller to me ( like, 5' 7"). I do think the M113 ACAV infantry guys are some of their best!
Thanks for sharing!
Chris
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Posted: Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 02:39 PM GMT+7
I like them and will inevitably buy a set as they're all in quite useful poses and you can never have too many panzer crews. At least I think that;s the case as I seem to have about 8 or 9 different sets. The guy shaking his fist is saying "Shut it! Do not take the p**s out of my baggy trousers. The quarternmaster said that they are the latest fashion for 1941". I don't see a problem with their trousers as in all the photos I've seen and that's thousands, they are loose fitting. I don't think skintight trousers would be particularly comfortable in a hot and sweaty tank or on a battlefield for that matter. Look to be nicely moulded as well. I wish Tamiya would release more figures as they are no longer bin fodder. They're quite nicely moulded these days.
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Posted: Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 01:29 PM GMT+7
I've seen photos of the unpainted figures and they look good especially when compared to what Tamiya had before. Puffy? Well as long as they're not into pantaloons then they're fine with me.
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Posted: Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 02:25 AM GMT+7

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The uniforms are not normal at all, if they were under water I could understand how puffy they look, I don't think this is good. I don't like them at all.



Last laundry day, the crew used Downy for the first time.
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Posted: Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 01:19 AM GMT+7
I think this is a very useful set and if anything,the trouser could have even MORE volume. The real version had a lot of puffiness. The kneeling guy is saying"This spot right here. That is yellow snow. Tell the men not to eat that."
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Posted: Friday, May 12, 2017 - 10:13 PM GMT+7

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The uniforms are not normal at all, if they were under water I could understand how puffy they look, I don't think this is good. I don't like them at all.



Guess someone ought to tell these guys their trousers are to "puffy" and to change them otherwise people will think they are under water



I think they look fine and as already mentioned these were probably done using the latest 3D scanning techniques that Tamiya have used in other recent releases.
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Posted: Friday, May 12, 2017 - 10:00 PM GMT+7
I figured out what the officer is pointing at.
"This paint chipping. It should not be here. Our paint is better than that ."

"But it is the current fashion if finish on model tanks..."
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Posted: Friday, May 12, 2017 - 08:55 PM GMT+7
the quality of the figures is typical tamiya wokmanship.But I hope tamiya might consider Panzer crews in there white winter uniform.
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Posted: Friday, May 12, 2017 - 02:05 PM GMT+7
I'll probably be buying at least one set. I love Tamiya figures and can get decent results without decapitation. I routinely do decent portraits on a blank canvas (or blank screen when working digitally) a sculpted head is easy.
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Posted: Friday, May 12, 2017 - 01:04 PM GMT+7
Wow, some harsh comments. I'll pick up a set. You never know when you'll need just that one right pose. It's always easier to fix the uniform than sculpt the figure from scratch. Of course you need to replace all of the heads. I don't know about the rest of you but I can't afford Alpine figures for all of my dioramas.
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Posted: Friday, May 12, 2017 - 12:52 PM GMT+7
Someone should tell Tamiya to let the clothing breathe on a hanger for a few dsys after getting it from the dry cleaner to get rid of the knife creases rather than using a steam blower or a hair dryer.

That explains the puffy with knife creases. It's a problem with using stored clothing as opposed to hanging clothing. Costumers and wardrobe people will tell you this. I know about it from being in men's clothing and doing costuming as well as my more recent comic work.
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Posted: Friday, May 12, 2017 - 09:10 AM GMT+7
The uniforms are not normal at all, if they were under water I could understand how puffy they look, I don't think this is good. I don't like them at all.
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Posted: Friday, May 12, 2017 - 08:54 AM GMT+7
No, he's drawing plans in the sand like all good leaders do.
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Posted: Friday, May 12, 2017 - 08:22 AM GMT+7
First photo, guy on the right, is clearly pointing at something. Could be a map, an insect, maybe he's reading sign, who knows,, but he's definitely pointing.
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Posted: Friday, May 12, 2017 - 06:35 AM GMT+7
Despite none of them pointing at somethig, which we all know is what German tank crews did best, those look really good. I guess they're based on 3D scans of actual people, like most of Tamiya's recent sets. I have the recent US tank crew set (bought three of them), and they are quite impressive.
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Posted: Friday, May 12, 2017 - 03:29 AM GMT+7
A lot better than typical Tamiya figs...especially the heavy-set guy leaning on the hatch opening. Faces are pretty good.
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Posted: Friday, May 12, 2017 - 01:52 AM GMT+7
Possible uses, since they are different poses from the usual. But their uniforms look like they were starched with polenta.
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Posted: Friday, May 12, 2017 - 12:17 AM GMT+7
These are useless; none of them are pointing.