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SS Panzer Recon Crew
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Posted: Friday, December 22, 2006 - 08:49 PM UTC
Here's a close look at the latest from Taesung Harmms at Alpine Miniatures....and it looks like the best yet!

Alpine Miniatures: SS Panzer Recon Crew



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Thanks!
Monsoon
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Posted: Saturday, December 23, 2006 - 04:36 AM UTC
I'm working on these guys, too. They are the first Alpine figures I've built and I think they are really good. The fit is damn near perfect.

And I agree, I do like how the hands are molded with the binocs. Really nice touch.
AndyD
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Posted: Saturday, December 23, 2006 - 05:51 AM UTC
These look incredible.
Alpine's work just goes from strength to strength.

I just wish there was more extreme poses such as shooting, running, grenade throwing, etc etc. Taesung if you do read this could you shed some light on your pose choice - is it volume of sales?

In my opinion Alpine's german firing the Kar98 is about as good as 1/35 figures can get.
taesung
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Posted: Saturday, December 23, 2006 - 10:00 PM UTC
Merry Christmas, everyone!

Hi Andy
Thank you for your kind words and interest in Alpine Miniatures.
Alpine's 1/35 line is designed to cater to AFV modelers and vignette
builders. This is why most of Alpine's 1/35 figures are tankers.
When I sketch out ideas, I tend to go for "general" poses that can be used
in several different settings. I like relaxed standing poses because I feel
that these types of figures would not only be more useful in many different
vignettes and dioramas but also they tend to look better standing alone on
top of a tank. An action posed figure has limited potential in this aspect.
This gets translated into sales, of course.
Also I have to make sure all the parts in a figure are casting-friendly. With
an action posed figure, it's more difficult to design and cast parts. And this
gets translated into clean and quality castings. FYI, it is not easy to design
a figure and its parts for "production" where a mold has to cast out multiple
parts many times over.

Most of the resin figure companies will tell you the same story. Before I started
Alpine, I used wonder why there were so many neglected subjects and poses
in 1/35 resin figures. Now I know there are good reasons for it
However, I plan to make a pair of grenadiers in action poses this year.

Taesung
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Posted: Sunday, December 24, 2006 - 12:48 AM UTC

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....and it looks like the best yet!


No need to convince me of the Alpine quality ... I bought a few sets earlier this year. and its hard to believe how fine they are without actually seeing them live. Havenīt seen this set yet, but it will not be long!
AndyD
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Posted: Sunday, December 24, 2006 - 02:34 AM UTC

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However, I plan to make a pair of grenadiers in action poses this year.

Taesung



Thanks for interesting reply Taesung. You've made my day with the above news!
Could I ask where they are vailable in Australia?
*Edit - found 'em - Firestorm models http://www.firestormmodels.com for any other ANZACS out there that are reading this thread.*

Merry Christmas all!