ARM: Review - AFV Club 1/35 scale Hunting German Tank Crew set

Kit Review: AFV Club 1/35 scale Kit No. AF35092; Hunting German Tank Crew - 1943-Late WWII; 40 parts in sand tan styrene; price unknown

Advantages: nicely focused group will provide for either a nice diorama or vignette scene

Disadvantages: nothing to really note

Rating: Highly Recommended

Recommendation: for all German fans not interested in ?action? scenes f or a diorama

Lately many manufacturers are turning to rear area or off duty subjects fo r figure sets, which is a nice change from the grim visaged always-in-comba t sets we have known for years. Miniart and Master Box have led the charge, and now AFV Club has a set of similar purpose.

This set provides what appears to be a panzer or Sturm crew that has been out hunting to augment their rations, and have succeed with two large Europ ean hares as a result. Their dog mascot is excited about their success and has to be restrained, and two other crew members look on.

Each figure consists of six basic parts (head, torso, legs and arms) with separate peaked caps and pistols. The successful hunters have the hares mol ded to their hands so no problems will be encountered in fitting them toget her. The dog comes in two parts and may need some filler to neatly join the m together.

For the ham-handed AFV Club has provided a nice small sheet of shoulder st raps, collar tabs, and cap and breast eagles as a set of waterslide decals, so this will necessitate gloss-coating the figures before adding them duri ng finishing. As these replicate the skull feature of most panzer units, th ere is no CE problem with SS runes.

Overall this is a nice set and a different way to set off your panzer.

Thanks to Tony Chin of Merit for the review sample.

Cookie Sewell

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