ARM: Review - Master Box 1/35 scale Soviet Tank Crew 1943-1945

Kit Review: Master Box 1/35 scale Kit No. MB3568; Soviet Tank Crew 1943-194

5; 47 parts in tan styrene; retail price US$13.95

Advantages: five tankers in late war black coveralls and various positions offer wide range of possibilities

Disadvantages: minimal painting instructions

Rating: Highly Recommended

Recommendation: for all fans of WWII Soviet Armor

Figures to populate our models are always welcome, and even moreso when we have a variety of options with them. This set from Master Box is well done and fits the bill.

The kit provides for five figures of late war Soviet tank crews. There is a driver-mechanic at his controls, a loader sitting on a turret in an open hatch, a commander in his hatch, another tanker with his foot resting on an object, and a company/battalion commander seated and smoking a cigarette. All except the unit commander are wearing the black cloth coveralls; that f igure has the khaki uniform with black leather coat.

Each figure comes in six basic parts (head, torso, legs and arms) and the ones with the tanker's helmets are also provided a three-piece helmet (crow n and separate ear flaps). The tank commander may be posed two different wa ys with an extra left arm.

Box art is by A. Karashchuk and is nicely done, but that is also it for yo ur painting directions. A color chart is included but is keyed to only Vale jo and Lifecolor paints.

Overall this is a nice set and more options are always good.

Cookie Sewell

NOTE: Master Box is located in Dnepropetrovsk which is in the eastern Ukra ine, the same area of the county where trouble has arisen. There is no way of telling if this will upset distribution of their kits or not.

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