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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