ARM: Review - Miniart 1/35 scale Japanese Tank Crew

Kit Review: Miniart 1/35 scale Kit No. 35128; Japanese Tank Crew; 57 parts =
in grey styrene; retail price US$23.00
Advantages: nice, new figures designed to compliment single vehicle or man =
one or two=20
Disadvantages: nothing major noted
Rating: Highly Recommended
Recommendation: for anyone building WWII Japanese armor
It apparently has been conceded that DML has decided to corner the market =
on German figures from WWII, and some of the more alert companies such as M=
iniart, Master Box and ICM have gone after the wide swath of figures they h=
ave either ignored or abandoned.=20
This set is typical of the new offerings from Miniart, namely five Japanes=
e tankers from WWII. But like some of the more recent DML offerings, this i=
s essentially five single figures in one box rather than a combined set wit=
h a common theme.=20
Three of the tankers are wearing coveralls; one is posing outside the tank=
and the other two are posed to fit in hatches in a vehicle. One officer is=
presented in tanker=92s helmet with long sword but standard uniform, and t=
he last officer is sitting cross-legged with a sword bayonet drawn up and t=
he jungle cap with neckpiece. All five figures have goggles and pistol hols=
Each figure is composed of the basic six parts =96 head, torso, arms and l=
egs - with detail pieces as needed. The helmet crown is separate but the ea=
r flaps and chin straps are molded in place. Molding is excellent and the e=
xpressions are all unique.=20
Artwork is by Miniart=92s resident artist. D. Karashchuk, and is to me sec=
ond to Ron Volstad for expression and quality. But like DML, the box art is=
used on the back with =93stick here=94 notes for assembly of the figures.=
Overall this is a great set and provides crews for some of the tanks which=
DML failed to do with its Type 2 Ka-Mi kits (even though they are Naval un=
its) and gives anyone building Fine Molds or Tamiya kits another nice optio=
Thanks to MRC for the review sample.=20
Cookie Sewell
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