by: Keith Middleton [ ]
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This is a set of three resin figures from TANK and is part of a German Wehrmacht tank crew. They are specifically designed to be used with a Panzer III or IV.
The figures arrived in the typical Tank white box, and don't let the rather poorly painted samples in the boxart put you off as these figures are very well done. Once you open the box you find a few packing peanuts to minimize movement of the parts during shipping and then each figure in its own plastic bag.
Each of the figures is broken down into four parts: the body, two arms, and a choice of two heads. The heads appear to have the same facial features and expressions with the only difference being the choice of headgear. The engineering of the parts is excellent as each part was easily removed from the pour block. Each figure is very well done with well-defined uniform details and facial features.
The tank commander measures out at two inches in height which translates into 5 feet, ten inches tall. There was a small bubble in the rear of his hat, which should be easy to fill. There was also a slight gap in the back between each of his arms and torso. This was also the case with each of the two crewman with crewman ‘A’ having rather large gaps.
This figure set created a bit of a stir on the internet because it is similar to an early Miniart set: 35003, German Tank Crew. I do not own that particular set, so I cannot comment except to say there is a remarkable similarity in the poses and uniforms of the three Tank figures and three of the Miniart figures.
However, as can be seen from the accompanying photographs, the detail of each of the Tank figures is excellent and far surpasses anything in my rather sizeable collection of styrene figures. I look forward to using these Tank figures in a future Panzer III or IV project.