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Soviet Scouts III
Soviet Scouts III, Summer, 1943-45, Two figure set with Weapons and Accessories.
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by: Brian Culbertson [ BIGFOOTV ]


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introduction

As all you figure nuts know, Tank (or Tahk, an attempt to render in English the Cyrillic letters of the company’s Russian name) has been putting out some impressive resin figures for some time now, including winning awards and honors from the modeling community. This review will focus in item number T-35109: Soviet Scouts III, Summer, 1943-45.

the set

The two figures are packaged in a white, 4x3x1 cardboard-type box with a photo of the completed figures on the front.

the review

Upon opening the box, I found the figures had been place into two zip-lock type bags, one per figure, with all the needed accessories and weapons for said figures. Each one is molded in a grayish-color resin, along with their weapons and accessories. I did notice that each figure was placed on over-sized molding blocks, which can be used to the modeler's advantage in the painting process. Removal of the figure from said block can be done with a small saw.

As I stated, T-35109 contains two figures; I will start with Figure 109A. He is posed in a standing position holding a canteen in his left hand, as if on a break in the field or behind the lines. This figure comes with one head, a sub-machine gun, and other accessories. The uniform is called into question because the figure’s head is covered with a Winter-type cap. Further research is needed to verify if his uniform was, in fact, Summer issue.

The detail on this figure is very clean, crisp, and well-defined, so much so Tank has molded a Potato masher-type German grenade inside the figure’s right boot leg. There is some flashing on the left hand at the wrist where the canteen is. This is very, very little and can be removed with ease. Looking at the accessories and the SMG, these are also very well-defined. You can see the separation in the barrel vents and the barrel itself is well-defined, which is difficult to pull off in my opinion. I will say that the trigger and guard do need flashing removed, but this is very minor at best.

Figure 109B is posed also in a standing position holding his SMG in his left hand and a smoke in his right, also as if on a break in the field or behind the lines. He has a pair of field glasses around his neck, and comes with two head options, both of which have caps on: one has a field-type dress cap, and the other is a winter-type fur cap. The figure also has some captured German weaponry, in this case a 9mm Luger molded into his belt on his left-side. Again, the detailing is very crisp, clean and well-defined. No flashing was noted at all.

I was disappointed to find that the smokes in both figures’ hands had been broken off. I was able to find them in the baggies, but repairing this kind of damage would not be advisable. In my opinion, removing and replacing the hand with an aftermarket version might be the best way to go.

Looking at the weapons and accessories, I found them to be just as clean as with the first figure with no flashing to speak of, though the detail in the weapon is not as defined as with figure 109A's SMG.

conclusion

It's is this reviewer's conclusion that these figures would make any Diorama project stand out or even by themselves look very good. At the time of this review I as unable to find a price in Euros or U.S. dollars. I'm sure whatever the cost, it will be money will spent.

Thanks to Armorama and Tank for providing the review sample. Please be sure to mention Armorama when ordering.
SUMMARY
Highs: No flashing: that's a bonus, since clean up can be a very big pain with figures.Very-detailed, crisp, clean features.
Lows: Other than the uniform issue I pointed out with figure 109A, none that I could see.
Verdict: Overall, Tank has put out some very fine-looking figures with this set. They would go very well in a dio or by themselves.
Percentage Rating
90%
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: T-35109
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  PUBLISHED: Oct 11, 2010
  NATIONALITY: Russia
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 84.13%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 83.00%

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About Brian Culbertson (BigfootV)
FROM: COLORADO, UNITED STATES

Retried Long Haul Truck Driver, currently attending Culinary school in Denver. Construction for 15 yrs., Drummer for 10 yrs. away from work. Married, one child, 20 yr old with Autism. Model builder since 1977. Started with 1/48 aircraft, WW2, lost interest. Toyed around with other scales, then fou...

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Comments

Check the reviews I did of Tanks figures specifically the Maxim machine gun set.
OCT 11, 2010 - 07:38 AM
i have been thinking of buying some tank figures mainly german ww2. do you guys recomend these?
OCT 11, 2010 - 07:39 AM
If they are of the same quality and I see no reason why they wouldn't be I would say chances are you would be happy with them.
OCT 11, 2010 - 09:12 AM
Darren: Will do Craig: Yes! Barring the odd issue that is bound to come up every now and then, I am very pleased with these figures. I have the three modern Soviet figures in winter gear during service in Chechnya and they are top notch
OCT 11, 2010 - 10:27 AM
Thanks for the review, Brian. I would, however, like to see more close-up photos of the parts though - 3 photos for a review is a bit on the slim side in my opinion. Apart from that, a fair review And... Congrats on breaking your figure review cherry Regarding the uniform, Red Army stuff isn't my predominant area of interest but IIRC the padded uniform was a winter uniform - sure wouldn't want to be wearing one of those during a Russian summer! Once again, fair review and congrats on your first figure review. Rudi
OCT 11, 2010 - 10:36 AM
Rudi is spot on the Telogreika is a quilted woollen garment for winter warfare.
OCT 11, 2010 - 10:57 AM
Thx for the kind words Rudi. As far as the photo's goes, I'll get better ones with the next review for you. LOL. I can't thank TacFireGuru enough for letting me tackle these figures. I've got one more figure set from Tank to review, so stay tuned!
OCT 11, 2010 - 02:29 PM
A good review, Brian. I would have to agree with Rudi though... 3 photos are not enough to show all the details in a figure review. Take a look at some of Historicus Forma reviews (Rudi's are a perfect example) to see what we are talking about. It would be great if you could get more detailed photos for the next article. Cheers, Mario
OCT 11, 2010 - 07:05 PM
thanks jeremy i will try some out.
OCT 17, 2010 - 02:07 PM
   

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