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American Tank Crewman 1944-45

 

Ultracast

  

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Description and Item Number: 35039 - 1/35th scale American Tank Crewman 1944-45
Contents and Media: Three pieces in resin
Price: USD$9.95 from Ultracast's Website
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Beautiful sculpting and attention to detail; good facial features, convincing uniform details and well defined hand.
Disadvantages: Finger broken in transit
Recommendation: Highly Recommended

Reviewed by Paul Fraser


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Here is another first-class effort from Ultracast.

This standing 1/35 scale American tanker figure wears overalls and a leather crew helmet, clutches a wrench in his left hand, while his right hand rests on his holster. His shirt sleeves are rolled up. The two arms and head are cast separately -- everything else is one piece. The wrench is cast as one with the left hand, meaning he grips it tightly.

Details are crisp, with no obvious pinholes or seams in the resin. I do wish Ultracast would put some padding in their baggies. My crewman had a finger broken off in transit.

Nowadays, modellers tend to automatically lop off the heads of their plastic and resin figures, to replace them with Hornet heads. That's not necessary here. Ultracast produce excellent heads with plenty of character.

Ultracast sensibly locates the head's pour plug on the bottom of the neck, so any damage while removing the resin runner is minimal. Some companies I could name persist in locating the pour plug on the top of the head or helmet. The logic escapes me.

A colour image of the finished figure is included, offering a guideline on painting.

This figure may also be viewed on Ultracast's website at

http://www.ultracast.ca/products/35/039/default.htm

Highly Recommended


Review Copyright 2004 by Paul Fraser
This Page Created on 03 February, 2004
Last updated 02 February, 2004

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