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Commonwealth Infantry and Tank Crew Figures

 

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Catalogue Number and Description: 35031 - Canadian/British Jeep Driver (Europe 1943-45)
35032 - Canadian/British Tank Crewman (N.W. Europe 1944/45)
35033 - Canadian/British Tank Crewman (Europe 1943-45)
35034 - Canadian Infantryman (N.W. Europe 1944/45)
Scale: 1/35
Price: US$9.95 (plus shipping and handling US$4.00)
Contents and Media: One figure in each set - see text for detail
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Wonderfully useful poses; perfect casting; high level of realism; spectacular texture on uniforms and helmet mesh
Disadvantages:  
Recommendation: Highly Recommended 

 

Reviewed by Brett Green

 

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When I saw Ultracast's Canadian/British Jeep Driver on their website last week, I knew that a Tamiya Jeep would be in my near future! The arrival of Ultracast's familiar cubic box fulfilled my expectations of quality for all four of these most recent Commonwealth figures.

Anyone who has read my earlier reviews of Ultracast products will not be surprised when I describe their casting and sculpting in glowing terms. The quality of these figures really is superb. Scale is also good. The figures scale out nicely in 1/35 scale, and the figures are all well proportioned. Each of these new figures has their own special feature:

 


35031 - Canadian/British Jeep Driver (Europe 1943-45)

This is certainly my favourite of this group. This figure is designed for the driver's seat of the Tamiya 1/35 scale Jeep. The driver is sitting with his right elbow resting on the steering wheel, left foot on the door sill and right hand on his knee. He is gazing off to the left. He wears standard infantry uniform, boots, gaiters and helmet with a mesh cover. The fine mesh is beautifully rendered. This is a great excuse to build Tamiya's Jeep, just so that this impressive figure has somewhere to sit!


35033 - Canadian/British Tank Crewman (Europe 1943-45)

This crewman is wearing the Royal Armoured Corps beret and leather vest. He is standing and holding a nice cup of tea (presumably). The cup is moulded to his hand. Another very nice figure to accessorise your British or Commonwealth vehicle.


35032 - Canadian/British Tank Crewman (N.W. Europe 1944/45)

Another great figure who can add a story to a vehicle diorama. This hard-working tank crewman is carrying a full Jerrycan. His left arm is held out to counterbalance the heavy can, and his body is tilted realistically. The angle of his head and open mouth also add to the impression of heavy labour.

Remarkably, the entire Jerrycan is moulded directly to the crewman's right arm. This does not compromise the detail of either the hand or the handle of the Jerrycan. 


35034 - Canadian Infantryman (N.W. Europe 1944/45)

An ideal spectator to the goings-on of the tank crew, this figure is standing with feet spread and head turned in a heroic pose. The figure is gripping the top of his Lee-Enfield rifle, which is included in the set. The infantryman's helmet is covered with fine mesh and cloth strips. 

All these figures are enthusiastically recommended.

Thanks to Kevin at Ultracast for the review samples.


The full catalogue of Ultracast accessories, conversions and figures may be viewed and purchased at Ultracast's Web Site.


Review Copyright 2001 by Brett Green
Images Courtesy Ultracast Website
Page Created 08 March, 2001
Last updated 22 July, 2003

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