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US Combat Group Set

Tamiya 1/35 US Combat Group Set Kit First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review October 2010 Manufacturer Tamiya
Subject US Combat Group Set Scale 1/35
Kit Number 35080 Primary Media Styrene
Pros Nice figure set for truck or vignette scene Cons Nothing noted
Skill Level Basic MSRP (USD) $8.00

First Look

US Combat Group Set
US Combat Group Set

Tamiya has reissued one of these useful figure sets, this one featuring a US Combat Group. This set is molded in dark green styrene and presented on two parts trees. The set provides eight figures with seven seated, and one walking. The set includes a complete suite of gear for these figures from canteens and helmets to M1 Garands and shovels.

While this set can be built straight out of the box and look really nice with some good painting, one nice thing about figure kits like this is that the body parts can be mixed and matched to create different poses, and if you're looking for some special facial features to help tell your story, you can substitute the kit heads with aftermarket resin heads like those produced by Hornet and others.

So many models are built without figures which leave the model looking lifeless. With some simple figures added to your model, you can suddenly tell a story to put your model into some context, whether it is a snapshot out of history, a humorous vignette, or some staged drama.

Conclusions

This set will add some nice life to the back of a Tamiya truck or half-track, or seated in some vignette while taking a break from combat.

My sincere thanks to HobbyLink Japan for this review sample!

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