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U.S. Tank Crew NW Europe 1944

DML 1/35 U.S. Tank Crew NW Europe 1944 Kit First Look

By Cookie Sewell

Date of Review August 2004 Manufacturer DML
Subject U.S. Tank Crew NW Europe 1944 Scale 1/35
Kit Number 6238 Primary Media 95 parts in grey styrene
Pros Re-release of one of the best of the DML figure sets with the add-on "Normandy Campaign" additional parts sprue Cons Cost went up for the inclusion of the sprue
Skill Level Basic MSRP (USD) $8.95

First Look

DML has been re-releasing some of their older - but still excellent - figure sets in honor of the 60th Anniversary of D-Day, and this set is particularly appreciated. When it came out as kit no. 6054 several years back, it immediately proved to be one of the best of the early sets and one of the most highly prized among US armored force modelers. It had disappeared for some time, but the re-pop of the kit is nice to see around once more.

For those who are not familiar with the original kit, it provided three full figures and two half figures (a full crew for most US tanks, such as the M4 Sherman or T26E3 Pershing) in tankers' jackets with a mixture of armored crewmen's helmets, a steel helmet, and a soft cap liner. All are in good poses for tank turrets or in the case of the full figures standing on or next to the model.

The kit now includes the 52 part sprue that accompanied other US forces re-released in the same series a few weeks back, and it does provide the modeler with different weapons and equipment as well as four new bare heads and steel helmets.

Overall, a really good and useful choice by DML.