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Soviet Tank Ammo-Loading Crew

MiniArt 1/35 Soviet Tank Ammo-Loading Crew Kit First Look

By Cookie Sewell

Date of Review May 2007 Manufacturer MiniArt
Subject Soviet Tank Ammo-Loading Crew Scale 1/35
Kit Number 35034 Primary Media 46 parts in grey styrene
Pros Nicely done figures in black canvas coveralls "bombing up" a tank or armored vehicle Cons "Not German"
Skill Level Basic MSRP (USD) $9.00

First Look

I am rapidly becoming a big fan of the MiniArt figure sets, as they are simple and yet very well sculpted and meet the needs of anyone who does not build German armored vehicles.

This nice little set provides five Soviet tankers in later war black canvas coveralls, three with matching helmets, loading ammo into their vehicle. Each man comes in the standard six piece breakdown (head, torso, legs and arms) with two bareheaded and three with tankers' helmets. Each helmet consists of three parts (crown and ear flaps) with the fastener tucked up on one side.

Three are in positions of handing rounds up, holding them, or handing them down to another member inside the vehicle, one is seated to deal with the ammunition and load into ammo racks or stowage, and the five man is a kibitzer, shown hanging over the gun barrel on a T-34 76mm.

To ensure broad use, the kit provides a selection of both 76mm and 85mm ammunition so it can be used with any sort of vehicle post 1943. The 85mm rounds include an HE-FRAG, an APC round, and an "arrow" round; the 76mm ones are two HE-FRAG and two APC ones of different types.

The facial molding is very good but these figures are a bit grimmer of visage than some pf the other MiniArt ones.

Painting and assembly instructions are on the back of the box, and a small diagram of where the parts are found on the sprues is included inside. Colors are matched for Tamiya, Humbrol, Revell and Model Master paints.

Overall, another great set from MiniArt and one Soviet modelers are sure to appreciate.