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Modern US Army Tank Crew in Iraq 2008

Valkyrie 1/35 Modern US Army Tank Crew in Iraq 2008 Kit First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review September 2014 Manufacturer Valkyrie
Subject Modern US Army Tank Crew in Iraq 2008 Scale 1/35
Kit Number 35005 Primary Media Resin
Pros Excellent quality casting and sculpting Cons Nothing noted
Skill Level Experienced MSRP (CAD) $24.00

First Look

Valkyrie is a new company from South Korea which has released a several new figure sets including this one. This set represents a US Army armored vehicle crew circa 2008. Why is the time period so specific? Personal protection and gear stowage transformed relatively quickly as Army infantry and armored vehicle personnel transitioned from combat to counter-insurgency operations (COIN) and as those COIN threats evolved over 10 years in-theater.

Modern US Army Tank Crew in Iraq 2008

These two crew figures are depicted in the turret of an M1A2 SEP Abrams but can be adapted for upgraded Bradleys, Strykers, etc. The crew are wearing more contemporary armored vests with below-the-waist extensions, external knee pads, drop-holsters with sidearms, and MOLLE-based chest stowage. These figures are nicely sculpted and capture the crew as they are peering around their armored glass protection at potential hostile targets.

This is a nice set for US armor subjects and you might also look for their two-piece modern Russian tank crew, modern Israeli tank crew, and an interesting three-figure set for the Meng D9R armored dozer. Grab a set for your next project!


My sincere thanks to High Calibre Miniatures for this review sample!