In addition to 4 NVA Tank Riders kits released before - VN1015
; Paracel Miniatures
added a new kit to the series.
BVN3506 Tank Riders set-5
includes 4 figures also seperately available as a Tanker - NVA3511 Tank Commander Tran and 3 NVA tank riders.
First of the riders NVA3512 Khang
depicts a NVA tank rider sitting on the hull with his machine gun.
Figure is packed in companys standard hard cardboard box labeled with boxart painted by Ryan Thuan. Body parts and rifle are seperately inserted into transparent zip-lock bags and rifle is secured with a small cardboard inside the bag to avoid unexpected damages.
Sculpted in 1/35 scale by Giang Xuan Le in crsip details, it comes in 6 resin parts. Parts are represented in casting blocks removed for the review. Casting is good with no mistakes but needs a minor cleanwork for seamlines and flash resin.
Body comes with left arm and field gear is cast on it. He wears standard NVA uniform over his white undershirt. Uniform color may vary from light khaki to green or dark OD green. It consists of a long sleeved Shirt having two pleated breast pockets with pointed flap covers and Trousers with two side and two rear slit pockets. He has an imitation leather NVA Army belt. He carries a magazine and a folded blanket tied to his belt. He has Ho Chi Minh Sandals, an improvised footwear worn by NVA and VC made out of cut up truck tyres for soles and cut up inner tubes for straps. Cloth folds and wrinkles, breats pockets, shoulder boards and upfolded sleeves are well sculpted.
Head is cut on top for the fit of helmet. Face is nicely sculpted in Asian facial details like straight hair, small slanting eyes, snub nosed , stuffed lips and high cheek bones.
Left arm makes a good fit to the shoulder and is carved inside for the fit of machine gun.
Two alternative helmets are given.Pith helmet and NVA camo helmet.
He carries a Type 56 machine gun. Rifle details are well defined and hands are ast on the rifle.
This is a nicely posed, sculpted and cast figure and can be assembled easily with less parts. Suitable for any 1/35 scale NVA armor of Vietnam War like T54/55,PT76,etc.and can be used all tank crew and riders kits of Paracel.