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MiniArt: Modern U.S. Tank Crew
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Posted: Monday, June 11, 2018 - 02:07 AM UTC


Darren Baker takes a look at the Modern U.S. Tank Crew from MiniArt and builds a couple of them to assess their look.

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HeavyArty
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Posted: Monday, June 11, 2018 - 03:38 AM UTC
These are very welcomed figures. I just recently received a set as well. They look pretty good to me and mine didn't seem to have overly large mold line seams. I haven't built them yet, so we will see how they go together. I like the releaxed poses though.

I just ordered a set of their new USMC Tank Crew at Rest (37049) too. They look pretty nice as well.


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Posted: Monday, June 11, 2018 - 07:06 AM UTC
I'm working on them right now to finish some commission builds. I will post some pics later.
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Posted: Monday, June 11, 2018 - 07:57 AM UTC
Gino I am pleased to learn that the seams/flash are a one off situation in the set I have.
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Posted: Monday, June 11, 2018 - 11:32 AM UTC
Always a welcome addition to any kit -but what? No big boobs in a muscle shirt?! How disappointing...NOT.
HeavyArty
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Posted: Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 01:53 AM UTC

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Always a welcome addition to any kit -but what?



The US Army set that Darren is reviewing can be used on just about any Modern US Army armored vehicle; Abrams, Bradley, M1117 ASV, M9 ACE, etc., etc... They are very versatile.
RobH
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Posted: Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 02:44 AM UTC
Loving those Marines but the Army tank crew still look like the poor cousins......just look awkward.
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Posted: Thursday, June 14, 2018 - 10:22 PM UTC
I got this set last week. Currently I work on a M1A1 Tusk 1 and thought these can ideal figures to make a simple base/dio for my Abrams. So I have been waiting for these a long time to be released.
All what I can say, I am very dissapointed. Bigger seams and flashes like a T-Rex, poor quality and the fitting is horrible...ohh Boy!!
I am a very patient man and its pretty rare if I give up on something, but at this kit I gave it up immediately.
I dont say noone can make these figures but for this money I paid the quality and fitting is not acceptable for me.
Compared to some Masterbox kits, the fitting and quality of MB is way better. And the price is slightly cheaper or the same.
So I am sad right now. I may build these figures on day but not now I am afraid....
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Posted: Friday, June 15, 2018 - 12:37 AM UTC
My set had a bit of flash and some seams, nothing a few swipes with a fresh blade couldn't handle with ease. I had to do a bit more clean up with these than I did with the USMC tank crew, they came out fine. Just take your time.
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Posted: Friday, June 15, 2018 - 01:49 AM UTC
Flex-i-file is your friend. These figures are more than worth a little filing.

Could be worse, once upon a time white metal figures had huge seams and that took a lot of filing and ate up files and rasps.
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Posted: Friday, June 15, 2018 - 02:51 AM UTC
Here are 4 out of the 5 figures from the set. I used Cross Delta ACU decal sheets for two of them.