A few months ago, BRAVO-6
released B6-35063 USMC Tank Crew-Vietnam
kit with 3 figures Commander, Loader and Driver in action poses . Vladimir lately decided to give them a break and sculpted the tank crew getting rest in relaxed poses.
B6-35067 U.S.Tankers-Too Darn Hot
includes 3 full figures posed to sit on a tank hull like an M48A3 but they can also be used almost in all other Vietnam Era vehicles like M551, M113, M706 and more.
Figure parts come well packed, inserted in seperate zip-lock bags, inside a light brown cardboard box. Front part shows a photo of painted figures and backside is labeled with a humorous poster as in all assembly guides by Vladimir ; Lennon and Yoko showing how to make PE microphone assembly.
Parts are cast in gray resin in crisp details and represented with easy to remove casting blocks. No need for serious cleanwork or filling as the review samples have no casting mistakes, air bubbles or flesh resin but some seamlines on the arms and especially on the backs of Figure-B and C will need to carve and sand.
Kit includes 3 full figures. Every figure comes in 3 pieces ; body with head and two seperate arms. Based on their poses and reference photo above Figure-A
is the commander sitting on the open hatch of turret, Figure-B
the loader to sit on the loaders hatch and Figure-C
the driver to be placed on the left side of the tank hull.
Similarly, all figures wear Tropical combat uniform trousers
and leather/canvas jungle boots
. Figures A and B wear OD T-shirt
and C is sculpted in bare chest as having a sunbathe.Facial details, muscular details on chest and arms, cloth folds on trousers and shirts are well represented.
As for the headgear; they have CVC Helmet
. Two figures wear it on head and one carry at hand. Combat Vehicle Crewmen helmet was a lightly padded crash helmet for wear inside all US armored fighting vehicles during the Vietnam era providing head protection for the bumps and jars. It was composed of plastic-resin coated ballistic nylon and gave almost equivalent protection as the M1 helmet. The details on the helmet like Exterior draw string
which allows the wearer to snug up the earphone cup allowing a better fit and Send/Receive switch box
are well defined.
Four boom-type microphones -2 for 2 different types - are given as PE parts and a how-to guide is supplied on the box cover.
With their poses, sculpting and casting quality,extra PE parts; this kit is one of the best kits for a tank on a Vietnam scene.
Very Highly Recommended