After producing their figures using state-of-the-art 3D scanning technology, Assault Models returns to traditional 1/35 scale sculpting with the two US Army tank crewmen. This review covers the first figure of the pair, Tankman, US Army 2015 (AM35021)
, while the review of the second figure can be accessed here: link
The figure is packed in a plastic top-opening box featuring an image of fully assembled figure. Opening the box reveals a single zip-lock bag which contains 4 resin pieces:
- torso with legs and right arm,
- left arm,
- boom microphone.
The pieces are cast in grey resin and look really good. Upon closer inspection I found no casting imperfections, with the details impressively delivered in resin. As you can see, this set includes boom microphone as a resin piece. Casting such a delicate piece is a remarkable feat... there are very few companies capable of offering this level of casting quality in their 1/35 scale kits. Well done, Assault Models!
Cleaning the parts was very simple. Large casting blocks are easily removed using a sharp pair of side cutters and Olfa precision cutting tools. The resin feels a bit soft under the blade, but I experienced no problems during the cleanup process. Manhandling the thin boom microphone could result in damaging the piece, so extra patience is advised.
The assembly was a breeze. The pieces fit really well and are easy to align optimally with almost no putty work required to make things perfect. I didn't attach the microphone to its designated place on the tanker helmet in order to facilitate face painting process.
The figure represents US Army tank crewman in the current garb and gear. Over the Nomex Combat Vehicle Crewman (CVC) coveralls, the figure wears Improved Outer Tactical Vest (IOTV) with neck/throat protection. The IOTV doesn't sport any additional equipment pouches, only the CVC helmet audio extension cable held in place by the grid of PALS webbing. Along with the CVC helmet the figure wears tanker boots. Tanker boots are fastened with leather straps, as opposed to the more common laces. Leather straps wrap around the upper portion of the boot and end in a buckle. These straps are chosen over laces as a method of preventing loose laces from catching on the machinery inside the tank.
The anatomy of the figure looks good, with the relaxed posture nicely balanced and facial features well defined.
EDIT: I added several images of the US Army Tanker figure pair to this review, painted and finished by a fellow modeler Vedran Justic. These images show what talented hands can do with these figures.
Tankman, US Army 2015 (AM35021) from Assault Models delivers a 1/35 scale miniature of contemporary US Army tank crewman. The figure set is very impressive, from perfect resin cast with nicely delivered details to great fit of pieces and easy assembly. Altogether, I feel this figure is a very welcomed addition to the growing list of US armored vehicle kits in 1/35 scale.