I was very surprised and happy when Tamiya released the new U.S. tank crew kit. However, while I was making various other kits, I forgot to pile them up, so I thought I would try to make it this time. This kit has 6 tank crew, amazing.
When I look at the package again, I see that there is only two tank crew in a normal posture that can be put on a tank. I think other soldiers can be put on the turret with a little modification. But it comes with a lot of extras such as an ammunition case, so I will try to assemble it normally this time. If I need it again, I can buy it and put my favorite figure on it. It is wonderful that I can buy Tamiya kits cheaply and quickly in Japan.
Come to think of it, I did some foolish remodeling that didn’t suit my skill, but I haven’t done it recently. Maybe it’s because I don’t make a scene model, or there are many situations and poses that have been released recently.
I heard that Tamiya figures are used 3D scanning in their modeling since around this time. I think wrinkles on clothes and facial expressions are realistic. It’s much easier to paint the face than the other plastic figures.
Well, I painted the figure uniforms. This time, I used a Vallejo model color dark yellow. I wonder if it was because the stirring was not enough and the green was emphasized too much. The soldier in the overall left a little gloss, so perhaps it was not stirring enough. The Vallejo model color is a very thick paint that is difficult to stir. There are 2 or 3 5mm stainless balls inside, but it doesn’t mix well. If it’s a 5mm ball, it might take a long time to mix well because it’s not heavy enough, a bigger metal ball might be better. I think it can fit up to 8mm.
So, in the end, I mentioned in a couple of previous articles that I could put a few metal balls in a bottle and use a lacquer mixer for nail art to mix them more reliably. It’s a little noisy.
Rather than combining it with a Stuart light tank, I think it would look better with a bigger body such as a Sherman tank. This Stuart tank is also on the European front after the invasion of Normandy, so I think this kit will match the timing.
I am interested in models of tanks, airplanes, ships, military figures, I build them little by little when I feel like it. I am also interested in the history of war. My starting is Tamiya’s Military Miniature series in elementary school.
From elementary school through university students repeatedly suspend and restart my modeling, it’s about 25 years of this hobby’s history.
Born in February 1970, I live in Tokyo. From February 2007 I was quietly doing a site called “Miniature-Arcadia”. It is being transferred to this blog with the same name from December 2016. My update pace is uneven, but please come to see me here occasionally.