U.S. TANK CREW SET NORTH WEST EUROPE MINIART 1/35

U.S. TANK CREW SET NORTH WEST EUROPE MINIART 1/35 BOX PACKAGEI will try to assemble a kit of the U.S. tank crew in northwestern Europe. They wear gloves and winter jumpers and coats. Probably it’s in the Netherlands, Belgium, West Germany from the autumn of 1944 to the winter of 1945.

U.S. TANK CREW SET NORTH WEST EUROPE MINIART 1/35 MAKING U.S. TANK CREW SET NORTH WEST EUROPE MINIART 1/35 MAKINGThe left is the original head, a soldier with a wild expression. There are 5 figures in this kit, of which 4 had replaced the head.

U.S. TANK CREW SET NORTH WEST EUROPE MINIART 1/35 MAKINGEven though I said replacing the head, the tank soldier headgear is quite difficult to cut and paste. A helmet soldier is relatively easy.

U.S. TANK CREW SET NORTH WEST EUROPE MINIART 1/35 MAKINGThe Miniart parts list is such a simple one. It was a long time ago that I made Miniart kit.

U.S. TANK CREW SET NORTH WEST EUROPE MINIART 1/35 PAINTINGThe painting indication chose olive drab for the uniform,  but the box art looks like dark yellow or desert yellow. I will try to finish with a color close to Sand.
(22-Apr-2017)

U.S. TANK CREW SET NORTH WEST EUROPE MINIART 1/35 FINISHED WORK U.S. TANK CREW SET NORTH WEST EUROPE MINIART 1/35 FINISHED WORK U.S. TANK CREW SET NORTH WEST EUROPE MINIART 1/35 FINISHED WORK U.S. TANK CREW SET NORTH WEST EUROPE MINIART 1/35 FINISHED WORK U.S. TANK CREW SET NORTH WEST EUROPE MINIART 1/35 FINISHED WORKSince this kit does not include decals, there are only ways to draw or making decals by myself of detailed insignia and unit emblems. This time I used both. When there is a class mark on the helmet, the atmosphere of a high-rank officer comes out and it is good. Maybe he is a captain?

Speaking of which, seeing “Band of Brothers”, Captain Sobel was an actor in the role of TV Drama ”Friends”, when I first saw it I had a sense of incongruity. I remember that Captain Sobel was bad in character and spaghetti looks to taste awful. When I wrote it, I became wanting to see it again… Well, I’m surprised that Captain Sobel was a real person. Moreover, it is surprising also Mr. David Schwimmer of the ”Friends” resemble Captain Sobel.

U.S. TANK CREW SET NORTH WEST EUROPE MINIART 1/35 FINISHED WORK U.S. TANK CREW SET NORTH WEST EUROPE MINIART 1/35 FINISHED WORK U.S. TANK CREW SET NORTH WEST EUROPE MINIART 1/35 FINISHED WORK U.S. TANK CREW SET NORTH WEST EUROPE MINIART 1/35 FINISHED WORK U.S. TANK CREW SET NORTH WEST EUROPE MINIART 1/35 FINISHED WORKThe head chosen for this figure is quite a natural expression finished and I like it very much.

U.S. TANK CREW SET NORTH WEST EUROPE MINIART 1/35 FINISHED WORK U.S. TANK CREW SET NORTH WEST EUROPE MINIART 1/35 FINISHED WORK U.S. TANK CREW SET NORTH WEST EUROPE MINIART 1/35 FINISHED WORK U.S. TANK CREW SET NORTH WEST EUROPE MINIART 1/35 FINISHED WORKThis kit figure has many wrinkles in the uniform mold. In case it’s a few wrinkles, it looks like a toy, so maybe It would be appropriate.

U.S. TANK CREW SET NORTH WEST EUROPE MINIART 1/35 FINISHED WORKI chose a resin head with a laughing face, the eyes were too big. I thought that the Westerners facial features are sharply-chiseled but too wide-open eyes… It is interesting that he is wearing a helmet on the hood of work clothes.

U.S. TANK CREW SET NORTH WEST EUROPE MINIART 1/35 FINISHED WORK U.S. TANK CREW SET NORTH WEST EUROPE MINIART 1/35 FINISHED WORK U.S. TANK CREW SET NORTH WEST EUROPE MINIART 1/35 FINISHED WORKI think that it is common to match with a shaman tank. My stocks are Dragon’s M4A1, Tasca M4A1, the Red Army Sherman and the IDF Super Sherman, so I tried combining the US crew with M4A1 Dragon Models to check the feeling.

U.S. TANK CREW SET NORTH WEST EUROPE MINIART 1/35 FINISHED WORKShould Sherman Easy Eight and Sherman Jumbo match to the crew in Ardennes? But since M4A1 fought from 1943 until the end of the war in the Italian front, I think there were many soldiers with winter equipment.

U.S. TANK CREW SET NORTH WEST EUROPE MINIART 1/35 FINISHED WORK U.S. TANK CREW SET NORTH WEST EUROPE MINIART 1/35 FINISHED WORK U.S. TANK CREW SET NORTH WEST EUROPE MINIART 1/35 FINISHED WORK U.S. TANK CREW SET NORTH WEST EUROPE MINIART 1/35 FINISHED WORK U.S. TANK CREW SET NORTH WEST EUROPE MINIART 1/35 FINISHED WORKThis soldier is the most relaxing. Because it is not just a standing figure, I tried it to the shaman. Well, because this shaman is before painting, there is no problem with the setting of the front line anywhere. These figures seem to fit pretty closely with the Sherman tank.

U.S. TANK CREW SET NORTH WEST EUROPE MINIART 1/35 FINISHED WORKAll of these tank soldiers are monotonous with one color uniform of sand or dark yellow, so I made good use of washing and dry brushing to give changes to the tone. Actually, I think that work clothes and uniforms are dirtier and deteriorated if they are fighting with tanks for a long time. The tank soldiers appearing in the movie “Fury” are very dirty.

U.S. TANK CREW SET NORTH WEST EUROPE MINIART 1/35 FINISHED WORKLooking at the overseas internet shopping site of tanker jacket, the new one looks like olive drab and khaki drab. I saw the battlefield photos and second-hand jackets which were many yellowish, I guess they are fading. I should have investigated these articles before building, not just after finish painting. I trusted box painting and painted that way! It seems to be better the whole-body resin figure that I made a while ago, I think this is not too bad.

U.S. TANK CREW SET NORTH WEST EUROPE MINIART 1/35 FINISHED WORK(23-Apr-2017)

2 Replies to “U.S. TANK CREW SET NORTH WEST EUROPE MINIART 1/35”

  1. Nice. May I know what paint and its code you were using for uniform colour? I am learning to paint figure and exactly this figure kit is my first try. I had checked Aqueous H38 and it looks too dark for me, in my opinion.

    1. Hello. There are two types of Creos paint, one is aqueous and the other is Mr. Color. Your comment H38 is an aqueous paint color name Steel Red, so I think it’s different. You mean probably Mr. color (lacquer paint) 38, is olive drab. I used to this figure Tamiya Acrylic XF-59 Dessert Yellow and XF-60 Dark Yellow mixed. The shadow part is not a pure color because it mixes gray. The latest 3 figures I used Vallejo. Vallejo is easier to paint than aqueous paint of Creos and Tamiya, only my impression. For Vallejo, I think it is a mixture of 70912 Tan Yellow, 70847 Dark Sand, 70819 Iraq Sand. (This Iraq Sand was used WWII British desert uniform.) I hope you find the right paint. I think to use the Google’s image search for tanker jacket and compare your paint, and use the similar colors. Choosing a color is one of the pleasures of modeling. Bye bye!!

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