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Just bought up a bunch of figure kits.
Posted by D.Savage on Friday, December 29, 2017 4:06 PM

As the title says, I just bought up 8 figure kits from various manufacturers.

I've only been building a "stash" for the past year and I think I'm sitting on around 84 kits of various genres not including these 8 figure kits.

until now I've only painted 2 very old tamiya figures circa 1970 from the panzer 2 kit.

I bought Masterbox "pinup" figure kit a year ago but it has remained sealed.

These kits haven't arrived yet.

They were all purchased extremely cheap...all less than $9 a piece and some less than $5

Tamiya: US infantry European theater

Dragon: German winter Combatants 1943-45

Riich: "Road to victory" British leaders

Masterbox: German tank crew 1943-45

Zvezda: German panzer grenadiers

ICM: Soviet motorized infantry 1943-45

Trumpeter: ww2 Soviet assault infantry w/winter gear

ICM: Stalin and company

Now, I know most of the time "you get what you pay for" 

So are any of these kits serviceable?

I mean the whole investment was around  $60

Gonna be a let down?

Also why do I keep stashing instead of building?

 

 

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Posted by Rob Gronovius on Friday, December 29, 2017 4:47 PM

The Tamiya figures are about 40 years old and will be disappointing. The rest are rather new, some will be better than others.

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Posted by D.Savage on Friday, December 29, 2017 5:55 PM
That's surprising, I figured they were all pretty old, not that old is necessarily bad. I think I enjoy the older kits best anyway, seems like alot of the newer stuff especially AFV,s do to much for the biulder which kind of takes away from the experience and the sense of accomplishment. Nothing like "making it work" And they are usually several orders of magnitude cheaper.
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Posted by Rob Gronovius on Friday, December 29, 2017 7:40 PM

Most are from the 2000s, Tamiya set is from 1974 and was often included in the M3A2 halftrack kit. I'm not sure about the Zvezda set; it might be an old Italeri set reboxed or Dragon set reboxed or even an original set.

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Posted by Cadet Chuck on Friday, December 29, 2017 8:56 PM

I've built some Master Box 1/25 pin-up girls for posing with car models.  The figures are OK (eh) but I think way too expensive.  What you get is a very nice glossy box with an artist's rendition of the figure on the front, which will only vaguely resemble the enclosed figure, which is a single small sprue with about a dozen parts that comprise the figure.  I think the box cost more than the figure.

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Posted by D.Savage on Friday, December 29, 2017 9:06 PM

Cadet Chuck

I've built some Master Box 1/25 pin-up girls for posing with car models.  The figures are OK (eh) but I think way too expensive.  What you get is a very nice glossy box with an artist's rendition of the figure on the front, which will only vaguely resemble the enclosed figure, which is a single small sprue with about a dozen parts that comprise the figure.  I think the box cost more than the figure.

 

 

I have the 1/35 pinups, I think there are 8 figures in that package or maybe 6? I'd have to look at it again. I saw one that somone else did and it looked really good!

I'm thinking on using them for a imaginary U.S.O. show dio.

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Posted by Cadet Chuck on Friday, December 29, 2017 9:18 PM

Yeah, I think it's not possible to do a realistic paint job on a 1/25 figure.  1/35 would be much nicer.  The 1/25 figures came one in a box, for $12.95 each, which I think is a bit steep.  And that box is big enough to hold a dozen figures- strange packaging, but very attractive.

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Posted by D.Savage on Friday, December 29, 2017 9:35 PM

Cadet Chuck

Yeah, I think it's not possible to do a realistic paint job on a 1/25 figure.  1/35 would be much nicer.  The 1/25 figures came one in a box, for $12.95 each, which I think is a bit steep.  And that box is big enough to hold a dozen figures- strange packaging, but very attractive.

 
Yea I'd say at that size it is treading a very thin line...
 
At 1/35 the level of detail to look realistic is naturally much lower thus allowing for "realism" to be achieved
 
At 1/25 it has gotten big enough to notice the detail deficiency but not big enough to be injection molded with the necessary level of detail for "realism" 
 
I hope that made sense?
 
Imo, 1/35 is good and 1/12 and up is good for figures anyway, but it's all preference in the end.
 
I'm just hoping all these kits aren't junk.
 
I like mystery buying because you never know what gems you might find,  sometimes not any at all.
 
I bought up several kits that were at "ollies" which is like a wholesale store.
 
They had a TON of ancient lindberg kits which many are notorious for being terrible...still bought some because they were like $2 a piece...if just for diorama decoration it's a score...
 
They also had tons of AMT planes...like a meteor and a junkers...etc. never built a plane but I will now.
 
Really hope some of these figures turn out decent.

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Posted by stikpusher on Saturday, December 30, 2017 12:01 PM

Rob Gronovius

Most are from the 2000s, Tamiya set is from 1974 and was often included in the M3A2 halftrack kit. I'm not sure about the Zvezda set; it might be an old Italeri set reboxed or Dragon set reboxed or even an original set.

 

The Zvezda Panzer Grenadier set is of their own molding. It’s ok, I have built it. Better than old Tamiya, but not as good as some of the others listed.

 

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Posted by D.Savage on Saturday, January 06, 2018 1:14 AM

stikpusher

 

 
Rob Gronovius

Most are from the 2000s, Tamiya set is from 1974 and was often included in the M3A2 halftrack kit. I'm not sure about the Zvezda set; it might be an old Italeri set reboxed or Dragon set reboxed or even an original set.

 

 

 

The Zvezda Panzer Grenadier set is of their own molding. It’s ok, I have built it. Better than old Tamiya, but not as good as some of the others listed.

 

Well, it's safe to say in comparison to the rest the Tamiya kit is the worst of the bunch.

The dragon kit is by far the best.

However, IMC I am extremely impressed with for the price, and their packaging is incredible.

Riich is also very good imo

And you nailed the Zvezda kit....slightly better than old Tamiya.

Masterbox is pretty nice as well, very nice accessories on the sprues I received.

 

All in all it was a total WIN!

 

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Posted by keavdog on Saturday, January 06, 2018 6:24 AM

I like the Dragon kits.  Did this little vignette with one of their figures.

 

Thanks,

John

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Posted by D.Savage on Saturday, January 06, 2018 7:58 AM

keavdog

I like the Dragon kits.  Did this little vignette with one of their figures.

 

lookin good!!

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Posted by Pawel on Saturday, January 06, 2018 8:58 AM

Hello!

Please check out this thread here (about Tamiya figures):

http://cs.finescale.com/fsm/modeling_subjects/f/5/t/167805.aspx

Hope it helps, good luck with your figures and have a nice day

Paweł

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

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Posted by Gamera on Sunday, January 07, 2018 4:00 PM

Yeah most of those are pretty good figures. And the Tamiya ones are excellent practice figures as well as you can rob arms and other parts etc to customize the others.

Keavdog: Really nice work there!

Chuck: I think the reason for the large boxes is one of our clubmembers who used to work in a hobby shop had a big problem with people stealing expensive resin figures in small boxes. Then they'd drive to another hobby shop in a nearby town and tell them 'A friend bought this for me so I don't have the recipt. Can I still get a refund on it?'

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Posted by Hunter on Monday, January 08, 2018 6:43 PM

D.Savage
Dragon: German winter Combatants 1943-45

I love this kit..I have one in my stash. I would have gotten 2 but they only had the one in stock. Hope you enjoy them.

Hunter 

      

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Posted by D.Savage on Monday, January 08, 2018 6:58 PM

Hunter

 

 
D.Savage
Dragon: German winter Combatants 1943-45

 

I love this kit..I have one in my stash. I would have gotten 2 but they only had the one in stock. Hope you enjoy them.

 

They are very nicely detailed... best of the batch for sure.

Amazon has this kit for really cheap right now, or at least they did.

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Posted by the Baron on Tuesday, January 09, 2018 12:47 PM

Pawel

Hello!

Please check out this thread here (about Tamiya figures):

http://cs.finescale.com/fsm/modeling_subjects/f/5/t/167805.aspx

Hope it helps, good luck with your figures and have a nice day

Paweł

 
Thanks for citing that thread here, Pawel!  It's great to show what can be done with Tamiya's figures.  Though I agree that they aren't as detailed as today's resin or white metal figures, I don't think they should be dismissed out of hand.

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Posted by D.Savage on Monday, January 22, 2018 5:14 PM

well I have assembled all of the trumpeter Soviet winter infantry and started paint on one yesterday.

The face detail is just plain terrible there isn't any indication of eyeballs at all...

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Posted by Tanker - Builder on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 10:31 AM

Chuck ;

 I think I have to agree with you . I bought the whole set in 1/25 . Beautiful Box , Enough parts for one female figure . They could've put a foursome in one box . Oh well . They do build up nice though .

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