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Built Review
WWII US Tank Crewman (1943-44)

by: Dave Cox [ DAVECOX ]

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Historicus Forma

This is a short review of the Seil Model WWII US tank crewman (1943-44). Before putting together this review, I cleaned up and assembled the parts so that I could see how they went together. A coat of white primer was also applied to show any flaws.
The figure…
When first opening the box, I was surprised by the stature of the figure. It looks slightly small for 54mm, but when compared to others in my collection this isn't the case. It is ok for a guy about 5' 6" in 54mm, or is slim enough to be used as a tall 1/35 figure as well.
The kit is comprised of just 4 parts - the body, base and two arms. The parts are exceptionally well cast, with only a brush with wire wool needed clean up on the main body casting. The only place where this isn't the case is the arms - the casting sprue attachment is on the mating face on the arm/shoulder joint. This made it tricky to fit the arms in place, but with careful use of a no11 blade this was accomplished fairly quickly. No filler was needed on any of the joints when finally assembled.
The detail is very well applied, and is so fine in most areas that even using super-macro on my Minolta it was hard to do it justice in a photograph. The paint will have to be well thinned in order not to obscure any of it on the finished article.
I used thin CA glue for all parts of the assembly, and thinned Tamiya acrylic for the primer coat.
In conclusion…
Overall, although I've only given it a 90% rating this is one of the best white metal castings that I've seen for a long time and would really only be surpassed by an exceptional piece - I just don't think that any kit will ever attain 100% !!

Thanks go to Seil Model who supplied this figure as a prize in the monthly Seil Figure of the Month.
Seil Model’s WWII US tank crewman is one of the best white metal castings that I've seen for a long time which would only be surpassed by an exceptional piece.
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  Scale: 54mm
  Mfg. ID: SM54001
  Suggested Retail: 22.67 USD
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  PUBLISHED: May 28, 2006
  NATIONALITY: United States

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About Dave Cox (DaveCox)

Hi, I'm a 58 year old, who like most of us hasn't really grown up! I started modelling when I was 7, with no peers or tutors - every week my pocket money was blown on a series 1 Airfix or Revell kit which took about an hour to put together. A couple of replays of the Biggles books and another one ne...

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