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E.F.G.F MS[G] Platoon Briefing Set
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by: Peter [ RYALLY ]

I can't think of too many sci-fi kits in 1/35 scale, so this is a welcomed surprise. The fact that you also get an extra five figures and ammo crates, ammo belts, table/work station, cups, bag, hand guns, jerry can, drivers helmet and markings is an added bonus.

The kit is a good size with just the hull part measuring about 25cm long and that does not include the added parts to the front section. There is no less than eighteen spurs/trees on this kit which can be seen on the instruction parts list which I have included as part of this review.

The figures are very nice, I would say they are better than Tamiya figures and close or even the same as dragon figures in quality. I have included a pic of the girl from the kit but have placed the helmet on her head (to do this required some modifications).

Another nice aspect of this kit is the anti skid markings on the hull. Also some of the hatches and doors are separate, so they could be left opened. An interior could be designed for the inside that would be partly viewable.

This kit is just asking for extra detail, as other items can be added to it from your left over 1/35 kit parts/ P.E parts from other unused kits.

Lastly one thing I like about this kit is I can paint it whatever colour I like, as it is a sci-fi kit. This kit will come up really well with some nice washes, chips and other weathering detail.
SUMMARY
Highs: The detail is good on this kit as well as the five figures. The kit seems to fit its main parts together very well and the inclusion of seperate hatches is nice. At this point the detail and fit reminds me of a Tamiya kit.
Lows: Not really any lows but an interior would have been nice and maybe dry transfers. Also some english instructions would have been a nice inclusion.
Verdict: This kit is great, it's a welcomed sci-fi kit because of its design and scale. Its not often we get sci-fi kits with five figures included and many extras. At first look it appears to go together pretty well.
Percentage Rating
90%
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: 0148085
  Suggested Retail: $45.20
  Related Link: Product on HLJ
  PUBLISHED: Feb 10, 2007
  NATIONALITY: Japan / 日本
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 90.00%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 81.47%

About Peter (ryally)
FROM: NEW SOUTH WALES, AUSTRALIA

Hello I started building models when I was ten and have been at it ever since. I build figures, sci-fi, military kits and movie related kits. I would say I am a average modeller, who wants more time to model in the day. Thanks Peter

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Comments

Good review Paul, I like the look of the crew, they have a lot of conversion potential.
FEB 27, 2007 - 02:44 AM
Got mine from Starship Modeler today! Looks fantasic --- and yeah, big, too! I am a big fan of LVTs from WWII up through the present (and I guess, the future)... Whatever era, those suckers (and kits of them) are always BIG! Hey, Paul, where did you get that flight helmet for your female figure --- it looks fantastic! Thinking of painting mine either WWII Navy medium blue or a three color Iwo Jima scheme. Don't like the outrigger landing legs on the sides. I may do away with them or convert them to weapons pods... Anyway, got a scratchbuilt NYC Police hovertank waiting for paint (and the weather to get better) first... Thanks for the great review, Paul. Regards and Aloha, Johnny B.
MAR 21, 2007 - 11:22 AM
Hi John The great news is, the helmet is in the kit. The guy is holding it in his hands. I had to cut the girls head alot bit by bit to fit it in the helmet, it will fit if you take your time. Glad to here the review was well received( first review ever). Thanks Ryally
MAR 21, 2007 - 01:24 PM
Thanks, Paul! I will have to open the poly bags tonight when I get a chance... Hoping that this one will go together without a problem. I am tempted to add a little interior, but don't want to get sidetracked and bogged down --- especially since I plan to display the craft charging for the beach. Jason, how is the kit going together? Any hitches or snags...? Great job on the KV, by the way --- fantastic weathering!! Thanks again, guys! Much Aloha, Johnny B.
MAR 22, 2007 - 02:24 AM
If anybody buys and builds this kit without using the figures, please consider me. I love the figs, but, the hovertank, though very cool, is outside my interest. LET ME KNOW! please! Cuhail
MAR 22, 2007 - 04:41 AM
It would be awesome if you could build the forward command section so that you could open it up and add an interior later on, but I don't think that the kit is engineered in this fashion... I think it gets buttoned up with the hull sides. I might try to fake something of an interior, but just do not want to get bogged down doing this --- I really want to finish (and of course, start!) this kit! That being said, I am going to take the time to convert the outrigger legs to weapons pods, add a shield and roof to the minigun turret a couple of weapons and shields to the troop compartment --- so much for a "fast" build, huh...? I know that Bandai has a couple of more related sets --- I really hope that this kit sells well and that there are more of these cool 1/35th scale AFVs and figures (preferably futuristic Marines) on the horizon. the design and the detail of this one is waaay cool --- I want to see more!! And I am not even a Gundam guy! Much Aloha, Johnny B.
MAR 23, 2007 - 01:40 AM
Quick update: this kit FLIES together!!!! The engineering is AMAZING! Was actually able to build about 90% of it while watching my sixteen month old and a three year old cousin. Fit is great for the most part and you barely need glue... My hat is off to Bandai --- I'm an armor guy and having been spolied by Tamiya over the years, I am tough to please... And while it is not perfect, I can say: this kit ROCKS! Much Aloha, Johnny B.
MAR 25, 2007 - 03:12 AM
The kit is based on "08th MS Team" Gundam Spinoff and could be painted in this version. The crew also is based on characters from the same Anime.
OCT 09, 2012 - 02:51 AM
There is a series of build logs over at fichtenfoo.com under the "Gone Fishing" tag; the build includes a full interior modeled after pictures from the series, which is missing from the kit (the bulkhead behind the cockpit in the kit was apparently added for structural rigidity, as it is not present in the interior images from the series).
OCT 11, 2012 - 07:24 AM
   

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