Ultracast 1/35th-scale American
Tank Crewman 1944-45 (35039)
by Paul Fraser
Another first-class effort from Ultracast. This standing tanker wears
overalls and a leather crew helmet, clutches a wrench in his left hand,
while his right hand rests on his holster. His shirt sleeves are rolled
up. The two arms and head are cast separately - everything else is one
piece. The wrench is cast
as one with the left hand, meaning he grips it tightly.
Details are crisp, with no obvious pinholes or seams in
the resin. I do wish Ultracast would put some padding in their baggies
though. My crewman had a finger broken off in transit.
Nowadays, modellers tend to automatically lop off the heads
of their plastic and resin figures, to replace them with Hornet heads.
That's not necessary here. Ultracast produce excellent heads with plenty
of character. Ultracast sensibly locates the head's pour plug on the bottom
of the neck, so any damage while removing the resin runner is minimal.
Some companies I could name persist in locating the pour plug on the top
of the head or helmet. The
logic escapes me.
A colour image of the finished figure is included, offering
a guideline on painting. For more information, visit www.ultracast.ca