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Soviet Bus Driver
Driver
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]


Originally published on:
Armorama

Introduction
Armor35 specializes in 1/35 models of Soviet workers and peasants and soldiers of The Workers and Peasants Red Army, as well as Soviet Railways subjects, circa The Great Patriotic War of 1941-45. Driver, item 35149, is a 1/35 resin wheelman of a commercial vehicle. Modellers have identified a void between warriors, weapons, and the people they protect.

With the growing number of subjects like the MiniArt Soviet bus, Driver should be a popular figure. Unless the high boots are unacceptable, Driver looks like he could be worked into almost any European setting of the era.

Driver
This figure is sculpted by Anishchenko Dmitriy. It consists of a separate hand for an otherwise complete body. Those parts are contained in zip-lock baggies held in a small box.

Like so many of Armor35's figures, casting quality is clean and top-notch with no air pocks, mold seams or flash. The figure features sharp and crisp casting with excellent undercuts and raised detail.

The figure is sculpted in a natural stance, at rest.

Perhaps except for the boots, Driver looks like he would fit into most any European nationality in the middle Twentieth Century.

Detail
Driver's face is very detailed with amazing eye and nose detail. He is crowned with a soft cap and dressed in a sweater, leather jacket, pants and knee boots.

The sweater portraits a rough knitted pattern. Clothing detail includes buttons, seams, and convincing folds.

Painting and Assembly Instructions
Not uncommon for resin figures, there are no painting and assembly instructions except for the box art.

Assembly should be easy as Armor35 sculpts the parts and then presses them into the figure, leaving an indention into which pieces fit without uncertainty.

Conclusion
Armor35 has sculpted and cast yet another interesting civilian subject for the era and area so popular with WWII modelers. It should be popular with modelers of the growing line of Soviet commercial vehicles.

Casting quality is clean and top-notch with no air pocks, mold seams or flash. The figure features sharp and crisp casting with good undercuts and raised details, including a very detailed face with amazing eye and nose detail.

I have nothing to complain about this figure.

Modelers of Soviet subjects who want a driver for their buses and trucks should find Driver unique and useful. Recommended.

Please remember to mention to vendors and retailers that you saw this model here - on ARMORAMA.
SUMMARY
Highs: Casting quality is clean and top-notch with no air pocks, mold seams or flash. The figure features sharp and crisp casting with good undercuts and raised details, including a very detailed face with amazing eye and nose detail.
Lows:
Verdict: Modelers who want a driver for their soviet buses and trucks should find Driver a unique and interesting subject.
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: 35149
  Suggested Retail: $7.25, 540 RUB
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  PUBLISHED: Feb 29, 2016
  NATIONALITY: Russia
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 87.00%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 93.83%

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About Frederick Boucher (JPTRR)
FROM: TENNESSEE, UNITED STATES

I'm a professional pilot with a degree in art. My first model was an AMT semi dump truck. Then Monogram's Lunar Lander right after the lunar landing. Next, Revell's 1/32 Bf-109G...cried havoc and released the dogs of modeling! My interests--if built before 1900, or after 1955, then I proba...

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