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Arizona, United States
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Posted: Tuesday, July 01, 2008 - 05:42 PM UTC
Has anyone ever heard of a Russian company called Tank, which makes aftermarket accessories for armor kits? I was wondering where to find them. Due to the company's name it's pretty hard to find on the Internet.
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Pennsylvania, United States
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Posted: Tuesday, July 01, 2008 - 06:01 PM UTC
I have a a couple of their figures which are OK, but nothing spectacular. The link below is to a site that sells their stuff.

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England - North, United Kingdom
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Posted: Tuesday, July 01, 2008 - 06:35 PM UTC

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I have a a couple of their figures which are OK, but nothing spectacular. The link below is to a site that sells their stuff.

Me too David, and I have to agree.

I'd read lots of rave reviews about them and some of the photos I'd seen of their figures made them look very good indeed.

So I bought a couple and was quite disappointed really - certainly for what they cost: Lots of flash and sinkhole issues to deal with, and the resin a bit on the brittle side.

Can't comment on their accessory sets though

- Steve
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North Carolina, United States
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Posted: Tuesday, July 01, 2008 - 06:44 PM UTC
Tank is advertised on the right side of the Armorama home page, dont know anything about the products though, milvehfan
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Rhone, France
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Posted: Tuesday, July 01, 2008 - 06:55 PM UTC
2 years ago i have been buying some of their accessories -Moisin guns to replace the soft DML ones, sets of Anti-tank rifles and that Maxim machine gun of theirs.
I thought the guns were really very finely moulded, the anti tank rifles were a bit warped (the long tube), the Maxim got a bit of Flash -but let's be honest, nothing that a mildly experienced modeler can overcome in 2 mn. And the stuff looks really very good and quite an improvement over all the plastic equivalent.
However, I bought a set of model 1936 russian helmets and they were *false* from A to Z. better avoid those.

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I'd read lots of rave reviews about them and some of the photos I'd seen of their figures made them look very good indeed.

That's the point of a review innit? The reviewer receives the stuff, he writes glowing reviews because he hopes to get more
Honestly even with the good looking pictures, the figs don't exactly look like Hornet's or Alpine's
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Washington, United States
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Posted: Tuesday, July 01, 2008 - 07:51 PM UTC
Here is a clickable link for Colorado Miniatures. As David pointed out, they sell most of the Tank line.

I don't think Tank's figures are quite as good as they look online, but they're not bad. They certainly have some interesting stuff. I haven't had any sinkholes, major flash or other issues to deal with on the figures I've purchased, but I do agree with Steve in that the resin seems a bit brittle.

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Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Joined: June 18, 2007
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Posted: Tuesday, July 01, 2008 - 09:00 PM UTC

I bought several figure sets of them and I don't think they're that bad. Pricey, ok. Resin a litlle brittle, too. Their first releases are a little on the 1/32 side than 1/35. I build their sets T-35001, T-35037, T-35038 and T-35040. I didn't found any sinkhole or bubbles, just a little flash here and there. The heads are more "full/round" instead of the tall ones from Alpine or Hornet. They maybe not as 'fine' as Alpine's offerings, but I like the subjects and poses much more since they are more unique. Unfortunatly I can't comment on their accessories.

You'll find their product range here: http://www.tank-model.ru/index.htm. I bought mine from AFV in england.


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Seoul, Korea / 대한민국
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Posted: Wednesday, July 02, 2008 - 01:43 AM UTC
I bought a replacement gun for my JS-3M from them. It was okay, but the resin was brittle and seemed more like plastic. It also had a waxy coating, so I found it hard to glue small pieces together, they kept coming apart. I think the prices of their figures are too pricey IMHO.
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Minnesota, United States
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Posted: Wednesday, July 02, 2008 - 05:55 AM UTC
I wonder if the Russian resin companies are changing how/what they sell.

I did a review of a Tank figure over a year ago here on Armorama and it was as good as I noted. I thought it was a stellar product even thought I also thought it a bit over priced. And I am a figure oriented builder as well, so I can guage the quality better than the average modeller.

The resin was NOT brittle, there were NO sinkholes, and the figure was rougly 1/35. (Remember that people come in all shapes and sizes, even in the military, so it can be tough to really say if someone is TOO big in 1/35 etc...) I really liked the product.

However, it sounds like things in Russia must be getter tough. If the resin is getting brittle, either htey are using a lower quality resin or else they are cutting it with more kerosene to stretch their supply out. Same with the sinkholes.

I have also heard that Miniarm quality is dropping and they are not putting the same level of product in the box, (resin Smoke Mortars instead of turned metal etc...)

I hope this is untrue or temporary because they have some really good products.
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Posted: Wednesday, July 02, 2008 - 07:21 PM UTC
Two weeks ago I was in Brno, Czech Republic on a modelshow/contest. One vendor had the TANK range for sale. I took the chance to have a look at them and they seemed pretty okay to me, except the price of 25$ for a single figure.

Considering Miniarms quality-dropping:

The last stuff I recieved from them was not the same I get 1 or 2 years ago. Lot´s of bubbles and some sinkholes. Broken and missing parts are not unusual.

Just my 0.02€

Best regards,

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New South Wales, Australia
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Posted: Wednesday, July 02, 2008 - 10:10 PM UTC

I brought about ten of the SS Panzergrenadiers figures and the King Tiger Tank Crew and the detail, poses and quality were great. I will buy more for sure.

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Michigan, United States
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Posted: Wednesday, July 02, 2008 - 11:19 PM UTC
Look on the right side of this page... They have a listing for Tank. They make an excellent selection of weapons bith WWII and modern as well as an extensive selection of Soviet and German figures and I think the poses and detail are top notch.
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Posted: Monday, July 07, 2008 - 08:51 AM UTC
Pricey, but unique contributions.