In-Box Review
British Tanker NWE - (smoking)
British Tanker (N.W. Europe) Smoking
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by: Alan McNeilly [ ALANL ]


Sovereign 2000 have recently made a number of acquisitions to increase their Allied figure range. I first noticed this with the addition to their range of some of the excellent Great North Roads figures and more recently, and following the announcement by Hornet that they were pulling out of their production of Wolf figures, the acquisition by Sovereign of some of the excellent Wolf Figures.

As is the case with smaller producers they do not receive as much coverage as the larger manufacturers. Hopefully this will help remedy that a little and also highlight the fact that through their efforts a number of excellent 1/35 scale figures have been saved for both present and future generations of Allied modellers.

There is also an additional plus here for modellers in so much as the Sovereign figures retail for considerably less than their previous shelf cost.

This is a look at one of the old Wolf figures, that of a British Tanker having a smoke.

The figure

The figure comes packed in a nice presentation box showing the product detail, a picture of the unpainted figure and the manufacturers detail. The origin of the figure is clearly shown with the word Wolf at the end of the Sovereign logo. The figure is contained within a small plastic zip bag and made up of 4 parts, cast in a light cream coloured resin. The body is cast as a whole with separate arms and head. There was no damage or cause for concern with the casting.

The figure depicts a standing tanker, dressed in Battle Dress Serge 39/40. The pose is relaxed looking with the tanker holding a cigarette in his left hand. The uniform detail is very well done, the Battle Dress jacket is open down the front sitting partially over the 37pattern belt with pistol holster and ammo pouch. The brasses on the front of the belt are well done, as are the ammo pouch and pistol holster which shows the butt of a revolver protruding from the closed holster. Under the Battle Dress blouse the figure wears a light weight jumper, and under that a shirt collar with tie are visible. Slung around the neck and sitting at chest height, are a pair of binoculars.

To complete the figure Battle Dress trousers with the bottoms turned up and ammo boots are worn. The uniform has nice folds and creases and should paint up really well.

The arms and head are also nicely done. Both the arms have turned up cuffs and good hand detail. The left arms is designed to sit forward of the body and the hand holds a cigarette. The right arm is designed to rest on the rear of the right hip. The head shows that of a young looking tanker wearing a Beret with goggles on top.

The figure stands approximately 43mm from heel to shoulder so a good acceptable height for 1/35 scale.

There should be minimal clean up, with only the removal of the pour stubs and a small seem on the left side to be dealt with. Normal safety precautions apply when working with resin.


Sovereign have kept available a very detailed and useful figure. Whether as a standalone subject or as an addition to a vehicle or diorama scene this one is very nice indeed. I like the casual pose and the way the soldier wears the uniform, which looks perfectly natural and un-parade like.

The casting and detail are excellent , the uniform has all the right pockets in the right place and with minimal clean up and parts you can get to the fun bit quickly.

Sovereign continues to expand their British and Commonwealth figure range and this can only be a good thing for modellers and figure painter alike.

I have attached some images below from the Sovereign web site of the built figure for further reference.

Click here for additional images for this review.

Highs: Excellent detail and a nice order of dress.
Lows: None I can think of.
Verdict: Highly recommended.
Percentage Rating
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: S2KW001
  Suggested Retail: 9.00
  PUBLISHED: Aug 06, 2012
  NATIONALITY: United Kingdom

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About Alan McNeilly (AlanL)

Greying slightly, but young at heart. I've been teaching adults off and on for most of my life. Left the services in 85 and first started modelling in about 87 for a few years. Then I had a long spell when I didn't build anything (too busy) and really just got started again during the summer of ...

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Hi Alan I think you need to edit your review as it is giving, as I understand it, incorrect information which if spread around (you know what the internet is like) could effect Roger's business. I quote "and following the announcement by Hornet that they were pulling out of the figure market" Roger has made no announcement about pulling out the figure market, only no longer producing and selling the Wolf range of figures, but his Hornet range continues. I quote from his web site. "The name of this site will remain unchanged because it is printed on all the packaging, but I no longer produce Wolf models. Most remaining Wolf stock is with Historex Agents, but other retailers will also have stock. The Hornet range will continue as before, and several new headsets are in the pipeline." More details available at Thanks Alan
AUG 20, 2012 - 03:39 AM
Hi Alan, Thanks for that clarification, I'll amend things accordingly. Al
AUG 21, 2012 - 06:40 AM

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