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Postby BarryC » Sat Jan 30, 2016 2:59 am

Hey guys,

What do you use for modern crew figures or a good starting point?

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Postby jackalope » Sat Jan 30, 2016 3:23 am

It may sound silly but G.I.Joe figures would work well.
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Postby MichaelC » Sat Jan 30, 2016 4:53 am

The only set really is the Tamiya 1/16 Bundeswehr Tank Crewman, and now also the JGSDF tank crew when they released the Type 10.
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Postby jackalope » Sat Jan 30, 2016 5:10 am

Almost forgot, they sell modern military figures in Walmart that may work.
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Postby BarryC » Sat Jan 30, 2016 2:09 pm

Thanks guys, all good suggestions!
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Postby rolling-thunder » Tue Sep 19, 2017 8:34 pm

I have just bought my Son a Challenger 2 & looked all over for suitable Tank Crew. In the end I decided on the Japanese Defence Force Tank Crew... basically because the Helmet is close if not a match for what our Tank crews wear. The uniform will need a slight repaint to Tan or DDPM but the half figure looks great. The standing guy will have to be mine or cut him in half & use him elsewhere?
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Postby nexusys » Sat Oct 28, 2017 5:44 am

rolling-thunder wrote:I have just bought my Son a Challenger 2 & looked all over for suitable Tank Crew. In the end I decided on the Japanese Defence Force Tank Crew... basically because the Helmet is close if not a match for what our Tank crews wear. The uniform will need a slight repaint to Tan or DDPM but the half figure looks great. The standing guy will have to be mine or cut him in half & use him elsewhere?



Yep, i second that. Was looking everywhere and found JGSDF seems to be suitable for Abrams crew. Might need to do up a goggle to cover the eyes bit so that the tanker doesnt look like Japanese crew instead.
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Postby rolling-thunder » Sat Oct 28, 2017 12:20 pm

nexusys wrote:
rolling-thunder wrote:I have just bought my Son a Challenger 2 & looked all over for suitable Tank Crew. In the end I decided on the Japanese Defence Force Tank Crew... basically because the Helmet is close if not a match for what our Tank crews wear. The uniform will need a slight repaint to Tan or DDPM but the half figure looks great. The standing guy will have to be mine or cut him in half & use him elsewhere?



Yep, i second that. Was looking everywhere and found JGSDF seems to be suitable for Abrams crew. Might need to do up a goggle to cover the eyes bit so that the tanker doesnt look like Japanese crew instead.

I have seen that done & the goggles blacked out. I didn't think it was necessary but i'll do it if If get myself a Challenger but only because I don't like it looking like an Army of clones in my Tanks.
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Postby Karl_Diesel » Sat Oct 28, 2017 3:50 pm

Hey Barry,

it's depending on vehicle and time. This is the US Tanker from Verlinden to be used for M1.It's perfectly detailed, but a little bit too large concerning the scale

https://www.google.de/imgres?imgurl=htt ... mrc&uact=8

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Postby Jay-Em » Wed May 09, 2018 10:29 am

Yes, necro-ing here, but there recently has been some movement in the 1/16 scale modern crew department by manufacturers.

SOL makes some highly detailed -female- modern tank crews. I love them, but that’s just me. Currently busy with the modern russian crew for my second T-90.

Their exquisite detail comes at a very, vèry hefty price, though.
Currently they offer a full Leopard crew, a modern russian crew, and an IDF crew. All female, oddly enough. It’s a start.

Tamiya’s Leopard crew is only useful if one is reasonably skilled with putty and sculpting. They come with the standard “Knochensacke” coverall, and need a flak-vest sculpted, plus a modern helmet, since they still sport the ancient -russian-like- leather helmet/head cover.

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Postby Jay-Em » Wed May 09, 2018 1:33 pm

I think they would work as a reasonable facsimile of a russian crew. Check-out the new russian camo scheme for uniforms, and use those colours. Me thinks that would work.

The differences are there if You know what to look for. Having said that, as a former academy of fine arts student, I learned to study faces, bodies, postures and such in excruciating detail. Hour, upon hour of drawing many models of many ethnicities tend to do that.

Though, the very mixed people around the China/Russia border are quite impossible to place in a specific country.

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Postby Jay-Em » Thu May 10, 2018 1:34 pm

Son of a gun-ner wrote:
Jay-Em wrote:I think they would work as a reasonable facsimile of a russian crew. Check-out the new russian camo scheme for uniforms, and use those colours. Me thinks that would work.

Cool, I'm glad you agree, I was in two minds, means I'll have to get another set to re model for a leopard lol.

Jay-Em wrote:The differences are there if You know what to look for. Having said that, as a former academy of fine arts student, I learned to study faces, bodies, postures and such in excruciating detail. Hour, upon hour of drawing many models of many ethnicities tend to do that.

Though, the very mixed people around the China/Russia border are quite impossible to place in a specific country.

So, you must have found that link I sent quite interesting :thumbup:
There was a quiz to see if you could tell the differences, can't seem to find it now, would love to see how you'd fair ;)

Edit, yay, found it.

Quiz Time! Can You Tell The Difference Between Asian Women's Faces? - The Japan Guy
https://www.thejapanguy.com/asian-women-faces-quiz/


Nope, I absolutely cannot, because of the layers of make-up. When shown “normal” women, I usually can distinguish them very well. Models for the asian market are specifically chosen for their non-specific-ness, and then swathed in make-up to make them even more non-specific “Asian”. It’s how it works in marketing. The widest appeal sells the most.

Oddly enough, that non-specificness (read ‘standard white’) of the faces of SOL’s female figures is a bit of a shame, and the only niggle I have with those otherwise amázing figures. I would have lóved a somewhat more jewish, or even arab, face for the IDF girls, or the sort of white/asan mix one tends to see in south-east Russia for the modern russian crew. My eyesight, ànd fine-motor control has deteriorated through the years, so modding those tiiiny features with putty and some judicial carving -like I used to do when younger- is no longer an option, sadly.

The female Bundeswehr crew is spot-on, though.

Maybe a bit too much to ask for in that scale. I did sculpting myself (in a far bigger scale) and it’s no mean feat to get -at least- a somewhat attractive face, let alone an ethnic-specific one that doesn’t descent into mockery.

B.o.t It’s a bit of a shame that we have oodles of variations on the 1/16 WW2 German crews, but almost none of any modern tank crew. Verlinden went bust, so, their figures are starting to get as scarce as hen’s teeth, and there’s only só far one can go with the Tamiya offerings, unless vèry proficient with putty and the modeling knife...

I hópe, since Tamiya has finally gone for an M1, that we can see a full-blown american crew in the near-future. Not holding my breath, though.

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