by: Marcin Kardaszewski [ ]
Warsaw Treaty Organization of Friendship, Cooperation, and Mutual Assistance, better known as Warsaw Pact was established in 1955 by Eastern Bloc as counterweight to NATO. According to Soviet strategy, in case of war Polish Peopleís Army was supposed to defend Red Army north flank and attack territory of northern Germany, Denmark and Holland. Luckly by the end of 1980ís Cold War had ended and Warsaw Pact was disestablished in 1991.
Although Cold War was one of the basics of modern World for many years, there are only few figure kits that help to portray those times. The latest release from ToRo Model - Polish Army T-55 Tank Crew (35F43) fills the gap a bit and should be a must have for all fans of Cold War era modeling.
Polish Army T-55 Tank Crew kit is sculpted by Maciej Pawlica. The kit is packed with cardboard box. Inside the box you will find small zip-lock bag and sheet with Warsaw Pactís brief history (in English) and pictures of polish tankers and their tanks.
In the kit two figures are provided, both cast in grey resin. Each figure is divided into four parts:
- torso with legs,
Removing casting block shouldnít be a problem and pose a threat to nearby details. More time consuming will be a clean up work. On my sample mould imperfection can be seen in few spots and before assembly I will have to deal with them. To provide as much information in this in-box review as possible I tried to clean up one of such places. Using sharp hobby knife I got rid off mould misalignment and I must say It wasnít a hard task.
Although above mentioned cast imperfections overall quality is good. I didnít find any air bubbles holes. All folds and creases look natural and crisp. The same is with heads. Faces and tankersí headsets have good and sharp details.
Tankers wear black leather pants and jackets. In my opinion sculptor has done really good work here and all details of clothes look very good and match to original uniform from reference pictures. The only details missing are wirings for headsets but I thinks itís good as most of us modelers prefer to scratch build such items.
Both figures are sculpted in standing position, one is pointing with his right hand and second is leaning with his arms on hatch. First figure can be placed in or outside hatch, while the second one is supposed to be placed in open hatch only. Pose of pointing figure is nice and natural. As for the one leaning on hatch itís hard to say without full assembly and test fitting in the hatch of T-55, but at first glance is good too.
Before assembly you should check twice if you matched correctly arms to torso as no instruction is provided in the kit.
Very nice addition to so far neglected subject. Very good in details with small imperfections that could be fixed without too much work. A must have for Polish armor fans and those who would like to add life and sense of scale to their T-55 MBT.
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Thanks to ToRo Model for review sample.