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Posted: Thursday, September 09, 2004 - 02:01 AM UTC
For a long while now, I have been very impressed with the figure sets which have been coming out from Tristar. It has also struck me, that for many people, in particular the newer or younger modellers, the resin figures are too ''unapproachable'' or simply too expensive for them. The Tristar figures struck me as being the best of both worlds - superbly detailed (plastic) figures which offered the best of both worlds - a link between the mass-produced plastic kits and the limited-run resin figures. Therefore I decided to write this piece as an ''overview'' of just what ''plastic'' could offer and to act as a kind of ''on-line'' catalogue to what many consider one of the most exciting companies at the present moment.....

The full article can be be seen by following the link

Link to Item

If you have comments or questions please post them here.

Thanks!
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Posted: Thursday, September 09, 2004 - 02:26 AM UTC
Ausgseichnet, Herr Jim!
2 Questions- 1. what's the price range on the crew sets, & 2. Who carries them in the US?
Thanx for the info!
jimbrae
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Posted: Thursday, September 09, 2004 - 02:42 AM UTC
The figures are available from VLS Corporation

Here is a link for the Tristar Page:

TRISTAR FIGURES

I'll now go and update the article to include the main retailers....Cheers, JIm
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Posted: Thursday, September 09, 2004 - 02:46 AM UTC
Hi Robert. My local hobby shop carries the Tristar sets and they are priced around $13.00-$14.00 (IIRC). Alpenflage also sells them. He is a member here and sells on Ebay, as well as through his own web-based shop.

Keith
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Posted: Thursday, September 09, 2004 - 02:51 AM UTC
Danke Schoen, Meinherrs!
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Posted: Thursday, September 09, 2004 - 02:58 AM UTC
European Retailers Anyone?....Jim
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Posted: Thursday, September 09, 2004 - 02:05 PM UTC
Well Jim, one of Armorama's sponsors: Mol Plasticmodelbouw

He may not list the complete range on his website, but send him an e-mail and he'll reply you swiftly about availability and so.

Kris
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Posted: Thursday, September 09, 2004 - 02:21 PM UTC
Well its some time that i have been impressed by tristar products.
This late coming Russian tankers set i think would be their best till now , looking at the pics. I hope it comes out soon so we can grab it .
Its good to know that someone cares to do some really nice figures in plastic.
As for the price, since a resin figure is rated about 10 $ paying 12-13 $ to get 4-6 figures of this quality is not only fair but saves money and gives really good figures that can stand next to any resins.
i think that we have to support them and be benefitted with some awsome figure sets


Costas

Really nice from Jim to do this feature !


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Posted: Thursday, September 09, 2004 - 02:46 PM UTC
I have just started my first set of Tristar figures ... their DAK tank crew. After reading about their releases and seeing the very impressive art-wrork supplied, curiosity took over and I had to purcahse.
The detail is amazing and should be fun to paint. They require a little more cleanup than the average Dragon kit.. extra sprue attachment points, etc. I have a feeling they are marginally smaller than other brands but will fit in with dragon kits nicely. I wouldnt team them up with older Tamiya figures as the differences would be noticeable. Tamiyas older figures are sort of chunky and a bit soft on detail. The Tristar figures on the other hand are very, very fine and high on detail.
Would have to agree with Jim and their resemblence to resin quality. The poses in this kit are amazing ... many kudos to their sculptor as he has really taken detail to new level and coupled with Tristars molding abaility they will/ have set a president at this scale. I look forward to pianting them and will show them when ready.
A very apt and useable feature Jim ..... how long will it take you to write up the dragon equivelent! :-)
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Posted: Thursday, September 09, 2004 - 02:59 PM UTC
I have to fully agree that tristar are amazing figures. Everything I have seen by them are great. I have picked up all there sets except for the officers, dak set and the russians and love them all. Only nitpick I have is that they have only done the soviet tankers and no other allied figures. I understand they are a very young company and have to give them time. Not directed toward tristar but all plastic figure makers is the lack of allied figures which sometimes makes it hard to finish up a dio just the way you would want it to be without going to the high priced resin figures. I think if some or even one of these companies would do more allied figures you may see a rise in allied themed dios. This is one factor why i havent done a british or american themed dio yet. I think they would make a killing if they would do this. What does everyone else think? Cheers Kevin
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Posted: Thursday, September 09, 2004 - 03:11 PM UTC
I agree Kevin,
This might sound like another "us allied modellers are hard done by post" but it is true we are hard done by.
I would dearly love to have some G.I's in plastic that are in late war uniforms.The only ones I have seen are in resin and the only winter uniformed US soldiers in plastc I have seen are the DML 101st AB at bastonge kit. So please plastic companies could we please have some more US and British soldiers? Pretty pretty please?

Sorry Jim for turning your thread into a spiel
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Posted: Thursday, September 09, 2004 - 03:38 PM UTC
Thanks for the review. The figures have some really interesting poses.


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what's the price range on the crew sets


I see on the Tristar website the figure kits range between HK$ 53 - HK$ 72 (which according to www.xe.com works out to between US$ 6.80 - US$ 9.25).

Tristar has quite a few interesting accessory and detailing kits on their site. Definitely worth checking out their site.

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Posted: Thursday, September 09, 2004 - 05:26 PM UTC
Frank, funny you should mention DML I have actually been thinking of a way of doing it in fact! Not in exactly this format but wait and see...

Andy, the whole point of this thread is for people to put in their ideas (and suggestions) so you didn't hi-jack it at all!
Personally, I couldn't agree more about the allied figure sets...

it is interesting to look at the sets and to see how they have evolved/improved - there is a qualitative difference between the early sets and the recent releases..

Personally, as an Allied modeller, i can get just as enthusiastic over these sets as anything on the market! Proof of this is that I have two of the sets in the stash - a full review may well be around the corner....Jim
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Posted: Thursday, September 09, 2004 - 05:40 PM UTC
Jim,
Good point there, I think that with Tristar bringing out all these German figures us Allied modellers now know the quality of what they put out there. So when (IF) Tristar bring out some US or British soldiers we know they well be good quality.
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Posted: Thursday, September 09, 2004 - 10:35 PM UTC
AFV Modeller (the Magazine) sells them as well, together with a number of AM and resin companies (TANK figures, IIRC MIG, TMD, Criel etc.).

Just a few notes to add:

Self Propelled Gun-Crew set number two (35007) can be used for both the Marder and the Hornisse/Nashorn. For each vehicle they have a different gunner, and for the loader they have seperate arms to make him fit to each gun.
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Posted: Friday, September 10, 2004 - 07:27 AM UTC
Keep the details of the European dealers coming - it really is quite important....Jim
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Posted: Sunday, September 12, 2004 - 11:18 PM UTC
I do have to agree with plasticbattle's comment...they do run a little small, so it is difficult to include them in a diorama near another manufacturer's figures. Whereas the detail is great, I could not position the SPG crew in a scene with a DML figure due to the size difference, and I certainly had to exclude a Warriors and Verlinden figure as well due to the more pronounced difference.

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Posted: Monday, September 13, 2004 - 11:33 PM UTC
Jim as you might know already, I have personal contact with Tristar people, if you need I do an interview with them, just let me know.
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Posted: Tuesday, September 14, 2004 - 04:26 PM UTC
Thanks for the offer Dave - I've mailed you about that!...Cheers, Jim
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Posted: Tuesday, September 14, 2004 - 04:30 PM UTC
jim and dave,

if you do arrange an interview with tristar, would it be possibe to request some questions?

i.e. what future plans do they have for the line etc(any allied? )

regards

joe
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Posted: Wednesday, March 23, 2005 - 04:06 PM UTC
I recently purchased the Flak 38 crew and have mixed feelings about this release. This may be the only plastic and easily affordable crew for this gun, but I find that these figures are even a bit smaller than previous releases, maybe closer to 1/37th, unless some of the crew are Hitler Youth auxilliaries. I was going to use this set with Italeri's Demag-mounted Flak. The commander figure seems to be wearing Wehrmacht uniform and their breast eagles also appear to be army style, but the remainder of the crew are wearing a pocket-less tunic. I don't recognize it as being army, is this actually a Luftwaffe item? I am a great advocate of Tristar figures, especially their self-propelled gun crew sets, and their DAK figures look very good, but this set seems to be a little soft in detail and as stated previously, a bit on the diminutive side of 1/35th.
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Posted: Thursday, March 24, 2005 - 02:18 AM UTC
I can't comment on the flak crew, but IMHO, the Tristar figures are some of the best scaled 1/35 figures on the market, together with Alpine Miniatures.

I was scratchbuilding a 1/35 scale GI and based him on a 5' 10" man, and he scales out to be about 50mm tall.

I personally think that Dragon have been producing some slightly large figures and what we're seeing here is more normal!
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Posted: Thursday, March 24, 2005 - 03:23 AM UTC
One of the things I like about Tristar figures is the fact that they have a picturte of the actual completed figures on the back of the box. The tank crew set that I bought has four diffent maps to use in a diorama printed on the tabs of the box, too. Just a nice little extra that didn't cost them anything.
As far as scale goes, DML figures have been shrinking over the years. Last weekend I was going to put a figure from the old DML panzer crew set (first picture) on the ground in a diorama with a couple of figures from the newer grenadiers in Arnhem set, (second picture) and it ain't happenin' The old figure looked like Andre the Giant compared to the two new guys.





Shaun
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Posted: Thursday, March 24, 2005 - 03:49 AM UTC
Very nice article, and very nice products by Tristar! I hope they continiue like this.....maybe a M10/M18 or M8/M20 crew would be an idea? :-)

Where to buy in Europe: www.plasticmodelbouw.nl

It's already said before.....but it can't do any harm to say it again I guess. Great service, great people, and unbelievable fast delevery (at least here in the Netherlands....I ordered my VIIC uboat monday and received the kit tuesday......that's really fast :-))

cheers,
Martin
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Posted: Sunday, March 27, 2005 - 03:41 AM UTC
Actually if you compare very old DML figs ( an Ardennes set from about 10 yrs ago, when they were still moulding them in an orange-yellow color plastic) they were really small - probably around 5' -6" average height. Their sculpting and animation certainly weren't up to par either. If they were better produced they could still be used for Hitler Youth!
I would still like to know if the uniforms on the Tristar Flak crew are Luftwaffe or Wehrmacht: re; the tunics without pockets.