Tuesday, November 19

A new set of 35th scale US Tankers in summer gear from Alpine Miniatures

Alpine Miniatures has supplied hungry modellers with two more 35th scale figures this month. A brace of US tankers in summer weight uniforms - one inside and the other outside the tank should enhance most dioramas - we have them both in our new item preview...


A new set of 35th scale US Tankers from Alpine Miniatures

US Tank Officer Summer
Kit No #35269
The figure comes with two head choices
Sculpture by Taesung Harmms
Boxart by Dr. Jin Kim

US Tank Commander Summer
Kit No #35270
The figure comes with two head choices
Sculpture by Taesung Harmms
Boxart by Dr. Jin Kim

US Tank Commander Summer Set
Kit No #35271  
(2 figures in the set - both with two head choices)
Sculpture by Taesung Harmms  
Boxart by Dr. Jin Kim
Alpine Miniatures has two new figures for sale this month. Both are sold separately or as a pair for a slightly reduced price. Both of them represent officers in the US Tanker corps and both sport a full body cast in light grey resin.
Created provisionally in 1940 as Armored Force under Chief of the Armored Force, Brigadier General Adna R. Chaffee, Jr. and took control of all tank units in infantry and cavalry units. The armour branch traces its lineage back to the original cavalry units, its first beginnings date from the First World War.

The Armour branch insignia, featuring crossed sabres with an M26 Pershing tank superimposed on top
The US Tankers of WWII made their first appearances in North Africa via the Allied invasion of Morocco in French North Africa during Operation Torch, the Allied invasion of French North Africa, as well as the southern push to meet up with the Commonwealth allies in Tunisia.
Following the successful defeat of the Axis powers under Generalfeldmarschall Erwin Rommel in North Africa, in May 1943, the Armored Corps joined the Allied invasion of Sicily as the spearhead of Operation Husky, and from there - helped the push northwards in to the heart of Italy.

After training in England ahead of D-Dy, the US Tank Corps fought from the beaches of Normandy and then later southern France right into Germany in many campaigns.
The US Armoured Corps also fought in the Pacific conflict, with actions all across the pacific, with light and medium tanks, tank destroyers and mobile artillery all being used in the jungles and the volcanic islands on the way through to the end of WWII.


US Tank Officer Summer
Kit No #35269
The figure comes with two head choices
Sculpture by Taesung Harmms
Boxart by Dr. Jin Kim
This tanker figure comes with the choice of two headgears, the first is the M1 steel helmet that was standard issue to most US soldiers int the field, and also to tankers for using when they are anywhere near combat outside the tank, they also needed protection from bullets, shrapnel, not to mention rain and hail! It sports the two bars of the Captain's rank. The other choice is the US Tank Helmet M-1938 which was adapted from the pattern of early Gridiron helmets.
Along with the officer's regulation dress shirt and thick trousers he wears some of the hallmarks of the armoured corps officers. The binoculars in their hard, leather case, the pistol in the side holster with two spare ammo clips in a pouch below them and his little med-pack on the rear of the belt. He carries a map in his hand that also bears the detail of a wristwatch on his left hand.
The body language of the officer is quite neutral, with him looking off into the distance as you can see here by his side profile.
The officer's pants are captured just below the knees by the soldier's goloshes, these also go over his laced smart boots.


US Tank Commander Summer
Kit No #35270
The figure comes with two head choices
Sculpture by Taesung Harmms
Boxart by Dr. Jin Kim
This figure of a US WWII tank commander comes in 1/35th scales, just like his buddy, and he also boasts summer weight clothing. The other thing that this figure has in common is the choice of two headgears for the modeller.
 The headgear is the WWII US M1938 Tanker Helmet. Standard issue to all armoured vehicle crews, these were used throughout WWII and Korea. Fibreglass body, with hand-stitched leather liner, goggle hold downs, and headphone provisions. They are made in one size, that will work for 7-7 3/4 by adjusting the drawcord.
The tanker leans forward as he is using his intercom receiver, his left-hand rest high, so it looks like this fella will fit most Shermans pretty well, really any US tank that has a split opening hatch system
 You can see by the pictures below that even though this tanker is seen to be sitting inside the turret hatch, he still has a full body right down to the toes. In the picture, you can also see the goggles the tanker has in one of the headgear options.
Some wonderful painting work from Dr Jin Kim shows the figure with and without goggles, but also the eyes underneath the goggles!
The figure's torso is covered neck - to boots with a one-piece, olive drab herringbone twill coveralls with six metal rivet type buttons to the front and lay down collar. The right breast pocket has a flap. There is a diagonal slash pocket to each hip, a button vertical opening that allows access to the undergarments and a watch pocket beneath the right diagonal slash pocket. A pair of pockets are to the rear of the overalls, as well as a tool pocket to the right seam. The belt, with a large square friction buckle, is attached to the rear of the suit, but in this instance, it is covered over with the cloth US GI standard belt.
The figure is complete with again a Colt pistol, this time attached to the hip of the belt and some ammo in a pouch on his left. The boots of the tanker are covered at the ankle and go right up to just below his knees over his pantalones!



US Tank Commander Summer Set
Kit No #35271  
(2 figures in the set - both with two head choices)
Sculpture by Taesung Harmms  
Boxart by Dr. Jin Kim
These two tankers are also sold as a set, both with yet again two headgears each. Both of them could be used in the same scene, and both have that summer wear that could see them posed in a European or even an Asian scene. Both are excellently sculpted and as you can see here by the paint job both finish off very nicely by the look of them.

You can order these two figures separately or as a set as well as any other of Alpine's figures directly from their website if you live in the US, or through their distributors worldwide.