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1/48 British armour figures

Joined: May 21st, 2005, 10:53 am

February 6th, 2014, 9:26 am #1

Hi all

Looking at adding a figure or 2 to my 1/48 Firefly. I bought the art of war British army figure set a few years back and I also have the Tamiya Figure set in my stash

I'm surprised at the difference in size between the 2

The Tamiya Figures scale out at about 1.65 Metres (5ft 5 in)

The Art of war scale out to approx 1.87 metres (6ft 2in)

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Although you can obviously get people of these sizes together the builds are so different they IMHO would look funny. Clearly you're be better off using one or the other

Whats the general consensus on these figures, the art of war ones are very nicely moulded but I wonder if they are 2 big. And the Tamiya ones do look a little anemic .

Thoughts?

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Calum

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Joined: November 27th, 2006, 6:19 am

February 6th, 2014, 9:48 am #2


I've used both in my Shermans and M10's several times.  As long as you don't mix them in the same vehicle either look fine. Overall the Tamiya ones are a little short and too slender and the AOW ones are a little to big. The average height in WW2 was less than today and closer to Tamiyas, I just wish their figs had a little more "beef" ....

If you'd like to see some pics I can dig em out and post em up ........?

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Brent


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Joined: February 27th, 2005, 7:41 pm

February 6th, 2014, 5:03 pm #3

was somewhat less than today's people. American troops averaged 5'8" and 140 lbs (173cm and 64kg). Germans and British troops averaged 5'7" and 130 lbs (170cm and 59kg). Obviously there were huge variations, but those were the statistical averages.

The Tamiya figures have all been undersize, more like 1/50 scale, in that the heads and hands are small also. Still, most miniatures tend to have heads and hands to big because of the difficulty in sculpting small features. On the other hand, while combat uniforms tend to be bulky and loose to allow free movement, the men themselves were not that big and they were lightly built - look at some photos of men in just shorts (North Africa or the Pacific) and see how small they are compared to then bruisers we see today. The Tamiya mini-man above may be too small, but the Art of War chap looks positively portly in comparison.

That said, we could use some new good figures in our scale. I have found that the bigger and better detailed Tamiya figures can be used as armatures to model better figures by lengthening limbs and torsos and bulking up using putty, paper or metal foil to build up uniform details. This does take some skill, but it can be very satisfying. Using photos of soldiers in uniform will assist in getting the right look.
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Joined: May 21st, 2005, 10:53 am

February 7th, 2014, 8:41 pm #4

I know people were smaller in the "olden days" but not quite that much smaller. Thats why the Art of war guy just doesn't look right to me. I might put the figures in the vehicle which may hide the most of the figures

I agree, it would be good to have something a little in between these 2.


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February 7th, 2014, 8:42 pm #5

I've used both in my Shermans and M10's several times.  As long as you don't mix them in the same vehicle either look fine. Overall the Tamiya ones are a little short and too slender and the AOW ones are a little to big. The average height in WW2 was less than today and closer to Tamiyas, I just wish their figs had a little more "beef" ....

If you'd like to see some pics I can dig em out and post em up ........?

cheers

Brent


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Are they on your blog?


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Joined: August 21st, 2005, 2:36 pm

February 7th, 2014, 10:05 pm #6

Hi Callum, Parabellum do a range of British Army figures which are very nice. I used one for my Firefly and could not be happier



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Paul

ps - Great progress on your model - keep up the excellent work
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Joined: November 27th, 2006, 6:19 am

February 7th, 2014, 11:58 pm #7

Hi all

Looking at adding a figure or 2 to my 1/48 Firefly. I bought the art of war British army figure set a few years back and I also have the Tamiya Figure set in my stash

I'm surprised at the difference in size between the 2

The Tamiya Figures scale out at about 1.65 Metres (5ft 5 in)

The Art of war scale out to approx 1.87 metres (6ft 2in)

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Although you can obviously get people of these sizes together the builds are so different they IMHO would look funny. Clearly you're be better off using one or the other

Whats the general consensus on these figures, the art of war ones are very nicely moulded but I wonder if they are 2 big. And the Tamiya ones do look a little anemic .

Thoughts?

Cheers

Calum

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Hey Calum,

Added a couple of pics showing Tamiya crews in place (Firefly and M10) vrs some who I thought were AOW but aren't. They maybe Gasoline as they came in a three pack but either way they're about the same big size as the AOW one you pictured.  The Tamiya ones are closer to the size of wartime Brit Sherman crews imo but the quailty isn't as good. Parabellum look closer in size to Tamiya ..... As an aside the AOW German crews don't seem as big as the Brit one you posted.

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Brent

 










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February 8th, 2014, 6:30 am #8

Hi Callum, Parabellum do a range of British Army figures which are very nice. I used one for my Firefly and could not be happier



Best

Paul

ps - Great progress on your model - keep up the excellent work
Very nice, Where did you get thefigures and what did you use for the grass?

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Calum

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February 8th, 2014, 6:31 am #9

Hey Calum,

Added a couple of pics showing Tamiya crews in place (Firefly and M10) vrs some who I thought were AOW but aren't. They maybe Gasoline as they came in a three pack but either way they're about the same big size as the AOW one you pictured.  The Tamiya ones are closer to the size of wartime Brit Sherman crews imo but the quailty isn't as good. Parabellum look closer in size to Tamiya ..... As an aside the AOW German crews don't seem as big as the Brit one you posted.

cheers

Brent

 










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Joined: August 21st, 2005, 2:36 pm

February 8th, 2014, 3:49 pm #10

Very nice, Where did you get thefigures and what did you use for the grass?

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Calum

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Hi Calum, the figure is from a range that Parabellum do in the UK. There are several tankies and squaddies in the range that are more than suitable for your requirements.

http://www.parabellum.co.uk/prc32.htm

Review on Track48
http://www.track48.com/shop/xnews.php?newsid=642

The figure I used is PMM15 Tank crewman for hatch taking cigarette packet from pocket. I used Archer Transfers decals for the rank chevrons on the arms.



The grass is made by a company called Mininatur. Great stuff for diorama etc. You can see some of their stuff here. I used some of the long summer/autumn tufts on my model. The grass is attached to a thin membrane of sticky stuff that you press onto your groundwork. I used some transparent PVA glue on mine to help bind it. Highly recommend their products.



http://www.newmodellersshop.co.uk/mininatur.htm

Hope this is of some help to you

Best

Paul
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