by: Todd Michalak [ ]
Armor35 is a Russian based online modelling store since 2012 offering a wide variety of products to our friends in Russia and around the world. Recently Armor35 has branched out into offering a line of products, “Project Armor35”, including kits and accessories in 1/35th scale geared towards Railway Transport and the Second World War from resin and wood and most recently a line of 1/35th scale resin figures.
Armor35’s latest release from their Special Series line of cast resin sets is the Soviet Driver (1941-1943) WWII figure. This figure is sold in a small open-ending box that comes with a picture of the completed figure on the front of the container. Inside, the figure is separated into two separate Ziploc type baggies.
There are three pieces of cast resin parts to this figure; the entire figure is cast in one piece with the exception of the two separately cast arms. The main part of the figure in mounted to its original casting block as is the two supplied arm attachments.
The figure is cast extremely clean and there are no visible air bubbles and /or flash to be seen. There is a somewhat relaxed yet confused pose to this sculpt of this figure. At rest, the figure will be depicted with one hand behind his head as if to muddle over some sort of situation to which might possibly be happening in front of him.
Typical so far from Armor35 is the limited construction to their figures and this one is not any different. There is only three pieces that needed to be combined to complete construction. The only clean-up involved was the four cast block attachments; two under the boots of the figure and the two elbow on the separate arms that were supplied. There were no visible seam lines that needed to be removed or softened and with the lack of flash this figure is all but ready to paint right out of the box.
The two arm attachments are actually perfect. After proper alignment of the arms there is no visible seam that need filling.
This is the second figure from Armor35 that I have had the pleasure of taking a close look at. I have to say that I am impressed with the casting of the Soviet Driver (1941-1943) WWII figure. The pose is nice, the casting is exceptional and of course the subject matter is welcome. The facial features sculpted into this figure done rather well leaving a decent expression that could lend itself to any diorama.
The only criticism I have from the Line of Armor35 cast resin figures is the lack of options as it pertains to limbs and the heads of the figures. I do feel that with a figure of this quality one substantial improvement would be to add another arm for optional posing. The only other suggestion I would make about improving the figure would be to have the head separate. This allows for directional posing or easy changing to other commercially offered cast heads on the market if desired. This is not a deal-breaker by any means though as the figure, as is should fit the part in any Early to mid-WWII Russian scene.
Aside from the small criticisms I mentioned above, Armor35 is well on their way to producing a fine collection of resin figures for a number of uses within the modelling world. I recommend these figures highly to anyone who wants to breakout into figure construction and painting. The price is great and the quality is that of some expensive range figures; add this to the ease of construction and these figures will make for a detailed and fun project for most.