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There are some very nice toys out there on the market today. The accuracy far exceeds anything in the toy category from when I was a kid. I do remember seeing some great looking GI Joe - type figures - Action Man I think there were called - in different WWII uniforms. At the time they were rather out of my price league! What makes these vehicles toys rather than models is that they are mass produced, usually screwed together so you will see obvious join lines, and of course any small detail will be added in soft plastic often rather crudely glued in place. However, if you really want to play with these things that's not a bad thing!
|Hetzer from 21st Century.||Figure also 21st Century (comes separately)||Some kind of printing process is used on the wheels.|
|1/32 Panther II
This came from KB toys, and cost a whole $7! This came in a light grey so I repainted it. Overall dimensions look good. Machine gun was missing from the front so I draped a "tarp" over where it should be. The headlight is rather crude and the tow cables are incorrectly placed low on the fenders. On the other hand it is quite recognizable for what it is and the commander looks OK too! I added the decals on this one.
|Motorized toy King Tiger by New-Ray.|
|1/32 M3 half track|
|M3 half track from 21st Century||Nice toy and figure.||Figure also 21st Century (comes separately)||Engine, opening doors, lift up seats and full MG complement!|
|1/32 M25 Chaffee|
|M25 Chaffee from 21st Century.||Accurate outline but ugly join lines!||Armed with same basic gun as the Sherman.||Replaced the old M3/M5 light tanks.|
|1/32 Firefly IC|
|Firefly IC from 21st Century.||Firefly IC is based on the M4 chassis.||Front MG (correctly) blanked off.||Stowage box added to turret rear.|
|M4A3, M5 Light tank, M18|
|1/32 Sherman M4A3 Forces of Valor, though I bought the Wal-Mart repack!||M5 Light tank 21st Century toys. Very impressive with only the plastic antennae showing it as a toy. The commander pose looks very realistic.||US M18 Tank destroyer from 21st Century toys.|
|1/32 Marder III|
|Marder III, 21st Century.||Some grime on the wheels via some printing process.||Very nice effort from 21st Century - don't you miss them?||I added a crew from quickly painted Tamiya figures as the back looked too empty.|
|1/32 Marder IIIM|
|Marder IIIM, 21st Century.||Crew is 2 21st Century panzer crewmen.||German self-propelled or tank hunter gun crews wore panzer black in the later war years.|
|Matilda Mk II, Panther, Panzer II, SAS Jeep|
|British Matilda Mk II from Forces of Valor, Walmart Motorworks version. Very nice camo painting on this one.||1/32 German Panther tank from 21st Century toys.||German Panzer III from 21st Century toys. Very impressive weathering and all!||1/6 British SAS jeep GI Joe|
|Figure is Tamiya from another model.||1/32 Jeep by Unimax.||Jeep is die cast metal.||Makes a nice toy.|
|1/32 Weasel Amphibious Jeep by Unimax||Nice detail - very clean!||There my Tamiya figure again!||Fold down windscreen. Jerry cans a bit thick!|
|1/32 SdKfz 7|
|German SdKfz 7 halftrack from 21st Century toys.||Same basic model in different color scheme.||Note road wheels show front only - behind is empty!||Instrument panel!|
|1/32 STUG III|
|German STUG III from Forces of Valor, Walmart Motorworks version.|
|1/32 VW schwimmwagen|
|1/32 VW schwimmwagen by Unimax|
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