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Officer of Spetsnaz FSB
Officer of Spetsnaz FSB, Russia
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by: Mario Matijasic [ MAKI ]

Introduction:

ANT Miniatures is a Russian figure manufacturer best known for their superb renditions of ultra-modern Russian Special Forces operatives in various scales. Although still oriented towards local market with their larger scale metal figure kits, ANT Miniatures produces an array of amazing 1/35 scale figures which are available throughout the world as resin kits.

This review describes ANT Miniatures' Officer of Spetsnaz FSB, Russia (35-72).

Review:

The figure is safely packed in a firm cardboard box, with the zip-lock bag with resin parts additionally protected inside bubble wrap. The box art picture shows the figure fully assembled and unpainted. The box does not list the sculptor, however I have been following ANT Miniatures for quite some time now, so I can definitely recognize the work of Pavel Sapotsky, a very talented sculptor and the author of most 1/35 scale ANT Miniatures modern Spetsnaz figures.

The kit consists of 4 pieces and a simple base:

- full body with legs and head,
- right arm,
- left arm,
- weapon.

The parts are cast in grey resin and are molded really well: there are no air bubbles or any major casting imperfections, however I did find a thin seam line going along the right leg of the figure. The seam is not very pronounced, but could prove difficult to remove without damaging the intricate folds of the uniform... some careful sanding should do the trick though. The resin carrier blocks are large, but easy to remove.

As with all ANT Miniatures figures, the fit of the parts is extremely good and I had no problems building the figure. Both arms feature protrusions which aid in their correct alignment to the torso. The small gaps between arms and torso were filled with some putty; just a quick fix to get a perfect result.

The figure represents a Spetsnaz soldier of Russian Federal Security Service (FSB). The garb and gear definitely shows this is one of the most up-to-date Spetsnaz figures produced so far: the figure wears what appears to be SSO-ACU uniform, which is based on the US Army Combat Uniform specification, and MOLLE Defender-2 body armor. This kind of setup is issued almost exclusively to FBS operatives. The figure sports a light loadout consisting of ammo and grenade pouches, radio pouch on the left shoulder, and various small pouches secured to the waist. A drop leg platform with additional ammo pouches is fastened to the left thigh, and a drop leg holster with secondary firearm to his right. This kind of loadout probably designates the figure as a member of rapid response team. The Special Forces look is further enhanced with knee pads, tactical gloves and a RBR F6 PASGT helmet. I have to admit gathering info on modern Russian gear is not easy; I hope I have correctly designated all the equipment pieces, but if anyone notices any mistakes please let me know.

The figure is armed with a heavily modified AK. The weapon features CTR stock and extensive rail system with EOTech holographic sight, tactical light and additional forward grip attached. The weapon fits well to figure’s right hand and after adding a tactical sling the ‘pimped up’ AK could definitely turn into one of the focal points of this figure.

The sculptor did an amazing job on the figure… The details on the uniform and body armor are perfectly rendered with all the complex fine-points present and sculpted to the highest standard. Drop-leg holster, tactical gloves, knee pads and RBR helmet add to the realism of FBS operative and, as far as I can tell, all the equipment is accurately depicted in scale. The ‘westernized’ AK is a real gem. Finally, I have to compliment the head sculpt with facial details well defined.

Conclusion:

It is getting harder finding superlatives for ANT Miniatures figures. Pavel Sapotsky, the sculptor of most ANT offerings in 1/35 scale, is an extremely talented artist and his sculpts are a real treat for any figure modeler. Well cast and extremely easy to build, with impressive details all around, this Spetsnaz figure should prove very popular among modelers interested in ultra-modern Special Ops operatives.

Also, be sure to check out other Spetsnaz figures on ANT Miniatures website:
http://ant-miniatures.ru
and webshop:
http://ant-shop.com.

My thanks to Viktor from ANT Miniatures for this review sample.

References:

http://www.red-alliance.net/
http://www.sovietairborne.com/
http://www.russiancombatgear.com
http://www.soviet-propaganda.com
http://www.russianarsenal.com
SUMMARY
Highs: Perfectly sculpted, nicely cast and very easy to build. A great rendition of a ultra-modern Spetsnaz operative.
Lows: A seam line along the right leg.
Verdict: Highly recommended.
Percentage Rating
92%
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: 35-72
  Related Link: ANT Miniatures website
  PUBLISHED: Mar 27, 2013
  NATIONALITY: Russia
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 93.37%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 90.79%

Our Thanks to ANT Miniatures!
This item was provided by them for the purpose of having it reviewed on this KitMaker Network site. If you would like your kit, book, or product reviewed, please contact us.

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About Mario Matijasic (Maki)
FROM: CROATIA HRVATSKA

You wonder how did this addiction start? I was a kid when my dad broght home a 1/72 Concord airplane; we built it together as well as couple of other airplanes after that. This phase was just pure fun: glue, paint, decals in no particular order... everything was finished in a day or two. Then I disc...

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