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U.S. Tank Crew
U.S. Tank Crew Europe WW II
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by: Engin Kayral [ GRAYWOLF ]


Young Miniatures from Korea keeps increasing the quality of its 1/10 military busts series day by day. Besides the talented sculpting of Young B.Song, the quality of resin casting and the presentation of the kit in a fine quality box are all worth to notice.

YM – 1808 represents a United States tank crewman during World War II in European theater.


The figure comes in a black color heavy cardboard box inserted in a transparent sleeve. The front cover of the box shows the photo of bust painted by Young B.Song that can serve as a painting guide. A small photo of the alternative head is also shown on top left.

Parts are well protected between thick slabs of polyfoam. Big parts and small parts are placed in different layers of polyfoam and small parts are secured in plastic bags.


This 1/10 scale bust is sculpted by Young B.Song and comes in a total of 8 resin pieces, and some copper wire for the headset cabling.

He wears a M - 1943 field jacket with front zipper over his shirt. Cloth folds of jacket and parts of headset are well defined. He carries a M1911 revolver on his left armpit. The details of the gun is well represented.

The kit comes with 2 different heads. Both heads wears Rawlings M -1938 tank helmet and HS-18 headset with high-impedence R-14 receivers. The details are very well defined on the helmet. One of the heads carries M-38 Resistol googles on his helmet while the other head has no googles and carries a cigar on his mouth.

Another google, accessories of head set and cigar are given as small parts.

Copper wire is provided to make the cabling of headset and PL354 jack.

A resin cylindrical pedestal is supplied to mount the bust.

casting & details

Besides the fine quality of Young Miniatures white metal figures, the quality of 1/10 resin busts is incredible. Casting is flawless with no air holes or minor mistakes. All you should do is to cut and clean casting blocks. The details of the tank helmet is absolutely paralell to historical references and sculpted/casted in very crisp details.

The box shows a photo of the bust that can be a painting reference. Unfortunately, there is no other painting guide included in the kit but Young Miniatures website offers many nice photos of the painted bust. Please visit US tank crew Photos .

More photos that can be helpful when painting this bust can be found in the following links.

Tank Helmet 1938-1
Tank Helmet 1938-2


For World War II bust painters, and especially for the ones that appreciate United States subjects, this bust is definitely a must with superb sculpt of Young B.Song and high quality casting with nice details.

Highly Recommended

Highs: Awesome sculpting and top quality casting.
Lows: Painting guide with more photos can be a good addition to the kit.
Verdict: Absolutely a perfect choice for WW II bust painters.
Percentage Rating
  Scale: 1:10
  Mfg. ID: YM-1808
  Suggested Retail: 59.99 USD
  Related Link: Product Page
  PUBLISHED: Apr 25, 2008
  NATIONALITY: United States

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About Engin Kayral (Graywolf)

Born in 1962,married and having 2 sons. I started modelling about 8 years old building USS Fletcher with mom. It was a model dad brought from USA., I think in those days only a few people in Turkey had info on scale model kits. Grown as an AF officer son , I built many aircraft models in years. Som...

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Thanks for the review Engin. The bust certainly looks very cleanly cast. Apart from the casting blocks I didn't see many lines or much flash - although I will admit to looking rather quickly through the pics and will look again tonight. I take it since an extra set of goggles are supplied it will be possible to place these on the head of the "cigar head"? Is anything supplied to make the head band for the extra goggles? I must say I disagree with you on one point. I don't see the lack of a painting guide as a major negative. I believe it makes people research their figure a bit more prior to assembly and painting, and thus reinforces the *historical* aspect of our hobby Just my most humble opinion, dear Doctor Thanks again for the great review bro!! Rudi
APR 25, 2008 - 01:50 AM

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