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ScoutII Inactive Member15 Nov 2011 1:45 p.m. PST

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Ordered up 4 packs of these a little over a month ago. Cost was 15 per pack of 10 shipping included. It took about a month from time of payment to the time I received them, communication was prompt and clear.

The figures themselves are current in terms of equipment. You get 7 armed with the basic QBZ-95 assault rifles, one with underslung grenade launcher, 2 PF-89 light anti-tank weapon and one 1 QBB-95 LSW. Each pose is different, so it provides a good variety. The figures with the PF-89s also have QBZ-95 rifles at their side or over their shoulder on a strap. All of them have lots of pouches and other kit that matches up well with the images coming out of China.

All are one piece castings, but the poses still show a lot of movement. There is a little bit of straightening of gun barrels which needs to be done, but beyond that I have found no flash and minimal mold lines to be cleaned up.

The only real downside to the sculpting themselves is that the helmets (either QGF02 or QGF03) have rather pronounced ear covers. The real ones are slightly more subdued, and most the time the helmet is covered with a cloth covering which matches the camouflage of the rest of their kit (or sometimes hot pink when the powers that be determines that it is better to be cute than functional).

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The figures themselves are sculpted to be 25 mm to the eyes, not including the integral base (which adds about 1 mm to the height). They are realistically proportioned, so next to some of the more "heroic" figures they do look a good bit more slight. As far as the measurements and all of that go the rifle and LSW both measure out to be roughly 1:48 scale (roughly…1:48 in terms of length, closer to 1:55 in terms of height). The anti-tank rocket is scaled at roughly 1:60. Given the height of the figures, they end up being right in the 1:60 scale range as well.

cs-compound.blogspot.com Where to get them and pictures.

Definitely a nice addition to modern/ultra-modern collections. Since the weapons are relatively recent additions to the Chinese arsenal they should stay relevant for years to come.

Spooner615 Nov 2011 4:33 p.m. PST

Any comparision picks with other Mfg products? Erueka, Empress, Mofo, Assault group.

Chris

ScoutII Inactive Member15 Nov 2011 5:02 p.m. PST

He has some comparison shots on his website for Eureka, Mongrel Miniatures and TAG. Picture posted here and miniatures are in that order (the Chinese is the bare metal).

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They are noticeably slimmer. I don't think it is so bad that they will not work as OpFor though. Mixing them directly would prove to be more of a problem though. Luckily you do get a good selection of figures right off the bat, so you don't have to start looking for additional figures right away (and for smaller skirmish games, the 10 figure set might be enough).

Arrigo16 Nov 2011 4:07 a.m. PST

One thing to bear in mind is that colonel Stone actually wanted them to look smaller and slimmer (you know the general perception on chinese people). Having met a lot of people from China I can say that some fit perfectly (boy and girls) some (especially from northern areas) make me seem too small.

(I make fun of others) Inactive Member18 Nov 2011 8:45 a.m. PST

Why is this in Consumer Affairs?

ScoutII Inactive Member19 Nov 2011 12:19 a.m. PST

Because it was a review of both the service (which was good) and the product (which was also good).

Might be just me, but it would seem that Consumer Affairs and Modern Product Reviews are the two appropriate forums to discuss these points.

Col Stone04 Mar 2012 4:28 p.m. PST

Thank you for the nice review :)
I'm aware of the issue with the helmets, bit of a mistake on my part when i got the reference material..
it's true that the real one has less pronounced bulges.:/

Arrigo is correct in that i wanted figures that were smaller in stature, FoA does the same with their vietnamese and i thought it was very good for the tableview.

there are some more things in the work aswell, sorry in advance about my lousy photgraphy.. :(
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Uesugi Kenshin Supporting Member of TMP12 Sep 2012 5:36 p.m. PST

Nice looking figures. Hope some special weapons and maybe an AFV will follow!

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