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Marc33594 Supporting Member of TMP writes:

Just today I received an order from winning bids on Ebay for both Cando stuff from California (two packs of 12 from their blitzkrieg range) and Takara from Japan (one case of series 07 and 4 "platoon packs" of 4 tanks each). The Takara and CanDo match very nicely but I found the new "Classic Armor" by Millenium being sold at Walmart just a bit shorter and noticably not as tall. I compared the Millenium Panther and Tiger I to the Takara ones.

There is currently a super deal by the guy I dealt with in Japan on another case (80 random models from the 07 range). If folks are interested willing to mention who it is, what I paid and detail what I got in my case.

I have been impressed by the MiniFig website here in the US and have heard nothing but good things about their infantry so will probably look to an order soon. Also they seem to have quite a few pieces to fill in the blanks in the CanDo/Takara range.

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One of our readers in Japan - Acharnement - was kind enough to send me one of the World Tank Museum sets that everyone has been talking about.

The box got a bit crumpled in transit (so I won't show it to you), and seems to be different than the random-assortment packs currently available in North America. This kit is from the VS series, and contains the Tiger II (Panzerkampfwagen Tiger Ausf.B (Henschel-Turm) and JS-2m (Stalin) tanks.

Two models in packaging

Both pre-painted models come well-cocooned in clear plastic packaging, with a black-and-white card that no doubt says something useful (in Japanese). Also provided is a small pack of unpainted accessory parts - track links, stowage, an engine, and a crate - and another card with color photos showing the accessories painted and applied to the models.

Back of the inside package

Scale isn't stated in any alphabet I can read, but I imagine these are 1/144 scale (as are the models distributed in the U.S.)

Tiger II (left) and Stalin tanks

The JS-2m Stalin is painted in basic Soviet green, treads in brown, underside in gray. A wash has been applied to grates and vents, and some fender panels are painted brown. A patriotic slogan and the Soviet star adorns both turret sides. The turret turns, but the treads are immobile.

JS-2m Stalin

The Tiger II is in 3-color camouflage. Some of the stowage items are picked out in brown and metal colors.

Tiger II

I'll be very interested to hear from gamers who are using these on their tabletops...