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G-man69
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Posted: Wednesday, January 23, 2019 - 05:21 AM UTC
Hi all,

I am in the process of building the Amusing Hobby 1/35th FV214 Conqueror MKII British Heavy Tank, kit number 35A027. The build log is entitled 'My first build in 40 years...so here goes...'

I have already asked the following question in the above log, however, it was kindly suggested to me by Robin Nilsson that i ask the question in a stand alone post.

This tank only had an 11-year service history, (1955-1966 according to wiki).

Is anyone able to help me determine what figures might be acceptable to crew the vehicle?

Would the Miniart British Tank Crew NW Europe or British Tank Crew Winter Uniform be acceptable for mid-50s to mid-60s cold war era?

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Regards

G
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Posted: Wednesday, January 23, 2019 - 05:30 AM UTC
Maybe in Armorama:Armour/AFV or
Armorama:Figures instead?

Think about it and let me know if you would like me to move it

/ Robin
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Posted: Wednesday, January 23, 2019 - 05:58 AM UTC
This question has been asked before and the consensus was that pixie suits lasted well into the 1960s.
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Posted: Wednesday, January 23, 2019 - 02:43 PM UTC
As Stephen says, the Pixie suit had a long life.

Try this website for pics that may help you
https://www.how-amps.org/fv-214-conqueror-mki/

You could probably get away with the Miniart British Tank Crew sans the helmets. Ones with a beret would be needed.

Bronco does a set CB35098 WW2 British/Commonwealth AFV Crew figures which has 4 figures in Pixie suits that might be a start



Alpine also does a couple of excellent figures as well, but designed for outside the vehicle


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Posted: Wednesday, January 23, 2019 - 09:20 PM UTC
Hi Robin,

Sorry if Iím being a pain, but Iím new to this posting specific questions.

Thanks for the suggestion, I am more than happy to go with your recommendation if you could please move the post to Armorama: Armour/AFV, thank you.

Thanks, and regards,

G
G-man69
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Posted: Wednesday, January 23, 2019 - 09:24 PM UTC
Hi Steven and Peter,

Apologies for repeating a question and thanks for the answers.

The Miniart Figures are readily available but will also see if i can get a set of the Bronco figures.

Again, thanks for the quick response and the info relating to helmets.

Regards

G
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Posted: Wednesday, January 23, 2019 - 09:39 PM UTC

Quoted Text

Hi Robin,

Sorry if Iím being a pain, but Iím new to this posting specific questions.

Thanks for the suggestion, I am more than happy to go with your recommendation if you could please move the post to Armorama: Armour/AFV, thank you.

Thanks, and regards,

G



Maybe there is no need to move it, the replies and suggestions have been coming in anyway
/ Robin
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Posted: Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 08:31 AM UTC

Quoted Text

Hi Steven and Peter,

Apologies for repeating a question and thanks for the answers.


G



No apologies needed. The forums are all about helping others with questions, and it does not matter where they are posted as long as the person posting gets what they need. Even if a question has been posted before, often new info comes up to.

Good luck with the build.

Cheers


Peter
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Posted: Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 11:50 PM UTC
Thanks Peter,

I have managed to order the Bronco figures at a reasonable, in my opinion, price.

Regards

G
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Posted: Friday, January 25, 2019 - 12:36 AM UTC
The Bronco figures are I believe the best as regards injection moulded plastic.
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Posted: Friday, January 25, 2019 - 12:50 AM UTC
Hi Darren,

Thanks for the vote of confidence, i'm looking forward to constructing them...though not so much painting them, .

Regards

G
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Posted: Friday, January 25, 2019 - 07:37 AM UTC
Gareth,

The WW2 era Pixie Suits are indeed fine for Conqueror crews (and Centurions come to that); the Olive Green Combat Suit though would have been around for some time so you could depict your figures wearing at least the smocks (jackets) over the coveralls as well. It depends of course how much of the figure you wish to depict. If you wish for say, a non tactical vignette, you could just have the crew heads poking out, and with only the shoulders to worry about, any figure with a bereted head (and headset) would then suffice and all you'd have to do would be to paint the visible part an appropriate colour for the green smock. Don't forget to add wire for the headsets.

Conqueror does lend itself to displaying figures as all 4 crew members have their own hatch so you can populate your tank and make it look suitably "busy".

If you're going for the Pixie suit option, don't overlook Ultracast - their figures are really good and the poses are excellent too. Available in UK via Accurate Armour.

One last thing, the AFV Crewman's steel helmet was used up to and including Chieftain, so although I haven't stumbled across any pictures of Conqueror crews wearing it, you could always ring the changes.

Good luck with whatever you decide.

Brian
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Posted: Saturday, January 26, 2019 - 03:26 AM UTC
Hi Brian,

Thank you for the information regarding the figures to use and information relating to the uniforms, it is much appreciated. I have, today, received both Miniart and Bronco figures of WWII tank crews and armoured car crews to work with.

I agree with you regarding the Conqueror being an ideal tank to display with the crew.

Just have to see which figures work best.

Thanks again, regards,

G