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Set 5023

Trubia Tank

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All figures are supplied unpainted    (Numbers of each pose in brackets)
Date Released 2005
Contents 1 figure and 1 tank
Poses 1 pose
Material Resin
Colours Grey
Average Height 23 mm (= 1.66 m)


We don't usually review sets without a meaningful number of figures, but this brief note has been included here for the sake of completeness.

When the supply of Soviet tanks dried up in 1938, the Republican government of Spain searched around for other ways of fulfilling their armour needs, and one such was the Trubia tank. Based loosely on the French Renault FT17 it was first produced in Spain in 1926. However it was not a successful design and very few were produced, although some did see service during the civil war.

This model is made of resin and comes in just five parts. A length of wire is also included, which we assume is meant to be used to represent the machine gun barrels protruding from the tank. Frankly it reminds us more of the wood and fabric dummies created during World War II to fool enemy reconnaissance - no one looking at it close up could mistake it for a tank. A particularly outstanding paint job would help, but that's not the point - this is about as basic a model as you could hope to find. If you want a simple representation of this sort of tank for a game than this is adequate, but not otherwise.

The set comes complete with a very poor copy of the Airfix World War I French Infantry bicyclist, which seems pointless, and another collection of 1/72 scale paper posters appropriate for the civil war.

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