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Alpine Miniatures

The New feature a brief explanation
There are a number of reasons for his new feature. Firstly, there are so many new modellers on the site, who perhaps having been away from the hobby for so long, are unaware (as I was) when they return to the hobby. Many will also live in areas where they have little or no access to hobby stores and therefore magazines or particularly the 'web are their only means of discovering what is available in an increasingly complex market. Secondly, it is part of a continual process of increasing the already significant resources here - on Armorama. Finally, it is a (small) means of saying Thank You to our site sponsors and advertisers, without whom, the site would not exist.
The Company - Alpine Miniatures
Alpine Miniatures are based in New Jersey, U.S.A. and is owned by Taesung Harmms, who also does the sculpting of the masters. The company has been around for little over a year and is already causing a great deal of respect and acclaim in the modelling world.

Unlike some other companies in the market, Alpine has concentrated (up until now at least) exclusively on 1/35th scale. They have also concentrated many of their releases on a (strangely) neglected area - AFV Crews. Their figures are produced in resin as are the products of many other smaller companies for a simple economic reason. To produce injection moulds for plastic figures or kits is a hugely expensive undertaking and despite some recent advances, the quality is marginally inferior to resin. Therefore for a undertaking and despite some recent advances, the quality is marginally inferior to resin. Therefore for a company like Alpine Miniatures, resin is the only logical choice. Many modellers unfairly criticise the smaller companies assuming that they can produce a box of figures for $10 . This is simply impossible.

In my opinion at least, a figure company can quickly be judged by the imagination they instill in their new releases In the case of Alpine they are covering the popular subjects - WWII German figures but are also covering the 'poor relations' of the hobby - Soviet Tank Crews for example, and to a lesser extent, U.S: AFV Crews.

The product list
One of the innovative features of Alpine's range, is that their figures come with a choice of two heads. The advantages of this are numerous, for me it adds a freshness to an individual casting otherwise everything, no matter how well painted, would develop a dreary sameness. This feature is something that other companies should seriously consider.

The current catalogue


35001 - WW2 German Tanker with a Flare Gun

35002 - WW2 British/Commonwealth Tanker

35003 - Coldwar-era Soviet Tanker

35004 - WW2 Early War Russian Tank Commander

35005 - WW2 Early War Russian Tanker

35006 - WW2 German DAK Tank Commander

35007 - WW2 Russian Tank Crew Set (Designed to fit into DML T-34/76 turret)

35008 WW2 German Infantry in Kursk

35009 WW2 US Tank Crew #

35010 WW2 US Tank Crew #2

35011 WW2 US Tank Crew Set (2 Figures & 4 Heads)

35012 WW2 Russian Tanker 1943-45

35013 WW2 Russian Officer 1943-45

35014 WW2 Russian Tank Crew Set 1943-45 (2 Figures & 4 Heads)

35015 German Tanker in Summer

35016 DAK Panzer Officer

35017 DAK Panzer NCO

35018 DAK Panzer Crew set (2 Figures & 4 Heads)

35019 WW2 US Tanker w/ Tommy Gun
Don't just take my word for it.. on-site Alpine reviews

DAK Panzer Officer

US WWII Tank Crew #1 and #2

WW II German Infantry (Kursk)

WW2 brit/CW tanker
Availability
Alpine Miniatues Retailers:
AFV Modeller (UK)

Mol Plastic Modelbouw (Exclusive in The Netherlands)

MS Models (Exclusive in Japan)

M Workshop (Exclusive in Singapore)

M&M Models (USA)

Panther Models (UK)

Rainbow Trade (Exclusive in South Korea)
The Red Lancers (USA)

Siegbert Weigt (Germany)

Smart Modelling (UK)

SMT Hobby (Denmark)

VLS (USA)

Alpenflage Hobbies (USA)

The Barrel Store (Canada)

Blast Models (France)

Colorado Miniatures (USA)

CRM Hobbies (USA)

Dioart (Canada)

Eastern Front Hobbies (USA)

Figure Royale (Exclusive in Belgium)

Maquetas 113 (Exclusive in Spain)

MMD/Squadron (USA)

Model Discount (Exclusive in Italy)

Model Point (USA)

Modellshop (Exclusive in Switzerland)

Mol Plastic Modelbouw (Exclusive in The Netherlands)

MS Models (Exclusive in Japan)

M Workshop (Exclusive in Singapore)

M&M Models (USA)

Panther Models (UK)

Rainbow Trade (Exclusive in South Korea)

The Red Lancers (USA)

Siegbert Weigt (Germany)

Smart Modelling (UK)

SMT Hobby (Denmark)

VLS (USA)

For more Information, look at ALPINE MNIATURES WEBSITE
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About the Author

About Jim Rae (jimbrae)
FROM: PROVINCIA DE LUGO, SPAIN / ESPAņA

Self-employed English teacher living in NW Spain. Been modelling off and on since the sixties. Came back into the hobby around ten years ago. First love is Soviet Armor with German subjects running a close second. Currently exploring ways of getting cloned to allow time for modelling, working and wr...