Harmms offers U.S. fans the first of a pair of G.I. tankers dressed
for cold weather. This full standing figure, measuring up to about
5'10 with his helmet on, wears the winter trousers under the ubiquitous
winter combat jacket. He also wears laced up shoepacks on his feet.
So he is definitely a figure for the harsh winter of 1944-45. Leaning
on his left arm, he would look sharp in the hatch of a tank or in
an open top tank destroyer. A nice touch is provided by the binoculars
slung around his neck.
helmeted head is just one option. The more interesting look is the
folded up winter combat "helmet" on the alternate head.
sculpting is sublime, from the laces on the shoepacks to the ribs
on the collar of the jacket. The proportions are just a bit off,
though, between the jacket (too short over the chest and back compared
to the sleeves) and the trousers (making the lower half of the body
seem even larger than the chest) and the smallish heads (especially
the helmeted one). I think allowances can be made given the bulkiness
of the winter clothing and the fact that what the soldier's wore
did not always fit them properly. The discrepancy is less with the
soft helmeted head, but the smaller M1 steel pot seems to accentuate
the problem with the other head. I tested a few spares from Warriors,
Royal, YANKS, and Corpus, and found most of them too large for the
body size. (The helmeted head looks all right on a Tamiya body.)
So this might be more a matter of individual taste and perception-and
that perception might be further altered with the figure situated
in a tank or TD and less of his lower body exposed.
four parts (separate left arm; right arm molded to the torso) are
crisply cast and there are absolutely no seams anywhere. There are
modest plugs to remove from the left arm and heads and a bit of
residue on the bottoms of the boots. Insignia patches are molded
onto the jacket; you can either paint them freehand or trim them
off and use transfers from Archer.
with the possibly negligible issues of proportion, this is a well
executed piece deserves attention from U.S. AFV fans.
sample kindly provided by Alpine Models.