Czech Master's Kits
there's not much time for a smoke break for this pair of airborne
soldiers, who may have just landed in France or taken Carentan.
But it seems the officer is not content for the war to go on without
soldiers wear the distinctive M1942 airborne jumper's coat and trousers,
with the ample pockets crammed with supplies and tied off for support.
Both sport the long rising paratrooper boots. The NCO carries a
Thompson submachine gun, and has a smoke grenade and an M1918 Mk
1 fighting knife, featuring the handle with the "brass knuckles,"
hanging from his web straps. The other soldier has a standard M1
carbine with the wooden stock (for which you could swap one of the
metal folding stock M1A1 carbines from DML). On his web straps are
a Mk IIA1 "pineapple" grenade and a TL-122-C flashlight.
figures have 82nd Airborne patches engraved on their right arms
and flags on their left arms. You can carve them off and use Hudson
& Allen's excellent set of decals for either the 82nd or 101st.
drawback of this set is the way accessory pieces are molded onto
the resin carriers. Rather than being attached at the top or bottom
of the item, the pieces are attached across the back to the carrier.
This means they need to be sawed off, rather than severed with a
hobby knife. The result is more resin dust to contend with, and
the chance of sawing into the piece you're tyring to remove. On
the plus side are the two original musette bags that are not identical
to one another. But you'll need to scrounge up a couple entrenching
tools, as none are included.
of the figures is decent but certainly not up to Nemrod or Warriors
standards. The heads are large and characterless, like many early
VP heads. I'll probably repalce them with Warriors heads. The hands
seem to be taken from DML figures. The uniforms are accurate, however,
and well-rendered. There are impressions in the uniform into which
ammo pouches nestle, rather than sitting atop the folds of the uniforms,
a nice touch. Scalewise, the boys are more along the lines of Verlinden's
size, i.e., 1/32. They stand around 6'4". Weapons appear similar
to Tamiya is size and detail, while the canteens are distinctive
of DML offerings.
they're on the large side, these figures will work nicely with similarly
sized figures from Verlinden, or with other smaller figures if attention
is paid to the size of heads and helmets.