Rushing to Normandy! (U.S. Paratroopers)
Modeling the U.S. Army in WWII


This is an excellent, action-packed duo of US airborne that could be racing to find the big guns aimed at the beaches or searching for survivors in Ste. Mare Eglise. An NCO with a Thompson is running and pointing off to his left side, directing the movement of his companion, armed with a Garand rifle. The kit comes with a circular resin base of uneven "dirt."

Both troopers 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 has an M1910 entrenching tool hanging from his belt, a .45 and magazine pouch, and canteen (all of which appear to be Tamiya clones). The trench knife, typically worn strapped to the leg, was broken off the resin carrier, and thus lost its tip.

The other figure has a Hawkins mine strapped to one leg, and carries a musette bag on his back. He also is equipped with a bayonet, trench knife, canteen, and pair of hand grenades. Like his counterpart, he has a square patch on his right arm where the US airborne wore American flags. None are supplied in the set, of course, so you'll have to hunt up Hudson & Allen's excellent set of airborne decals - or get yourself a mighty thin brush!

The facial expressions on these figures are excellent! These guys are definitely feeling some pressure, much to the credit of sculptor Jeong Ho Seo. The molding for the most part is crisp, though the second soldier has a bit more flash and seams that need attention. Both figures have hands molded onto their weapons. A very curious omission on both helmets is the prominent first aid package that was taped to the front.

Scalewise, the boys are more along the lines of Tamiya's size -- meaning they're dwarfed by the other most notable airborne sets from DML and Verlinden Productions. They match more favorably in size to the new set released by SOL, which is equally action-packed. I'll be interested to see how they compare with those airborne figures from Resicast and ADV.

All said, this is a sharp, dynamic set.



Modeling the U.S. Army in WWII © 2002—2007 Timothy S. Streeter