Being that this is a site for modeling
the U.S. Army, this review may seem out of place. However, you may find this useful,
so bear with me. DML has just released a new set of US Marines, normally something
I rejoice over. Especially when said set's box is graced with the artwork of Mr.
Ron Volstad. The art depicts four Marines out on a patrol. The poses on the box
makes you want to rip it open and grab your X-acto knife! They are all hesitantly
scanning the trees for snipers. Of the four, two are armed with the M1903 Springfield
rifle, one with the bayonet fixed. The bayonet is the correct M1905, with appropriate
M3 scabbard. The third is armed with a BAR, and lastly, the fourth is armed with
an M50 Reising sub machine gun. A what?!?, you ask. A Reising machine gun was
a cheaper, lighter alternative to the Thompson that was short-lived in the Corps.
All the figures
are outfitted with the P1941 green herringbone twill utilities, leather 'boondocker'
boots, and M1 steel helmets. The helmets are bare, meaning no camo covers that
are so associated with the Marines in the Pacific. The P1941 utility shirts do
have the USMC and Eagle, Globe, and Anchor engraved into the pockets, but that
can be filled and sanded if using for Army troops, and again, the bare M1 Helmets
will be more useful to you for Army troops as well.
useful will be the canteen covers, depicted as the U.S. Army style, as opposed
to the more appropriate, and common M1910 canteen cover, the "cross flap"
style used by the USMC.
breaks down in typical DML fashion, legs split at the crotch and waist, a torso,
a head and arms. Dry-fitting of the parts reveal no major gaps or ill-fitting
pieces. Detail on the bodies themselves is excellent, the "baggy" look
of these uniforms in the jungle environment is well done, one figure even has
the knee of his trousers ripped. All the webgear and ammo belts come as seperate
components, needing to be placed around the belts. The two riflemen also have
ammo bandoleers around their necks, broken down into several pieces as well. If
you want rifle slings, be prepared to either make your own, or use a set of phot-etch.
as for the weapons included in the set. This is the weak area. The Reising is
pretty nice. The M1903 Springfields are also pretty decent, definately usable.
The BAR comes in another sprue, labeled "6802" which is a generic set
of US weapons that DML have included for years. Also on the sprue are M1 Garands.
I thought "Great!" I can depict Marines at other battles! Nope, the
M1 rifle are not useable. Detail is soft, and they are short. Replace them if
showing Marines elsewhere, or if using these as Army troops. The man carrying
the Reising can be shown carrying a Thompson, but one isn't included, so again,
supply your own.
in all, the set is good. I recommend replacing the heads with ones from Hornet.
Hornet makes a set of USMC heads, as well as the Army heads. Weapons are up to
To sum it
up, a nice set that, with some tweaking, can be made into a good looking set of
Marines on patrol, warily scanning the coconut trees for Japanese snipers. OR,
a nice set of early war Army troops in the Pacific theater. OR, a nice set of
U.S. Army troops during hot summer months just about anywhere, either stateside
training, summer in Italy, or summer in Europe. They even have conversion potential
for U.S. Marines in Korea! Recommended.