American Marines WW2 Pacific Ocean
Modeling the U.S. Army in WWII

Evolution Miniatures

This is a very interesting pair of Marines, walking a dog. With their helmets off and smiling faces, they are clearly in a safety area behind the lines, perhaps on their way back from patrol.

They wear the M1944 herring bone twill utility shirt and trousers and rough-side-out field shoes. The Marine walking the dog has a leash in his left hand and an M1 Thompson submachine gun in the other . He also has a captured Japanese sword hanging from his belt. The other man is toting an M1 Garand with bayonet fixed. A strip of lead foil is provided to create straps for the weapons and leash for the dog. Fido resembles a pit bull, and wears a bandage pouch on his collar.

The sculpting by Sergey Traviansky (Menelay) is impeccable. One man's trousers are torn over the thigh and the inner pocket is visible. The knee of the other fellows trousers is ripped. This ear and tear gives great authenticity to the figures that is rarely seen in others. The faces are nicely rendered and there is no need to hunt for aftermarket replacements. Or, you could trim down the heads if you wanted to put helmets on them to make them different from other modelers.

This kit could be paired with Evolution's equally commendable American Marine Machine Gunners to create an interesting vignette in the later days of the war in the Pacific.

Review sample provided by Evolution Miniatures.



Modeling the U.S. Army in WWII © Timothy S. Streeter