to Mike Bedard, sculptor of this trio of figures, General Issue
is no longer in operation. Thats too bad, because this and
an offering from Jaguar are the only two sets resin or plastic
-- of a wounded GI being aided from the battlefield, whereas there
are probably close to a dozen such offerings for the other
three figures two supporting a soldier between them -- are
molded in such a way that they pretty much have to be used as a
trio. The figure on the left, as seen in the package photo, has
the arm of the center man molded around his back onto his shoulder.
The left mans left arm is partially molded onto the back of
the second man. The figure on the right side has his right hand
molded onto the back of the center man, and his left hand molded
onto this mans left arm. I dont know yet how well this
will all work together, but other figure manufacturers have accomplished
it successfully and Mike Bedard is a noted figure sculptor and modeler
in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, so he knows his stuff (he also
did some work for Yanks, creating the seated medic for Italeris
W54 Dodge ambulance).
poses of the figures are good. The man on the left really looks
like hes carrying the weight of the center figure, which seems
to be walking quite gingerly. The figure on the right side is more
static and firm-footed, as if briefly assisting the pair into an
aid station or ambulance. The faces are a bit bland, however, given
their situation. It would have been nice to see a greater expression
of pain or urgency conveyed.
to the predicament that has befallen these figures, its a
bit sketchy. As portrayed on the package photo, the guy on the left
has his face bandaged. The front of the center figures pants
are ripped away from the knees down, and his short boots have no
canvas leggings as the other two figures do. Perhaps acquiescing
to good taste, there are no wounds molded onto the figures
and no blood portrayed. Were on our own here.
of the figures are wearing tannish OD field jackets, and the one
on the right does not wear a jacket but a standard issue shirt with
the pair of flapped breast pockets that you could paint a light
khaki color of the cotton shirt for a summer setting or the brownish
OD of the wool shirt that might be worn as the weather turned cooler
in the fall. The same could be done for the exposed areas of the
shirts of the other two men. The sculptor has done a good job creating
the fabric folds and rumpled look of these men in war. There is
no extra gear save for a small bag carried by the figure on the
left, which is far too small to be the musette bag weve grown
accustomed to in Verlinden sets. Its not a medic bag either,
and for that matter, none of these figures sport the armbands conventionally
worn by medics. The molding is quite acceptable, though the detail
is not as crisp as found with Warriors or Jaguar figures. Its
perhaps more along the lines of Coree or SOL sets. Scalewise, these
men are on par with Tamiya or more recent DML offerings. There was
a bubble on the tip of the nose of one of the heads that will need
to be filled. The figures are packaged into one small plastic bag,
so it will take some careful sorting to assign the right boots and
arms to each torso.
this is a good little kit that, unfortunately, will be rarely seen.
If you can find these boys, buy them.