can rely on Hobby Fan to come out with several decent American figure sets each
year, one or two of which are WWII subjects. This one gives us a pair of crew
members who could be used with a variety of vehicles or even adapted to other
officer with the binoculars wears the cold weather mackinaw, which is always an
interesting departure from the ubiquitous 1941 winter combat jacket that the loader
wears. This latter figure also has a peculiar pair of trousers: the pockets are
clearly sewn onto the front, and are smaller than cargo pockets found on the thighs
of herringbone twill trousers. Perhaps this was a personal tailoring job? It would
be best to paint these trousers OD, but the officer's trousers can either be OD
for HBT, or field drab for wool serge.
loader wears the late-war buckle boots with gaiters, seen later in 1944, while
the officer has the canvas leggings. Both are armed with holstered M1911 Colt
and casting is up to the typical high quality of Hobby Fan figures, and the parts
are flash-free. The only minor complaint is that the loader's posture does not
seem to reflect carrying a 23-pound 90mm round.
accessories are two sets of tarps and packs that wrap nicely around the turret.
It's not a full load for the typical five-man crew, but it takes care of the turret
and you probably have a lot of extra gear in the spares box to dress up your AFV
breaking no new ground, this is a servicable set that stands on its own or would
be a good complement to other AFV crews.