U.S. AFVs weren't among the best in terms of armor protection. So troops tended
to search for means to boost their protection-and morale. Feeling safe goes a
long way in helping to keep the fighting spirit up. But as soon as the Germans
fielded the portable one-shot Panzerfausts, the situation became dire. From Operation
Cobra onward, a lot of U.S. tanks began sporting sandbags. Usually these were
stowed on the glacis plate. Later in the war, official up-armoring programs were
developed, and racks were created and welded onto the tanks for stowing sandbags.
set from Jaguar has two late war figures filling sandbags. They could of course
be building a nice shelter for the night, but Jaguar has clearly aimed it at the
tank market. There are quite a few parts here. Overall, casting, sculpting, and
attention to detail is excellent. For example, the GI filling the bag has dogtags
cast around his neck and the braces of his coverall are depicted hanging loose.
The guy holding up the sandbag has a triangular patch from the armored division
on his left shoulder. There's a casting provided of three stacked sandbags with
some equipment lying on them: a pistol holster, crash helmet and web belt.
filling figure has the most parts: legs, torso, left and right arms, left and
right boots, left hand holding the shovel blade, and a separate head. There are
locating pegs cast onto the arms, hands and torso, which will help in fitting
them together. I'm a bit worried about how the shovel is going to turn it, but
some plastic rod will probably do if the handle is broken. Parts are well cast,
and there are just a few air bubbles to watch out for. This soldier wears the
M1943 buckle boots, so this makes him late war. The fact that the boots are separate
makes it easier to convert him if necessary for earlier situations. Some DML parts
will probably do, or maybe the VP conversion packs.
Fill-me-up is holding a nicely detailed sandbag with subtle texture included and
some dirt inside. His hands are cast onto the sandbag, making sure his hold on
the bag looks realistic. Other parts are left and right legs, torso, left and
right arms, and a separate head. Again, good sculpting here. There are more air
bubbles here, particularly on the lower legs and his bottom. This figures also
has locating pegs included. He wears a side cap, where his buddy has a knit wool
very versatile set, which I highly recommend. I have never seen this set in a
diorama actually, but they are a nice change of pace (and pose). Add more figures
for a maintenance scene, a Sherman with interior, and you'll have a detailer's