reached to review this resin figure several times over the years, but have always
set it aside until I could build an M8 and see how well this fellow fits inside.
He stands with his right knee drawn up to his chest, his raised foot presumably
resting upon the short plate roofing the front section of the turret. But I'm
not quite sure what is supporting his left foot. I haven't gotten around to building
an M8 so I can't vouch for its placement.
the figure itself is another Brian Stewart gem of a GI, doing exactly as described.
The sculpting of the pose is top notch, the stretch of the leg and fabric is well
executed. He is cradling a belt of .50 ammo in his hands, feeding it intoa
full ammo can. Or he is pulling it out ofan overflowing ammo can. The can
already has ammo fed to the receiver, so you need to account for that tail end
while the soldier has at least one more tail end in his handdepending on
what you do with the other end of the belt. The box art does not give a clear
indication as to how it was done for the display.
evidence of knockout marks, the machine gun itself appears to have a styrene heritage,
possibly genus Tamiyatus. It has a separate receiver cover that can be positioned
up and opening the gun for loading.
it might take some tinkering, but this piece captures a rare pose and activity
that is sought on a frequent basis in the online discussion groups.