Reloading M8 .50 Cal Machine Gunner
Modeling the U.S. Army in WWII


I've 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.

But 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 into—a full ammo can. Or he is pulling it out of—an 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 hand—depending 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.

By 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.

So, 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.



Modeling the U.S. Army in WWII © 2002—2007 Timothy S. Streeter