and Italeri have both released M8 and M20 kits. They both have their pros and
cons, but that's another story. Tamiya provided figures for their kits, where
Italeri did not-but that is more of a blessing than a curse. The M20 kit from
Tamiya provided a simple, uninspiring commander and a useful but equally uninspired
driver. True, there is not much glamour about driver figures, and their job does
not lend itself very well to dramatic poses. But the vehicles needed to be driven,
and we need model figures if we want to depict that.
Jaguar set gives us two figures, one of which can be used to crew one the front
seats of your M8 or M20. The driver is made up of torso and legs, left and right
arms, separate head, and helmet. He has a shoulder holster, which needs to be
glued on, and there's a pair of goggles in transparent resin, a nice touch. He
wears the tankers coveralls of the second pattern. Facial features are good, and
the folds and creases in his clothes look good. His left arm is raised and he
is holding the rim of his front hatch with his left hand. The pour plug of the
torso part is located at the bottom, and so some trimming will be needed to fit
him to the vehicle's seat but nothing really difficult here. Attaching the arms
is helped by locating pegs, as is fitting the head.
MP is assembled of the following parts: legs and torso, left and right arms, head,
and separate helmet, separate right hand holding a M1 Garand rifle. He also has
goggles in transparent resin. Sculpting and casting is very good. There are several
air bubbles on the ammo pouches of this GI, but that's about all I could find.
The MP wears the M1941 jacket and OD trousers with cargo pockets. His legs look
too long for my taste. The field jacket is a bit short, so some putty here might
help. His left arm is outstretched, as if signalling but his mouth is not open
which spoils the overall appearance somewhat. He wears a band round his arm. You
can remove this one, and restore the folds with a scalpel and file if you want
a plain GI. The pose is not very 'combat worthy' however, but the choice is all
M1 Garand is fair, although replacing it will be tricky given the moulded on hand
and fitting the hand will need some care. The recent Gen2 weapons from DML are
very good. DML has released their old Rangers set with a new sprue of weapons
and the Tarawa set has some spares.
up, this set is very good. I would like to have two driver figures in one set,
rather than an MP directing traffic. It would have been better in my opinion if
the MP was signalling one vehicle to stop while gesturing to another one to start
two vehicle drivers would have meant more options. But the sets are as they come,
and there are other figures available for crewing the Greyhound. Recommended.