Get Out!
Modeling the U.S. Army in WWII


This is a fine quartet of figures from sculptor Rendall Patton, conveying the sense of both urgency and caution as they bail out from a stricken tank.

If used as suggested, the two figures assisting the wounded crewman will need to be strategically positioned on the deck and turret of your Sherman.

The wounded man wears second pattern herring bone twill coveralls and a winter combat jacket. The tanker helping him is kneeling atop the turret, and wears the winter combat trousers. The wounded tanker's left arm is molded onto the shoulders of his teammate, whose right arm is molded into the back of the wounded man. The pieces fit together neatly.

The other figure helping the injured crewman is an infantry soldier. While an unusual inclusion in what could have been a set solely comprised of four Sherman tankers, it was common for infantry to fight right alongside armored support. He wears the M1941 cotton poplin field jacket, woolen trousers, and canvas leggings, and is equipped with the M1928 haversack, canteen, M1943 entrenching tool, and a bandolier slung around his chest. His M1 Garand can be set against the tank or atop the hull. None of his body parts are attached to the injured tanker, so you can opt not to include him in your scene if you prefer.

The fourth figure stands ready with his Tommy gun. In the box art he looks up toward the sky as it waiting for the return of a Messerschmitt, but you could easily position him on the ground, looking up towards the window where a panzerfaust was fired at his tank. His body twists backwards convincingly. The Thompson is a separate piece that fits nicely into the figures hands, but care will be needed fitting it to the arms and assembling the arms to figure's torso. He wears the second pattern HBT coveralls under his combat jacket.

Patton's sculpting is sharply defined, and Jaguar's molding is crisp and bubble-free, though there is some cleanup from the carriers and slight mold seams. The figures scale in the 6' range. They would mix and match well with Verlinden's two "Bailing Out" sets if you wished to have a little variety.



Modeling the U.S. Army in WWII © 2002—2005 Timothy S. Streeter