had a couple resin figure sets of GIs with local lasses in the liberated country
of your choosing. But this is the first set in plastic, and it gives you a fine
start on a vignette of an 82nd Airborne paratrooper and his date offering to share
a bottle with one of the USAAF's finest and his companion.
All American boy is clearly dressed to impress. MB includes a respectable decal
assortment. Unfortunately, the directions on the back of the box do not clearly
state which decal goes where. The box art helps with regard to the paratrooper,
but isn't as helpful where the airman is concerned.
The paratrooper's markings include the 82nd Airborne patch, and three or four
overseas service bars representing a year and a half or two years, respectively,
away from home. There are also a pair of diagonal service stripes, each denoting
three years in the military. The box art shows him as a corporal, but the rank
chevron decal is for a technician 5th grade. There are also what appear to be
wound chevrons (they look like upside down white sergeant stripes), which would
be worn on the right sleeve.
art shows a combat infantryman's badge and expert marksman badge on the left breast
pocket is but they are not evident on the actual piece, nor are they included
in the decals. There are service ribbons sculpted onto the jacket above the pocket,
however, as well as two small 82nd Airborne badges on the lapels, below the collar
the wool OD garrison cap, paint the piping light blue.You have two decal options
for the cap insignia badges: the non-regulation open parachute on a blue field
from 1941, or the authorized 1943 badge with a plane over the parachute on a blue
field surrounded by a red circle. You'll need a magnifying glass or a good squint
to make out which is which. Either badge was worn on the left side of the cap,
and the piece has a raised circle to help set it off.
by no means an expert on USAAF uniforms, but some online research suggests that
you are better off with the light tan trousers as on the box cover, rather than
the OD designated on the reverse side. The jacket appears to be the F-2 flying
jacket that has a similar cut to the Army's late war Ike jacket. The officer's
issue "crusher" cap is nicely detailed.
decal you'll want to use as insignia for the left shoulder has the gold wings
on the blue oblong field. Of all the USAAF patches I viewed online, it has the
closest appearance (but not exact) to the Airborne Troop Carrier patch. There
is another patch, placed between this one and the 82nd Airborne insignia, that
I could not place at all. It could represent a particular fighter or bomber group
within one of the large air units in Europe, such as the Eighth Air Force.
now turn our attention to the lovely ladies. Sculptor A. Gagarin has created a
pair of very alluring dates. While shapely, they are not "model" models.
Taking a cue from Dragon, each skirt is made from two separate pieces, which are
glued around a pair of shapley legs. Just make sure to assemble the legs first
and then wrap the skirt pieces around them, otherwise you may not be able to pull
the completed skirt over the completed legs. My only disappointment here is that
the woman wearing the little ankle socks in the box art is molded without the
there are no decals to recreate the nice prints on the dresses in the illustration,
but if you approach it like any camouflaged uniform, only with a defined pattern,
you should be okay.
and definition is on par with the better Dragon characters. Clean up is a bit
better than most plastic figures, with just some minor seams and no flash. There
was a small gap at the left shoulder of the paratrooper, and a fleck of putty
was needed to bridge where the braids met at the seam. The only other construction
tips would be to build the men first so you can make sure you get the arms to
drape properly on the women. It's a little tricky getting the blonde's arms around
her escort's arm. I'd recommend waiting until the pieces are painted before joining
the couple together.
is an appealing kit that shows that Master Box is able to come up with some successful
and creative surprises.
to Alexander Surzhenko at Master Box for the sample.