infantry set, from 1976, is similar in quality to Tamiyas
"U.S. Infantry West European Theater" figures. That
is, theyre rather chunky, softly molded, and can stand some
replacement heads from Hornet or Ultracast. But they
do offer a range of action poses that are not found from other plastic
or resin manufacturers.
figures man a water-cooled .30 caliber M1917 machine gun. One
sits behind the gun in a firing position, the other is prone and
feeds the ammo belt to the gun. Both wear the M1941 jacket
and canvas leggings. This is rather simply rendered,
and marred by an ejector pin mark on one side. A replacement
from Collectors Brass would probably provide better detail. Or,
if one wasn't set on having the water-cooled version, the .30 cal
included with Tamiya's recent Jeep could be substituted.
figure, posed in a very dynamic stance, is firing a pedestal-mounted
Browning M2 .50 caliber machine gun at some Luftwaffe planes flying
overhead. He wears the 1941 jacket and leggings. A
large ammo magazine is mounted on the gun. The .50 cal
has been surpassed by other guns from Tamiya, Verlinden, and Academy.
up is a two-man bazooka team. The man firing the M9A1
rocket launcher wears the long M1943 jacket. The loader
also wears this coat, as well as webbing. Both wear the
M1943 combat book with the leather gaiter. Four rockets
are provided. The bazooka is the second type used by
the infantry; the earlier M1 rocket launcher, with the wooden butt,
is included with Tamiyas U.S. weapons set. This
earlier bazooka is actually a bit better detailed than the one included
in this kit, as are the rockets. The final grouping is a three-man
81mm mortar team. As one standing soldier is about to
let a round slide down the tube, another kneels with his hands over
his ears. The third man is kneeling, talking into an
SCR-609 radio. The mortar is adequately detailed, as
is the radio (Verlinden makes a radio that is a bit more detailed). There
are four 6.8 lb. rounds and two 10.6 lb. shells, as well as five
of the latter in cardboard tubes. No empty tubes are
provided. This mortar team is also included with one
of Tamiya's halftrack kits.
set also includes shovels, bayonets, canteens and sidearms that
are better replaced with Tamiyas U.S. Infantry Equipment Set
would be nice to see an update of this set, but in lieu of that
its possible to upgrade these figures at a moderate cost.