items were originally included with the six figures in the U.S.
Army Assault Infantry Set. The quality is a vast improvement
over similar items found in the companys U.S. Infantry
Weapons package from the early 1980s, though not as far ranging.
are two M1 Garands, a third Garand with a grenade launcher, a BAR
and a Thomson submachine gun. There are two T-handled M19 entrenching
tools, which were often tucked into the M1928 haversack if not slung
from the belt. Two nicely molded haversacks with separate meat tin
pouches are provided. The four M1943 folding entrenching tools seem
a bit under scale, particularly compared to those provided by Verlinden
in their figure and equipment sets. Verlinden items always seem
to be a bit on the big side (their weapons are 1/32). So you might
want to take care not to mix these items in a grouping and opt for
one or the other.
are four nicely detailed hand grenades, a pair of holstered .45
pistols, and six canteens and bayonets in scabbards. The six helmets
supplied are the same size as those found on the heads of Ultracast
and Hornet figures, so that can give you some guide as to swapability
of heads with Tamiya figures.
is an excellent way to update some of the older Tamiya figures or
replace the outsized weapons from Verlinden. The haversacks are
particularly nice and much more realistic looking than those found
with DMLs Normandy Rangers. These haversacks were a mainstay
of American infantry until the two part cargo packs were issued
later in the war.