Wounded GI and Medic
Modeling the U.S. Army in WWII

Verlinden Productions

This is one of the first resin figures I bought when I got back into the hobby in 1990. I think it may have even been out of production at that time or shortly after. It presents a very dramatic situation, as a medic tends to a severely injured solider.

Both figures are well sculpted and convincingly posed. The wounded man is one piece, his body lying on a rumpled blanket. (If you don't want the blanket, it can be removed with some careful sawing.) Along with the bandage around his chest, he has a splint on his leg. Delicately rendered dogtags on a chain are draped from his neck. His shredded trousers are generic, as are the boots.

The medic has a couple canteens hanging from his belt, but no medical packs or supplies. The red cross insignia is sculpted into his helmet and armbands, which makes painting simpler, but the raised surface of the cross doesn't look as realistic as a good decal or dry transfer.

The pieces are cast in brittle mustard-colored resin. The advertised scale is 54mm-1/35, and the wounded GI measures about 6'5", but since he's lying down his height is not much of an issue.

Ironically, I've assembled and painted the figures but have not been able to decide on the right diorama setting for this pair. The fact that the soldier is bandaged and has a splint on his leg suggests he's been tended to for a bit of time at least, as opposed to being freshly wounded. So he's not quite right for the initial minutes of the assault on Omaha Beach, for example. But when the light bulb goes on in my brain and the right setting presents itself, this pair will be a compelling element of the action.



Modeling the U.S. Army in WWII © 2002—2008 Timothy S. Streeter