set features a paratrooper kneeling next to the body (wounded or
lifeless) of another soldier, probably calling for a medic or warning
anonymous sculptor has created one of the more realistic casualties
I've seen in a long time, including Verlinden's previous "Marine
Casualties." Its depiction in the box art, where it seems to
hover above the cobblestones, doesn't do it justice. The figure
does a good sense of conveying the physical gravity of being "grounded."
When you apply this piece to your diorama, make sure to impress
him into the ground, grass, or urban debris.
figure is molded in one piece, except for the head, with the carrier
block and runners on the bottom. It appears that someone added a
wad of putty under the inner thigh of the left leg, perhaps after
some test shots showed not enough resin was pouring through the
mold to the leg. I felt this looked very unrealistic when viewing
the figure from a lower angle, so I carved and dremeled out this
area. The result looks much better.
eyes of the head appear to be open (I haven't painted the figure
yet so I can't be sure), the mouth is slightly open. He wears the
M1C helmet with the parachute chin strap. The helmet has a finer
mesh netting with foliage; I believe the fine mesh did not appear
until later in the war.
buddy is comprised of the typically separated Verlinden figure parts:
torso, legs, feet, arms, and head, with the typically situated mold
plugs. There was some gapping where the right arm meets the torso,
which required a shot of Testor's Contour Putty. The soldier is
shouting, but his face does not have the urgency I've seen from
other heads from Warriors and Hornet (Hornet heads, however, tend
to be too small to satisfactorily replace Verlinden noggins). Both
figures look to scale to the 6' range, common for VP figures.
these figures do not wear the M1942 jump jackets, as the box art
implies by the tan color of the jackets and trousers. Actually,
the unidentified sculptor has fashioned M1943 OD jackets. I was
fooled by the box art at first, but further examination shows the
one-button arrow tab on sleeve cuffs, no pleated front hip pockets,
and a larger cut lapelall hallmarks of the M1943 jacket that
ws introduced to airborne soldiers for Operation Market Garden in
September, 1944. So, if you want to use these figures in Normandy,
as the box art suggests, you need to make some alterations to the
jackets, the most difficult of which will be fixing the lapels.
Verlinden has often had problems with accuracy throughout his product
line, but this seems to reach a new low. If he and his team can't
get a simple uniform correct, what does that suggest for other VP
products? What is worseineptitude, or a con job?
usual gear is included with these figures: overscale M1 Garands,
M36 musette bags, three(?) entrenching tools, and four(!) canteens,
etc. The molds for these pieces are going on twenty years now, and
it would be nice to see this gear replaced by fresher sculptingsparticularly
the 1/32 scale Garands!
though this set does not have the sculpting finesse seen from Warriors
or Hobby Fan, or even many of DML's recent figures, it's much better
than some of the previous Verlinden paratroopers, and will lend
some drama to any action scene with US paratroopers. You can try
to slide by on the historical inaccuracies of the uniforms, or make
the necessary changes to cover for Verlinden's cynical promotion
of these figures.