is a dynamic pair of figures that would look good in any action-packed
dioramaprovided you are working in 1/32 or 54mm scale. In
their advertised scale of 1/35, these two soldiers measure nearly
7'6" tall. They completely dwarf other paratroopers from Nemrod,
Warriors, Sol, and even Verlinden's other soldiers.
a pity, because the action is better done than typical VP figures.
The soldier running under fire is precariously balanced. The wounded
man's pose is convincing, though the sculptor could have bunched
up the uniform's shoulders more. The body parts fit together better
than recent VP figures. Unfortunately, because of how the company
casts its figures, typically with pour plugs at the bottom of the
torso, there are no reverse folds or undercuts at the hem of the
jacket, which would give added movement to these 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
was 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?
one advantage to these oversized figures is that for the first time
the 1/32 Airfix Garand knockoff scales better with the figure (there
is no weapon provided for the wounded soldier, but he is equipped
for a Garand). The usual assortment of VP gear is provided. You
might want to sand or carve down the musette bag straps as they
cross the back. They are a bit thick and the bags appear to float
over the back.
note that while the box art shows the reinforced knees in a greener
canvas cloth, this is a trick of painting and not sculpted into
the figures themselves, as the patches are with figures from other
manufacturers. Not all troopers had their uniforms reinforced, so
you can opt not to depict them this way.
very keen on getting this set when I saw it advertised because I
thought it would work well in a diorama I'm planning. Whether I'm
able to use them or not will depend on how they look with the other
figures I've collected and how I position all of them. Keeping them
apart from the standard sized figures or placed on a lower level
might work. It's not that I don't mind challenges in my hobby, but
I do prefer manufacturers work within the scale they advertiseand
either accurately render their subjects or admit their mistakes
in their box art.