is a good set of US casualties that has some curious uniform and
painting choices for the figures in the box art.
GI lying face-down wears the M1943 field jacket (you can tell by
the jacket's length at the buttons on the cuffs), which should be
painted OD, not khaki tan as in the box art. He also is wearing
shoepacs, which would generally place him in an early 1945 winter
setting, when more GIs started to get the badly needed cold weather
gear. Or, you can swap the shoepacs with the other figure in the
set, who is definitely dressed for cold weather.
you are handy with an X-Acto knife and some putty, you can carve
out a pleat at the bottom of the back of the jacket and add some
cargo pockets to the pants to make this fellow a paratrooper. Add
a second button to each of the sleeve cuffs, too. You'll need some
extra Corcoran jump boots, or do a little knife-and-putty work on
soldier on his back wears the earlier pattern mackinaw; it's painted
OD in the box art, but really should be a light khaki tan for the
American-made version, or a more brownish-tan for the British manufactured
type. He wears the combat shoes with canvas leggings. These would
work on the other GI, if you wanted to use him in a non-winter setting.
you, neither boot selection, as offered, is wrong, but the shoepac
does create specific limitations for a figure that could be used
in a wider variety of settings. You will, however, want to correct
the colors of the jackets. (If you don't have a reference for the
mackinaw, just imagine switching the colors of the jackets between
the two figures).
and molding is typical Verlinden quality. The main body torsos have
molding plugs on the bottom sides that are easy to snip off with
cutters and a bit of sandpaper. The heads are alright. The bareheaded
soldier looks like he's still alive, grimacing in pain. The GI with
the helmet has a hole at the corner of his mouth as if he should
be sucking on a cigarette. Personally, I like Hornet's "Sleeping
Heads." With eyes closed, necks arched, mouths agape, they
do make convincing "dead heads."
M1 Garand in my kit was "short shot" with an incomplete
muzzle. The M1 Thompson submachine gun comes in two pieces and is
similar in quality to those from Dragon or Tamiya. There's one M1944
field pack, which is included in just about every Verlinden GI product;
it would be really nice to see VP include more M1928 haversacks,
which were present throughout the war.
this is a good set from Verlinden, and to their credit they have
offered numerous casualty figures from most WWII combatant armies.
We could use a little more variety in positions, howver, since they
are all (with the exception of the GI tankers) lying upon a flat
surface. Many soldiers died crumpled over in foxholes or gullies,
or draped over debris; many were on their backs with backpacks or
musettes strapped to them. That might be more challenging, but I'm
sure there are some sculptors out there who can rise to the occasion.