This joe certainly
has a take-charge attitude, firmly planted on terra firma and cradling
a bazooka while pointing with two figures. Warriors suggests
him as a tanker, but you could certainly use him with an M20 armored
car, which, to my knowledge, was the only U.S. AFV that had the
M9A1 rocket launcher as standard equipment. The bazooka provided
here is its prdecessor, the M1A1 with the wooden stock, introduced
in August 1943.
As this bazooka
is castintegrated into the armit has a bit of warp that
I'll have to address with some boiling water. After that point,
I'll be able to add the ring that completes the "cage"
on the breech end, and the sighting grid for the muzzle end.
The figure wears
a rarely modeled shirt that can be painted to represent either the
wool flannel OD coat style shirt for winter wear, or the similarly
cut cotton khaki shirt for summer. The trousers have only one hip
pocket, and that style doesn't come up in my references, which all
have two hip pockets. The box art shows them painted OD green shade
No 7, but you also could go with wool serge OD shade, more of a
field drab. He's got a binocular case on his left front hip and
a holstered .45 on his right.
sculpting is crisp and precise, but the head is curiously bland
given the action of the pose. I will swap it out with some noggin
that is clearly vocalizing an order.
If you have
some figure conversion skills, you could fairly easily remove the
bazooka (and hand) and create a more versatile positioning for the