Le Liberatéur
Modeling the U.S. Army in WWII

Construction and Detailing

First of all, I drilled a vertical hole through both of the boots and into the lower legs of the figure, and ran lengths of wire through holes, secured with super glue. I left one inch "tails" at the bottom of the boots to help stand the figure on a Styrofoam block while building and painting, and to help secure the figure to the base. I've heard and read enough horror stories about how these larger, heavier figures can easily take a tumble at shows or in transit. I figured wiring up the figure was a simple bit of insurance.

I made a few improvements on this kit. The most glaring problem was that the straps for the M1936 musette bag that are molded onto the body to not connect up with the bottom of the bag. I made new clasps out of wire and looped lead foil through them, then hooked them together. After gluing the bag to the back of the soldier, I ran one end of the strap under the armpit (having used my Dremel to grind off the molded on strap to that point), and attached the short tab to the bottom of the musette.

In another bit of detailing, I ground off the knots and ends of the restraining straps molded on top of the trouser cargo pockets; they were replaced with tied strips of lead foil to present better dimension. The grenades require pull rings, which were made out of wire.

I bought a fret of 1/16 straps and hardware from Trax of VLS. The instructions for this photoetch are so unclear that even the folks at VLS couldn't give me much insight. I was more successful in assembling the strap for this figure's Thompson than I was for the DML Garand (which I eventually constructed out of foil and some of the photoetch rings and buckles).

Finally, I added the gas brassard made from lead foil to his right sleeve (torn, with the securing loop ripped from his shoulder epaulet), and a coil of rope made of string used as rigging by ship modelers finished with some white paint.

Construction and Detailing
Paint and Decals
Base and Presentation


Modeling the U.S. Army in WWII © 2002—2007 Timothy S. Streeter