set and its companion part two were announced by Harper Castings,
but was produced under the Custom Dioramics label after Dave Harper
joined the VLS organization.
of figures seated on crates while reading magazines and looking
at nudie pictures, two soldiers wear M1943 OD jackets,
one with web suspenders and ammo pouches. The third wears the khaki
winter combat jacket, or windcheater, common to tank crews but also
found on leg infantry. This man and one of the others have black
rubber four-buckle overshoes on their feet. So these latter two
figures, at least, are dressed for a cold weather setting, not August
in Mortain. All three are wearing steel pot helmets.
the face of it, these and the figures in Part 2 look like a mixed
bunch of infantry and tankers. And that necessarily wouldnt
be out of place; there are numerous photos of Shermans standing
guard over infantry in foxholes in the Ardennes. They could also
be a Greyhound or M20 crew, which could easily have had this mix
of uniforms. But one would need to do some diligent research to
portray them as a tank crew, as Ive never seen the M1943 OD
jacket on a tanker in the hundred of photos Ive looked at
over the years.
figure holds an unsheathed canteen in his hand, with the empty cover
provided to attach to his belt. But other than that and the three
crates and a sheet of unconvincing magazine pages and photos, there
is no other gear or weapons provided for the figures. Better Verlinden
or DIOART products could replace the printed materials.
Chilstroms sculpting is good, though it doesnt capture
the ribbed cuffs, collar and waistband of the windcheater like Verlinden
or Warriors figures. Flash and seam lines are minimal and easily
cleaned up. The figures measure less than 6.
this is a good set that that, mixed with Part 2 or other figures,
will create a nice at ease diorama.