is the quintessential pose for "Old Blood & Guts:"
ramrod straight, skintight riding boots, flared britches, and the
intimidating riding crop in hand. He looks like he's ready to dress
down one of his officers or anticipating a visit from Monty. His
helmet is adorned with three crisp stars for the lieutenant general,
the rank he held from March 1943 to April 1945. And they are as
precisely sculpted as those found on the jacket shoulder tabs and
the shirt collar.
the general wears a pair of the famous ivory handled Colt .45 revolvers.
At times he wore a Smith & Wesson .357 Magnum in place of one
of the revolvers. The Colts and their holsters are nicely detailed
and the delicately extended hammer is remarkable. This is a little
piece of metal in your package that may look like a nubbin of discarded
casting plug, but it's really the small leather ammo pouch Patton
wore on either side of the buckle.
evidence of the striking sculpting on this figure is the wedding
and pinky rings on the left hand. The riding crop is nicely done,
with the right hand molded around it, and the left hand having an
indentation at the underside to slip the tip of the crop into. There
is a ring, perhaps from West Point, molded onto his right hand too.
of the riding crop, there are little tabs at each end that are part
of the molding process and need to be removed. You could detail
the crop, if you wish, by nipping off most of the length below the
right hand and replacing it with a loop of paper to create the thin
course another aspect of any Patton figure is if it has captured
the face. In this rendition, I think sculptor Chaung Sik Lee has
perhaps hit the mark, though I won't be able to tell for sure until
I get a chance to paint him up. Patton gets a slightly jowl-ier
look here, which is characteristic of the real article at this time
in his life, but the nose might not quite convey the length. This
could be remedied, if necessary, with a little extra highlighting
along the bridge when painting.
only flaw in this figure is the absence of three buckles and tabs
on each of the slender boots, which held the boot around the calf.
are some very slight molding seams on either side of the boots and
up the right leg, and they should be removed without any effort.
There are some small tabs on the elbows to elminate and a seam or
two to whisk away. Overall this figure is cleaner than most resin
and nearly all plastic figures out there.
general scales in at about 6'3" with his helmet on. I haven't
been able to learn how tall Patton was beyond a claim in the Internet
Movie Database that he was 6'1"coincidentally the same
height as George C. Scott. The helmet and weapons are in line with
are no painting instructions, so you will want to consult some references
perhaps, or go to the General
George S. Patton, Jr., National Museum of Cavalry & Armor
(take the virtual tour and navigate your way to his staff car, where
you'll see this uniform in color). You'll see the jacket appears
as olive drab and the trousers a khaki tan. And make sure you give
that helmet liner a glossy dark green as the general's orderly would
have polished it.
Shape has taken an interesting approach to packaging this and other
figures. Rather than dropping all the pieces into a plastic ziplock
bag, Inifity Shape has separated the parts into small groups and
separately sealed the groups into a plastic bag. This seems to help
keep more delicate pieces, like gun barrels and riding crops, from
getting too bent out of shape or scratching one another.
General Patton joins namesakes from Custom
Legends and Lore, Verlinden,
and Tamiya). It certainly will have a commanding presence in any
diorama or vignette.
sample provided by Infinity Shape.