three crew figures are reminiscent of Dynasty's "Fire!
U.S. Artillerymen in firing position" (#35008). Both sets
are pictured standing at the rear of an M12 gun motor carriage.
Each set has a man pulling the firing lanyard, and another stands
hunched over with his hands to his ears. While the third figure
in the Dynasty set has his arm raised to give the firing order,
the third soldier in the RESINation set has his left hand raised
to his ear, and his right hand more positioned in front of his face.
He may be about to plug his right ear, or his arm could be posed
so he's holding a field telephone handset to his ear, receiving
firing direction. A phone is not included, but you can find one
from Custom Dioramics or even the old Tamiya "Combat Group"
three soldiers wear the winter (tanker) combat jackets. Their trouser
cuffs extend down to the tops of their service boots, so no leggings
or gaiters are featured. No other weapons or equipment are provided
figures are molded in three or four components: arms are added to
the torso/leg/head pieces. One figure's helmet is molded to his
head, while the other two have separate helmets. The figures are
similar to Verlinden in quality and size. They scale out on the
tall side, the most erect of the three standing just under 6'3".
But the helmets are smallish, like those found with Tamiya, Ultracast
or Hornet figures and heads. Consequently, the helmets seem under-proportioned
for the size of the figures. A DML helmet, however, looks much better
on these heads, so depending on your tastes you might need to do
a bit of swapping.
RESINation figure releases were listed a 54mm, or 1/32 scale. The
box for this kit calls it "35mm," an obvious mistake,
while later figures are labelled 1/35. Clearly there's some confusion
about scale these initial figures are supposed to represent.
rather surprised when I saw the figure sculptor is Krisztián
Bódy. The "U.S.
Mechanic" figure from Corpus, released around the same
time, is sculpted by Bódi Krisztián. Obviously something
got mixed up in translating the credits for the box covers. What
is more interesting, however, is that the Corpus figure scales out
to under 5'10" while these figures are considerably taller.
the sculpting is quite good. There are some prominent seams to be
removed and a bit of flash. I noticed that the right hand index
finger, resting on the knee of the man pulling the lanyard, seemed
a bit strange, as if it had been broken off and expediently replaced
with a piece of plastic rod. On examining the box photo, the color
of this finger is different than the others. This seems to suggest
the finger is wrapped in a bandage. If this was intended by the
sculptor (perhaps based on a period photograph?) it's a clever and
realistic touch. If it's a patch-up job under tight production deadlines,
YOU can be the clever one and paint it as a tan bandage.
with placing these figures behind an M12, you could use them with
Italeri's 105mm or 155mm howitzers. Combined with Dynasty's set,
or Verlinden's two gun crews, you could begin to build yourself
a battery of guns defending Bastogne.