is the only figure currently available, that I'm aware of, who is
actually pouring gas or diesel into his tank. Yanks Miniatures had
a pair of refueling tankers, one of whom was tipping the old jerry
can over the filler hole, but this set is out of production. You
can mate this Royal figure with some of the crew from DML and Jaguar
who are hauling cans for a nice fuel depot scene. He wears the common
tanker combat jacket and canvas leggings that could be found from
North Africa to Italy to Northern Europe.
Andrea Bellarte has done an excellent job creating this GI, which
comes in seven pieces. There are no seams, flash, or bubbles present
on the pieces, but there is a very sizable pour plug on the raised
right knee that will take some careful sawing to remove without
clipping off the fellow's kneecap. I haven't built my figure yet,
but it's clear that positioning the arms will be crucial in getting
a proper hold on the jerry can. The face and headgear are quite
convincing and should paint up nicely. Speaking of paint, if you
don't want to try to paint the insignia on the raised patches molded
onto the sleeve, check out the products from Archer Fine Transfers.
just how to create that fuel pouring into the mouth of the tank?
The options I'm considering are stretching and flattening some clear
sprue, or running some epoxy glue down some strands of white thread
or clear nylon fishing line. If you try one of ideas or come up
with something better, let me know!