initially seeing this set on VLS's website, I was pleased that Warriors
was offering a couple new poses that could be useful in a bivouac
setting, perhaps digging in for the night. The tanker toting the
Thompson submachine gun wears the one-piece herringbone twill work
suit. This earlier light green pattern is noted by the two breast
pockets, the right pocket having a diagonal flap. The legs are bloused
over the canvas leggings. For some reason sculptor Bill Chilstrom
omitted the bands at the bottom of the leggings that slide under
the combat shoes and keep the leggings from riding up.
companion sports the second pattern winter combat trousers featuring
the off-centered zipper fly. There are no leggings or gaiters visible.
is the shovel that this figures leans on visible. Well, it's visible
in the box art, along with the note "Shovel not included."
I found this very strange. After all, the other figure's Tommy gun
is included. Jaguar made a set of tanker figures filling sandbags,
and they managed to include a shovel. Why couldn't Warriors? The
whole idea of the figure is that he's leaning on a shovel. What's
nexttank commanders looking through binoculars (not included)
or GIs firing their Garands (not included)?
this inclusion of a shovel of the correct height, the assembly of
this figure is more problematic. With the arms affixed (they stretch
out much more parallel to the ground than the box art suggests),
you need to scrounge up a shovel from your parts box approximately
4' tall. Unfortunately, the shovels that come with Tamiya or Italeri
vehicles are all in the 3' range. This means the figure will need
to lean forward to the point of absurdity. Or, you need to build
up a 1' mound of dirt the shovel blade can rest in. Or, you can
shell out another $8 for Italeri's work shop accessory set, which
appears to be the source of the shovel used in the box art photo.
muzzle was busted off the Tommy gun, but was found amid the detritus
of resin bits in the bottom of the bag. The gun was also warped,
and there was a bit of flash to clean up. When I get around you
using these figures, I will probably remove the barrel back to the
magazine and replace it with a section from a Tamiya gun, which
is of the same size.
usual, Chilstrom's sculpting is nicely defined. However, the more
I examined the figures, the more they seemed familiar too me. A
quick look through the VLS catalog and my stash of figure sets revealed
that these are actually clones of Custom Dioramics' earlier U.S.
Tank Recovery Crew WWII set, in which the man in overalls is
chalking notes on the side of a destroyed tank and the fellow in
the combat trousers is leaning over and looking into the commander's
hatch. Ah, that explains a lot about the shovel problem.
it's not likely that the two figure sets would be used together
as built, it's disappointing to see VLS is cannibalizing figure
sets across product lines. And it's hard to believe profit margins
are so tight these days they can't afford to give the modeler a
sample was provided by VLS.