U.S. Tank Rider #1
Modeling the U.S. Army in WWII

Mustang Productions


With all the German tank riders available, particularly in winter dress, it's nice to have some much-needed GIs making the ride through the snowy terrain of Northeaster Europe. While this practice hasn't gotten the noctice in historical photos to the extent of German infantry, American soldiers did hitch rides whenever they could as they raced toward the Rhine.

This GI wears the wool melton overcoat, woolen gloves, and scarf around his neck. On his back he sports an M1928 haversack that looks very similar to Tamiya's offering. Aside from an entrenching tool, there is no additional gear, so you must provide your own Garand and canteen.

The skills of sculptor Dave Bighia have improved since the days of the old YANKS MINIATURES. The new figures have more finesse. The only downside is the simplified cartridge belt, where the snaps are missing from the ammo pouches, and there is a weird little half pouch on the backside of the figure. Casting is crisp and seams are minimal, though the resin thinned out at the front of the scarf and will need some putty. The few separate parts (head, two arms and one foot) fit well.

I'm sure I won't be alone in collecting this series for a Battle of the Bulge diorama.



Modeling the U.S. Army in WWII © 2002—2007 Timothy S. Streeter