was the first set of GI tank riders, and the only set until 2001
when Verlinden came out with two pair and Hobby Fan produced a four-figure
not up to the crispness of Warriors figures in general, this is
a well-executed five-figure set that deserved a much better response
that it probably received when it was first released.
of the infantrymen are seated. Two wear the M1941 khaki
jacket; the others are dressed in the longer M1944 olive drab jacket. Two
of them have cargo pockets on their pants, so those will need to
be painted OD as well. The others can be painted OD or
the brownish color for wool trousers (mix Model Master Leather and
Field Drab). Three figures wear the canvas leggings with
their boots; one clearly has the leather gaiter, and the final figures
pants are out of his boots but it appears he has the gaiter as well. Three
of these guys are riflemen, and the other is a BAR gunner.
fifth figure is a medic, shown leaning against the turret of the
Sherman the guys are riding. He does not have the yoke
worn by medics to help carry their equipment bags. Instead
he has a bag slung over each shoulder, and though the information
supplied with the soldiers calls them musette bags, they less resemble
the M36 musette bag than they do the shorter medic bag less the
bottom stitching. The set includes five canteens and three entrenching
tools. One figure wears a full M1944 combat pack very
similar to the one Verlinden has been churning out over the past
decade. Oddly, however, the handle of the entrenching
tool is missing both on the figure and the one shown in the package
photo. The M1 Garands are very similar to those from
DML. The BAR is not up to DML quality and could be replaced.
the sculpting of the figures, attributed to three sculptors, is
not on par with Warriors figures, they are very good and the heads
are as good as any by Warriors or Hornet. Scale-wise
these guys are probably between Tamiya and Warriors, but any difference
will be negligible as they are seated or leaning. In
fact, you dont need to place these guys on a tank; theyd
look fine after combat in the ruins of a French or German village. Some
of them have their legs extended outward or tucked under them, so
they might not work well in a halftrack or deuce and a half, but
a couple of them could.
you can still find this set, you might want to grab it. With
the additional sets recently released, one could nicely populate
a Sherman or two as seen in photos of troop movements through France
and breaching the Siegfried line.