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Atlantic

Set 82

US Marine Corps

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All figures are supplied unpainted    (Numbers of each pose in brackets)
Stats
Date Released 1975
Contents Varying number of pieces
Poses 11 poses
Material Plastic (Medium Consistency)
Colours Green, Blue
Average Height 24 mm (= 1.73 m)

Review

None of the Atlantic World War II range is ever likely to win any awards, but compared to some of the others in the range these US figures are not too bad. The poses include many of the usual types plus some more interesting examples. Chief amongst these are the two soldiers who are planting a flag. When put together they look like this, which is obviously inspired by the famous flag-planting scene during the capture of Iwo Jima, though a flag this small would not be visible from very far. The rest of the poses are nothing spectacular but also not particularly realistic. The second figure in the top row would have been much better simply by making him face the direction he is going rather than looking at us, and the soldier at the end of the second row on all fours does not make for a useful pose, even though naturally soldiers were often on the ground during a firefight. Also the man holding the bazooka is doing just that - supporting it, but making no attempt to actually fire it (perhaps because it has no trigger etc.).

The men's uniform includes the long leggings which were phased out later in the war, but in other respects is a simplified representation of the uniform worn by many US troops in all theatres. All are very lightly equipped, though for some reason many have a pistol, which was reserved mostly for officers and those handling heavy weapons.

Weaponry is a rifle in most cases, though there is one man with a Thompson sub machine gun, and another with the famous bazooka anti-tank gun. This last weapon is supplied separately, but fits in to the hands of its owner quite well. Nonetheless both this and all the other weapons are lacking much detail and are greatly simplified.

Inevitably with Atlantic sets there are some problems with flash and marks where the plastic was injected into the mould. The standard of sculpting is really not especially bad, though the over-simplified clothing and kit is the main problem. The bazooka man has been provided without a base, which seems pointless and merely makes him quite unstable. While he will stand by himself, once the bazooka is added he is unbalanced and will not stand at all. Such a problem could have so easily be solved by simply giving him a base, which would have also made him the same height as his comrades. There are many sets of US infantry and/or marines which are considerably better than these, and for most purposes it is those that you should consider before even contemplating this poor collection.

Ratings

Historical Accuracy 6
Pose Quality 5
Pose Number 7
Sculpting 5
Mould 6

Further Reading
Books
"American Web Equipment 1910-1967" - Crowood (Europa Militaria Series No.33) - Martin J Brayley - 9781861268327
"Infantry Weapons of World War II" - David & Charles - Jan Suermont - 9780715319253
"The US Army in World War II (1) The Pacific" - Osprey (Men-at-Arms Series No.342) - Mark Henry - 9781855329959
"The US Army in World War II (2) The Mediterranean" - Osprey (Men-at-Arms Series No.347) - Mark R Henry - 9781841760858
"The US Army in World War II (3) North West Europe" - Osprey (Men-at-Arms Series No.350) - Mark Henry - 9781841760865
"The World War II GI" - Crowood - Richard Windrow - 9781847970336
"US Army Uniforms of World War II" - Stackpole - Shelby Stanton - 9780811725958

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