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Set 8016

US Soldiers

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All figures are supplied unpainted    (Numbers of each pose in brackets)
Stats
Date Released Unknown
Contents 22 figures
Poses 9 poses
Material Plastic (Very Hard)
Colours Tan
Average Height 23 mm (= 1.66 m)

Review

Naturally enough many manufacturers have a set of US infantry in their World War II range, and when Esci decided to start adding figures to their range of vehicles, their first product was this set, subtitled 'Marine Corps'.

The men are dressed in what might be termed the classic look, 'utilities' of a loose shirt (termed a jacket) and trousers together with the M1 helmet. They wear the leggings that were often discarded by the troops themselves in hot climates, and are extremely lightly equipped - most only carry a canteen and entrenching tool. Packs are provided, but are separate and must be glued in place. As so often the uniform is not wrong but much too neat and consistent to really convey the appearance of these troops when in action. Presumably the designer considered the regulations rather than photos of the actual men in the field.

The poses are a fairly standard bunch, and once again are very reminiscent of the Airfix 1/32 soft plastic set. Differences include the standing and kneeling firing figures having swapped weapons, as have the prone figures, with the rifle replaced by an ammunition belt for the machine gun. However this second crewman is positioned to feed from the right when he should be feeding from the left. Although this is a hard plastic kit, most of the figures come complete, so there is very little opportunity to vary the poses.

The standard of sculpting is good, with good proportions and detail. Apart from being added to their base most figures require no assembly, and there is no significant flash, although some do have circular mould marks on their backs. The weapons used are reasonable, so this is a fair set of figures, though it does not offer anything that can't be found in soft plastic elsewhere.


Ratings

Historical Accuracy 9
Pose Quality 8
Pose Number 6
Sculpting 9
Mould 7

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 Marines in World War II" - Greenhill Books (GI Series No.21) - Christopher Anderson - 9781853674266
"The US Marine Corps" - Greenhill (GI Series No.9) - Charles H Cureton - 9781853672897
"US Marine Corps 1941-45" - Osprey (Elite Series No.59) - Gordon Rottman - 9781855324978
"US Marine Corps Raider 1942-43" - Osprey (Warrior Series No.109) - Ed Gilbert - 9781841769813
"US Marine Rifleman 1939-45" - Osprey (Warrior Series No.112) - Gordon Rottman - 9781841769721
"US Marines in World War Two" - Arms and Armour (Uniforms Illustrated Series No.11) - Robert Stern - 9780853687504
"World War II Infantry" - Windrow & Greene (Europa Militaria Series No.2) - Laurent Mirouze - 9781872004150
Magazines
"Regiment (The United States Marine Corps 1775-1945)" - No.37

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