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Set 76027

US Army Infantry

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All figures are supplied unpainted    (Numbers of each pose in brackets)
Date Released Unknown
Contents 10 figures and 1 bunker
Poses 10 poses
Material Plastic (Very Hard)
Colours Dark Green
Average Height 21 mm (= 1.51 m)


Hands up anyone who thinks these figures look familiar. If your hand is currently skyward then you are probably thinking of the old Airfix 1/32 American Infantry figures, which is what we did when we first considered these hard plastic figures from Fujimi. Most of those poses later appeared in the second type Airfix U.S. Marines, so there doesn't appear to be anything new here.

Taken in isolation the poses are reasonable, but the exact pose can be varied as in most cases the figures have separate arms and weapons. While there are instructions on how to construct these figures (which we followed for our pictured examples), there is scope to swap arms about to create something new. Some of the arms seem to match the shoulder better than others, and it is a tricky procedure to get arms and weapon to all co-ordinate in a realistic way.

The general level of sculpting is adequate, although there was a good deal of flash on our example. Although we found no particularly accuracy problems some of the figures look strange, specifically several have their overlarge helmet down on their nose, meaning most of their head is encased, but also that they could not see. Every figure is further marred by very obvious circular mould marks in prominent places, usually round the back but not always, as can be seen above.

One good point is that Fujimi have taken the trouble to provide a good range of weapons, including carbines, rifles, sub-machine guns, a BAR and a bazooka. Every man also has a separate bayonet scabbard, which is fiddly to apply but can help disguise the mould mark in some cases. Again the weapons are adequately detailed rather than exceptional, but they suffice. Bases are also provided, but we have not shown them here as they are very long.

Since this is a Fujimi kit there must be an accessory, and in this case it is a bunker. It appears to be a bunker built into a hillside, but is only 20mm tall at most, so implies it is the top of a partially buried structure. The 'slot' is quite large - about 8mm tall - which would give inadequate protection for riflemen and implies a larger gun would have been positioned there. As with the other sets this item does not really add much to the set.

These 1/76th scale figures are quite tricky to make up and do not produce a particularly satisfactory result. Some may find the separate weapons useful, but since most of the poses have been better done in the Airfix set there seems little reason to invest in these figures.


Historical Accuracy 8
Pose Quality 7
Pose Number 7
Sculpting 5
Mould 4

Further Reading
"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 War in Europe" - Greenhill (GI Series No.1) - John P Langellier - 9781853672200
"The World War II GI" - Crowood - Richard Windrow - 9781847970336
"United States Army Uniforms: Europe 1944-45" - Arms & Armour Press (Uniforms Illustrated Series No.14) - Cameron Laughlin - 9780853687276
"US Army Uniforms of World War II" - Stackpole - Shelby Stanton - 9780811725958

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