US Paratroopers only seconds into the painting process. Humbrol No. 31 (slate gray) has been drybrushed lightly onto the dark green soldatini plastici. It is very fortunate that ESCI decided to cast these soldatini in a much darker shade of the uniform colour. No undercoating is required. The highlight colour can be brushed on directly, allowing the dark plastic to remain visible in the folds of the uniform, ed around oggetti di equipaggiamento. The actual coat of drybrushed paint is very thin, it does not chip e flake off. This painting technique falls into the realm of pittura veloce, it is simple e very effective.
50 soldatini in 14 posture – 24 mm pari a 173 cm di altezza
- Mitragliere con mitragliatrice media da .30 cal. (2)
- Mitragliere/caricatore (2)
- Paracadutista boarding Plane (2)
- Paracadutista folding Chute (2)
- Paracadutista con Thompson SMG, avanzando (5)
- Paracadutista con BAR, avanzando (3)
- Paracadutista, bareheaded, avanzando (5)
- Paracadutista with rifle levelled, avanzando (5)
- Paracadutista with rifle raised, avanzando (3)
- Paracadutista throwing Grenade (3)
- Paracadutista con Grenade, avanzando (3)
- Paracadutista standing, sparando (5)
- Paracadutista kneeling, sparando (5)
- Paracadutista prone, sparando (3)
Exceptionally well sculpted soldatini con crisp detail e striking faces.
The troops are shown in fighting order, without packs. Ammunition pouches, canteens, fighting knives ed entrenching tools are carried correctly, e consistently. This alone makes the set unique.
The BAR is modelled correctly, without bipod o carrying handle. The automatic rifleman is a superb figure.
Armi personali are modelled very accurately, e they may be used for conversion projects.
Cast in a dark green semi-gloss plastic, these soldatini lend themselves well to speedpainting, a simple technique which uses the colour of the plastic as the base coat.
There are no squad leaders o officers immediately in evidence, although some poses potrebbero essere facilmente convertiti to fill that role.
The man advancing con a grenade in his right hand is posed strangely, he has both arms raised as if he wanted to surrender. The figure itself looks great, e the pose may be saved by attaching more suitable arms taken from another figure.
The Garand rifle of the prone para seems to be too long.
Mortars, bazookas e radios are not included in the set.
- US 82nd & 101st Airborne Division
- Sicily, luglio 1943
- Normandia, giugno 1944
- Arnheim, settembre 1944
- Ardennes, dicembre 1944
- Germania, marzo 1945
- Legione straniera francese Paratroops, Dien Bien Phu, 1954
These US Paratroopers define the standard against which other figure sets must be judged. Crisp detail, realistic folds in clothing ed accurate equipaggiamento make these soldatini a joy to paint e collect. This is a much better set of US Paratroopers than the one produced by Revell which was released years later.
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