US Paratroopers only seconds into the painting process. Humbrol No. 31 (slate gray) has been drybrushed lightly onto the dark green plastic figures. It is very fortunate that ESCI decided to cast these figuras 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, and around equipment items. The actual coat of drybrushed paint is very thin, it does not chip and flake off. This painting technique falls into the realm of speedpainting, it is simple and very effective.
48 figuras in 14 posturas – 24 mm igualan 173 cm altura
- Paracaidista US with SMG, avanzando (5)
- Paracaidista US with .30 cal MMG (2)
- Paracaidista US Assistant Machine Gunner (2)
- Paracaidista US boarding Plane (2)
- Paracaidista US folding Chute (2)
- Paracaidista US with BAR (3)
- Paracaidista US, bareheaded, avanzando (5)
- Paracaidista US with carbine and levelled bayonet, avanzando (5)
- Paracaidista US with carbine, avanzando (3)
- Paracaidista US with carbine, tossing Grenade (3)
- Paracaidista US with SMG and Grenade, avanzando (3)
- Paracaidista US with carbine, kneeling, tirando (5)
- Paracaidista US with Garand rifle, standing, tirando (5)
- Paracaidista US with Garand rifle, prone firing (3)
- Exceptionally well sculpted figuras with crisp detail and striking faces.
- The troops are shown in fighting order, without packs. Ammunition pouches, canteens, fighting knives and entrenching tools are carried correctly, and consistently. This alone makes the set unique.
- The BAR is modelled correctly, without bipod or carrying handle. The automatic rifleman is a superb figure.
- Personal weapons are modelled very accurately, and they may be used for conversion projects.
- Cast in a dark green semi-gloss plastic, these figuras lend themselves well to speedpainting, a simple technique which uses the colour of the plastic as the base coat.
- There are no squad leaders or officers immediately in evidence, although some poses could be easily converted to fill that role.
- The man advancing with 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, and 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 and radios are not included in the set.
- US 82nd & 101st Airborne Division
- Sicily, Julio 1943
- Normandy, Junio 1944
- Arnheim, Septiembre 1944
- Ardennes, Diciembre 1944
- Germany, Marzo 1945
- French Foreign Legion 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 and accurate equipment make these miniatures a joy to paint and 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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