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US Paratrooper (Normandy,1944)
Maki
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Posted: Friday, August 27, 2010 - 03:34 AM UTC
Here''s a review of 2nd Lieutenant Parachute Inf. Regt. (Normandy, 1944) in 1/35 scale from Minisoldiers.



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If you have comments or questions please post them here.

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Posted: Friday, August 27, 2010 - 08:09 AM UTC
Well... you've done your homework, that's for sure!
Very nice review - I'm not very familiar with US forces so it was great to read something more about the uniform and equipment of this paratrooper
Thank you for reviewing this figure!
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Posted: Friday, August 27, 2010 - 10:19 AM UTC
What a fabulous figure! Anyone know of a UK / EU stockist for this figure?

Thank you.

Gary Needham
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Posted: Friday, August 27, 2010 - 06:57 PM UTC
Andrzej; yes, it is a bit long review, isn't it? This is the first time I was researching anything WW2 related, so I guess I got a bit carried away...

Gary; I know SOGA Miniatures carries Minisoldiers line: link
I'm not sure on the US / UK distributors though.

Mario

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Posted: Saturday, August 28, 2010 - 01:35 AM UTC
Great figure and great review, Mario. Thanks!
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Posted: Saturday, August 28, 2010 - 10:09 AM UTC

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Andrzej; yes, it is a bit long review, isn't it? This is the first time I was researching anything WW2 related, so I guess I got a bit carried away...


No, it's absolutely not too long. I had great time reading it.
As for being carried away - please check my Roman Soldier, Late Empire review... and the introduction had been cut by half befor posting
Thanks again for the review mate!
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Posted: Saturday, August 28, 2010 - 08:48 PM UTC

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As for being carried away - please check my Roman Soldier, Late Empire review... and the introduction had been cut by half befor posting



Now there's an introduction...

It is just that I love reading stuff like this; putting the figure in historical context and explaining the clothing and equipment... it is never a boring read to me. Those who don't like it can skip to conclusions without having to check out the whole review.

Mario
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Posted: Sunday, August 29, 2010 - 01:13 AM UTC

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It is just that I love reading stuff like this; putting the figure in historical context and explaining the clothing and equipment... it is never a boring read to me. Those who don't like it can skip to conclusions without having to check out the whole review.


Good review and good background info Mario. I enjoyed reading through it. Those "Histoire and Collection" books are brilliant reference books, and all the great images make identifying the gear so much easier.

Talking about books ... Ive been a bit inspired by airborne troops at the moment. Ive just finished "The filthy thirteen - from the dustbowl to Hitler´s Eagles nest: The 101st Airborne´s most legendary squad of combat paratroopers" by Richard Killblane & Jake McNiece (Mowhawks and war paint inspiration) and Im currently half way through "A paratrooper at war in Europe - All the way to Berlin" by James Megellas (The 82nd airborne´s most decorated officer).

There are so many references to their gear and what they carried with them, and the importance of everything they carried. You´d think that their main concern was the thought of getting killed or having to kill, but in actual fact it was about their next bite to eat or drink, and the lengths they went to carry this with them or scavange them.
It really brings it home when you see this in model format. I´ll be looking for this figure when it becomes available.
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Posted: Sunday, August 29, 2010 - 04:13 AM UTC

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There are so many references to their gear and what they carried with them, and the importance of everything they carried. You´d think that their main concern was the thought of getting killed or having to kill, but in actual fact it was about their next bite to eat or drink, and the lengths they went to carry this with them or scavange them.



Quite true. People usually don't think soldiers have to carry extra socks or toilet paper in their equipment... on the other hand, this guy carries about 10 extra magazines for his weapon. Not exactly a possibility to be trigger-happy either.

As for the figure, it is available trough Soga Miniatures. I've been in contact with Anar and he says Minisoldiers don't have US or EU distributors yet.

Mario
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Posted: Sunday, August 29, 2010 - 11:50 AM UTC
Good review, Mario. I like the way you've labelled some of the equipment in the photos (funnily enough I've started doing something similar on my latest review, which you should see this week).

Interesting that the map case is a different colour resin to the rest of the parts. A different production run?

A comment re. the photos: it's always difficult photographing white/light resin, so you may consider reducing the exposure to help bring out the details. I may also suggest keeping all the (cropped) photos the same size for uniformity. I probably should have just mailed you re. this advice Mail me if you want more

Good review buddy - first adventure in WW2 in a while eh?

Rudi
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Posted: Sunday, August 29, 2010 - 09:03 PM UTC
Thanks Rudi. I used Engin's method of labeling equipment with reference pictures for the first time... I like it and although there is an extra work involved, I think it looks cool.

As for different resin color on the map case... I've seen that on several figure kits before and yes, I too think it must be the different production run issue.

Thanks for the tips on photographing light resin color parts. I was thinking of building the figure completely and putting a coat of gray primer so the details would show better. In the end, I wanted to run the review as quickly as possible, so I decided to go with the pics as they were...

Mario
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Posted: Sunday, March 08, 2015 - 02:28 PM UTC

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Andrzej; yes, it is a bit long review, isn't it? This is the first time I was researching anything WW2 related, so I guess I got a bit carried away...

Gary; I know SOGA Miniatures carries Minisoldiers line: link
I'm not sure on the US / UK distributors though.

Mario




Hello, Mario and fellow Figure Painters/Modellers! BEAUTIFUL FIGURE, AND GREAT PAINTWORK!!! The quality of this figure is reminiscent of the WARRIORS/CUSTOM DIORAMICS/LINCOLN COUNTY LINE Figures and Diorama Supplies that VLS used to market. SQUADRON HOBBY SHOP still carries some of those fine figures. Some of their WWII US Head Sets and figures can still be found here and there, (ebay) but they are becoming increasingly rarer as time goes by... What a shame! The WWII US Head Sets came in VERY HANDY on various GI figures. WARRIORS/CUSTOM DIORAMICS seemed to be the ONLY 1/35 figure manufacturer that got the shape and size of the US M1 Steel Helmets and the US WWII Tanker Helmets right! MOST, not all, manufacturers cast the M1 Helmet too small, too close-fitting, and they get the shape wrong- inconsistency is rife, even in WWII US figure SETS!!! @#$$**&%!!!

No this contribution IS NOT TOO LONG!!! GREAT WORK!!! And here I was, worried about some of my comments, describing some of my techniques and some advice that I've written on this site being too long!!!

It's GREAT to see that we modellers enjoy reading the in-depth reviews, various threads, new kit announcements, and progressive build articles, and questions & answers, plus some great kidding around, that is found on this site- ARMORAMA RULES!!!