I will try to assemble a kit of the U.S. tank crew in northwestern Europe. They wear gloves and winter jumpers and coats. Probably it’s in the Netherlands, Belgium, West Germany from the autumn of 1944 to the winter of 1945.
The left is the original head, a soldier with a wild expression. There are 5 figures in this kit, of which 4 had replaced the head.
Even though I said replacing the head, the tank soldier headgear is quite difficult to cut and paste. A helmet soldier is relatively easy.
The Miniart parts list is such a simple one. It was a long time ago that I made Miniart kit.
The painting indication chose olive drab for the uniform, but the box art looks like dark yellow or desert yellow. I will try to finish with a color close to Sand.
Since this kit does not include decals, there are only ways to draw or making decals by myself of detailed insignia and unit emblems. This time I used both. When there is a class mark on the helmet, the atmosphere of a high rank officer comes out and it is good. Maybe he is a captain?
Speaking of which, seeing “Band of Brothers”, Captain Sobel was an actor in the role of TV Drama ”Friends”, ｗhen I first saw it I had a sense of incongruity. I remember that Captain Sobel was bad in character and spaghetti looks taste awful. When I wrote it, I became wanting to see it again…. Well, I’m surprised that Captain Sobel was a real person. Moreover, it is surprising also Mr. David Schwimmer of the ”Friends” resemble to Captain Sobel.
The head chosen for this figure is quite a natural expression finished and I like it very much.
This kit figure has many wrinkles in the uniform mold. In case it’s a few wrinkles, it looks like a toy, so maybe It would be appropriate.
I chose a resin head with a laughing face, the eyes were too big. I thought that the Westerners facial features are sharply-chiseled but too wide open eyes… It is interesting that he is wearing a helmet on the hood of work clothes.
I think that it is common to match with a shaman tank. My stocks are Dragon’s M4A1, Tasca M4A1, the Red Army Sherman and the IDF Super Sherman, so I tried combining the US crew with M4A1 Dragon Models to check the feeling.
Should Sherman Easy Eight and Sherman Jumbo match to the crew in Ardennes? But since M4A1 fought from 1943 until the end of the war in the Italian front, I think there were many soldiers with winter equipment.
This soldier is the most relaxing. Because it is not just a standing figure, I tried it to the shaman. Well, because this shaman is before painting, there is no problem with the setting of the front line anywhere. These figures seem to fit pretty closely with the Sherman tank.
All of these tank soldiers are monotonous with one color uniform of sand or dark yellow, so I made a good use of washing and dry brushing to give changes the tone. Actually, I think that work clothes and uniforms are dirtier and deteriorated if they are fighting with tanks for a long time. The tank soldiers appearing in the movie “Fury” are very dirty.
Looking at the overseas internet shopping site of tanker jacket, the new one looks like olive drab and khaki drab. I saw the battlefield photos and second hand jackets which were many yellowish, I guess they are fading. I should have investigated these articles before building, not just after finish painting. I trusted box painting and painted that way! It seems to be better the whole-body resin figure that I made a while ago, I think this is not too bad.