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.
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 to 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” resembles Captain Sobel.
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… Interestingly, 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 on 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 good use of washing and dry brushing to give changes to 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 finished painting. I trusted box painting and painted that way! It seems to be better than the whole-body resin figure that I made a while ago, I think this is not too bad.
I am interested in models of tanks, airplanes, ships, military figures, I build it little by little when I feel like it. I am also interested in the history of war. My starting is Tamiya’s Military Miniature series in the elementary school.
From elementary school through university students repeatedly suspend and restart my modeling, it’s about 25 years of this hobby’s history.
Born in February 1970, I live in Tokyo. From February 2007 I was quietly doing a site called “Miniature-Arcadia”. It is being transferred to this blog with the same name from December 2016. My update pace is uneven, but please come to see here occasionally.