Monday, February 15, 2016 - 12:07 AM UTC
MasterBox has a new set of figures coming out in March or April that I have been looking forward too. This nine figure set offers US Paratroopers & British Tankman in France, 1944. Included with the set is a female (with a baby) who has had her head shaved for collaborating.
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The 101st light company. US Paratroopers & British Tankman, France, 1944
Kit No: 35164

The kit continues the series of the kits dedicated to the events of the WWII and it shows dramatic events of the period of liberation of the territory of France on the Western Front in 1944-1945. The story of the kit shows US Paratroopers in a march, during that they help a young woman. The tragedy of the story is emphasized by that appearance of the girl is the evidence of that she was caught in collaboration and was inflicted by a humiliating penalty that was usual for that time her hair was cropped close to the skin, but knowing that, Americans destroy barriers of stereotypes and show compassion and nobility.

The kit consists of two moulding sprues with the parts that allow assembling of 9 figures. Seven figures are US Paratroopers, one figure is British Tankman and one more figure is a young woman with a child. The story of the kit is very dramatic, very dynamic and it allows creating of a very interesting diorama.

We would like to emphasize especially that the kit interacts very well with the kits of techniques of other manufacturers. The figures are distinguished by a very high artistic level of performance, they are animated well and they interact with each other very well. Also we would like to emphasize that in case of using not of all figures during creation of the diorama, the figures that were not used during it can be used during creation of any other dioramas without difficulties and they interact well with models of techniques of other manufacturers.
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I think they look pretty cool.
FEB 16, 2016 - 05:32 AM
Looks like a good set. Will have to ad it to my wish list.
FEB 16, 2016 - 06:52 AM
Great looking set (actually would have preferred US infantry over airborne though). Poses look great and the animation is good. MB produces some of the most creative figure sets. I just wish the quality of their sculpting would improve -- details tend to be very soft. That probably won't prevent me from picking one up though. Can only imagine what the price will be.
FEB 16, 2016 - 09:34 AM
All good Dennis, unlike rivet counters on this site I'm a button counter when it comes to uniforms...lol
FEB 16, 2016 - 11:24 AM
Somewhat better executed than the Italeri offering of U.S. Infantry on board a LCVP. Considering how long MB have been in business compared to Italeri, shows how complacent the Italians have become....
FEB 16, 2016 - 04:32 PM
Agree- DRAGON and VERLINDEN make US Infantry "Tank Riders", but the DRAGON set is clothed in the M1943-issue duds, while the 2 VERLINDEN figure sets of 2 figures each are in a mixture of the M1943 and prior issues of combat clothing. I'd like to see some completely new sets of GIs done entirely in pre-M1943 garb- i.e Parsons Combat Jackets, M1938 Leggings, etc. The current fashion with plastic and resin aftermarket figure manufacturers seems to have a penchant for the M1943 clothing and especially in "Battle of the Bulge"-type scenarios. Wait a second! What about all the GIs that served in the older-style clothing all the way up to VE Day? PS- We could also use more US Marines in the earlier-style HBT Combat Uniforms with M1938 Leggings and M1 Helmets without Camo Covers...
FEB 19, 2016 - 01:37 PM
Yeah, me too! Especially when it comes down to the tiresome discussions about whether there were four or seven screws used to fasten the Commander's Map-reading Light to the ceiling inside the interior of the Turret in Tiger Is! Note: Yes, this is a facetious comment...
FEB 19, 2016 - 01:38 PM
Nice set from MB. Good to see something non Fury out.
FEB 19, 2016 - 03:14 PM
If they have M 1943 u niforms they might go well with my Tasca Sherman Firefly with British 11 AD markings, If they have M 1942 uniforms regular or paras, they might go well my Tasca Sherman M4A1 with 2 AD Carentan markings. But its true, most figure makers even my fave Alpine, seem fixated on late winter 44-45 figures, and that was even before Fury came out! More US Army and Marines in Pacific settings and more M 1942 uniforms please!
MAR 03, 2016 - 01:18 AM

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