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Revell 1/72 02503 – US Infantry

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Revell Us infantry

As box’s illustration depict, this set is an excellent choose for winter U.S. Infantry, such those who fought in the last German winter offensive in the Ardennes, the battle of the Bulge in the 1944/45 winter.

Figures haves basically three kinds of clothing, all appropriate for the period, most of them are wearing the standard jacket M1943 and rest are wearing the long coat which was not very appreciate in combat situation for his heavy weight. Just one figure is wearing the Mackinow jacket. All the figures have the helmet clasped, which was not very common due most soldiers though this was a risk against a blast.

Revell Us Infantry 3

Straps are correct but maybe some lack of equipment is showed here, such ammunition pouches.

Weapons are well depicted, Thompson, Browning M1918 , Garand and the officer is using a pistol, which was uncommon in the late war.

Also two heavy weapons are depicted, a one men team for a 81mm mortar (x2) and also a two men team for a Browning M2HB (x2). These are quite nice figures and additions to the set.
Poses are quite standard but all figures looks natural and well proportioned. Maybe the only odd is the slim mould mark, which most times goes crossing faces. Some work to remove these are needed.

Paint guide
A brief tutorial to show how to paint this U.S. infantry guys only with Citadel paints.

 

First a base coat of Chaos black (used as primer) and then base colour for all the different items as follow:

-Scorched Brown: Coats, helmet straps, wood on weapons, trousers and leather on boots.

-Catachan Green: Helmets and clothes on necks and heads.

-Dheneb Stone + Kommando Khaki (50/50): Jackets.

-Dheneb Stone + Camo Green (75/25): Strap, Gaiters and Canteen.

-Tallarn Flesh: Flesh.

-Boltgum Metal: Weapons’ metal parts.

Once the base coat is well dried we apply a wash with Citadel Devlan Mud. (“Magic soy” as a friend says :))

After wash:

Then is time to give them a highlight.

Highlight mostly have consisted in apply the original base colour (with some exceptions) in relief parts.

-Scorched Brown + Graveyard Earth: Trousers and coats. Coats haves two highlight layers increasing the proportion of Graveyard Earth and trousers just one and then final layer with pure Graveyard Earth.

Bestial Brown: Wood on weapons and boot’s leather.

-Catachan Green: Helmets.

– Kommando Khaki: Jackets.

-Dheneb Stone + Camo Green (25/75): Straps, Gaiters and Canteen.

-Tallarn Flesh: Flesh.

-Boltgum Metal: Weapons’ metal parts.

How to work the bases

Materials needed are: Packing rings, Pumice past, cardboard, white glue, epoxy bicomponent putty and Citadel Devlan Mud wash.

Vandal is a brand which manufacture Pumice past quite cheaper than Models’ brands ones, although Vallejo have and excellent range for this product, with different thickness.
Process is quite simple, glue the Packing rings to the cardboard and then cover it with putty.

Put the figure in the putty, with the help of a “lancet” cover all the figures’ base to ensure a good fixation.

Then apply Pumice past with an old brush. Once it is well dried apply directly the wash, Devlan mud.

An easy and quite nice figures for gaming are now ready.

We hope you enjoyed this, as much as me enjoyed doing it. For those who never have painted their minis, is an easy way to start !! Don’t be afraid.

Although new sets for American infantry are on the market this Revell’s one still performs well his task, heavy weapons are better implemented here than most of the new sets, so don’t miss the opportunity to get this one at best prices here.

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