14 years ago
6377; U.S. 10th Mountain Division Italy 1945 - Gen2; 214 parts (186 in
grey styrene, 28 etched brass); price estimated at US$14.95
Advantages: any new US figures welcome; different figures with
different uniforms nice change of pace
Disadvantages: niche uniforms and equipment limit their options for
Rating: Highly Recommended
Recommendation: for US figure models and dioramists
The US deployed a large number of specialized forces and troops
during WWII, but one of the least publicized was the mountain troops.
Essentially cold-weather equipped and trained light infantry, these
soldiers were optimized for operations in the mountains. One full
division, the 10th Mountain, served in Italy.
DML has now offered a set of four figures representing these
personnel and has created them in the Gen2 format. This is a good
idea, as they have clothed them in the mountain parka, which means
they are quite suitable to the Gen2 formula of separate coat tails and
The figures are all clothed in the knee-length parka with fur-trimmed
hoods, wearing the 1944 version of the "shoe-pac" (a rubber sole and
lower section with short leather uppers) and carrying the mountain
rucksack with the backpack frame. All of these items are pretty much
unique except the shoe-pacs.
Each figure comes in 17 parts (2 x head, 2 x torso, 1 x collar, 2 x
legs, 2 x arms, 2 x hands, 2 x boots, and 4 x coat tails) with the
packs and frames separate. The figures form a vignette with two
soldiers standing in relaxed poses, one kneeling and one sitting,
massaging what may be a sprained or broken leg. The molding is
excellent and matches the references I have for this sort of equipment
(the French-printed "GI Collectors Guide" for the ETO).
The US figures do rate Gen2 status and equipment, and come with five
different weapon, with the M1 Garands and carbine having optional
position bolts (open or closed) and clips and magazines. All are
provided with etched brass slings as well.
Other Gen2 bits include helmets, canteens, ammo pouches, first aid
pouches, pistol holsters and compass pouches. Helmet chinstraps are
etched brass as well as the tie-down straps for the rucksacks
(outside, not shoulder straps). However, none of these are indicated
on the directions, which is another overlooked item by DML.
Since this is an "A" kit, artwork and directions are by Ron Volstad.
Overall this is a very nicely done effort, but they are a very
narrowly focused set whose only only other use is probably Korea in
the winter of 1950.
Thanks to Freddie Leung for the review sample.