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American Paratrooper
Normandy 1944

 

 

Fonderie Miniatures


Fonderie Miniature's 120mm "American  Parachutiste Normandie 1944"
is available online at Squadron.com

 

S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number: Stock No. FN1202 - "AMERICAN Parachutiste Normandie 1944
Scale: 120mm (1/16 scale)
Contents and Media: 8 resin parts; 18 white metal parts
Price: USD$25.46 from Squadron.com
Review Type: First Look
Advantages: Crisply cast; minimal pinholes and seams; helpful locating indents for packs and equipment; well detailed; impressive touches including netting on helmet
Disadvantages: One tricky crescent-shaped seam on right side of face.
Recommendation: Recommended

 

Reviewed by Brett Green

 

FirstLook

 

 

Fonderie Miniature's 120mm American Paratrooper is supplied in 8 resin and 18 white metal parts.

The resin is very crisply cast with minimal imperfections, although there is a visible ridge/seam on the right side of the Paratrooper's face that will need careful attention.

The resin has a chalky texture, but this does not detract from the detail.

The body and legs are supplied as one large casting. This is an impressive piece. It includes moulded-on webbing and pockets, but the remaining details are supplied separately in white metal. Fonderie Miniature thoughtfully provides foolproof "pockmarks" on the body casting to help locate packs and other accessories.

The white metal details are also very well done. They are contoured for specific locations on the main body part, so fit should not be a problem. I particularly liked the hand grenade, the Thompson sub-machine gun and the chin strap for the helmet.

Instructions are supplied in the form of four colour views of a completed figure from all angles. These pictures leave little doubt about the location of the Paratrooper's equipment, and will provide some inspiration for the paint job.

The pose of the Paratrooper is quite defiant. He has his Thompson gun raised in the crook of one arm while he reaches back for his trenching tool (either that or he has an itchy leg).

 

 

Conclusion

 

Fonderie Miniature's 120mm American Paratrooper is an impressive figure that will be equally at home as a standalone modelling subject, or as part of a large-scale diorama.

It would certainly make a nice companion to Tamiya's recently revised 1/16 scale M4 Sherman!

Recommended.

Thanks to Squadron.com for the review sample

 


Review and Images Copyright 2001 by Brett Green
Page Created 02 October, 2001
Last updated 22 July, 2003

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