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Masters for this set can now be seen here.
Some useful figures.
Sniper, radio operator, flamethrower, 81mm & 150mm mortars, NCO & officer, tripod mounted binoculars ...
This will really add some aspects of the WWII IJA that were in 1/72 non-existant so far.
I have been waiting for this set forever! Thank you Strelets. (now if only I could get US Marine heavy weapons or artillery, my Pacific campaign can finally start in earnest, but one thing at a time).
Just wanted to put this on your radar. I like everything about this Japanese HW set, especially the radioman and general officer (they will join all my Japanese armies from Philippines 1941 to Okinawa).
There are 5 WWII US Marines sets out there, but:
Atlantic is worthless.
Airfix 1st version has good poses but really poor detail. They have a flamethrower and bazooka, but no mortar, heavy MG or BAR.
Airfix 2nd version has a bazooka and heavy MG, but no flame thrower, no BAR and not even an officer.
Revell has no bazooka or heavy MG, but they do have a BAR, officer and flamethrower.
Only the Waterloo 1815 has an oddly sculpted mortar, and it is the only one that has a radioman. These sets aren't always compatible in look and it would be nice to get them all in one set that matches each other like your IJA HW set. The Matchbox and ESCI sets that have some of these things are often dressed like late war US Army, so I can't always use them.
As examples, I would love a set that included poses similar to:
carrying ammo or supplies (real useful)
60mm like this (but in Marine uniforms):
And if they were in Marine uniforms, this Tamiya set shows good radioman, 81mm morter, etc:
Arlin, I'd advise you to get the IMEX Korean War minis - they can pass as late war US marines (and ARVN for Vietnam too, I'll use them as such) and have tons of great looking miniatures. Water-cooled machine gun, radiomen, figures with rifle grenades, and you can convert the Bren into a relatively passable BAR...
I can't say if the the USMC used the M3 SMG in the Pacific but I can assure you that the U.S. Army did. Many years ago, I saw a photo of my dad, since lost, in the Philippines holding one.
There is a lot to like in this set, like the X straps on the puttees, or the radio operator's glasses. The figures are interacting with the mortar and the range finder, which is great.
I would have preferred another loader instead of one officer though. Two figures look as if straight from an Atlantic or Esci box: the mortar operator with his right arm way behind his body and the NCO with spread legs as if on horseback. Nothing a little hot water couldn't fix though.
The first weapon must be the Japanese version of the Lewis machine gun:
Given the huge number of Japanese machine guns already available in 1/72, a type 11 37mm infantry gun might have been a better choice. The gunner would probably survive longer if prone.
Finally, I wished the mortars' triopods were as detailed as the rangerfinder's.
Maybe this can still be fixed before producing this most useful set. Regards, Pa
Delighted with this, lots of room still for a set 2 , my big wish is that these figures stand 22-23 mm tall when stood up, so they can be used side by side with other makes of figures. Set 2 , well there are no heavy machine guns with loaders and ammunition in our scale, no Japanese field artillery, plus the Japanese moved big guns captured at Singapore for example and installed them on the islands in the Pacific, the Americans encountered them on several islands, and given how well you have done heavy guns this one seems a no brainer to me, well done strelets.
looking again, this needs two sets, your trying to squeeze too much in to one and compromising it as a result, more crew for the mortars , at least three men for each, save the machine gun and flamethrower for set two.
Very nice set! If the end product is as good as the Masters this set should sell well. I'd like to see some opponents for them. A Marine heavy weapons set would be
The box art is up as well now - had not noticed it before:
I still hope Strelets will make some changes as discussed here, and that the figures will be as short as befits a WW2 Japanese - that would make this set a seller.