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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.