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Wow, these look great! Certainly be a much needed improvement over the Atlantic set! Looking very much forward to these! 1 guy I wasn't sure what he was doing? Kneeling with some sort of container in his hand. Also not sure who uses the artillery scope? The guy who was not shown in a larger individual pic? Certainly not the "Pommy Officer!" ;)
I think it's the guy pictured next to the BC Scope (Artillery Sighting Scope) - he looks about the right height and in a good position. A forward observer for both artillery support and mortars is a great idea one doesn't see one often. Kudos. Also, love the sculpting on the new figures.
Great to see WWII Indian troops being so well represented in 1/72 (finally)!!
Good job, Strelets.
An old Major I knew from the Cheshire Regt would have had the Vickers operator up on a charge. Apparently getting burned by a hot shell case from a Vickers was considered a self-inflicted injury, so gunners would have to work with their sleeves down. However as he is also wearing shorts, he will will probably get away with it.
Lovely figures! Nice poses, including the posing of the vickers numbers' legs. Good sculpting - all round top marks.
...and top marks from me too, probably the best vickers mmg and crew in the hobby to date 10/10 Strelets 10/10
Strelet's new east Asia WW2 range is very welcome, and it's especially good that the Indian Army is finally getting some good representation in 1/72 plastic. Well done Strelets!
Another good looking set to look forward to and fills an important gap in the WW2 Allied range. Keep ´em coming Strelets !
Great news I'm looking forward to seeing them.
One day we will have a British officer actually using binoculars with two hands, but not this day!
I assume that these are meant to be Sikhs, so I'm just wondering why some are carrying Helmets?
The Helmets are sooooo frustrating, without them you could do head swaps and have a dream set of 8th army heavy weapons
even tho its not a period i collect,its always nice to see good figure sets like these come out.
i can remember not too long ago a discussion on this forum about these very same sets.now there is what 10 new sets from strelets alone to cover this.
its got to be making quite a few people happy.
Really pleased with the new Indian heavy weapons and the far East range generally. The Indian troops so deserved to be portrayed given the massive contribution they made to the Allied war effort.
I would have thought these were more Middle than Far East(but OK for early war eg 1941/2).
The stereo periscope (or scissors rangefinder in German) rangefinder would be in a trench or vehicle. The simple tube coincidence version was more common especially for a FOP. Most guns and mortars were commanded by an NCO and a junior officer would command a battery and normally with a mortar of this size there would be some form of communication to the battery usually a field telephone.
Most Indian regiments had Indian officers and traditionally they had big moustaches or beards it was roughly in a 2 (European or Anglo Indian)) to 1 (Indian) ratio. Shame that the officer was not Indian as most 8th Army sets have arm waving officers(starting the Grand National).
Nice to see full crews though I agree with Alan- you either wear the helmet or p*** in it but don't carry it. I am not sure of the ballistic properties of the turban (and the hair) but I could be convinced it may be better than the battle bowler.
Sikh units dont seem to have suffered particularly for not wearing the helmet, though I think it would be almost impossible to determine either way...
Typically what happened during WW1 when the Sharpnel helmet was introduced as a result of trench warfare, was a large increase of survivors with head injuries reaching dressing stations, these men would likely have been killed instantly otherwise....
It should be noted though that the main reason for producing the helmets had in fact disapeared by WW2 as true shrapnel for which the helmets were designed(proof against a pistol bullet) was no longer in use to any degree and Slinters from HE shells generally have a much higher velocity: