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US Drivers (1917-1918)
US Drivers (1917-1918)
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by: Kevin Brant [ SGTRAM ]


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Armorama

Introduction

The United States Army entered World War 1 in 1917, bringing with it American equipment including the Class-B Standardized Military Truck or Liberty Truck. Having previously releasing the Liberty Truck, ICM has now released a two figure driver set.

Contents

1 Plastic Sprue
1 Instruction and painting sheet

Review

A new small kit from ICM covers US Drivers from World War 1. The kit contains two figures; a driver and a passenger. The kit includes one sprue molded in light grey which looks to be very well molded. The detail on the both figures looks very well done, including well define straps, creases in the uniforms, and nicely done faces.

As for the driver figure, he includes leg wrappings, or puttees, that look to be very well done. While I was unable to fit the completed figure into my already build Liberty B truck, the legs and torso fit well, with the feet resting on the foot pedals. As for the passenger, it does look to be wearing an officer decorated uniform with knee high boots and spurs. Both figures are wearing the style of hat typical for US World War 1 troops, again well molded.

The construction and fit of the figures is also well done, there is a little bit of seam to clean up and everything seems to fit quite nicely. As mentioned before, unfortunately as I had already built my Liberty Truck and I was unable to fit either figure in after full assembly, hence it does look like if you are planning to add the figures, then it would have to be done prior to the canvas roof being fitted to the truck. But based on a test fit I did with just the legs and torso, both figures did sit quite nicely on the seat.

One slight issue is the lack of any personal gear and or weapons for the figures. If the passenger is to represent an officer I would expect a side arm in a holster or something.

The instruction sheet is two sided, with a drawn image of the figures with part numbers and paint callout shown, while the other side includes an image of the sprue and the paint references which include Revell and Tamiya.

Summary

This does look to be a nice looking figure set from ICM. The two figures themselves are nicely molded with nice details. The uniform details look to match those of the US World War 1 issued. As for assembly, just a little seam to clean up and they go together very well, unfortunately if you plan to add them to your already built Liberty truck that may be a squeeze. I would definitely recommend this kit.
SUMMARY
Highs: Nicely molded with good facial detail, uniform details nice, and build well
Lows: Lack of any personal gear
Verdict: A very nice set of figures to detail the cab of a Liberty B truck, highly recommended.
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: 35706
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  PUBLISHED: Jul 21, 2019
  NATIONALITY: United States
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 88.35%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 84.66%

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About Kevin Brant (SgtRam)
FROM: ONTARIO, CANADA

I am an IT Consultant and father, with a passion for plastic models. I mostly prefer 1/35 Armor and 1/48 Aircraft. My main interests are anything Canadian, as well as WW2 German and British Armor and Aircraft. I have been building models since I was a young kid, got away from it for awhile, but r...

Copyright 2019 text by Kevin Brant [ SGTRAM ]. Images also by copyright holder unless otherwise noted. Opinions expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of Model Shipwrights. All rights reserved.



Comments

Great review. They look really look. I'm wondering if, with a little modification, I could get the driver to fit ye olde Airfix Old Bill bus?
JUL 21, 2019 - 02:05 AM
Also posted elsewhere - my take on the Commander figure. Have not yet finished the driver figure.
JUL 22, 2019 - 08:49 AM
Some additional information here: LINK LINK LINK
JUL 22, 2019 - 08:53 AM
   

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