by: Pete Becerra [ ]
On June 6, 1944, the Allied army invaded Normandy and to this day we know it as D-Day. Boats called LCVP (landing craft, vehicle, personnel) or “Higgins” boats carried Allied troops to the beaches of Normandy, France.
Here we have a set of 10 plastic figures that depict U.S. soldiers riding inside one of those “Higgins” boats. Italeri’s instructions shows 15 configurations that can be built from the set, but only ten figures can come out of the set. Here is a list of the figures that can be built:
GI Ammo Bearer
Assault Pioneer w/Bangalore Tubes Set
30. Ammo Bearer
GI Sling Arms
.30 Gunner Configuration
Officer Configuration w/M1 Carbine
60 mm Mortar M2
60 mm Mortar M2 Assistant
4.2 Rocket Launcher M1A1 “Bazooka”
M2A1 Flame Thrower
SCR-300 Radio Operator
.30 Assistant Gunner
The kit comes with four sprues molded in gray plastic. Two sprues are the figures and the other two sprues are the weapons and gear. There are no part numbers on the sprues with the figures nor the instructions, but the weapons and gear have part numbers.
Heavy mold lines can be found on all the parts, so clean up will take some time. On a good note, the sculpting on the heads, upper torso, and legs is well defined. The sculpting is not resin quality, but you can tell where straps, pockets, etc. are.
Once put together, the waist line or where the pistol belt should be is very thin. On some of the figures, the ammo pouches hide that issue, but there are not enough pouches for all the figures. Putty will be needed to fix large gaps between arms to torso and torso to legs. Sanding will also be needed to fix where the arms meet the upper torso.
Weapons and gear are nicely done but not enough are on the sprues. What I mean is if you wanted your officer, radio man, and flame thrower gunner to have a .45 holster, they can’t because only two are provided. The same goes with the .30 Cal ammo boxes. Only two are provided, so you can’t build the Ammo Bearer and the Assault Pioneer because three boxes are needed between the two of them. Last, the tubing provided for the flame thrower hose is too stiff. As you can see, not even super glue held it on and it damaged the gun when it popped off.
Every one has mixed feelings about Italeri kits, myself included. In my opinion, this kit will have those mixed feelings. Experienced modelers won't like them because of all the clean up and very limited use.
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