by: Alan McNeilly [ ]
When I was down at Duxford this year I picked up the most recent WWII British figure from Accurate Armour. This is a brief look at F62, WW2 British Driver (in wellies), which was sculpted by Pete Morton.
The figure comes packed in the standard Accurate Armour plastic bag attached to a card showing the product details and product information.
Cast in a darkish grey resin, this is a simple two part figure consisting of the complete body and a head. The figure had a slight air bubble in the crook of the left arm and a fine seam to remove from the inside leg.
The figure depicts a British WWII driver, hands in pockets and wearing Wellington boots. The figure is dressed in battle Dress Serge 39/40 and has the correct pleated pockets on the blouse and the large map pocket on the left leg. The only missing items I can see are the flap for the rear hip pocket and the small pocket on the top of the right trouser leg. The figure is depicted in a relaxed natural pose with his hands stuffed into his pockets.
Around the waist is a 37 pattern belt, and the brasses and buckles are well depicted both front and rear. The uniform has nice natural folds and creases and the pose looks natural enough to me.
To complete the figure are a pair of Wellington Boots with the socks turned over the top. A very nice touch.
The head is the only separate item. Just be careful removing the pour stub from the back of the head as it also attaches to the rim of the helmet. This shows the face of a mature man. The mark II helmet is pushed back on the head exposing a rather interesting looking face, which sports a moustache and some hair hanging down the forehead. The detail on the face is very good and this should paint up into an interesting head.
The over all body proportions look excellent, from heel to shoulder the figure measures 40mm so is a good acceptable height.
I have included a few WIP pictures for further reference.
A very simple, but effective figure to pose by your vehicle, or really wherever you choose. The stance is natural, the body proportions are really good and the uniform detail is very nicely done.
I enjoy these simple figures, a little clean up and you get straight to the fun. The added touch of the Wellington Boots, or Wellies to you and me, makes this figure something more than another loafing Brit. Along with an interesting face and early style uniform he could be posed almost anywhere in NWE from ‘39 onwards.
The casting is very good and this one should be of interest to both figure painters and diorama builders alike.
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