Welcome To My Corbin Black Paratrooper Kitbash Page Two.

This is my second figure that I am making for my machine gun crew. The headsculpt for this figure is the DML Lou one, and I got this in a trade and I am very happy that I have it. I also did a repaint of it, carefully painting around the eyes and lips. It is exactly what I was after, as I wanted an older head for the loader for this crew. As I am getting a bit bored with some of the heads that have no lines or features in the face. The uniform and parts are all from the Corbin figure, with some additional parts. Such as the shovel, a short bayonet added to the belt and a spare Thompson magazine holder used. Note: The same concerns I have noted above, apply to this figure as well.


The .30 calibre Machine Gunner



The Figure's Equipment



The pictures above show from the left, the front view of the figure with the belt equipment, pistol and pouches added. The centre picture shows the rear view of the figure, and the one on the right is a close up of the shovel I used as I wanted something different for this figure. The pictures below show the Thompson magazine holder that I used, because I did like the look of it on the belt. I sewed a strap from some spare webbing onto it, so that it can be worn as a separate pouch. The metal Thompson clips were placed in it, and it drapes nicely due to the weight. The centre picture below shows the knife and scabbard as supplied with the figure, the detail on this is amazing. It also shows how detailed the boots are which also come with the figure, and I think that the thin material is great and perfectly in scale. The final picture below shows a close up of the front of the figure, with both the magazine holder and the despatch bag fitted to the figure. Note: Be careful doing up the clip for the leg scabbard, as the material is thin vinyl material and is easily torn if pulled too hard, or it is forced onto the pip to do it up.


Before Fitting The Parachute




With this figure, I again used a spare DML Mae West vest because of the problem as mentioned above. And because the figure has nothing worn over the jacket, the vest is loose on the side connection. So I may have to take the rear waist strap apart, and shorten it then sew the strap connection back on to tighten up the whole vest.

The Figure's Weapon

Update: Since taking the picture below left, I had some great help from Terry ('The Bhoy'), and this consisted of him showing me a picture of how the Thompson was worn on a US paratrooper prior to the drop. So as a result I have changed the position of the gun on my Loader figure. This is seen on the picture below middle, although it now looks a lot better with the weapon in this position, I had a heck of a job getting the belly strap done up. As I had a tiny piece of material to use to thread through the buckle, but with a little bit of re-arranging of the kit on the figure I got it secured. The only problem now is, I have to do the same to my Loader figure as well.


These are the finished figures and base.


Parachute Usage and Fitting Update

I have just received the following information by e-mail from Joshua about the WW2 US T-5 and T-7 parachute and harness, and because I feel that it is so informative. I have posted it here on this page to hopefully help my fellow modellers. Plus, I would like to thank Joshua for taking the time to share this detailed information with me.

I have studied the T-5/T-7 parachute for years and just thought I would give you a little information. The belly band isn't there to support weight. It's purpose was for keeping the reserve from flapping around, and also worked great to secure equipment. Its attaching seams will not hold very much weight-its sewn with the regular parachute pack thread, about 8 lb. tensile strength. The two reserve hooks/d-rings are plenty strong. They were rated at 5000 pounds. (the original ones were the reg. harness hooks, rated at 2500, but by D-day just about all were the 5000 type).

The hooks will go 8420 pounds to the maximum bend. That's when the hooks would bend far enough for them to come off the ring. The rings have a much high bending strength. That means it can safely take an opening shock of 10,000 lbs, or approx 40 opening g's (at about 40 g's your probably dead). Even in the worst conditions - the reserve opening at 250 feet, 300 lb weight, 1.5 second inflation time, and at terminal velocity the opening shock would only be about 2400 lbs. Normal opening shock would be in the vicinity of 1300 lbs for the reserve, and that's probably a slightly high number. Some troopers on combat jumps cut off the belly band to be able to shed the harness faster.

Also, when the reserve opens, it doesn't suspend the jumper at that much of an angle. Though he isn't suspended vertically like when the main is open, he is still close to vertical, though it isn't very comfortable. This is especially true when there is a heavy load of combat equipment; it pulls the jumper slightly more vertical with all the weight at the bottom. Hope this helps.

Note: Realize though that the opening shock forces have so many variables, so the numbers are not extremely accurate.


Many thanks to both USMCPrice and Joshua for the detailed help and information



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