This diorama came about, after looking at all of my US airborne figures, and I
realised that although they are assembled as fully equipped. None of them are in
a true pre- jump pose. And after looking at some of my reference pictures, I
finally got the idea for this figure. As it gives me the chance to make another
paratrooper, plus it also gives me the opportunity to demonstrate all the
equipment that the paratrooper would carry. As well as a chance to thin out some
of my spares boxes.
this figure, I can show the amount of equipment that I have put on my other
models. The current kit list is below of what I have used for this figure. In
the pictures below, I have placed the figure on a base I have, and added the
concrete groundwork mat onto it. This was done in the same way as with my .30
cal gun crew team.
Kit list for this figure
DiD George Puller figure - With a re-painted
DiD web belt, binoculars and case, knife and
scabbard, 3 pocket grenade pouch, water bottle, medic pouch and ammo pouch. DiD
.45 pistol, 5 x Thompson magazines, metal helmet and netting with CVI insignia,
shovel and cover.
DiD parachute and spare, Thompson gun and rifle
bag, gas mask bag and grenades.
DML Soldat 2 uniform, arm brassard, goggles, rope,
altimeter watch, Hawkins mine and large leg drop bag
DML shirt with officers insignia, shoulder
webbing, shoulder holster, Mae West vest, riggers pouch and 5 cell Thompson
Newline corrocan boots.
All of the DML pouches will have CVI lift dots
added to them, as they stand out against the DiD pouches.
Others to be added as I build this figure.
In the pictures below, the left one is the basic
headsculpt with a paint over of Dullcote, but after I had an accident with it. I
had to do a full repaint of it as shown below right, because I had ended up
ruining it. One thing I am annoyed at most of all with the repaint, is that I
have had to paint over the beard colour. As this was the main thing that made me
use this headsculpt in the first place.
This is the helmet I am using for my model, and for this figure I wanted something different for the
helmet. So used some Jute thread that I bought some time ago from Opsgear, this
is just like a type of woollen thread. All I did to add the scrim to the helmet,
is thread it over and under the netting across the helmet. I have added some
more thread to the helmet since these pictures were taken. As want to partly
conceal the unit emblems on the side of the helmet.
Then once happy with that, I used a pair of
scissors to cut partway through the Jute thread. Then I used my tweezers to
spread the threads about to get the effect above. The good thing about the Jute
is that it came in different colours, so I
can sort of mix and match it to suit myself. To
add more items to the kit list of this figure, I had a dig around the bottom of
my spares boxes. Which I have placed in the helmet on the base, such as gloves,
money food boxes and some TNT packages.
Under the helmet is a map that I have printed out.
Into the leg bag I put a handie talkie radio, as I wanted the bag to look like
it is packed out as well. The stock on the Thompson gun was given a repaint, to
try to add a sort of grain into it. The metal parts were drawn over with a
pencil, and rubbed in to represent wear on them.
The base had a grass edge added to it, as I
thought that the base looked to flat to me. The concrete mat has to have a
drybrush of grout on it, as this helps to bring out the detail in it. To show
this better, I have explained it on my
Corbin page under the
Base Build section.
In the picture below right, it shows how I have
had to make my own lift dot lock tabs. I had to make these because when I was
adjusting some of the other equipment, I found that I had lost one of them. And
as I only have enough CVI parts left for the other equipment, I had no
alternative but to attempt this.
To make them, I used a spare DiD lift dot which I
placed next to some thin card, which I cut to the correct width. I then cut it
to the right length, I then held the piece in my tweezers, and shaped it with
some sandpaper. I also had to make the peg part of the lift dot as well, because
when I tried to fit the new lock piece, the DiD peg part broke on me. Making the
pegs is shown on my Lift
With the flat lock part, I then made a hole in the
centre for the inner peg of the lift dot, and pressed it in place. I then cut
the peg part to length, and used a flame from my lighter to make the end round
off to lock the bag closed. I just have to paint them with some Gunmetal paint
to finish them off.
The three pictures below show the finished lift
dots that I made for the pouches. The first pouch is the Rigger one that was
made by DML for the Frank Laird figure, the second pouch is the DML Thompson
magazine holder. The third picture is the DML despatch bag, all of the lift dots
have been painted with the Gunmetal paint. The last picture is of the DiD
pouches for a comparison with the one's that I have made.
This is my finished paratrooper and I am surprised
a bit with the amount of kit he has, no wonder why I have trouble with the
parachute straps on my figures. As I think this figure has to be the most loaded
of all of my soldiers.
The first two images below are of the spare
parachute, Mae West and main parachute, which I have given a brushing over with
Tamiya Light Sand weathering powder. This is a very close colour to the Soldat 2
uniform I have used on this figure, but it is still light enough to make the
crease tops stand out. The other pictures below are the finished figure posed on
the base I have made for it, which needs some final touching up on it.