Thursday, April 27, 2017

Tanks and Support Vehicles

Fuel in five gallon cans, tanks use a lot of gas.

Refueling takes place wherever the tanks get low.

Tankers are always moving heavy loads.

Disperse the vehicles.

Submachine guns to the front.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

US Army Tanks

American tanks always and continue to come with a couple .45 caliber submachine guns.

Loading ammo was a time consuming business.

Seated man with SMG.

American HO scale vehicles with 1/72nd scale troops.

Tire require careful attention.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

US Army Tankers

White Scout Car used by the US Army from pre-war to the end.

These could be pre-war maneuvers.

Or a response to a Japanese submarine spotted off the coast of California.

Priest crew.

Monday, April 24, 2017


This set includes troops working, and operating the vehicles and shooting.

Man in the turret and man loading.

Dismounted tanker with pistol.

The version of the M3 halftrack was ordered by Patton when his troops were training in California.

He was always looking for ways to aid the troops.

Overhead cover with a slit to look out for all round vision.

Still, exit out the back and top would have been slow.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Tank Crews

Orion USA Tank Crew in Summer Dress in 1/72nd scale.

Consider the name Summer Dress, perhaps a Winter Dress in the pipeline?

Tank crews have maintenance to do all day, every day.

A log to give more traction.

A giant wrench to remove a bolt.

Hard work for one, no work for the other!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Strelets US Army

With the two sets Strelets gives us most of the weapons we should expect for early war.

The US at the time did not field many mortars.

Many of those in the Philippines turned out to have defective ammo because it was old.

Most US Army and Marine troops wore essentially the same uniform. 

Moving up to cover.

Machine guns lined up and firing.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Wake Island, Bataan, Corregidor

Early American WWII troops by Strelets, set 2.

These figures would work from about 1930 to about 1942.

Like set one, a lot of firing poses.

A good mixture of weapons too.

US troops used the Springfield, M1 rifle, Thompson, shotgun, and .45 caliber pistol in the early war period.

Sniper rifle.

Troops moving up.

Thursday, April 20, 2017


In the first six months of World War Two the US Army fought all over the Pacific.

Until now we had to use metal figures or WWI troops.

These figures fit well with the WWI HaT and Airfix troops.

I am very happy with these troops.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Early WWII American Soldiers 2

Strelets new Early WWII American Soldiers set 2 in 1/72nd scale.

This set is the perfect companion to the Early War set 1.

We get another guy with a Colt .45 pistol.  American horse cavalry operated in the Philippines and they wore the Montana Peak hat and carried the .45 caliber pistol.

This set has a heavy weapon in the shape of a water cooled .30 caliber machine gun.

A great action packed single piece casting.  Usually requiring a crew of three, the single man crew shows the desperation of the troops on Bataan.

Standing firing soldier, no flash, great pose.