by: Rick Cooper [ ]
Our friends over at Plusmodel have come up with a nice addition to any US figures build or diorama for anyone who has ever humped a ruck: a nifty set of U.S. WWII-era rucksacks for your 1/35 GIs to moan about.
The set includes eight pieces in a light gray resin, four of the M-1936 Field Bag made of what I am guessing is canvas rather than the rubberized version.
Two of the bags have the resin pour plug on the bottom, and provide nice strap detail on the back side. The other pair have the pour plug on the back and therefore have no detail there. In any case, the four are very well done, much nicer than the Verlinden, DML, Tamiya, or other versions that I have in my stash.
The other four pieces are of various rucksacks, or field packs, that GIs typically carried. One is the M-1944-M-1945 Combat & Cargo pack combination; a second is the M-1928 Haversack. The other two pieces are the JQD 88B Mountain rucksack; one has the frame and one appears to have the frame absent. Just like the musette bags noted above, the level of detail in each of these pieces is first-rate.
If you are looking for a few really nice extras to add to your next diorama or figure vignette, these little gems are easily up to the task. A bit of paint, a light wash and a bit of detail or drybrushing and you should be quite happy with the result.
Thanks to Plus Model for the review sample. Be sure to mention you saw the item reviewed here on Armorama when ordering.