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Vincenzo
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Roma, Italy
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Posted: Sunday, February 18, 2018 - 10:43 PM GMT+7

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Hello, the E8 US are used in Korea or Vietnam War ?
Thank you in advance for reply, really appreciated.



Vincenzo- they are late WWII. You can tell by the wrap around leggings on the boots. Korea and Vietnam troops had taller lace-up boots. Although as a tanker n Germany in the 1970s, we were often allowed to buy our own boots, and several of us bought similar wrap around strap "tankers boots". But these figures are WWII only. The US also didn't use the E8 in Vietnam.
VR, Russ



Thank you so much for help, really appreciated.

Best Wishes from Rome, Italy.

Regards,
Vincenzo
LeoCmdr
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Posted: Sunday, February 18, 2018 - 05:10 AM GMT+7
In case anyone was wondering. The figure set is based off a real photo.

The crew of the M4A3E8 "St. Louis Blues" from the 714th Tank Battalion was posing for a photo on March 24, 1945 in Speyer, Germany.

https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth392474/

Yes, there are 1/35 decals available for "St. Louis Blues".
Kevlar06
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Posted: Sunday, February 18, 2018 - 04:57 AM GMT+7

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Hello, the E8 US are used in Korea or Vietnam War ?
Thank you in advance for reply, really appreciated.



Vincenzo- they are late WWII. You can tell by the wrap around leggings on the boots. Korea and Vietnam troops had taller lace-up boots. Although as a tanker n Germany in the 1970s, we were often allowed to buy our own boots, and several of us bought similar wrap around strap "tankers boots". But these figures are WWII only. The US also didn't use the E8 in Vietnam.
VR, Russ
Vincenzo
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Posted: Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 10:49 PM GMT+7
Hello, the E8 US are used in Korea or Vietnam War ?
Thank you in advance for reply, really appreciated.
ivanhoe6
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Posted: Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 12:45 AM GMT+7
Now if Andy could come up with a guy and a camera that would REALLY tell the story. Looks nice though and if I didn't have so much other stuff I'd buy it.
LeoCmdr
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Posted: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 03:11 PM GMT+7

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They're too uniform in their casualness



Now ain’t that just a classic Armorama oxymoron.

If you’ve never spent time in a tank crew you’ll never understand why tankers are experts in being casual.
Taeuss
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Posted: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 12:44 PM GMT+7
I think that you're right except that it would have to be David Bowie's FATHER. I personally would have liked to have seen the set with a better variety of headgear, googles, etc. They're too uniform in their casualness. The sixth figure should be more clearly identifiable too. Maybe yelling at them for being slobs...
gatorbait
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Louisiana, United States
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Posted: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 10:42 AM GMT+7
They guy on the barrel is wearing the Army enlisted raincoat. The captain is wearing a P38 holster and the US compass pouch. The troop on the right is wearing the wool or serge shirt and trousers .
Me, I kinda like the steel pots . Supposed to be in Germany 1945 by the appearance. If you must have them in tanker helmets, there's a bunch out there .
rdt1953
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Posted: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 09:17 AM GMT+7
I think the guy at bottom left holding his hard hat may be related to David Bowie ?
Removed by original poster on 02/14/18 - 13:30:13 (GMT).
j76lr
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Posted: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 07:52 AM GMT+7

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I'd want tanker hats with goggles...not helmets.



Yes--I was thinking that too, but this does seem like a more casually posed group--almost as if they were enjoying some R&R or posing for a photographer. My days as an Armor guy were similar, we didn't wear the CVC off the tank much--it usually stayed with the vehicle if we un-a****the tank. For the most part we would grab the steel pot if we were outside, but it would be nice to see a couple of tankers helmets in the scene. Another thing--it's hard to tell with the unpainted figures--but they all kind of look like they are related--some goofy looking guys there (but I'd still buy them, they all have some great character and expressions).
VR, Russ



The leather helmets would be cool !
Kevlar06
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Posted: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 07:30 AM GMT+7

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I'd want tanker hats with goggles...not helmets.



Yes--I was thinking that too, but this does seem like a more casually posed group--almost as if they were enjoying some R&R or posing for a photographer. My days as an Armor guy were similar, we didn't wear the CVC off the tank much--it usually stayed with the vehicle if we un-a****the tank. For the most part we would grab the steel pot if we were outside, but it would be nice to see a couple of tankers helmets in the scene. Another thing--it's hard to tell with the unpainted figures--but they all kind of look like they are related--some goofy looking guys there (but I'd still buy them, they all have some great character and expressions).
VR, Russ
easyco69
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Posted: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 06:28 AM GMT+7
I'd want tanker hats with goggles...not helmets.
Kevlar06
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Posted: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 02:24 AM GMT+7
Well the guy in the middle sittting on the hull is the Company Commander-- as demonstrated by the railroad tracks on his collar, so he's probably just "hanging around". What I don't unspderstand is he appears to be armed with a German pistol, as he's wearing a P-38 holster (could be a Luger I guess). But it does look like thier uniforms are all a little oversized--on the other hand, that's not a bad thing, as prolonged combat tends to take the weight off (I could use a few months downrange myself right now-- but I wouldn't wish it on anybody!).
VR, Russ
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Posted: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 01:51 AM GMT+7

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ok, here is the thing. A M4A3E8.. as well as all other shermans.. had a crew of 5 only, not 6. Whats the deal here?



That's right, no crew ever had another guy from another track come over to goof off. Put a jeep with it and it could be the exec or first sergeant. Heck, maybe the crew is down to four and here's the platoon sergeant with a replacement. All kinds of stuff happens and kinds of reasons for an extra guy or two to be hanging around. Armor rules.
Me109G10
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Posted: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 12:28 AM GMT+7
ok, here is the thing. A M4A3E8.. as well as all other shermans.. had a crew of 5 only, not 6. Whats the deal here?
Bravo1102
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Posted: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 12:23 AM GMT+7
Real looking tankers! Including the short guy in the ill-fitting uniform!

"Get back in your hole and monitor the radio!"
oldbean
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Posted: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 12:12 AM GMT+7
Is it me, or does the guy sitting on the cannon look like a little kid dressed in daddy's clothes? It all looks too big on him.
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Posted: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 10:40 PM GMT+7


Andy Cairns informed us on his latest release, a 1/35 scale figure set depicting Sherman crew, ETO.

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