Well, faults accepted, this looks really nice to me.
In terms of faults the beret is definitely constructed wrongly and does look too red, but if you suspend the fact that Sean Connery played Major Gen Roy Erquhart, and think of this as a figure depicting a lieutenant in the Parachute Regiment then the cap badge and rank insignia fall into place nicely. However the faults remain in terms of the sales pitch as they are saying the figure depicts the 'commander' of the operation.
Although Maj. Gen. Urqhart did
arrive in Arnhem by glider and not by parachute I love that they have included a chute with this figure, and the jump smock too which is really nice.
In some of the pics some of the insignia on the brown battle dress jacket don't look very well applied and appear to be peeling, or at least to my eye they do. As a note too they are saying this is a P40 battledress jacket when it is nearer to the 37 pattern battledress. The 40 pattern has exposed buttons on the jacket closure and pockets. Being an officer the jacket is likely to have been tailored anyway in my opinion to give a better open collar look when wearing a shirt and tie, and would not have the hook and eye fasteners at the neck that can be seen in some pics of the figure.
I would like to see the back of the trousers too in order to see how they have done the rear pockets. The front of them looks really good.
Those zip toggles would have to go too.
The Helmet seems to be a Mk I with the leather chinstrap, which was phased out of general use by the time of the Arnhem drop in favour of the Mk II with a webbing chinstrap if I remember correctly. It does not make this wrong as such as the Mk I was probably used at Arnhem too given the size of the drop, but it would have been nice to have the webbing chinstrap or perhaps both the leather and webbing straps to give the choice.
I like the netting on the helmet though, its not over done, and the helmet, or at least what you can see of it, does seem to have the textured paint finish of the originals.
The 37 Pattern webbing is superbly done to my eye, although again the ammo pouches and entrenching tool are not something you would be likely to find on a Maj. Gen. I wouldn't have thought.
They could also have provide the airborne bayonet frog which had an added pouch on the side to carry either the butt of the Sten or a Sten magazine loader during the jump. That would have been a nice touch.
I may be wrong here but I don't recall seeing a set of British binos with an eye cup protector like that, and perhaps as this is an officer the 37 pattern Bino case would have been a nice addition here too.
The entrenching tool should be attached to the 2 straps in the middle of the back too I think, so that it rests on the wearers butt rather than off to one side. But it looks like this is all correctable as the webbing seems to be constructed with functional buckles etc. so it is just a case of repositioning it really.
A lot of the accessories look stunning though, and I particularly love the Enfield revolver and sten.
I think though that the sten gun's sling attached at the front through one of the cooling holes in the barrel shroud rather than at the front of the mag well as this one seems too.
I really do love the look of this figure even though it seems to be a complete mash up of kit from several ranks and characters, and I may well consider getting one. If I do, it would be my first 1/6 purchase in some time.
I generally love what DiD
do with these WWII subjects, and if I did
get one I think I would possibly change the head for a younger looking dude and of course a better beret, then display this as a lieutenant rather than correct the errors to make the Maj. Gen.
Interesting too that Star Wars: A New Hope is not the only film from 1977 still inspiring figures in 2019