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British WWII Driver
British WWII driver standing by vehicle
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by: Alan McNeilly [ ALANL ]


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Introduction

When I was down at Duxford this year I picked up the most recent WWII British figure from Accurate Armour. This is a brief look at F62, WW2 British Driver (in wellies), which was sculpted by Pete Morton.

The Figure

The figure comes packed in the standard Accurate Armour plastic bag attached to a card showing the product details and product information.
Cast in a darkish grey resin, this is a simple two part figure consisting of the complete body and a head. The figure had a slight air bubble in the crook of the left arm and a fine seam to remove from the inside leg.

The figure depicts a British WWII driver, hands in pockets and wearing Wellington boots. The figure is dressed in battle Dress Serge 39/40 and has the correct pleated pockets on the blouse and the large map pocket on the left leg. The only missing items I can see are the flap for the rear hip pocket and the small pocket on the top of the right trouser leg. The figure is depicted in a relaxed natural pose with his hands stuffed into his pockets.

Around the waist is a 37 pattern belt, and the brasses and buckles are well depicted both front and rear. The uniform has nice natural folds and creases and the pose looks natural enough to me.

To complete the figure are a pair of Wellington Boots with the socks turned over the top. A very nice touch.

The head is the only separate item. Just be careful removing the pour stub from the back of the head as it also attaches to the rim of the helmet. This shows the face of a mature man. The mark II helmet is pushed back on the head exposing a rather interesting looking face, which sports a moustache and some hair hanging down the forehead. The detail on the face is very good and this should paint up into an interesting head.

The over all body proportions look excellent, from heel to shoulder the figure measures 40mm so is a good acceptable height.

I have included a few WIP pictures for further reference.

Conclusion

A very simple, but effective figure to pose by your vehicle, or really wherever you choose. The stance is natural, the body proportions are really good and the uniform detail is very nicely done.

I enjoy these simple figures, a little clean up and you get straight to the fun. The added touch of the Wellington Boots, or Wellies to you and me, makes this figure something more than another loafing Brit. Along with an interesting face and early style uniform he could be posed almost anywhere in NWE from 39 onwards.

The casting is very good and this one should be of interest to both figure painters and diorama builders alike.

Click here for additional images for this review.

SUMMARY
Highs: Excellent detail, and sharp casting. The added touch of the 'wellies' makes this one a rather unusual figure.
Lows: Missing a couple of pockets on the trousers.
Verdict: Highly Recommended.
Percentage Rating
87%
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: F62
  Suggested Retail: 8.50
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  PUBLISHED: Jun 19, 2010
  NATIONALITY: United Kingdom
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 88.73%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 88.88%

About Alan McNeilly (AlanL)
FROM: ENGLAND - EAST ANGLIA, UNITED KINGDOM

Greying slightly, but young at heart. I've been teaching adults off and on for most of my life. Left the services in 85 and first started modelling in about 87 for a few years. Then I had a long spell when I didn't build anything (too busy) and really just got started again during the summer of ...

Copyright 2017 text by Alan McNeilly [ ALANL ]. All rights reserved.


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Comments

Hey Al, Nice review of what looks like a interesting figure. The Wellies sells it for me. Cheers jjumbo
JUN 20, 2010 - 08:25 AM
Hi John, Yes, the wellies did it for me too lol, lol, good for down at the harbour but this one I finished as a soldier from 79th Amrd Div, I think he will go well with the D7. I think the option of adding a sailors head exists if he was Matlow form Combined Operations, I've seen pics of them in BD with the sailors cap on. Cheers Al
JUN 21, 2010 - 11:46 AM
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