by: Kevin Brant [ ]
The United States Army entered World War 1 in 1917, bringing with it American equipment including the Class-B Standardized Military Truck or Liberty Truck. Having previously releasing the Liberty Truck, ICM has now released a two figure driver set.
1 Plastic Sprue
1 Instruction and painting sheet
A new small kit from ICM covers US Drivers from World War 1. The kit contains two figures; a driver and a passenger. The kit includes one sprue molded in light grey which looks to be very well molded. The detail on the both figures looks very well done, including well define straps, creases in the uniforms, and nicely done faces.
As for the driver figure, he includes leg wrappings, or puttees, that look to be very well done. While I was unable to fit the completed figure into my already build Liberty B truck, the legs and torso fit well, with the feet resting on the foot pedals. As for the passenger, it does look to be wearing an officer decorated uniform with knee high boots and spurs. Both figures are wearing the style of hat typical for US World War 1 troops, again well molded.
The construction and fit of the figures is also well done, there is a little bit of seam to clean up and everything seems to fit quite nicely. As mentioned before, unfortunately as I had already built my Liberty Truck and I was unable to fit either figure in after full assembly, hence it does look like if you are planning to add the figures, then it would have to be done prior to the canvas roof being fitted to the truck. But based on a test fit I did with just the legs and torso, both figures did sit quite nicely on the seat.
One slight issue is the lack of any personal gear and or weapons for the figures. If the passenger is to represent an officer I would expect a side arm in a holster or something.
The instruction sheet is two sided, with a drawn image of the figures with part numbers and paint callout shown, while the other side includes an image of the sprue and the paint references which include Revell and Tamiya.
This does look to be a nice looking figure set from ICM. The two figures themselves are nicely molded with nice details. The uniform details look to match those of the US World War 1 issued. As for assembly, just a little seam to clean up and they go together very well, unfortunately if you plan to add them to your already built Liberty truck that may be a squeeze. I would definitely recommend this kit.