Sunday, April 14, 2019
IMEX makes one set of North Korean and one set of Communist Chinese troops for the Korean War.
I have been trimming them off the sprue.
And has been trimming the plastic, and gluing the mortars and machine guns together.
They also got a few conversions.
These are the special troops I was working on, the regular infantry are in their box and the wounded / dead guys are in the spares box.
One of the sets comes with a Japanese heavy machine gun, many were left over in Korea after World War Two ended.
You don't get much of a machine gun crew, just the gunner, so I added a seated guy, probably wounded, as the loader and a kneeling man with binoculars. Four of the Japanese machine guns I "transferred" to my WWI American army as they used the Hotchkiss machine gun which was the basis for the Japanese gun. In exchange, I gave the North Koreans four Esci WWII Soviet machine guns.
The North Korean come with great 82mm mortars but I wanted to increase their firepower, so I added a Pegasus 120mm Soviet mortar. I converted some figures as a scratch crew for them. The arms and mortar shells left over from the Pegasus set were added to "wounded" North Koreans. I still gotta come up with three more 120mm mortars.
Each battery of four mortars got one man with binoculars as a forward observer, and a small ammo supply dump.