Portrayed here is a Platoon Sergeant of the 442nd Infantry Regiment while fighting in the Vosges Mountain region of France in October-November 1944.
During this time the 442nd was attached to the 36th Infantry Division as of early October, 1944. It was pulled from Italy to conduct combat operations in eastern France. Heavy fighting was reported and the weather conditions were terrible, wet cold and rainy and the Nisei were not issued winter uniforms at this time.
Tony Barton head sculpt no# 45, modified for articulation. A quick note on the HS; After painting it he reminded me of the Japanese actor Jack Soo, who was famous for his role as Sgt Nick Yemana on the old series “Barney Miller”. Jack Soo was born Goro Suzuki, so I mixed the names and hence “Goro Yemana”
Goro’s body is a modified DML body, upper torso is their “slim chest” version (starting to run out!). The arms were modified to take the “Hot Toys” wrist post, the hands are Sideshow Collectible and Hot Toys hands, a good size for a smaller figure. The lower torso is DML’s “Sepp Jung” which was a shorter figure; his height was further shortened by using the DML older style ankle joints.
Basic uniform; wool shirt, trousers and boots are from Newline Miniatures. I treat the boots like the 1:1 version, a wee bit of shoe polish and water proofing. His M1938 leggings are from Soldier Story.
His M1941 field jacket is from DML tailored appropriately. It is from their Cyber-Hobby line of SPR figures and the jacket takes little modifications to get it right. Kudos for them on this.
Equipment; Helmet is DML, modified the helmet liner (re-fitted the webbing) and it is a “fixed bale” version, I replaced the plastic for metal.
Webgear/pistol belt is Soldier Story modified, Along with the GP Bag and canteen. I modified the GP bag by replacing a lot of the nylon straps with cotton tape/straps. The main carrying strap is scratch made. Soldier Story also made the hand grenade Goro has on his pistol belt. The grenade was modified, corrected, I even got rid of the very shiny pull pin.
His M1 Carbine is DML’s, from the Cyber Hobby figure “Mickey”, again the SPR figures. I was pleased to see they did a detailed butt plate for the stock. I got squirrelly with it anyways and carved away the portion in the stock they have and corrected it by making an oiler tube from some 1/16th styrene rod. DML and the other manufacturers insist on giving us US enthusiast with a Korean war version of the M1 carbine, so I further corrected this for a more accurate WWII version. I don’t claim it is 100% but it is a lot more accurate than when I got it. It was repainted with oils (stock) and Tamiya paints (metal portions). The sling is scratch made with a resin LTD fastener (front) and a modified wee brass buckle (rear) made to resemble the figure “8” buckles used on the carbine slings.
I went “light” with his gear as the fighting in and around Bruyères and Biffontaine was heavy, this was before the 442nd’s rescue of the “Lost Battalion”.
Thanks for looking.............Jim