I have the top set.
Some of the figures (Tank riders) you are looking at are wearing the M43 jacket and although designed in 1943 hence the number for it, the jackets themselves were not issued until the autumn of 1944 so were used firstly in the battles on the German border, although troops of the 3rd DIv trialled them at Anzio. Other war supplies came ahead of new clothes and Bradley did not favour the M43.
D Day troops wore the earlier M41 jacket.
They are all based on actual examples of the real items. Closely matching colours however different dyes created different hues of the same colour in different factories. These US examples are better than those made cheaply in Asia which tend to have to much yellow in the colours.
Sorry Tiger but the set of jeep riders only have one figure in the M41 jacket suitable for D Day the rest have the M43 which came out late 1944 as shown in the above pic.
Painted in the wrong colour on the box doesn't help.
Hi OD, Thanks for that, but if you are still willing to part with this kit I will gladly buy it.
It looks like I may have to do some figure conversions which will be a new experience for me
I am struggling to find figures I can use.
I appreciate and respect your attention to detail which I will take on board. Cheers
As I am finding it difficult to find some US figures with M41 jackets for my D-day diorama, is anyone out there watching going to be offended if I use figures with M43 jackets.
My reasoning behind this is that they were not issued until Autumn 44 but the D-Day group build is D-Day + 158 which takes it to Nov 11 1944
Maybe these chaps with M43 jackets were issued with them while on leave in town ?
Just throwing it out there for comment
By November 1944 some units had been issued with M43's, while others had their M41's until the end of the war (bugger that), what about using paratroops Instead to add a mix of figures? There were mixes of uniforms there while the reinforced M42 was the main one with added pockets (in some cases). The series Band of Brothers does a good job showing the changes.