For a number of years I have noticed that a lot of the GI kits have such poorly represented legs and feet that they remind me of the build of a Twiggy type female model rather than a soldier in WW2. This problem isn't so bad in some of the Dragon kits where the GIs are wearing boots with leather uppers, but most of the GIs wearing canvas leggings look rather pathetic. As mentioned before, Tamiya did get it right on the NW Europe kit, and to tell the truth, I prefer a better shaped figure that lacks certain details than a detail-rich figure that has bad anatomy.
Hey, kick Alpine! Those kits look like real people scaled down and made 80% of the other brands, plastic or resin, look like toy soldiers. So we got spoiled and things like this began to matter. :O, for sure.
While I have been bothered by the Twiggy lower GIs, I never found a single telling point quite so "says it all" as the photo of the GIs in Cherbourg from Life Magazine, and happily, there is the latest Dragon offering standing in almost the same position, so it becomes quite apparent. Sure, there was some photo distortion, but it is not distorted nearly as badly as a kit that lacks a sufficent heel.
Have a nice weekend! (:)~