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The average height and weight of soldiers in WW2....

February 6 2014 at 12:03 PM
Bruce Culver  (Login baker24)
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Response to I've used both

was somewhat less than today's people. American troops averaged 5'8" and 140 lbs (173cm and 64kg). Germans and British troops averaged 5'7" and 130 lbs (170cm and 59kg). Obviously there were huge variations, but those were the statistical averages.

The Tamiya figures have all been undersize, more like 1/50 scale, in that the heads and hands are small also. Still, most miniatures tend to have heads and hands to big because of the difficulty in sculpting small features. On the other hand, while combat uniforms tend to be bulky and loose to allow free movement, the men themselves were not that big and they were lightly built - look at some photos of men in just shorts (North Africa or the Pacific) and see how small they are compared to then bruisers we see today. The Tamiya mini-man above may be too small, but the Art of War chap looks positively portly in comparison.

That said, we could use some new good figures in our scale. I have found that the bigger and better detailed Tamiya figures can be used as armatures to model better figures by lengthening limbs and torsos and bulking up using putty, paper or metal foil to build up uniform details. This does take some skill, but it can be very satisfying. Using photos of soldiers in uniform will assist in getting the right look.

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  1. Thanks Bruce. - Calum on Feb 7, 2014, 3:41 PM

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