this image shows progress to date. note that the figures have been attached to plastic card bases to enable them to 'stand'
note the grey filler used, lower torso, marking where the greatcoat tails are fixed. these were overly broad which prevented them from 'lying' close to the rear and legs of the figure. a bit more sanding/cutting away was necessary. a lot of dry fitting was required to identify how the torso ought to be aligned to the legs as a degree of 'overhang' of the torso to the legs is required to cater for the separate coat tails.
There are alternative tails for a tunic for which parts are provided. generally, and in particular during the early part of the war, it is common to see photographs of infantry wearing the coat not the tunic - my word, it must have been hot. photos show men in the tunic when other than in the front line, although there are images taken at verdun where it appears the tunic was worn in combat, generally without the back pack and satchels which were also part of the french infantrymans kit.
A lot of equipment is provided in the kit, including wire cutters, full canteen parts, a land telephone, and ammunition boxes for the early machine gun and half moon magazines for the chau-chat light machine gun. gas mask cannisters are provided, but these are only relevant if horizon blue figures are to be made.
In passing, the chau-chat had a poor reputation being prone to jamming in particular given that one side of the half-moon magazine was open to the elements allowing mud and dirt to get in and foul the working parts. overheating is said to have been common. All the same, it was used from introduction until the war's end and was in fact one of the first 'lightweight' infantry machine guns capable of one man operation.
it was 'gas operated' but using a peculiar technique which is worth reading up on. it had a peculiar method of carriage in combat - having no butt, the rear mounted pistol grip was anchored by the right hand and a small knob just forward of the trigger guard for the left. this must have been quite akward and the soldier carrying one must have grabbed the open barrel from time to time and received a severe burn given it was unprotected. Whilst an infantry soldier back in the eighties i saw a colleague burn his palm down to the bones when he grabbed the section gpmg machine gun by the barrel when on live fire exercises - i'll bet this was commonly done holding the chau-chat, which was also prone to overheating.