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In-Box Review
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Russian Spetsnaz Team No.1

by: Zaidi MD [ SILANTRA ]

introduction

The kit contains 4 figures representing Spetsnaz,modern Russian soldiers of elite operational anti-terror units used mainly for releasing hostages and fighting against armed gangs.

the box

The boxart on the front cover is beautiful and attractive. Not so many of the Russian manufacturers produced nice boxart for their kits but Zvevda is exceptional in this case.

The back cover of the box is a one-page coloured illustration as painting and assemblying guide. The instruction is written in Russian text but the colour codes are given both in Russian and Model Master colours. There is no camouflage pattern example given but the coloured instructions may guide your painting. The suggested illustrations in the instruction are for the 3-tone Blue DPM (Russian Interior Ministry) camouflage. The box art only shows one Spetsnaz team is wearing blue uniform while the two others are wearing the Russian DPM woodland camouflage and the sniper is wearing the non-camouflage Russian uniform with camouflaged ammo pouches. Now I wonder which figures get the right color. Russian Spetsnaz is issued with several cammo uniform as well as tactical suit.

inside the box

Opened up the box, and I was surprised to find only one plastic sprue molded in dark
green and the sprue is not stored in a plastic bag. There are only few parts in this kit, which I think can speed up the construction process.

The set contains parts to model four figures in various pose. They are the three standing figures and one kneeling figure aiming his sniper rifle.

When I compared the box art with the instruction manual and the sprue, I quickly noticed that there is a difference. The box art clearly shows one figure with his right foot up on the ruins but there is nothing like this in the set. . Usually we will get whatever is in the box art (of course not the surrounding details and background items), but not in this set. I was a little upset on that becuase this posing was what I was looking for. The commander in the box art is shown in a pose pointing his finger to a direction but the kit parts showed he is posing as calling his team.

Each figure is made up from six parts. They are two parts for the arms, two for the legs, one each for the body and the heads. Personal equipment and gears like the ammo pouches and the radio are molded onto the body. The molded-on details are very good and done almost perfectly to today’s standard. The tiny buttons and buckles on the pouches are done in such way that makes them stand out.

Initial inspection and observation on the marks showed that there are many seam lines running all across the parts. Some of them are quite thick especially on the legs. The details on all other parts are soft especially in the clothes wrinkles in the trousers.

Details on the uniform are a bit soft. The wrinkles on the uniforms are soft on all of the figures especially in the pants. The quality of the molding for all parts again is basic with many seam lines visible and some flash plastic.

Facial expression for the four of them is excellent if I compare them to many other plastic figures set in my collection. The details of each eyelid are almost excellent and one can even pick-up the pupils of each figure. This is what I found the most helpful feature. The lips of all team are okay with the standard. There are seam lines on each of the heads and flash plastic on some parts especially the ears. However, other details such as the ears are basic. I assumed that Zvevda spend more time to do the face but spend less for the ears. There are two members with a molded-on helmets with one has a nice clothes texture effect. For the helmeted head, the straps and buckles are molded under the chin and the quality of this is better then any plastic figure that I have built before.

For this review, I dry fitted the commander. The fitting for all joins were good with only minimal filler will be required to fill some small gaps. More seam lines are revealed as I had overall view of the parts.

weapons

Zvevda gives four weapons for each of the Spetsnaz team but there are no other extra rifles or pistols. Three AKS-74U assault rifles were given in the set with one of them in basic configuration, one with 30mm BS-1 grenade launcher and one with Cobra silencer. One SV-98 sniper rifle is given for sniper. The quality of the molding on the rifles is good but some parts are basic with soft details. No straps are given nor the indicator. There is a visible parting line and flash plastic on each weapon. In reality, the AKS-74U plastic ammo clips are semi-transparent and the ammo in the clips can be see through the semi-transparent clips. Zvevda captured this feature and carefully replicated it in this set. The plastic ammo clips molded on the AKS-74U are realistically molded and they can be clearly visible in this kit. This is really a nice touch.

conclusion

This is a nice kit, which I presumed, may require a bit of cleaning and filling during assembly.

Recommended for all modern Russian enthusiasts and there are many possibilities for dioramas and vignettes for modern subjects, for example Russian anti-terrorism exercise or the Chechnya or Kosovo conflicts setup.
SUMMARY
Zvevda, one of the biggest Russian kit manufacturers, produced some of the nice and rare World War II and post-WW II Russian subjects.
Percentage Rating
85%
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: ZVD-3561
  Suggested Retail: 6.97 USD
  Related Link: Product Page
  PUBLISHED: Jul 27, 2006
  NATIONALITY: Russia
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 85.00%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 82.67%

About Zaidi MD (Silantra)
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Comments

Great review, Ahmad. Look forward to see those boys painted for your Chechnya dio. I have one question. In the pic of the wepons, the AK at the top has the safety/selector bar on the left side of the receiver. As far as I know the AK-74 family (like the AK-47) has it on the right. The only AK I know which has it on the left is the Chinese version of the AK-74 (the 7.62-mm T-81), which has a thumb-flip selector/safety on the left side. Is this a mistake by Zvezda on this one weapon, or did you flip the pic? EDIT: OK, sorry, the pic is flipped. I looked again and I can see that the part number's backwards.
JUL 27, 2006 - 08:05 PM
Dave, thanks i almost cried reading your comments..thanks goodness it was caused by the images being flipped.... the boys will be painted soon... ps: thanks to Engin for the editing work....
JUL 27, 2006 - 08:46 PM
Dear David and Ahmad, I am really sorry to cause this problem,it is absolutely my fault that I did when arranging photos. I never noticed I made such a big modification on AK-47. :-) sorry guys.
JUL 27, 2006 - 10:30 PM
No fuss, Engin. Can you still flip it back (no big deal if you can't)?
JUL 28, 2006 - 10:38 PM
This looks like an interesting set of figures. It is just too bad the faces have very soft details.
JUL 29, 2006 - 10:10 AM
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