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USMC-Fallen Comrade
U.S.M.C.(8) Fallen Comrade
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by: Engin Kayral [ GRAYWOLF ]

introduction

BRAVO-6 added another two-figure kit to Tet ’68 Marines series which will be very useful for Vietnam scenes . The kit B6-35036 U.S.M.C.(8) FALLEN COMRADE includes a Marine trying to help his wounded comrade.
box

The kit comes well packed in standard BRAVO-6 light brown cardboard box . The box shows a photo of the assembled and painted figures in front which can serve as a basic painting guide. The parts are represented with the casting blocks. Body parts are seperately inserted in small plastic zip-lock bags to avoid unexpected damages during transfer and small parts like arms, personal gear and rifles are secured in different plastic bags.
parts

The figures are sculpted by Vladimir Demchenko and comes in medium grey resin parts. The resin quality is very good and details are crisp. There are no air bubbles, excess resin or any casting mistakes on the parts. The junctions between figure parts and casting blocks were well placed and the parts can be easily removed from the blocks without any damage.

MARINE #1
The figure is made up of 3 body parts. Posed leaning forward to pull the wounded marine, the main part is Body with head and legs. Facial details are well defined and the head is bald for the easy fit of the helmet. He wears a tropical jungle uniform , cargo pocket trousers and combat boots. Over his uniform, he has the typical garment of Marines - M1955 Flak jacket . Cloth folds of the vest and uniform ,loaded pockets, torn effect on the right knee, details of the vest like zip front closure, integral cartridge belt holder for attaching equipment and rifle guard over the right shoulder are well defined.
Some of the personal gear are cast on the figure. He carries a first aid kit pouch on the back and a M17 gasmask case on the left side.
  • Left arm and right arm are posed to pull the wounded figure holding the shoulder parts of his flak vest. The cloth folds are well defined and there will be a small cleanwork for the seamlines on these parts.

    MARINE #2- WOUNDED
    The figure is made up of 3 body parts; Body with head and legs and two arms as seperate parts. Facial details are well defined with closed eyes. He wears standard Marine uniform and M1955 Flak jacket. Two M-16 ammo pouches, a M17 gasmask case and two M1956 one quart canteen are cast on the figure under the flak vest. Personal gear shows weight being spread out to the sides due to the position.Details of the uniform and personal gear are well represented.

    Other parts are;
  • M1956 one quart canteen - 2 pieces
  • KA-BAR knife in brown leather scabbard
  • M7 bayonet in M8A1 scabbard
  • M61 Fragmentation hand grenade also known as M26A1 – 4 pieces.
  • M16 canvas bandolier
  • M16A1 rifle - 2 pieces
  • M1 steel helmet with Mitchell pattern canvas cover - 3 pieces. Review sample had 3 helmets inside as a good bonus. Two with helmet cover and one with helmet cover and band.
    reference

    The following books and websites can be useful when painting this figure.

  • Osprey Publishing – Warrior 023 – Marine Corps in Vietnam by Charles D. Melson & Ramiro Bujeiro
  • Osprey Publishing – Campaign 004 – Tet Offensive 1968 Turning Point in by James R. Arnold
  • David Brubaker’s Vietnam Uniforms and Equipment website
    conclusion

    Another unique figure kit sculpted in great details and cast in high quality. This kit will add more realism to dynamic Vietnam dioramas and vignettes.

    Very Highly Recommended

  • SUMMARY
    Highs: Very nice subject for dynamic scenes, great sculpt and cast as always
    Lows: No lows for this product.
    Verdict: Wounded figure will be a great addition to Nam scenes.
    Percentage Rating
    97%
      Scale: 1:35
      Mfg. ID: B6-35036
      PUBLISHED: Jan 19, 2012
      NATIONALITY: United States
    NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
      THIS REVIEWER: 92.20%
      MAKER/PUBLISHER: 95.07%

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    About Engin Kayral (Graywolf)
    FROM: IZMIR, TURKEY / TüRKçE

    Born in 1962,married and having 2 sons. I started modelling about 8 years old building USS Fletcher with mom. It was a model dad brought from USA., I think in those days only a few people in Turkey had info on scale model kits. Grown as an AF officer son , I built many aircraft models in years. Som...

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    Comments

    Great review Engin! I really like the way the wounded soldier is sculpted - his face and pose are very, VERY nice - he looks extremely natural.
    JAN 18, 2012 - 11:52 PM
    As usual those figures are top notch. At the beginning I thought the arms of the wounded guy had a strange position, but after some additional review, they are in very natural poses. What I like with Bravo 6 figures is that they interact and tell a story by themselves, and can be combined between different sets. As the time goes buy, Bravo 6 became my favorite resin brand. Alpine was ex aequo, but Bravo 6 poses are much more diversified, and most of all he produced two excellent indochina figures !! Thanks Engin for this very usefull review ! Best, Julien
    JAN 19, 2012 - 02:17 AM
    Thank you for a great review!
    JAN 19, 2012 - 09:51 PM
       

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