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USMC-Bro's Shoulder
U.S.M.C. (10) BRO’S SHOULDER Tet'68
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by: Engin Kayral [ GRAYWOLF ]

introduction

Untiring and creative sculptor, Vladimir Demchenko added new Marines to Tet ’68 series giving the modelers a chance to create different and realistic Vietnam War scenes. It is so nice to see BRAVO-6 is releasing the new figures periodically every month as they announced before. The new kit B6-35038 USMC (10) BRO’S SHOULDER includes two Black American Marine figures ; one wounded and the other trying to carry him to a safe position.
box

The kit comes well packed in standard BRAVO-6 light brown cardboard box . The front cover of the box shows a photo of the assembled and painted figures 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 were no air bubbles, excess resin or any casting mistakes on the review sample. There will be no need for an extra cleanwork other than removing the slightly visible seamlines on the arms. 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
Posed to grab his comrade’s torso to carry him to a safer position, the figure is made up of 2 body parts. The main part is Body with head and legs. The right arm of the other figure is cast on this figure. Black American facial details and curly hair are well defined. He wears a tropical jungle uniform , cargo pocket trousers and leather-canvas combined combat boots. Over his uniform, he has the typical garment of Marines - M1955 Flak jacket . Cloth folds of the flak jacket and uniform ,cargo pockets, utility belt visible under the vest, 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. The right arm of the wounded figure cast on the neck and shoulders shows a very realistic pose. Personal gear is cast on the figure. He carries a M1967 Buttpack on his back with a shoulder harness. Two M16 ammo pouches, a M1956 one quart canteen, a first aid kit pouch, a M17 gasmask case are all well represented.
  • Right arm : Posed to carry his M16 rifle with finger on triggger, it shows nice cloth folds. Note that the left arm of the figure is cast on the back of the second figure.

    MARINE #2
    Slightly injured and posed to trying to walk with the help of his comrade, the figure is made up of 2 body parts; Body with head and legs and left arm as seperate parts. Black American facial details are well defined on this figure too. He wears standard Marine uniform and M1955 Flak jacket. He carries two first aid pouches on the back, double grenade pouch on the right leg, two M16 magazine pouches and a gasmask case. Uniform, flak jacket and personal gear are defined in nice details.
  • Left arm : Posed to carry his M16 rifle grabbing the handgurad, it shows nice cloth folds. Note that the right arm of the figure is cast on the shoulders of the other Marine figure.
    Other parts are;
  • M16A1 rifle - 2 pieces : Weapon details are well defined and hands of the figures are cast on the rifles.
  • M1956 one quart canteen - 3 pieces
  • KA-BAR knife in brown leather scabbard
  • M7 bayonet in M8A1 scabbard , a tiny piece which I broke when taking out of the plastic bag.
  • M61 Fragmentation hand grenade also known as M26A1 – 4 pieces
  • M1 steel helmet with Mitchell pattern canvas cover : One helmet for a two figure kit can be considered as there is a missing part but as the figures are barehead, it can be used as a scene accessory.
    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 nice two-figure kit to display alone or Tet Offensive scenes. Usual great sculpt and high-quality cast.

    Very Highly Recommended
  • SUMMARY
    Highs: Nice subject, very nice sculpt and cast. Especially the casting of arms on the other figures helps the assembly and fit.
    Lows: No lows maybe one helmet for two figures.
    Verdict: Another great pair from BRAVO-6
    Percentage Rating
    97%
      Scale: 1:35
      Mfg. ID: B6-35038
      PUBLISHED: Apr 12, 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

    Very nice figures, Vladi is a master in 1/35 scale... the poses are really lifelike and the details on the uniform and equipment are outstanding. Thanks for the review Abi! Mario
    APR 11, 2012 - 10:03 PM
       

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