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Army Sniper Team
U.S. Army Sniper Team Vietnam
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by: Engin Kayral [ GRAYWOLF ]

introduction

Vladimir Demchenko found another nice subject and sculpted in perfectly captured details proving it depends on a detailed research. This time BRAVO-6 released the shadow warriors of the Vietnam War.
The kit B6-35022 U.S. Army Sniper Team Vietnam is a two-figure kit, including members of a sniper team in firing position.
about the kit

A sniper team typically consists of a Shooter and a Spotter. Both members can perform either role and often rotate between the two. The sniper fires the shot while the spotter detects, observes, and assigns targets and watches for the results of the shot. He also provides the team security, therefore he is usually armed with an assault rifle.
The sniper's task usually include, but are not limited to, counter-sniping operations, killing enemy commanders, and demoralizing the enemy, killing their ability to wage war. In the dense and steamy jungle warfare present in the Vietnam war, the uses for a highly trained sniper were many.
At the start of the war in Vietnam, the United States had no snipers; by the end of the war, Army and Marine snipers had killed more than 10,000 NVA and VC soldiers-the equivalent of an entire division-at the cost of under 20,000 bullets, proving that long-range shooters still had a place in the battlefield.
Possibly America's most famous sniper of all time was in service during the Vietnam conflict, Carlos Hathcock shot 93 Viet Cong fighters, often tracking them for days at a time in the jungle. He is reported to have sniped one enemy at an amazing 2,500 meters.
box

The figures come well packed in standard BRAVO-6 light brown two-figure cardboard box . The front cover shows a photo of the assembled and painted figures and can be used as a basic painting guide. Inside the box, parts are represented with the casting blocks which are placed carefully that allows modeler to remove the parts with no damage. Note that rifle barrels, especially the barrel with suppressor on this kit, can be fragile and should be removed carefully. Each figure body and small parts are seperately inserted in small plastic zip-lock bags to avoid unexpected damages during transfer.
parts

The figures are sculpted by Vladimir Demchenko and cast in medium grey resin . The resin quality is very good and details are very crisp. No air bubbles, excess resin or any casting mistakes on the review samples. A short cleanwork will be needed to remove the seamlines on the arms.

SHOOTER
Posed to fire his sniper rifle placed on his teammate’s shoulder, the figure comes in 7 parts; body with head and legs, two arms, rifle and equipment. Facial details and hair are well defined. The top of head is cut for the fit of hat. He wears an OD Army T-shirt with short sleeves, trousers with cargo pockets and leather canvas combined jungle boots. The trotters are inserted inside the boots and trousers is tightened with thin straps crossed under the knees. Over his t-shirt, he has a M69 Flak jacket. The M-1969 flak vest differs from M-1952 flak vest mainly in the addition of a 3/4 length, six ply collar with three sections of protective filling. There were 12 sections of ballistic nylon in the front and upper back, two in the lower back, and an additional two down the length of the spine. The shoulder straps of the M-1952 were gone from the design, but there were stitched interior panels. The new nomenclature was Fragmentation Protective Body Armor, M-1969. Cloth folds and vest details are well represented. He carries two M14 ammo pouchs on both sides and a compass pouch on the right side attached to his utility belt.
  • Arms – 2 pieces : Posed to hold the sniper rifle. Seamlines need a cleanwork on these parts. Wrist watch on the left arm is a nice touch.
  • Headgear : The figure wears a Boonie hat which is a form of wide-brim hat commonly used by militaries. Its design is similar to a bucket hat but with a stiffer brim. Often a fabric tape band of branch loops is sewn around the crown of the hat. This foliage ring is meant to hold additional vegetation as camouflage or to carry personal items in Nam war. The vents on the both sides of the hat and foliage ring are well defined on the figure’s hat.
  • Rifle : He carries M-14 rifle (can also be a M21 sniper rifle) with Starlight AN/PVS-2 Night Vision Weapon Sight and Sionics SS-1 Sound Suppressor. Hands are cast on the rifle and rifle is camo painted in boxart.
  • M1956 one quart canteen in canvas cover
  • KA-BAR knife in brown leather scabbard

    SPOTTER
    Posed to stand in front of the shooter to give his right shoulder as a support to his teammate’s rifle, it comes in 4 parts. The main part is Body with head and legs. Facial details, hair and headband are well defined. He looked like Sylvester Stallone to me in his younger days. He wears typical US Army tropical combat uniform with 4 flip-top cover pockets jacket, trousers with 2 flip-top cover cargo pockets on the sides and black leather-OD canvas jungle boots. The trotters are inserted inside the boots and trousers is tightened with wide straps under the knees. Details and cloth folds of the uniform are well defined. He carries M-1956 LCE ( Load Carrying Equipment) which consists of canvas utility belt and equipment suspenders. Two M14 ammo pouchs on both sides and a 2-Quart Collapsible Canteen bladder on the back are cast on the figure.
  • Right arm with rifle: Posed to carry an M14 rifle. Upfolded sleeves, rifle details and wrist watch are well defined.
  • Left arm : Posed to close his right ear to protect himself from shooter’s rifle firing sound. There is round arm badge on the sleeves which can be painted as 9th Infantry Division for this figure or you may use the decal sheet.
  • KA-BAR knife in brown leather scabbard
  • A water-slide decal sheet with different types of insignia, ranks and nametags are given inside the kit.
    conclusion

    Another nice posed two figure kit sculpted in crisp details and high quality cast. Great addition to Vietnam era vignettes and dioramas.
  • SUMMARY
    Highs: Nice subject, nice sculpt and flawless cast.Spotter's pose is really good.
    Lows: No lows on this one.
    Verdict: Another good pair for Nam era scenes.
    Percentage Rating
    97%
      Scale: 1:35
      Mfg. ID: B6-35022
      PUBLISHED: Apr 16, 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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