In-Box Review
Fire in the Hole
U.S.M.C. (11) Fire in the Hole Tet'68
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by: Engin Kayral [ GRAYWOLF ]


BRAVO-6 keeps to add more figures in dynamic poses to Tet ’68 Marines series which gives the modeler more chances to create realistic Vietnam scenes . The kit B6-35039 U.S.M.C.(11) FIRE IN THE HOLE TET’68 includes two Marines in fighting poses and one is posed to throw a hand grenade.The term Fire in the hole is a general warning for the use of explosive weapons. It was subsequently adopted by the United States Army and Marines to give notice that a grenade or satchel charge was being tossed into a bunker, spider hole, or other enclosure.

The figures come well packed in standard BRAVO-6 light brown cardboard box . The boxart shows the both figures painted by Vladimir Demchenko and can be useful as a basic painting guide. The parts are represented with the casting blocks. The junctions between figure parts and casting blocks are considered carefully and well placed, that the parts can be easily removed from the blocks without any damage. 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.

The figures are sculpted by Vladimir Demchenko and comes in medium grey resin parts. The resin quality is very good and details are very crisp. There were no air bubbles, excess resin or any casting mistakes on the review samples.

Posed slightly turned right side and leaning backwards to throw a hand grenade, the figure is made up of 3 body parts. The main part is Body with head and legs. Facial details are very well defined and shows a good expression. The head is bald for the easy fit of the helmet. He wears typical uniform of Vietnam Marines - tropical jungle uniform of jacket, trousers with side cargo pocket trousers and leathercanvas combined combat boots. Over his uniform, he has a M1955 Flak jacket . Cloth folds of the vest and uniform , details of the flak vest like zip front closure, integral cartridge belt holder for attaching equipment and rifle guard over the right shoulder are well defined. Most of the personal gear are cast on the figure. He carries three M16 ammo pouches attached to his utility belt- two on theleft and one on the right side. He has a first aid kit pouch on the right hip and a M17 gasmask case on the left hip. A M16 canvas bandolier is crossed on the torso and tied on the right shoulder.
  • Arms : Right arm is posed to throw a hand grenade as the left arm carries an M16 rifle. The cloth folds and buttons on the sleeves are well defined on both arms.
  • Rifle : He carries an M16A1 rifle. Left hand is cast on the rifle in front of the carrying handle and weapon details are well defined.

    MARINE #2
    Posed to pull the charging handle of his M16, the figure comes in 3 body parts; Body with head and legs and two arms as seperate parts. Facial details, open mouth and Marine cut hair are well defined showing a good expression. He wears standard Marine uniform and M1955 Flak jacket. Two M16 ammo pouches - one for each side , a gasmask case on the left hip and a first aid kit pouch on the back are cast on the figure. Two canvas m16 bandolier are crossed on the chest. Details of the uniform and personal gear are well represented.
  • Arms : Right arm is posed to carry the rifle and the left arm is posed to charge it with the hand pulling the charging handle. The cloth folds and buttons on the sleeves are well defined on both arms.
  • Rifle : He carries an M16A1 rifle with the right hand cast on the grip.

    Two sprues including the same personal gear are given for both figures. Each sprue includes;
  • M1956 one quart canteen - 2 pieces
  • M7 bayonet in M8A1 scabbard
  • M61 Fragmentation hand grenade also known as M26A1 – 4 pieces.
  • M1 steel helmet with Mitchell pattern canvas cover and helmet strap - 2 pieces.

    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

    Another nice and realistic posed two-figure kit sculpted in great details and cast in high quality. A rich combination of personal gear. It can be displayed alone or can be added to scenes with other BRAVO-6 Tet ’68 figures.

    Very Highly Recommended

    Highs: Very nice poses, nice sculpt and fine cast. Personal gear is quite rich.
    Lows: No lows on this product.
    Verdict: Great kit for dynamic Vietnam scenes.
    Percentage Rating
      Scale: 1:35
      Mfg. ID: B6-35039
      PUBLISHED: Jul 27, 2012
      NATIONALITY: United States
      THIS REVIEWER: 92.20%
      MAKER/PUBLISHER: 95.07%

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    About Engin Kayral (Graywolf)

    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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