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U.S. G.I.s Shotgunners
U.S. G.I.s Shotgunners
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by: Engin Kayral [ GRAYWOLF ]


Originally published on:
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about the kit

One of many elements that set the Vietnam War apart from other wars was drug use, which was rampant among soldiers. Marijuana/Weed was grown all over Vietnam, and many soldiers had their first experiences smoking it overseas. It helped them mellow out and continue fighting. It took their mind off what the war was about and helped if they didn't necessarily believe in the cause for which they fought.
Although smoking weed was a punishable offense under army rules, many soldiers still indulged. Some leaders chose to ignore the problem. Others encouraged marijuana use, because it kept their men mellow and focused, because it diffused social problems in the group, because it had fewer side affects than alcohol use and abuse, or because they simply could not imagine trying to prohibit it.


Shotgunning was a popular way in Vietnam War; one soldier blows marijuana smoke into the ejection port of a shotgun as another inhales it from the muzzle.
Inspired by some Vietnam War documentaries and movie scenes like Platoon; Vladimir once again sculpted two unique figures smoking marijuana with a shotgun and kit is released by BRAVO-6 as B6-35076 U.S. G.I.s Shotgunners.
packing&casting

Figure parts come well packed, inserted into three seperate zip-lock bags, inside a light brown cardboard box. Front part shows a photo of painted figures that may serve as a simple painting reference.
Parts are cast in gray resin in crisp details and represented with easy to remove casting blocks. No need for a serious cleanwork or filling as the review samples have no casting mistakes, air bubbles or flesh resin but seamlines on the arms and shotgun will need to clean. Extra attention to barrel may need when removing shotgun from sprue.
figures

Kit includes two 1/35 scale figures depicting G.I.s of Vietnam War. Both figures wear Tropical combat uniform trousers with trotters inside boots and leather/canvas combined Jungle boots.

FIGURE-A
Standing and posed to lean forward to blow smoke into the shotgun, he wears an OD t-shirt. Folds and wrinkles are well defined.
  • Head : Facial details, hair, moustache, long whiskers and cloth headband are well represented. I especially liked the pose of lips blowing smoke and eyes looking down left to the sitting figure.
  • Left arm is posed to hold the shotgun and has a wrist watch.
  • Right arm is posed to hold shotgun’s stock. He carries a Remington 870 shotgun and left hand holding forestock is cast on the gun.

    FIGURE-B
    Sitting cross-legged on the ground, he has barechest. Body is sculpt in nice muscular details and hole under the left breast is for correct posing of the helmet on the lap. Head shows nice facial details. Hair, sleepy or dazed expression on the face and pose of the lips inhaling smoke are very well defined.
  • Right arm is posed raised to mouth to hold the barrel of shotgun to breath smoke and has a wrist band.
  • Left arm is posed to put on his thigh. He has a wrist watch and boxart shows he carries a marker to make graffiti on his helmet. Inspired by a Vietnam War photo ; Vladi added a nice detail to the figure and this can be easily scratchbuilt.
  • Helmet with Mitchell pattern camo canvas cover and helmet strap is given as a seperate part to put on the lap of figure.
    conclusion

    This is a nice kit to make a Vietnam War weed party scene. Poses are very good and fit together. As always, sculpt is sharp and detailed, cast is clean and without mistakes. They can be displayed alone or combined with some other at rest posed BRAVO-6 kits.
  • SUMMARY
    Highs: Very nice subject, nice sculpt and cast. Poses and details are very realistic.
    Lows: No lows on this one.
    Verdict: Great kit to make a weed party of Vietnam War.
    Percentage Rating
    97%
      Scale: 1:35
      Mfg. ID: B6-35076
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      PUBLISHED: Sep 01, 2015
      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

    Scene in Platoon https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jGRLTFi--lY
    SEP 01, 2015 - 06:22 PM
    Screen of original video clearly shows a pipe, gents. I don't seek to disparage the work done or the accuracy. But Platoon is a movie and that video is reality. The movie method doesn't work nearly as well, since you only get a toke as big as the other person takes, if that.
    SEP 01, 2015 - 07:05 PM
    Hi Simon, Blowing the pipe bowl is probably a more effective way than blowing smoke directly to ejection port but I am sure there were some guys using the no-pipe method during Vietnam War. Anyway, pipe bowl can be easily scratchbuild to create a scene as in reference photo. keep safe Engin
    SEP 02, 2015 - 02:07 PM
    But Vladimir has many sculpts in his Bravo6 line that are based on the characters in the movie Platoon, (which he has stated for many years is one of his favorite Vietnam movies) with amazing life like appearance to Forest Whittaker, Charlie Sheen, John C McGinley, William Dafoe etc. so what does original footage have to do with any of this? In my teenage years I shotgunned many a joint with friends and it never included a shotgun or a pipe/bowl. You simply placed the lit end in your mouth and blew. Merely googling 'shotgunning weed' brings up a plethora of photos and posts describing this. Do you think those two dudes in the footage are the only people to ever do this? Do you think they invented it? Does it even matter?
    SEP 02, 2015 - 05:29 PM
    Wow man...far out...groovy...outta site. He ought to sculpt the 60s and'70s USAREUR soldiers using Coca Cola cans as makeshift pipes...not that I have any direct knowledge of such actions.
    SEP 02, 2015 - 05:38 PM
    Right? Or apples even...
    SEP 02, 2015 - 05:41 PM
    In my teenage years I shotgunned many a joint with friends and it never included a shotgun or a pipe/bowl. You simply placed the lit end in your mouth and blew. Merely googling 'shotgunning weed' brings up a plethora of photos and posts describing this. Do you think those two dudes in the footage are the only people to ever do this? Do you think they invented it? Does it even matter? [/quote] Depends on what kind of realism exactly you are going for. Grey wolf made an excellent point where he said a bowl would be simple to scratch build. Now a days, shotgunning is called super toking, and doesn't even need a joint. Just blowing the smoke from one mouth to the other, using a tube or cupped hand as transit method. Or lip to lip of you are really good friends Does pointing out the accuracy of how they are smoking make us the hippest rivet counters around or what?!?
    SEP 02, 2015 - 07:08 PM
    Absolutely. ...and I remember doing the 'lip to lip' thing as a young dude too, but only with girls.
    SEP 02, 2015 - 07:16 PM
    All aforementioned methods work in Colorado these days! HaHa!
    SEP 03, 2015 - 03:45 AM
       

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