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US Infantry Private(2)-Shotgun
US Infantry Private(2) - Shotgun Vietnam'68
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by: Engin Kayral [ GRAYWOLF ]


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introduction

BRAVO-6 keeps bringing more and more Oliver Stone's famous movie- Platoon characters on market and as the fifth figure of the series, they released non-stop swaggering boy of 25th Infantry Division Bravo Company - shotgunner Bunny acted by Kevin Dillon.


box

The figure comes is standard BRAVO-6 50x80x25 mm cardboard box in light brown color. A painted photo of the assembled figure covers the front , as the website and e-mail address is noted on the back of the box.

Inside the box, the parts are represented with the casting blocks and small parts are packed in a small plastic zip-lock bag to avoid unexpected damages.

A water-slide decal sheet including name tags, rank insignia and division/unit badges is also represented in the box. The unit patches, rank and name tags were in yellow color in first released kits, but BRAVO-6 corrected that and now the decals are OD Green color and Black lettering.
parts

The figure is sculpted by Russian sculptor and owner of BRAVO-6 Vladimir Demchenko and comes in 8 medium grey resin parts; 3 body parts and 5 pieces of personal gear.

The resin quality is good. No air bubbles on the figure, but note that some parts are fragile and need attention when seperating from casting blocks. The only problem on casting is the thick casting block on the helmet which needs a careful clean-up not to harm the helmet.

The figure's body is cast in one piece, only the lower arms are supplied as seperate parts. The face is very nice sculpted and exactly reflects the distrustful and scared but a baby face look of Bunny. A headband is tied on his head and he carries a sweat towel on his neck. He wears US Army tropical combat uniform with 4 flip-top pocket jungle jacket and 2 cargo pocket trousers. The cloth folds of uniform, pocket details, web belt and suspenders, harness of backpack, ammunition pouches are well represented. The ARVN rucksack/ Ranger pack is cast on the figure and rectangular pockets, straps and buckles are well defined. Some very nice details are added to the rucksack on this figure. An olive drab soldier sock full of three C-rations cans is hanged between two pockets of rucksack ( please see reference photos at the bottom of review ) and a pop-flare, an aluminium launch tube containing a rocket propelled signal carrier, is inserted inside the left rectangular pocket. Below the rucksack, he carries a rolled poncho.

The left lower arm is posed to hold a cigarette and makes a good fit to the upfolded sleeve on the left arm of figure.

The right lower arm is cast together with the upfolded sleeve and it makes the assembly of this part to the right upper arm on the figure easier . He carries a shotgun- a Remington 870 shotgun with open blade sights. When painting the shotgun, I advice you to paint the trigger guard in metal because the version that Bunny used in the movie had a stainless trigger guard as you may see in the photos. Photo1 and Photo2 .

Other parts are ;

  • M1 steel helmet with canvas cover and helmet band with 2 shotgun shells. This part is optional and the figure can be built with or without helmet.
  • M-1956 One quart plastic canteen with canvas cover – 2 pieces
  • M-1956 Compass case
  • M7 Bayonet in scabbard
    conclusion

    Great subject, perfect sculpt, nice casting. An unique figure to paint for all Nam modelers and especially for Platoon's fans.

    Very Highly Recommended
  • SUMMARY
    Highs: Very nice sculpt and cast. ARVN rucksack has great details on this figure and decal sheet is a bonus for many modelers who never likes to paint insignia and badges.
    Lows: Extra care needed when removing helmet from casting block.
    Verdict: Great figure to display as a Platoon character or as a part of a Vietnam dio.
      SUBJECT:95%
      SCULPTING:95%
      CASTING:95%
    Percentage Rating
    95%
      Scale: 1:35
      Mfg. ID: B6-35005
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      PUBLISHED: Mar 12, 2009
      NATIONALITY: United States
    NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
      THIS REVIEWER: 92.20%
      MAKER/PUBLISHER: 95.07%

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    This item was provided by them for the purpose of having it reviewed on this KitMaker Network site. If you would like your kit, book, or product reviewed, please contact us.

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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

    Hi Engin, Thanks for the review. I must say though that, while I appreciate the pictures of the detail (something I can't get with my camera), I find the pictures just a bit dark, which leaves the resin with almost a dark green/grey look. Strange coincidence that we have 2 reviews of this figure posted on 2 different Kitmaker sites within a few hours (minutes) of each other I noticed though that you didn't comment on the quality of the cast. Does your sample have any of the pitting due to minuscule air bubbles the other reviewer has in his pictures? I notice the same casting seam on the right forearm. Thanks again Rudi
    MAR 11, 2009 - 04:28 PM
    Hi Rudi, You can be right about the darkness of the photos as I had to work during all day and took the photos late at night under an artificial light. I didn't want to tamper on the brightness, contrast, etc. on the photos because I believe it affects the natural look of the photos. I swear the figure is in grey resin not greenish grey. IMO;more than a strange coincidence; it is the generosity of BRAVO-6 to send review samples to different sites of Kitmaker. I believe this is a good chance for members to read different point of views for the same figure. I gave all links to other reviews on my Global look to Vietnam figures review to give readers a chance to collate so we can have a chance to discuss in forums when we have serious different point of views. The resin quality is quite good and there is no excess resin on the parts. I did no cleaning process before the review, I think washing and brushing will take all small dirt of the casting process. My sample had no air bubbles. I agree the seamline on the art needs a cleanwork. As I noted in the LOWS part in summary; the only serious problem of the figure is it needs attention when removing helmet from casting block. Keep safe Engin
    MAR 11, 2009 - 08:18 PM
    Hi all I've been buying all this series of figures, got five of them so far and I've got to say they are 100% brilliant. I haven’t found one flaw or air bubble in any of them. The detailing even down to the smallest item is excellent and the likeness to the characters is spot on as well. I'm really impressed with them. All the best Vic
    MAR 11, 2009 - 10:38 PM
       

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