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Viet Cong Figures
Viet Cong Fighters Local Forces 1-2-3
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by: Engin Kayral [ GRAYWOLF ]


Originally published on:
Historicus Forma

introduction

BRAVO-6 keeps releasing resin figures of the Vietnam War in 1:35 scale. After a series of Vietnam War US Infantry figures representing the characters of the famous movie – Platoon, Vladimir Demchenko sculpted a few figures of the opposing Viet Cong local forces and already started to sculpt new figures of Australian SAS units.

Viet Cong series includes 3 figures (B6-35013-35014-3501515) in dynamic poses with different clothing and weapons.

about the figures

The People's Liberation Armed Forces - PLAF, more popularly known as the Viet Cong - VC, was the military arm of the National Liberation Front (NLF). During the Vietnam War; the term Viet Cong was the short use Vietnamese Communist. American soldiers called them as VC or Victor Charlie referring the latters in NATO phonetic alphabet. Established at the end of 1960, the VC was created by the North Vietnamese communists to escalate the armed struggle in South Vietnam. In the early 60's they grew rapidly and by 1964, totaled over 30,000 soldiers.


The Viet Cong were organized into three levels: regular forces operating under the command of the southern communist leadership, full time guerrillas organized into companies serving under provincial leadership and finally, a part time self-defense militia, composed of units organized into squads and platoons used primarily for village defense.

Primarily, the VC were guerrillas, and it has been said that no one has ever developed an adequate defense against guerrilla warfare. The VC would periodically launch hit-and-run attacks on government installations, military outposts and even district towns in the South. Its most celebrated victory was at the village of Ap Bac in early 1963, when VC soldiers inflicted heavy casualties on the Southern Vietnamese units. The VC also played a primary role in the Tet offensive in early 1968, where they attacked villages, towns and cities in the South. Eventually, the People's Army of Vietnam (PAVN) superseded the VC's combat role and by the end of the war in 1975, the Viet Cong's participations were only minor. After the war, the remaining VC were integrated into the PAVN.

uniforms – how to paint VC figures

VC guerrillas wore no uniforms, dressed in the same type of clothing as the local peasants or farmers, and blended into the landscape when their mission was complete. A typical clothing for a VC can be considered as below ;
  • Pajama type cotton shirt with no pockets or two breast pockets usually in black,sometimes grey, khaki, OD green,brown or tan.

  • Short or long trousers in black, khaki, brown or tan.

  • A large variation of headgear like Pith helmets, bamboo hats, tropical jungle hats with chin straps and plain or camo boonie hats even belonging to US units.

  • Sandals or low canvas boots with rubber soles.

  • Different types of Soviet, Chinese, Vietnamese or captured US rucksacks, ammo pouches, canteens and other personal gear.

    box and parts

    The figures come well packed in standard BRAVO-6 light brown 50x80x25 mm cardboard boxes . The front part of the boxes show the photos of the assembled and painted figures which can serve as a painting guide. On the other side of the box; e-mail address and website of the company is noted.

    The parts are represented with casting blocks and parts of each figure are inserted in a small plastic zip-lock bag to avoid unexpected damages during transfer. Small parts are secured in a second plastic bag. Note that parts are removed from blocks for the review.

    The figures are sculpted by Russian sculptor and owner of BRAVO-6 Vladimir Demchenko and cast in medium grey resin parts. The casting quality is good and details are clean and crisp. No air bubbles, no excess resin or any casting mistakes on the figure. The junctions between figure parts and casting blocks were well placed and the parts can be easily removed from the blocks with no damage but some extra care is needed on fragile parts like muzzles. There will be a short need for a cleanwork to clean a few visible vertical seamlines especially on the backside of the bare legs of 35015.

    b6-35013 vietcong fighter -1

    The figure comes in 6 pieces. The main part is Body with head and legs. Some parts of personal gear is cast on the body. The figure shows nice facial details and looks like an Asian. The head of the figure is cut to assembly the hat easier. He wears a collarless shirt with no pockets and 4 front buttons and a pajama style long trousers with tight cuffs. He carries a leather belt with metal buckle on his waist. A captured US property canvas M1/M2 carbine 4 pocket magazine pouch is attached on the right side of the belt and a multi-purpose piece of cloth tied with a rope is inserted to the back side. On the left side, there is a canvas or cloth utility bag with a shoulder strap crossed and tied on the right shoulder probably a Chicom style DP drum magazine pouch which is used by VC as a small personal bag for food , grenade, map or other items. Cloth folds and details of gear are very well defined. As for the foot gear, he wears Ho Chi Minh sandals; an improvised footwear worn by VC made out of cut up truck tyres for soles and cut up inner tubes for straps. Straps of sandal and details of toes are well defined.

    Other parts are;

  • Right arm : Posed to hold the stock of rifle. It shows nice cloth folds.

  • Left arm : Posed to hold the forestock. It makes a good fit on the left shoulder and cloth folds are well defined.

  • Rifle : He carries a captured US rifle M2 carbine with 30 round magazine. The hands are cast on the rifle in good details.

  • Canteen : A captured US property M-1956 One quart plastic canteen in canvas cover. It will assembled on the back side of the figure.

  • Hat : He wears a French tropical jungle hat buttoned on the left side.

    b6-35013 vietcong fighter -2

    The figure comes in 7 pieces. The main part is Body with head, legs and right arm. Some parts of personal gear is cast on the body. Facial details are nice and the figure looked like an aged Vietnamese to me. The hair is carved on the top to assembly the hat easier. He wears a collarless pajama style shirt with 2 outer chest pockets and 4 long trousers. A handkerchief or small piece of cloth is wrapped on the neck and inserted on the collar of shirt like a sweat towel. He carries a Chicom style DP drum magazine pouch on the right side hanged with a strap crossed on left shoulder and a typical Viet Cong personal hammock roll is crossed on the right shoulder and tied on the left side of waist. The strap of the water bottle can be seen next to the blanket in front but I couldn’t see it on the back probably with an sculptors’ idea it is covered by the blanket. Cloth folds and details of gear are well defined on the figure, especially the canvas ammo pouch looks like having a drum magazine inside.

    Other parts are;

  • Left arm : Posed to carry the rifle. It shows nice cloth folds.

  • Rifle : He carries a DP-27 ; Russian 7.62 Degtyarev Pehotny light machine gun. Right hand is sculpted as grabbing the stock of the gun.

  • Left hand : Sculpted with the bipod of the DP gun. Be very careful when removing this tiny part from the casting block.

  • Magazine of DP : A pan style magazine with 47 rounds is carried on the top of the weapon. This magazine was not efficient as it took some time to load a new magazine onto the weapon, and each magazine took a much longer time to load with ammunition.

  • Water bottle : He carries a Chicom style water bottle on the back next to the hammock roll. It shows nice details.

  • Hat : He wears a conical bamboo hat.

    b6-35013 vietcong fighter -3

    The figure comes in 4 pieces. The main part is Body with head, legs and right upper arm. Some parts of personal gear is cast on the body as in the other figures. The figure shows nice facial details and with the childish expression he looks like an young VC fighter. The hair and the head band tied on back are well defined. He wears a collarless shirt with no pockets and up-folded sleeves and a knee- lenght trousers. He carries a leather belt with a pin hook buckle. A modified 5-magazine ammo pouch for his MP40 is attached on the right side of the belt and a multi-purpose piece of cloth tied with a rope is inserted to his belt next to ammo pouch. Cloth folds, muscles on the legs and toes of the bare feet are well represented.

    Other parts are;

  • Right arm : He carries a German MP-40 Schemeisser. During the early stages of Vietnam war, Soviet Union sent World War II captive German weapons to VC forces. Details of the machine gun and anatomy of the arm are well defined.

  • Left arm : Posed to grab the magazine of MP-40. The assembly of the arms must be done carefully to make a correct fit of the magazine to the machine gun.It makes a good fit on the left shoulder and cloth folds are well defined.

  • Canteen : A captured US property M-1956 One quart plastic canteen in canvas cover.

    references

  • The NVA and Viet Cong – Osprey Publishing – Elite 38 by Kenneth Conboy

  • Viet Cong Fighter – Osprey Publishing – Warrior 116 by Gordon L Rottman

    conclusion

    Nice sculpts and high quality casts in crisp details. Good figures to display alone, make vignettes or use in ambush dios in Vietnam era. A nice variety of weapons and personal gear in 3 figures.

    Highly Recommended


  • SUMMARY
    Highs: Nice subject, nice sculpt and high quality casting. a good variety of wepaons and personal gear. Facial details are very good.
    Lows: A small need to clean for some slightly visible seamlines. Some parts like rifle muzzles are fragile and need care to remove from casting blocks.
    Verdict: Great figures to paint for the Vietnam war.
    Percentage Rating
    93%
      Scale: 1:35
      Mfg. ID: B6-35013-14-15
      Suggested Retail: ~18 USD per figure
      Related Link: Company Website
      PUBLISHED: Jul 21, 2009
      NATIONALITY: Vietnam
    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

    What a great review. They look and sound like excellent figures. Great work Engin.
    JUL 21, 2009 - 09:48 PM
    Hi guys, To me it doesn't look right the right feet of the second figure. Have a nice day, Angel
    JUL 22, 2009 - 12:40 AM
    Hi friends. Seems,feet was broken and glued back without correct according with knee(rotate left). Please,see photos from web-site LINK LINK
    JUL 22, 2009 - 03:00 AM
       

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