started to release a new series of Vietnam figures representing U.S.M.C. soldiers in Tet Offensive 1968.
The kit B6-35028 Cover me, Tet ‘68
includes one U.S.M.C. figure kneeling and posed to reload a new magazine to his M-16.
about Tet Offensive part-2
Although Saigon was the focal point of the offensive, the communists were not after a total takeover of the city. They prefered some primary targets to strike in the downtown area like; Headquarters of the ARVN General Staff at Tan Son Nhut Air Base, Independence Palace, US Embassy, Long Binh Naval Headquarters and National Radio Station. These objectives were all assaulted by small elements of the local C-10 Sapper Battalion. Elsewhere in the city or its outskirts, ten Viet Cong Local Force Battalions attacked the central police station and the Artillery Command and the Armored Command headquarters . The plan called for all these initial forces to capture and hold their positions for 48 hours, by which time reinforcements were to have arrived to relieve them.
The US Embassy, Saigon, a massive six-floor building situated within a four acre compound, had only been completed in September. At 02:45 it was attacked by a 19-man sapper team that blew a hole in the eight-foot high surrounding wall and charged through. With their officers killed in the initial attack and their attempt to gain access to the building having failed, the sappers simply occupied the chancery grounds until they were all killed or captured by US reinforcements that were landed on the roof of the building six hours later. By 09:20 the embassy and grounds were secured, with the loss of five US personnel.
The figure comes well packed in standard BRAVO-6 light brown 50x80x25 mm cardboard box . The front part of the box shows a photo of the assembled and painted figure 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 the casting blocks. The main part-body and other parts of the figure like arms and accessories are seperately inserted in small plastic zip-lock bags to avoid unexpected damages during transfer.
The figure is sculpted by Vladimir Demchenko
and comes in 9 medium grey resin parts. The resin quality is very good and details are very crisp. No air bubbles, excess resin or any casting mistakes on the figure. The parts can be easily removed from the blocks with no damage as The junctions between figure parts and casting blocks are well placed. There will be no need for a cleanwork other than cleaning the seamlines on the backside of left leg.
The main part is Body with head and legs. The figure is sculpted in a shouting pose and details on the face and facial expression are well defined. Hair on the top of head is not sculpted for the easy fit of the helmet. He wears a M1955 Flak jacket over his uniform. Every frontline soldier in Vietnam was issued a flak jacket as part of his combat kit. The flak jacket is worn over the upper body, and was designed to give protection against small arms fire, shrapnel, and flying debris. The Marines usually wore M-1955 vest. It weighed just over 10 pounds and was made form a mixture of nylon and a special protective material know as Doron. Doron was first manufactured in 1943 by the Dow Chemical Company, and was created by bonding together glass filaments under high pressure, using a resin called methacrylate. This produced a hard but light weight material which could withstand ballistic impact at very short range. The vest was fitted with twenty three separate Doron plates, with layers of nylon to cushion the impact of a direct hit. The jacket had a zip front closure, an integral cartridge belt holder for attaching equipment and a rifle guard over the right shoulder. Details of the vest are well defined. Over the vest; he carries two canvas M16 bandoliers on both shoulders crossed on his chest. He wears cargo pocket trousers and canvas/leather combined boots. The right leg of the trousers is torn showing his knee and tied with a knot under the knee and laces of the boot are loosen to simulate the figure has a minor injury on his right leg which does not take him away from the battlefield. Most of the personal gear are cast on the figure. He carries a canvas first aid kit pouchon his back attached to his utility belt, a M17 gasmask case on the left side, a pouch for M26 grenades and a M16 bipod case on his right hip. Details of the personal gear are all nicely represented.
Other parts are;
Right arm : He carries a 5.56 mm M16A1 rifle. Details of the weapon and cloth folds of the uniform are well defined. Magazine of the rifle is removed.
Left arm : Posed to clean new magazine before reloading by tapping it on his helmet. It shows nice cloth folds.
M-1956 one quart canteen - 2 pieces. One of the canteens will be used on this kit and the other can be used as a spare part.
M7 bayonet in M8A1 scabbard
M1 helmet with Mitchell pattern canvas cover
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 posing figure with a nice facial expression sculpted in great details and cast in high quality. The figure can be displayed alone or together with B6-35026. The details of the figure are really fantastic.
Very Highly Recommended