Apart from the AK-47, no other weapon has graced the world’s television screens more in modern times, than the RPG-7. Officially known in Russian as the Ruchnoy Protivotankoviy Granatomyot (Hand antitank grenade launcher), the slender hollow tube with its conical rear and oversized diamond shaped warhead continues to play just as an important role in today’s warfare as its small arms comrade. And just with the AK, the reason for this is simple – it’s an easy to operate, reliable, and brutally effective weapon capable of taking out just about all but the latest in modern armor. The RPG-7 has established itself as the most dominant shoulder-fired antitank system in the world, and can be expected to continue its reign of destruction well into the coming decades.
Live Resin recently released several RPG-7 and ammo sets 1/35 scale. This review covers the RPG-7 (6G3) anti-tank rocket-propelled grenade launcher with PGO-7 scope and PG-7B rocket (LRE 35345)
The set is packed in a zip-lock bag safely secured between cardboard backings. The CAD image on the front displays the contents of the set, along with a teaser for LRE-35348, a set that provides different grenades for the RPG-7 launcher.
The bag contains 12 pieces cast in grey resin:
- RPG-7 launcher tube (3x)
- PGO-7 scope (3x)
- PG-7V rocket (3x)
- PG-7V rocket full size (3x).
The pieces are well cast; there are no evident air bubbles or seam lines, with the thin flash residue easy to clean using the back of the modeling knife. The casting blocks are large, but should present no problems to remove. Some extra care is needed when cleaning the delicate optical sight.
The RPG-7 is a reloadable weapon and is based around a steel tube, 40 mm in diameter, 95.3 cm long, and weighing 7 kg. The middle of the tube is wood wrapped to protect the user from heat and the end is flared. Sighting is usually optical with a back-up iron sight, as well as number of optical devices, PGO-7 sight (2,8x) being most common. As with similar weapons, the rocket grenade protrudes from the launcher tube. The PG-7V rocket (not PG-7B as noted on the set; B in Cyrillic script stands for Latin V, so obviously a translation issue) features a diamond-shaped warhead and is 62.5 cm long, together with the sustainer motor and booster charge.
Live Resin designs their sets using CAD software and, with the help of high-resolution 3D printing, produces incredibly realistic weapons and accessories. These RPG-7s are no exception to the rule and comparing the 1/35 scale product to the reference images of the real thing, I found an excellent match. The RPG-7s in this set are accurately sized and have replicated the tiniest details on both the launcher tube and optical sight really well. The characteristic shape of PG-7V is realistically depicted. The two forms of the rocket provided in the set, the complete rocket and warhead only (for attaching to the launcher tube), are an added bonus.
Conclusion:RPG-7 (6G3) anti-tank rocket-propelled grenade launcher with PGO-7 scope and PG-7B rocket (LRE 35345)
from Live Resin delivers a famous rocket launcher in 1/35 scale. The set consists of parts for making 3 complete weapons, as well as 3 additional rockets, wonderfully cast in resin and featuring loads of perfectly defined details. Highly recommended!
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