added another two-figure kit to Tet ’68 Marines series which will be very useful for Vietnam scenes . The kit B6-35036 U.S.M.C.(8) FALLEN COMRADE
includes a Marine trying to help his wounded comrade.
The kit comes well packed in standard BRAVO-6 light brown cardboard box . The box shows a photo of the assembled and painted figures in front which can serve as a basic painting guide. The parts are represented with the casting blocks. Body parts are seperately inserted in small plastic zip-lock bags to avoid unexpected damages during transfer and small parts like arms, personal gear and rifles are secured in different plastic bags.
The figures are sculpted by Vladimir Demchenko
and comes in medium grey resin parts. The resin quality is very good and details are crisp. There are no air bubbles, excess resin or any casting mistakes on the parts. The junctions between figure parts and casting blocks were well placed and the parts can be easily removed from the blocks without any damage.
The figure is made up of 3 body parts. Posed leaning forward to pull the wounded marine, the main part is Body with head and legs. Facial details are well defined and the head is bald for the easy fit of the helmet. He wears a tropical jungle uniform , cargo pocket trousers and combat boots. Over his uniform, he has the typical garment of Marines - M1955 Flak jacket
. Cloth folds of the vest and uniform ,loaded pockets, torn effect on the right knee, details of the vest like zip front closure, integral cartridge belt holder for attaching equipment and rifle guard over the right shoulder are well defined.
Some of the personal gear are cast on the figure. He carries a first aid kit pouch
on the back and a M17 gasmask case
on the left side.
Left arm and right arm are posed to pull the wounded figure holding the shoulder parts of his flak vest. The cloth folds are well defined and there will be a small cleanwork for the seamlines on these parts.
MARINE #2- WOUNDED
The figure is made up of 3 body parts; Body with head and legs and two arms as seperate parts. Facial details are well defined with closed eyes. He wears standard Marine uniform and M1955 Flak jacket. Two M-16 ammo pouches, a M17 gasmask case and two M1956 one quart canteen are cast on the figure under the flak vest. Personal gear shows weight being spread out to the sides due to the position.Details of the uniform and personal gear are well represented.
Other parts are;
M1956 one quart canteen - 2 pieces
KA-BAR knife in brown leather scabbard
M7 bayonet in M8A1 scabbard
M61 Fragmentation hand grenade also known as M26A1 – 4 pieces.
M16 canvas bandolier
M16A1 rifle - 2 pieces
M1 steel helmet with Mitchell pattern canvas cover - 3 pieces. Review sample had 3 helmets inside as a good bonus. Two with helmet cover and one with helmet cover and band.
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 unique figure kit sculpted in great details and cast in high quality. This kit will add more realism to dynamic Vietnam dioramas and vignettes.
Very Highly Recommended