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U.S.Marine Machine Gunner
U.S.Marine Machine Gunner Vietnam Set-2
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by: Engin Kayral [ GRAYWOLF ]

introduction

Sculpting talent of Sergey Traviansky is obvious since the beginning, but casting quality of Evolution Miniatures figures is apparantly increasing fast in the latest releases. The company added another unique figure to his Vietnam figures range. EM-35056 is a Vietnam War U.S. Machine Gunner in standing pose with his M-60. The clear likeness on the face, personal gear and pose shows the artist was inspired by the Adam Baldwin’s Animal Mother character in the legendary movie Full Metal Jacket.
box

The kit comes well packed in standard 70x100x35 mm hard cardboard box of the company. The front part of the box shows a photo of the figure painted by Ruslan Vorobyov and serves as a basic painting reference. Inside the box, the parts are represented with the casting blocks. Body and other parts - head, arms, personal gear and weapon - are seperately inserted into different small plastic zip-lock bags to avoid unexpected damages during transfer or storage.
parts

The figure is sculpted by Sergey Traviansky - Menelay and comes in 15 grey color resin parts. The parts can be easily removed from casting blocks and need no serious cleanwork before assembly.

  • Body with legs : He wears M1955 Flak jacket on his naked body. Details of the vest like zip front closure, buttons, integral cartridge belt holder for attaching equipment and rifle guard on the right shoulder are well defined. Over his vest, he He carries M1956 LCE ( Load Carrying Equipment) which consists of canvas utility belt and equipment suspenders. He has jungle trousers with cargo pocket on sides and leather-canvas combined jungle boots. Cloth folds of trousers and loaded cargo pockets are well represented. Some of the personal gear attached to belt are cast on the figure. He carries a M-1956 one quart canteen in cancas cover and a M17 gasmask case on the left side, a canvas first aid kit pouch on the back and a machine gunner glove attached to his belt on the right side.
  • Head : Facial details showing likeness to Animal mother of Full Metal Jacket are well defined. He wears a M1 helmet with canvas cover . A wrapped cigarette pack (Marlboro) on the right side, two cigarette stubs on the left side and seven 7.62 bullets on the back are inserted to the helmet strap.
  • Arms : Right arm is posed to put his hand on the stock of M60 as the left arm stands free on the left side. Both show nice muscular details.
  • M-60 Machine Gun : The M-60 nicknamed as Pig during Vietnam War is a family of general purpose machine gun that was designed in the United States. The M60 is designed for use with the 7.62x51 mm cartridge type and can fire ball, tracer and armour piercing ammunition. It is a gas-operated machine gun that fires from an open-bolt. It is fed by a belt of metallic M13 links. Most variants of the M-60 come with a foldable bipod. However, it can also be mounted on some fixed mounts such as the M122 tripod. The gun has an effective range of up to 1,100 meters depending on how it is mounted and fired. The gun was introduced in the year 1957 and continues to be in service till date with the US military and many other operators.
    The M60 machine gun was very effective in the field. However, it did have some drawbacks in some field conditions. During its deployment in Vietnam, the common complaint was that it would jam frequently, especially in muddy conditions. Maintenance needed to be meticulous as fine sand and dust entering into the gun mechanism would cause it to get jammed. Details of the gun are well defined.
  • Bipod of M-60 : Given as two seperate parts.
  • Machette : It is a is a large cleaver-like cutting tool used to clear the heavy vegetation of the jungle as well as used as a weapon. It was usually carried on the back inserted to the harness.
  • M1911A1 Colt pistol in leather holster
  • KA-BAR knife in brown leather scabbard. It will be attached to the left strap of harness.
  • M61 Fragmentation hand grenade also known as M26A1. One will be attached to the right strap of harness as the other 3 are optional.
  • Carrying handle of M-60
  • Ammo belts in 3 rows are given as photoetched parts which will make the assembly very easier than plastic ammo belts.
    conclusion

    Strong posed unique figure with a good likeness to movie character. It can be used as a Vietnam M-60 gunner in dioramas or displayed alone as Animal mother. Almost no need to clean with flawless cast and crisp details, ease on assembly with less parts. Photoetched ammo belt is a very good addition to the kit.

    Very Highly Recommended
  • SUMMARY
    Highs: Great subject, sculpt and cast. Photoetched ammo belt makes it greater.
    Lows: No lows on this one.
    Verdict: Another just assembly and paint kit from Evolution. Not much extra work like cleaning, sanding, etc. A Must for Vietnam era painters.
    Percentage Rating
    97%
      Scale: 1:35
      Mfg. ID: EM-35056
      PUBLISHED: Jul 12, 2012
      NATIONALITY: United States
    NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
      THIS REVIEWER: 92.20%
      MAKER/PUBLISHER: 94.44%

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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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