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US Army Individual Equipment
US Army Individual Equipment
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by: Engin Kayral [ GRAYWOLF ]


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introduction

M1956 LCE – Load Carrying Equipment has been designed to make carrying the equipment easier and more comfortable for a soldier. It allows the soldier to carry tactical combat gear in the most effective manner for lethality and survivability on the battlefield. M-1956 LCE came at a period when the United States Army was in the process of adopting a new service rifle, and thus the system is very general-purpose in nature, designed to accommodate ammunition and cartridge magazines for a number of standard issue small arms. The M-1956 LCE remained in service from the late 1950s through the 1980s and set the standard for future United States military load-carrying equipment.
B6-35071 U.S.Army Individual Equipment is in 1/35 scale, cast in grey resin and includes parts of basic configuration for 3 U.S. Army infantrymen. Belts and suspenders are supplied as PE parts.

Note that this kit doesn’t include canteens but BRAVO-6 has B6-35049 U.S.Canteens with all types of water bottles used by US Army in Vietnam.
box

Standard BRAVO-6 cardboard box labeled with a photo of the individual equipment of a Vietnam War U.S. soldier. Backcover has an illustration showing how to assembly PE utility belt, H suspenders and other components.
Resin and PE parts are inserted in a few transparent ziplock bags.
parts

Casting quality is top-notch with no mistakes. There is no need for a serious cleanwork . Resin excess on bayonets and E-tools should be removed and extra care is needed when removing M16 bipod. A quick sanding will make all ready to paint.
Kit includes 6 resin blocks and 1 PE sheet. Here is a list of the kit content;

BLOCK - A included 2 inside the kit.
  • XM28 Gas Mask Bag
  • M1961 Buttpack
  • M17 Gas Mask Bag
  • M18A1Claymore Mine Bag

    BLOCK - B
  • M1956 First Aid/Compass Pouch
  • M1956 Small/Shorty Ammo Pouch - 2 pieces
  • M1956 Universal Ammo Pouch 1st issue - 2 pieces
  • M1956 Universal Ammo Pouch 2nd issue - 2 pieces
    Please see photo for details of M1956 Ammo Pouch types.

    BLOCK - C
  • XM3 Bipod Case
  • M3 Binoculars
  • M1956 Pistol Ammo Pouch
  • M17 Binoculars Case
  • M51 Folding Shovel/E- Tool in M1956 E-tool Cover
  • M16 Bipod in open position

    BLOCK - D
  • XM991 Flashlight
  • M7 bayonet in M8A1 scabbard
  • M1942 Machette in M1967 Self Sharpening Steath
  • M1911A1 Colt Pistol in Leather Holster
  • Magazine for Colt Pistol
  • M1911A1 .45 Caliber Colt Pistol

    BLOCK - E
  • M51 Folding Shovel/E- Tool in M1956 E-tool Cover
  • M1961 Buttpack
  • M1956 Universal Ammo Pouch 2nd issue - 2 pieces
  • M1956 First Aid/Compass Pouch
  • M7 bayonet in M8A1 scabbard

    PHOTOETCHED SHEET
  • M1956 H Suspenders - 3 pieces
  • M1956 Pistol Belt horizontal weave with ball type buckle - 2 pieces
  • M1956 Pistol Belt vertical weave with Davis fastener
    conclusion

    Very useful kit to detail Vietnam War U.S. figures or to display dispersed equipment in your dioramas.
  • SUMMARY
    Highs: Great sculpt and cast in BRAVO-6 quality. Lots of different pieces to detail your figures. PE parts quality is amazing.
    Lows: No lows on this one. Maybe I ask too much but a few canteens would make it a bit tasty :)
    Verdict: Very useful kit for detailing dioramas or individually Vietnam US figures.
    Percentage Rating
    96%
      Scale: 1:35
      Mfg. ID: B6-35071
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      PUBLISHED: May 28, 2015
      NATIONALITY: United States
    NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
      THIS REVIEWER: 92.05%
      MAKER/PUBLISHER: 95.03%

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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

    We were still using this stuff when I joined the army in '77. This all looks right on the money and very handy for the Vietnam era guys to use. NICE!!!! Now,,,,,if only someone did something like this for the WWII GI?? HMMMM???? J
    MAY 28, 2015 - 01:29 AM
    useful bit of kit (of bits of kit!) my only gripe would be there should be MORE included many thanks to Vladimir for keeping up with some interesting and innovative releases on this subject,as soon as these appear at my preferred retailer I'm getting a couple.....
    MAY 30, 2015 - 05:25 AM
    That gal in the last pic is from the PS Monthly magazine from the army, "you have the worlds best equipment, take care of it"
    MAY 31, 2015 - 05:17 PM
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