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VietCong Sniper
VietCong Sniper (Main Force)
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by: Engin Kayral [ GRAYWOLF ]


Originally published on:
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introduction

After releasing 3 figures of VietCong Local Forces ; BRAVO-6 lately released another VietCong figure of the Main Forces.

The kit B6-35021 includes one figure representing a VietCong sniper in a sneaking pose.
about the figure

Main force (Bo Doi Chu Luc) also called as hard-hats were full-time soldiers. Different than the local forces, they were relatively well-educated (could read and write), in good physical condition, well armed, well trained and indoctrinated. Those fighters were volunteered or encouraged by political officers.

Though the main forces mostly wore standard uniforms , equipment and weapons; special units like snipers used different clothing depending on conditions. For this figure,I asked and sculptor of the figureVladimir Demchenko kindly answered me that he was inspired by a photo from an article about Vietnam War on a French magazine. To see this reference photo,please click here.
box

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.
parts

The figure is sculpted by Vladimir Demchenko and comes in 6 medium grey resin parts. The resin quality is very good and details are crisp. No air bubbles, excess resin or any casting mistakes on the figure. The junctions between figure parts and casting blocks are well placed and the parts can be easily removed from the blocks with no damage. There will be no need for a cleanwork , this is another wash and paint figure from BRAVO-6.

  • The main part is Body with head and legs. Asian facial details like snub nosed , stuffed lips,slanting eyes and high cheek bones are very well sculpted. The hood of his suit covering his head shows nice cloth folds. He wears a one-piece overall like a jumpsuit, probably China or Vietnam origined, made from the camouflage material of a US T5 camouflage parachute. The inside of this silky cloth is covered with dark green cotton cloth. There are 5 buttons on the front covered with a vertical flap. The sleeves and trotters are elastic. Cloth folds and the harness of rucksack on shoulders are well defined. He carries NVA Army belt with a big solid metal buckle showing a star symbol. The star on the buckle is sculpted on the figure. There are two Mosin-Nagant 7.62 ammo pouchs on both sides. As for the foot gear, he wears Ho Chi Minh sandals; an improvised footwear worn by VC made out of cut up truck tyres for soles and cut up inner tubes for straps. Straps of sandal and details of toes are well defined.

    Other parts are;
  • Right arm and Left arm : Both of the arms show nice cloth folds.

  • Rifle : Hands are sculpted on the rifle and I think when assemblying the arms to the body and hands to sleeves ; an extra care and dry-fit will be needed for a correct posing. He carries Mosin-Nagant 1891/30 sniper rifle with a 3.5xPU Scope. The Mosin-Nagant rifle, known in the Russia as a Vintovka Mosina, was developed under the government commission in the late 1880s and early 1890s, and was officially adopted for service by the Russian Tsar in 1891. During the official trials, two designs were selected - one by a designer from the Tula arsenal - Mosin - and another by the Belgian brothers Emil and Leon Nagant. The final design, adopted by the Commission, utilized features from both. The action of the rifle was developed by Colonel Sergei Ivanovich Mosin, and the magazine was developed by the Nagants. It was a manually operated bolt-action, magazine fed rifle. It fired 7.62 mm ammunition, fed from an integral, single stack magazine, loaded from the clip chargers, with capacity for 5 rounds. The Mosin-Nagant had a maximum range of around three kilometers but was only capable of effective aimed fire out to ranges of 400-500 meters. The rifle can be used as a sniper rifle if it is fitted with a telescopic sight. Early sniper versions had a 4x PE or PEM scope, a Soviet-made copy of a Zeiss design, while later rifles used smaller, simpler, and easier-to-produce 3.5x PU scopes. Because the scope was mounted above the chamber, the bolt handle was replaced with a longer, bent version on sniper rifles so the shooter could work the bolt without the scope interfering with it. The rifle’s four-power scope mount also allowed the sniper to use the standard open sights for closer-in shots .The Mosin Nagant M91/30 sniper rifle starred in the 2001 hit "Enemy at the Gates”.

  • Rucksack : He carries a local fabric (Chinese or Vietnamese) small cloth rucksack with two front pockets. An Entrenching tool is horizontally placed inserted under the top cover of the rucksack. The ring device tied to the top is a NVA camouflage holder. It is made of two different dimensioned metal circles (one small and one bigger) attached with a cross shaped part and covered with cloth strapping. The rucksack is camouflaged by means of many branches and foliage slipped through the rings.

  • Canteen : He carries a Chicom style metal NVA Water bootle in cloth cover on the back under the rucksack.
    reference

  • Osprey Publishing – Warrior 116 – VietCong Fighter by Gordon L.Rottman & Howard Gerrard
  • Osprey Publishing – Elite 038 – The NVA and VietCong by Ken Conboy,Ken Bowra & Simon McCouaig
  • Osprey Publishing – Men at Arms 104 – The Armies of the Vietnam War 1962-75 by Philip Katcher & Mike Chappell
  • Osprey Publishing – Men at Arms 143 – The Armies of the Vietnam War -2 by Lee E.Russell & Mike Chappell
    conclusion

    Another unique figure sculpted in nice details and cast flawless in usual BRAVO-6 quality. It can be displayed alone sneaking in jungle foliage or a part of a Vietnam diorama.

    Very Highly Recommended

  • SUMMARY
    Highs: Nice subject, very nice sculpt and high quality casting. Facial details are perfect.
    Lows: No lows for this product.. if forced to say something low :) maybe a piece of foil could be good to make a gunsling.
    Verdict: Great figure to display in a Vietnam jungle foliage.
    Percentage Rating
    95%
      Scale: 1:35
      Mfg. ID: B6-35021
      Related Link: 
      PUBLISHED: Oct 28, 2009
      NATIONALITY: Vietnam
    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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