A new and nice sculpt from Vladimir Demchenko
as another great addition for Vietnam scenes from BRAVO-6
. The kit B6-35035
includes 2 figures; a Corpsman with his medical bags kneeling next to a wounded Marine for first-aid.
about the figure
Corpsman (HM) is the only medical care-giver in many fleet or Marine units. They serve as enlisted medical specialists for the U.S Navy and Marine Corps. They work in a wide variety of capacities and locations, including shore establishments such as naval hospitals and clinics, aboard ships, and as well as the primary medical caregivers for sailors while underway. They also serve as battlefield corpsmen with the Marine Corps, rendering emergency medical treatment to include initial treatment in a combat environment.
During the Vietnam War, the US Marine Corps did not have medics and probably still do not, they had Corpsmen
. The artillery, air, and infantry elements of the Marines had corpsmen but the most dangerous role of a corpsman in Vietnam was in the field. Special units, such as Navy SEAL teams and Marine reconnaissance units took corpsmen with them. Most of the corpsmen assigned to an infantry battalion served with rifle companies, one or two men per platoon of about 40. Sometimes they carried an M-16 rifle, sometimes a .45 pistol. Sometimes, no weapon at all. They did not have red crosses painted on their helmets nor did they have red cross armbands on their upper arms. These brave soldiers patrolled with their Marines, risked the same dangers, and rendered the aid that saved the lives of thousands.
Corpsman is Doc
for the unit. In the U.S. Marine Corps, this term is generally used as a sign of respect.
The kit 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 figures 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 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 with no damage. As I had a bad experience by my fault, I advice you to be careful on the rifle muzzles when removing M-16s from casting blocks.
The figure is made up of 3 body parts. Posed to kneel on his left leg, the main part is Body with head and legs. Facial details and hair are well defined. Do not forget to clean the excess under the chin. Hair on the top is carved 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 trousers ,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. He carries a canvasM16 bandolier
crossed on the left shoulder. He also carries a M3aid bag
crossed on the right shoulder. The M3 aid bag or field medical bag is a GI style issued kit that folds out three ways for easy and quick access to all your first aid supplies. The details of the open first aid bag are well defined.
Right arm ; Posed to carry a field dresssing on his hand, cloth folds on the upfolded sleeves, the wrist watch and ring on the finger are well represented.
Left arm : Pose to carry a field dressing, it shows nice cloth folds.
WIA- WOUNDED IN ACTION
The figure is made up of 2 body parts. Posed seriously wounded laying on the ground; the figure is sculpted in one piece except the left arm. He wears standard Marine uniform and M1955 Flak jacket. A water bottle, 2 M16 ammo pouches and a M17 gasmask case are cast on the figure under the flak vest. Personal gear shows weight being spread out to the sides of the open flak jacket is very well done. The bandage on the arm with a fielddressing on the right eye, dogtag on the neck, open front part of the uniform and torn trousers on the right leg are well defined.
Left arm ; Posed to put his upper arm on the ground, it shows nice cloth folds.
Other parts are;
M1956 one quart canteen - 2 pieces
M1911 A1 .45 caliber Colt in leather holster
KA-BAR knife in brown leather scabbard
M16A1 rifle - 2 pieces
M1 steel helmet with Mitchell pattern canvas cover and helmet band - 2 pieces. My personal thanks to Vladi for his great gesture on the boxart for the helmet graphiti of the corpsman. I felt honored.
Another unique figure kit sculpted in great details and cast in high quality. This Doc will add more realism to Vietnam dioramas and vignettes.
Very Highly Recommended