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U.S.Army Inf.(2) Greedy Pig
U.S.Army Inf.(2) Greedy Pig - Rumble in Jungle
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by: Engin Kayral [ GRAYWOLF ]


Originally published on:
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introduction

BRAVO-6 released a M60 Machine Gun Team for U.S. Marines before, and now it is time for a Greedy Pig for Army Infantry.
B6-35051 U.S.Army Infantry(2) Greedy Pig includes 2 figures representing a M-60 team crew.
about M-60

The M60 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. 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’s design is based on many concepts of that period such as stamped steel parts, quick barrel replacement and the belt-feed mechanism. The operating system of the M60 is also based on the German MG42. However, the gas mechanism is unique in many ways. At the same time, it is also simpler and this easier to clean and maintain.
The M60 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 M60 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 M60 is designed to be operated by a crew of two or three. The gun weighs around 10.5 Kg and consumes a large amount of ammunition—this makes firing the weapon difficult for a single soldier.
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.
box

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 painting guide. On the other side of the box; e-mail address and website of the company is noted.
The main parts-bodies and other parts of the figures like arms and accessories are seperately inserted in small plastic zip-lock bags to avoid unexpected damages during transfer.
parts

Both of the figures are sculpted by Vladimir Demchenko and come in medium grey resin parts. Parts are represented with the casting blocks. The junctions between figure parts and casting blocks were well placed and the parts can be easily removed from the blocks with no damage. Note that you should be careful on some fragile parts ,especially on the muzzles of rifles and backpack frames not to damage them. The resin quality is good and details are crisp. No air bubbles or casting mistakes on the figure, just a little flash resin due to casting which can be easily cleaned. The figures will be ready to paint with a little cleanwork.

Figure #1
Laying on the ground, posed to fire his M-60, the figure comes in 13 parts. The main part - full body with head shows nice facial details and facial expression like aiming his gun. Right cheek is slightly carved for the easy fit of the stock of M-60.Do not forget to remove the support part under the chin before painting. He wears tropical jungle jacket with two chest and two lower bellows pockets - all with flap covers, jungle trousers with two rear and two bellows cargo pockets on both sides and canvas-leather combined Vibram jungle boots. Trotters are inserted into the boots. He carries LCE ( Load Carrying Equipment) which consists of Pistol belt and Suspenders with an M-16 ammo pouch attached to the left side.
  • Arms : Both are posed as the elbows on the ground to hold the M-60. It shows nice cloth folds and buttons on the sleeves are well defined.
  • Backpack : He carries Lightweight rucksack with frame. On this one, the frame is cast together with a three-pocket tropical rucksack with a bedroll straped to the bottom, an M-16 ammo pouch and a M17 Gasmask case attached to the top of the frame.Details of the frame, canvas straps and three loaded pouchs of rucksack are well defined.
  • Weapon : Details of the M-60 are well defined and carrying handle is given as a seperate part. Right hand is cast on the grip and the left hand grip is cast on the receiver cover. I advice you a few dryfits using this part when assemblying arms to the shoulders for the correct posing of the machine gun.
  • Bipod legs of M-60
  • M1911 Colt in leather holster . It will be assembled to the right side.
  • M-1956 one quart canteen - 3 pieces : They will be added to different parts of the backpack.
  • M1 Helmet in canvas cover with LSA oil and C-ration matches attached to helmet band.
  • M60 Ammo link - 2 pieces.

    Figure #2
    Kneeling on the ground, posed to support the gunner, ammo loader comes in 20 parts. Facial details, hair and expression are all well defined on the figure. He wears the standard uniform of jungle jacket, trousers and boots as the first figure and carries the same LCE. Uniform details, suspenders and harness of backpack are well represented. He has ammo pouches on both sides and a gunner glove attached to his belt on the left side.
  • Right arm : Posed to hold the ammo link. Cloth folds and upfolded sleeves are well defined.
  • Left arm : Posed to hold the M16 rifle. He carries a watch on his wrist.
  • Backpack : He carries a three-pocket tropical rucksack with metal frame. A bedroll tied with a strap, a M60 ammo box and a gasmask case are cast together. All details even the inner side straps are well defined.
  • Weapon : Left hand is cast on M-16 rifle.
  • M-1956 one quart canteen - 3 pieces . 2 in canvas cover and one with no cover.
  • M7 bayonet in M8A1 scabbard
  • M61 Fragmentation hand grenade also known as M26A1 – 4 pieces
  • Snap link
  • Spare bipod parts carried attached to backpack
  • Spare barrel for M60 carries attached to backpack
  • M1 helmet with Mitchell pattern canvas cover : An utility belt is tied like a helmet band. Very nice detail !!!
  • A water-slide decal sheet with different types of insignia, ranks and nametags is given inside the kit.
    conclusion

    Another perfect kit sculpted in great details and cast in high quality. Great additon to Vietnam jungle dioramas or vignettes.

    Very Highly Recommended

  • SUMMARY
    Highs: Very useful 2 figure kit in nice details. Great sculpt and high quality cast.Rucksacks are superb.
    Lows: No lows on this product.
    Verdict: Another great kit to display in jungle dioramas.
    Percentage Rating
    96%
      Scale: 1:35
      Mfg. ID: B6-35051
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      PUBLISHED: Apr 27, 2013
      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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