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Military Cameraman
U.S. Military Cameraman , Nam ‘68
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by: Engin Kayral [ GRAYWOLF ]


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introduction

In addition to the 1/35 scale Vietnam U.S. Marines figures in fighting poses; this time BRAVO-6 added a different subject to the series. The kit B6-35032 U.S. Military Cameraman , Nam ‘68 depicts an unarmed cameraman with his Arriflex-16 camera.
I have to admit that ; besides his incredible sculpting skill, I really appreciate Vladimir Demchenko’s style on making detailed researchs on books, movies and internet before sculpting his figures. He catches very interesting points and carries them to his figures. This figure is inspired from a screen shot from another legendary Vietnam movie – Full Metal Jacketdirected by Stanley Kubrick.


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 5 medium grey resin parts. Sculpting and casting quality are very good. The figure parts can be easily removed from the casting blocks, the junctions are well placed not to damage the parts when removing. There will no need for a serious cleaning process. There were no casting mistakes, air bubbles or excess resin on the sample.

  • The main part is Body with head and legs. The figure is posed slightly leaning forward as taking a film. Facial details and hair are well defined. Left eye of the figure is closed as the right eye is focused on the viewer. He wears typical jungle fatigue with 4 flip-top cover pockets jacket and trousers with 2 flip-top cover cargo pockets on the sides. As the footgear, he has leather-canvas jungle boots. Over the uniform, he has a M1952 Flakvest. This jacket is developed during Korean War and saw continuous service during the Vietnam War despite being officially superseded by the improved M69 armor. It is collarless and has two cargo pockets in front, a zip front closure and adjustable elastic draw cords on each side. The jacket also had grenade hangers over both cargo pockets, the left one of which contained a pen compartment. Also worn by the AFV crew and Airmen, it was capable to stop shrapnel, rocket fragments, snake bites, fire ant bites but not a bullet. Details of the flak vest are very well defined.

    He carries a power supply-battery pack attached to his utility belt on the left side. I think some cables should be added between the pack and camera.

    Other parts are;

  • Right arm and Left arm are posed to carry the camera. Cloth folds and buttons on the sleeves are well defined.

  • Camera : He carries a Arriflex 16S-Standard camera which was introduced in 1952. This is a sturdy, rock-steady camera that sounds something like a blender. It has 100-foot capacity, but it is much more rugged and uses a reflex viewfinder. It can use a 400-foot external magazine as seen on this kit and uses a variety of electric motors. Both hands are sculpted on the camera.

  • Lens of camera : 3 -lens turret of the camera is given as a seperate part.
    conclusion

    Interesting subject and great additional figure to Vietnam War scenes. Sculpted in great details and cast in high quality.

    Very Highly Recommended

  • SUMMARY
    Highs: Very nice subject, great sculpt and high quality cast.
    Lows: No lows on this product.
    Verdict: Great addition to Vietnam War scenes.
    Percentage Rating
    95%
      Scale: 1:35
      Mfg. ID: B6-35032
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      PUBLISHED: Sep 16, 2010
      NATIONALITY: United States
    NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
      THIS REVIEWER: 92.20%
      MAKER/PUBLISHER: 95.07%

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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

    Vladi really does his homework well... the research he puts into Bravo6 line of figures is amazing. Thanks for the review, bro! Mario
    SEP 17, 2010 - 01:38 AM
       

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