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ONTOS Crew
U.S.M.C. Ontos Crew Nam '68
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by: Engin Kayral [ GRAYWOLF ]


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Historicus Forma

introduction

Besides the fighting U.S. Infantry and Marines figures, Vladimir Demchenko sculpts some figures that can be displayed with armored vehicles of the Vietnam War. BRAVO-6 released an AFV Crewmen kit before, now they bring Ontos crew to market.
The new kit B6-35025includes two figures that can be used as Ontos crew and also be useful to display with some other vehicles like M-274 mechanical mule with recoilless or M-106. The kit includes an AFV Crewman posing on the top hatch and an ammo loader with 106 mm ammo shell.
about ONTOS

The Ontos, officially the Rifle, Multiple 106 mm, Self-propelled, M50, was a light armored tracked anti-tank vehicle developed in the 1950s. It mounted six M40 106 mm recoilless rifles as its main armament, which could be fired in rapid succession against single targets to guarantee a kill. Both the M-50 and M-50A1 variants were produced for the U.S.Marine Corps.
Ontos was used very effectively in Vietnam. During the March 1968 ,Battle of Hue, part of the Tet Offensive, the USMC Ontos provided direct fire to suppress enemy positions and to blow holes in the buildings so the Marines could advance. They were also extremely useful for providing suppressive fire and as counter-sniper weapons.
Ontos was disliked by its crews because they had to load and fire the recoilless rifles from an exterior, exposed position. The massive backblast also made it easy for enemy gunners to locate the Ontos.
Produced in limited numbers and largely expended towards the end of the conflict, the Ontos was removed from service in 1969.
box

The figures come 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.

The parts are represented with the casting blocks and parts of each figure are seperately inserted in a small plastic zip-lock bag to avoid unexpected damages during transfer. Small parts are secured in different plastic bags.
parts

The figures are sculpted by Russian master sculptor and owner of BRAVO-6 Vladimir Demchenko and comes in 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 were well placed and the parts can be easily removed from the blocks with no damage. The figures are again almost ready to prime figures with no or very small need for a cleanwork.

AFV CREWMAN
The figure comes in 3 body parts.
  • The main part is Body with head and legs. The figure is posed to stand on the open top hatch of the vehicle putting his hands on the hull. The figure shows nice facial details. He wears a CVC Helmet - Combat Vehicle Crewmen helmet which was a lightly padded crash helmet for wear inside all US armored fighting vehicles during the Vietnam era providing head protection for the bumps and jars. It was composed of plastic-resin coated ballistic nylon and gave almost equivalent protection as the M1 helmet. The details on the helmet like Exterior draw string which allows the wearer to snug up the earphone cup allowing a better fit and Send/Receive switch box are very nice represented. He has typical US Army combat trousers with 2 flip-top cover cargo pockets on the sides and black leather- olive drab canvas jungle boots on his feet. Over his OD military T-shirt, he wears a Marines - M1955 Flak jacket . Cloth folds of the flak vest and trousers ,details of the vest are very well defined. He carries a M1911A1 pistol in M3 shoulder holster on his left armpit. The holster and the strap crossing on the right shoulder are well represented.
  • Right arm : Posed to put his right fist on the hull of the vehicle.
  • Left arm : Posed to put his left forearm on the hull of the vehicle.

    AMMO LOADER
    The figure comes in 3 body parts and 2 pieces of gear.
  • The main part is Body with head and legs. The figure is posed to carry an ammo shell to load. Facial details are well defined and top of the head is carved for the good fit of helmet. He wears US Army combat uniform of jacket with 4-flip-top cover pockets , trousers with 2 flip-top cover cargo pockets on the sides and jungle boots on his feet. Over his uniform, he has M1955 collarless flak vest. Thecloth folds and details of the uniform are well defined.
  • Right arm : Posed to hold the bottom of the ammunition . Cloth folds of the uniform and wrist watch are well defined.
  • Left arm : Posed to hold the body of the shell. Cloth folds and buttons on the sleeves are well represented.
  • Helmet : He wears a M1 steel helmet with no camouflage cover.
  • Shell : 106 mm ammo shell projectile.
    conclusion

    Another nice pair for Vietnam War vignettes and dioramas . Sculpted in crisp details and cast in high quality. It can be used for many vehicles.

    Very Highly Recommended

  • SUMMARY
    Highs: Nice posing, nice sculpt in crisp details, flawless cast. Can be used for more armored vehicles.
    Lows: Not much lows for this product.
    Verdict: Another good pair of figures for Nam scenes.
    Percentage Rating
    95%
      Scale: 1:35
      Mfg. ID: B6-35025
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      PUBLISHED: Dec 01, 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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