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US Navy SEAL #1
US Navy SEAL Team Operator (LF3D16001)
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by: Mario Matijasic [ MAKI ]

Introduction:

Legend Productions recently introduced a 3D model line into their portfolio, producing figures and accessories developed using CAD software and rapid prototyping. The artist behind this line is Peter Samofalov, the man responsible for numerous accessories and figures in the Live Resin range. Peterís first figure released under Legend Productions label is US Navy SEAL Team Operator. The figure was initially produced in 1/35 scale, but the company also offers a larger version of the same figure.

Review:

This review covers US Navy SEAL Team Operator (LF3D16001) in 1/16 scale. This kit is packed in a hard cardboard box. The large composite image on the box top shows CAD figure rendering as well as assembled resin figure, displaying well how Legend managed to bring a 3D software designed object to life in form of a resin miniature. Opening the box reveals resin pieces, wires of two different diameter and assembly instructions. Most of the resin parts are supplied in a zip-lock bag inside a smaller box, while the two largest pieces are packed separately and additionally secured using bubble wrap. The resin pieces are:

- torso,
- legs,
- right arm,
- left arm,
- right boot,
- left boot,
- head,
- equipment pieces (41x),
- helmet and helmet accessories (7x),
- weapon and weapon accessories (6x).

The resin looks absolutely wonderful; the pieces are impressively cast and feature a ton of perfectly delivered details. The figure is designed in a modular concept with the main figure parts and all the equipment pieces provided separately. This makes the cleanup and assembly a bit more complex, but also offers various possibilities for customizing the figure per modelerís own preferences. Also, the equipment can be fixed to the figure after painting the uniform, which is a big plus when tackling complex camouflage patterns.

Figure details:

The figure represents SEAL operator in the action posture with his weapon ready for any sign of hostile activity. The pose is nicely balanced and very realistic; I especially like the way the figure holds his weapon close to his face, looking down the weapon sight.

The figure sports the most advanced state-of-the-art equipment. Over his Crye Precision Gen2 AC Combat Shirt and Pants, the figure sports BAE RBAV Plate Carrier. As mentioned above, all the equipment pieces are provided separately in the kit: large MOLLE backpack/hydration pack, 5.56 triple MOLLE ammo pouch (2x), polymer MOLLE Fast Mag ammo holder w/wo magazine (6x), grenade pouch (1x), pistol magazine pouch (1x), 12-round 40mm ammo belt segment (12x), utility pouch (2x), MBITR radio pouch, U94 PTT unit, blade radio antenna, MAST antenna pouch and holster with secondary weapon. These equipment pieces can be attached to the plate carrier per modelerís own preferences. However, I would suggest checking the reference images, or the photos of the fully assembled figure in this review, as there are some ground rules for positioning equipment on carrier vests. Hiking boots, gloves and Garmin wrist GPS add to the Special Ops feel of the figure.

On its head, the figure wears MICH High Cut Helmet. The helmet features VAS Shroud for mounting night vision equipment, as well as Velcro fields on the top, rear and both sides of the helmet, used for attaching devices, ID markers, etc. This kit includes Wilcox L4-G24 NVG mount, NVG battery pack and Manta strobe light. The Peltor ComTac Headset is there as well, sculpted on the figureís head in great detail. The tiny microphone is provided as a separate part in the set, and the microphone boom should be added by the modeler using the thin wire supplied in the kit.

The figure is armed with HK416/M320 GLM combo. HK416 is a weapon of choice for many Special Forces operatives, packing a powerful punch when fitted with the underbarrel grenade launcher module. The weapon bits and accessories included separately in the set are ELCAN Specter w MRD telescope sight, ammo magazine and GLM accessories (mechanical leaf sight and AN/PSQ-18A day/night sight (DNS).

Figure assembly:

The set includes an assembly guide which shows the placement of the pieces on a built figure. The instructions are a very welcomed addition, as with over 50 pieces the assembly of the figure might seem complex for an average modeler.

Part cleanup is a long and boring process, which requires some patience in order not to damage any of the delicate pieces. It took couple of evenings to get all of the parts ready for assembly. The pieces are intelligently engineered and the main body parts feature protrusions and indentations which help to align the pieces correctly. I started with fixing the torso to the legs. I did some dry fitting of both arms to the torso finding their optimal position which should result in perfect alignment of the weapon. This process included trimming the weapon pistol grip in order to fit it firmly into the figureís right hand. After positioning the weapon, everything goes together easily and there are no gaps to fill between the main body pieces, so the putty work was kept to a minimum.

I attached the pouches and equipment using photos from the instructions as a guide, omitting the radio wiring and drinking tube in the process (images 1-4). This takes some planning ahead, again finding optimal placement for all the smaller pieces. The helmet was fitted with all the helmet accessories, minus the microphone boom and NVG battery wiring (images 5-6). The weapon accessories were fixed as well (images 7-8). The fully assembled figure looks very impressive and all the extra effort is well worth it in the end.

Please note that some of the pieces are noted in the instruction part list, but the assembly guide does not show them fixed to the figure. These are some smaller pieces (i.e. wire jacks) which have probably been added if the part cleanup resulted in breaking the bits of the original pieces.

Conclusion:

US Navy SEAL Team Operator (LF3D16001) is an absolutely amazing figure. The resin pieces are cast really well with loads of tiny details wonderfully delivered in scale. The pieces fit perfectly and, although the kit consists of over 50 parts, the assembly is not as complex as it may seem. The end result is very impressive and this is definitely one of the finest 1/16 scale figures I have in my stash.
SUMMARY
Highs: An amazing figure all around... perfect cast, perfect fit and perfect subject. A must have.
Lows: Long and tedious part cleanup. A bit complex assembly.
Verdict: Highly recommended.
  Scale: 1:16
  Mfg. ID: LF3D16001
  Related Link: Legend Productions website
  PUBLISHED: Apr 19, 2017
  NATIONALITY: United States
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 93.37%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 88.20%

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Comments

Thanks for the very nice review Mario. Wow, the figure looks great!
APR 19, 2017 - 04:07 AM
Looks excellent, Mario! What piece was the hardest to clean up? A friend is guessing the pour blocks inside the helmet. Which piece was the most fragile to clean? Did you glue all the pieces together for the photos, or can the gun be removed? I'm glad that the fit is excellent and how the carbine and scope all align with the hands and eye. That is some really awesome engineering!
APR 19, 2017 - 05:28 AM
I cleaned the pour block inside the helmet using rotary tool on slow speed... it was much easier than I anticipated. PTT was a bit difficult to clean and I snapped one of the jacks off in the process. The pieces were not glued for taking the photos. I used Magic Sculp and a lot of patience. Now that I'm done with the photos and the review, the figure was disassembled completely. Mario
APR 19, 2017 - 06:08 AM
Mario, thank you for the professional detailed review - one more article for the "Encyclopedia of scale modeling"! Very skilled work in the assembly of the model.
APR 19, 2017 - 08:44 AM
Hi Mario Fantastic review, as ever! Looks like a fair amount of work but worth it in the end! Getting this guy tomorrow...... Now I've quite a good knowledge of US uniforms from WW2 to probably the early 2000s...OIF etc, but after that it gets fuzzy, as things have evolved so quickly together with a wider commercialisation of kit as options for soldiers, especially operators of various special forces. A painted version of this guy appeared on Facebook, and there was a comment that: "There are some rather glaring errors but it's a fantastic little kit." asking about the errors, I got this reply: "typically SEALS of the modern era are issued Crye precision CAGE plate carriers or NCPC's, even JPC for lightweight missions, The helmet appears to be a high cut MICH 2001, when SEALS will use OPS core ballistic lids or even Crye Airframes. I can't tell if the weapon is an M4 or HK416 but it certainly wouldn't be used with a UBR stock, typically a crane stock or CTR stock and the other glaring error is the pistol, it's an M9, SEALS do not use M9 pistols, typically they use Sig Sauer P226 Mk25's although many are being issued now with HK sidearms." asking if you could label him from another branch, the reply was "Not really Rob, he's a real mish mash. You might get away with calling him a DELTA/CAG operator but even then bits are wrong (plate carrier/Rifle)." Can't really dispute any of this, as it's so tricky to find out what the latest load out might be, but thought it was useful to bring to the discussion, I think some of these are small rather than glaring, and Live Resin do sell some 1/16 modern bits, so would be interesting to see if an M4 could replace the HK etc.....
APR 21, 2017 - 09:05 PM
Hello RobH, very interesting note there; I would say that for myself, this is largely academic, as it is such an outstanding figure, I'd overlook nearly all the points raised about the accuracy, or otherwise, of the figure. About the only point I'd want corrected, is the inaccurate pistol. Of course, if one were to be overly picky about the figure, one would point out that no special forces operator would carry as much gear into the field as represented here. The weight of that many full magazines would make movement very slow and sapping of energy. Still, I'm already looking forward to the next offering, and any others for that matter, as being among the best on the market today. Notwithstanding pending figures from Airborne Miniatures. Thanks for the tips, I'll consider them as I paint my one this week. Kylie
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