by: Pete Becerra [ ]
Here we have a three piece set that was intended to sit inside a Hummer or ride atop an armored fighting vehicle. Each figure has a nice casual pose aside from Verlinden's usual action poses. Each figure consists of an upper and lower torso, separate arms, boots and head, and separate gear and weapon. The figures are molded in Verlinden's standard greenish/gray color resin.
Some type of locating pin was attempted on the arms and legs, but were either short shot or broken off, or perhaps not even there. Construction was a bit tricky since you had to use the picture on the box to determine what part went where. The usual pour block removal and clean up was needed for each part.
Separate ammo pouches and canteens are provided along with three different kinds of rifles, a M16A2, M16A2 w/M203, and a nice attempt at a M4.
the setAlthough nicely sculpted figures, there are a few set backs. Firstly, there are no chin straps molded on the head. Details in the helmet are a bit soft or not there at all. The boots do not resemble any type of desert boots at all, more so leather boots. Which branch of service are they? The picture on the box tells us Marines because of the LAV or Army in the Hummer, but once you look face to face at the pieces, you donít know what service they are from. Usually, a first glance at how the uniform is sculpted makes it obvious. For example, pockets on the sleeves typically reveals if it is a Marine MARPAT or Army ACU uniform. The lack of pockets on the sleeve reveals that its a regular BDU or DCU. The pockets on the bottom of the pants reveals that its an Army ACU uniform. As you can observe from the picture of the arms that there is a single pocket molded on the left sleeve of each arm and to me it looks more like the ACU pocket rather than the MARPAT pocket. There is no pocket on the right sleeve. There are also no pockets molded on the bottom of each pants for the ACUs'. So this brings on the question, Army or Marines? Easily fixed! Simply sand of the only pocket on the sleeve and you have a BDU or DCU. Add the missing pocket to the right sleeve and you have the MARPAT. Add the missing leg pockets and the missing right arm sleeve pocket and you have the ACU.
conclusionThe biggest downfall in my opinion was that they didnít fit my M1114. The figures are meant to sit in the standard seats that comes with the Hummer kits and not in the high back seats provided with the MIG M1114 conversion set or the Pro Art seats.
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