|Oh! Those Russians!||by Father Valerian|
|9 November 2001||email: ig_valerian(at)mail.ru|
|ESCI # 240 Russian
Spetsnaz - Modern.
I dont agree with your opinion about this set. They look like Soviet Army in the third-class movies (Rambo III etc.)
1. I dont know who they are, but not modern spetsnaz! The uniforms are of the 1960-70's. So the best theatre of war for these soldiers is:
2. Some poses are more than strange. So
Gas masks (the bag on left leg, except 11-12) are very seldom used in practice. Only for training. We always wore the sling of GM-bag UNDER the belt, to prevent the bags moving to the groin. During my army service we, of course, had gas-training. But we didnt wear these bags all day long. Only once we had elephant running (6km running in Gas-Masks!) - it was punishment for being drunk. Imagine this horror in the morning after good soldiers drunk! It isnt hard to remove GM-bags, but to remove its wide sling is a problem! So I dont try to do it. During WW II, Russians used GM-bags as breadbags or for personal things. The same bags! New GM & bags have appeared in the mid 80's. The troopers havent the unloading jackets or rucksacks.
So, these soldiers are on a defense mission. If in offense - they left their ammunition supplies in APC/AFV or in helicopter! But the best way is to make square-looking RD-54 (Ryukzak Desantnika, Airborne Rucksack mod. 1954) from putty on the soldier's back. RD-54 was used even in Afganistan. Nobody has a radio! How are they in contact with HQ, armor & air-support? Of course, soviet commander always have a loud commander voice, but not so loud as to communicate without a radio! The best way to correct this mistake is to take a radio or even body-part from ESCI 228 or 239 radioman. They havent water flasks! Its a big mistake. In combination with desert-hats, its ugliness
Figures & Poses
1. It isnt the best pose to make a good shot from SVD sniper rifle. But where is the ammo??? Poor snipers have ammo-bag (on right leg) the same as the others! Its for AKs ammo-magazines, not for SVDs!!! The second problem is that a good sniper will always have a second, short-range weapon - PM or APS pistol. Where is it?
2,3,4,7,8,9,10. Very strange method for moving on battlefield (Kamikaze style) - bullets are flying around! Why aren't the soldiers bent down? Russians are brave, but they arent mad!
6. For the realistic diorama, the RPG-shooter must have a rucksack with 2-4 RPG-shots near him! He also must have AK ammo-bag on the right leg and AK SMG on his back or near him. Per the Field Manual, RPG's have a crew of two. The assistant (Second Number of crew) takes the rucksack with ammunition and binoculars. Both are armed with AK SMG's.
12. Strela-1 AA-missile. The same comments as for RPG-shooter (6). But rucksack with 1-2 shots always worn by assistant.
7,8,9,10. Strange poses. They look like they are playing guitars! Maybe the sculptor made them from a soviet anti-war propaganda photo When the soldiers singing! Its pretty, but I sold my diorama When the soldiers singing - the performance of Afghan-war veterens music group! And no photos were made
7,13. Ammo-bag is wrong! It must be bigger - its for RPK 40-rounds magazines. Figure 13 must be setting the RPK on something. Its rather difficult to hold it in the hand in such method as shown. Even if you are the great arm-wrestler!
11,15. Mistake! By the Regulations AK with folding butt (AKS) must be slung barrel to down. The AK can be simply cut off, and rotated 180 degrees.
11. Ha-ha-ha!!! I cant look at this writer without laugh! He looks like zampolit (deputy commander for political affairs). And, of course, he writes stukatichka (knock-papier - civil report about personnel)!
The unit is not combat-ready. The commander (or sculptor?) must be reduced in rank and sent to the North Pole military unit! Soldiers must be sent to sweep the spruce needles in Taiga forests!
But, after all the negative comments, I try to make some figures like soviet troopers in Afganistan. My instruments were very sharp blade, Moment glue (some kind of rubber glue) & old fatless plasticine (as putty!). Some body-parts were taken from other sets.
Somebody in sportboots, in bandana or wearing sleevless stripped airborne vest and bandana on the neck The simple workers of war
The above diorama isncomplete yet. Its only diorama parts. I show six of these soldiers (except for killed). T-62E, Afghanistan, approx. 1985. T-62E acute on language people has nicknamed "Brezhnev" for "eyebrowes" on the turret. The tanks with such tactical marks are frequently seen in "Afghani" photos. Original colouring of the tank - Olive Green with Black "streaks", however in complicated conditions of the Afghan War the tank fast has become indefinitely - dusty colours. The range finder KTD-1 on this machine was broken and is dismounted. The inscription of "Kharkov" was made by the driver for search of others from his home town. The antenna frequently was removed or tied down, to not be hooked by mujahaddin mine-rope above a road.
Model: ESCI 8340 - conversion. The loaders hatch (right hatch of turret) is altered completely - without inflow. All screens and additional armor are made myself. Famous ESCI single weels, though "suffer" exactly as well as on M48, but are drilled (it was not possible to make orifice of the correct form) and have chipped old rubber. The other T-62M is burned out.
There arent bad models; there are only bad hands