Thursday, August 14, 2014
So it's time to break out one of those plastic men amassed over the years out of their boxes & just enjoy.
This is the DML/Platz re-issue in 2010 and not the original DML/Yamoto release from 2002. The obvious difference would be the new head-sculpt of actor Yoshikazu Fujiki from the Stray Dog: Kerberos Panzer Cops movie.
Other subtle upgrades of the new re-issue comprises of an upgraded DML Neo body, new material for the chest armour/ shin armour, a softer (almost rubber) face mask with transparent lenses, new MG42 ammo belt etc. but overall still retaining the same Protect Gear design & molding of the original release.
As usual, the kitbasher in me did a little touch-up:
1. Change the waist belt to a WWII German belt with buckle
2. Shorten the loops of the groin, butt & side armour plates to hang higher & not so low dangling
3. Added bayonet to belt
4. Added MG pouch to belt
5. Mild weathering.
Completed. The perfect companion figure to Medicom's Red Spectacles; the master & dog relationship/theme ever recurring in Kerberos Saga....!!!
Sunday, May 4, 2014
This will prob be one of the very few kitbashes for me this year as 1/6 prices continue to soar & slowly wanes me off the hobby. By the time a 1/6 military boxset release cost $200, it’ll be time to call it a day.
I know USMC fields the M27 but weren’t sure if MARSOC does likewise as most of the time you’ll see them with Mk18s & M4s in reference pics. So the M27 kitted here is purely my doing (for lack of any loose weapons in inventory & also cost savings….).
Personally, I’m still skeptical with the M27 as a SAW replacement & designate. The Marine Corp evaluation might deemed accuracy over firepower as the main compelling reason for the switch but nothing beats continuously suppressive auto-fire to keep heads down in a fire fight IMHO.
There’s also the combat load for the M27 which come in 30 rds mags. Given the prescribed individual combat load of 22 mags, that’s a lot of clips to distribute around.
That said, I’ve gone COD style & given my M27 a dual drum loadout. Managed to scavenge it off an old BBI Tony Bishop (coincidentally also a USMC Force Recon figure) weapon accessory, which fits & did the job perfectly.
H/s: Loading Toys
Body: Kings Toy
Hiking shoes: TC
Hostler: HT (knife add-on)
M27: E&S (drum mag BBI)
All other pouches misc: SS, TS, TC, etc.