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M-79 Thumper
M-79 Thumper
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by: Engin Kayral [ GRAYWOLF ]


Originally published on:
Armorama

introduction

Besides static and dynamic posed Vietnam War U.S. figures of different units, BRAVO-6 periodically adds complemantary sets like field gear, ammo boxes and weapons set to its product range.
One of the latest releases B6-35092 M79 Thumper includes three grenade launchers with various ammo and carrying equipment.
about M79

The M79 grenade launcher is a single-shot, shoulder-fired, break-action grenade launcher which fires 40 mm grenade cartridges. The stock is made from wood, and the butt is fitted with the rubber recoil pad. Open sights consist of a hooded front sight and an adjustable ladder-type rear.
First widely used in Vietnam, the M79 turned to be a complete success. Because of its distinctive report, it earned the nicknames of Thumper and Blooper among American soldiers. Australian units referred to it as the Wombat Gun. The M79 can fire a wide variety of 40 mm rounds, including explosive, anti-personnel, smoke, buckshot, flechette, and illumination. Reliable and quite accurate in the hands of a trained operators, it provided extremely mobile firepower to smallest of the infantry units. The key downside to the M79 was that it required the grenadier to carry an additional personal defense weapon, such as pistol or a submachine gun.
box

The kit comes well packed in standard cardboard box of BRAVO-6. Front side is labeled with an illustration of the launcher and different types of ammo as the back side shows a how-to-assembly guide for PE parts.
Weapons and photoetched parts are seperately inserted into small plastic zip-lock bags.
review

Resin quality is good with no need for a cleanwork and parts show clean and crisp details. They can be easily removed from the sprues.

Kit contains three different sprue types.
A - 2 pieces – includes one M79 grenade launcher and three 40 mm rounds of same type.
B - 1 piece - includes one M79 grenade launcher in open folded position and six 40 mm rounds of three types.
C - 3 pieces - includes one 40 mm rounds bandolier and accessories pouch.

  • Details of M79 like wooden stock, rubber recoil pad, front sight, barrel and trigger are all well defined.
  • Twelve ammo shells of four different types are served inside the box. They show nice details and can be painted variously as in this photo.
  • Three 40 mm ammo bandolier and three M79 accessories case
  • Rear sights, gunslings and assembly parts are given as photoetched parts designed by Northstar models. Assembly guide for PE parts are shown on the box cover.
    conclusion

    Another useful kit from BRAVO-6 to use in Vietnam scenes or improve low detailed M79 grenade launchers of your existing figures.
  • SUMMARY
    Highs: M-79 is cast in one piece in nice details which makes it easy with no assembly of tiny parts. Photoetched parts are high quality.
    Lows: No lows on this one.
    Verdict: Useful kit sculpted and cast in crisp details and PE parts make it very realistic.
    Percentage Rating
    92%
      Scale: 1:35
      Mfg. ID: B6-35092
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      PUBLISHED: Jan 13, 2017
      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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    Comments

    I can't tell from the pics of the parts, but are the barrels hollow? On barrels this big, they should come hollowed out, esp. the open breech end.
    JAN 12, 2017 - 06:01 PM
    Ah yes,the "bloop gun" Nice addition to the 1/35th arsenal. J
    JAN 12, 2017 - 08:26 PM
    My bad not to add photos showing them on the review. Thanks Gino for pointing it. Engin
    JAN 13, 2017 - 02:44 AM
    Good deal. Thanks.
    JAN 13, 2017 - 02:52 AM
    they were also called bloopers in my day !
    JAN 17, 2017 - 03:20 AM
       

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