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Banzai !!!
Banzai !!! Peleliu 1944
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by: Engin Kayral [ GRAYWOLF ]


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introduction

Vladimir Demchenko gave a short break to Vietnam War figures and added a new kit to World War II series.
The kit B6-35105 Banzai !!! Peleliu 1944 includes a Japanese soldier and a US Marine to create an interesting scene taken as a screen shot from the TV series The Pacific - Episode 7 Peleliu Hills.


box

The box is BRAVO-6 standard two-figure cardboard box in light brown. A photo of the assembled and painted figures which can be a simple painting reference covers the front part of the box.
The parts are represented with the casting blocks that can be easily removed without giving any damage to the parts.
Body parts and other small parts like arms, personal gear and weapons are inserted into different small plastic zip-lock bags to avoid unexpected damages during transfer or storage.
parts

Both figures are sculpted by Vladimir Demchenko and come in medium grey resin parts. The casting quality is high as always with no serious problem. There was a small hole to fill on the chin of the Marine figure.

FIGURE #1 – US MARINE

Nicely posed to escape from the Japanese soldier, he tries to pull his pants up when running. The US Marine figure comes in 2 parts; body and left arm with rifle.
  • Facial details, hair, open mouth and scared facial expression are well defined. On his head, he has a M1941 HBT-Herringbone Twill Short bill cap. Eight pleats, four air vents (two on both sides), circular short bill/visor and wide band are well represented. He wears two-piece suit, sage-green (a lighter green color than OD) M1941 pattern HBTuniform - Herringbone Twill utility uniform worn by Marines in Pacific. This uniform was standardized for wear on 7 November 1941. It was originally intended to be a general purpose work uniform to be worn over the service uniform for working parties, field day, etc. But it quickly supplanted the service uniform for field wear. The utility uniform gave the World War II Marine a workmanlike appearance. It was simple, easy to maintain, and devoid of any frills or unnecessary features. The jacket had three flapless pockets, one on the left chest and two on the front hips. On the upper pocket was stenciled in black, USMC insignia: an Eagle, Globe and Anchor, with the legend USMC above it. The jacket was loose fitting and closed by four blackened steel buttons with U.S. MARINE CORPS in relief. HBT trousers had two front diagonal pockets, cut through to the inside of the legs. Two rear hip pockets were patch style, open at the top but there were several arrangements of pockets on the trousers, depending upon manufacturer. The trousers had belt loops and had the same metal USMC buttons as the jacket. Cloth folds and pocket details of the uniform, belt, underwear and his butt are well defined. As for the footgear, he has leather field shoes nicknamed as Boondockers by Marines.
  • Right arm pulling his trousers is cast on the figure as the left arm with the rifle is a seperate part. He carries a M1 carbine. It was a .30 caliber, light weight, gas-operated, magazine-fed, air-cooled, self-loading semi-automatic rifle. A two-pocket magazine pouch is attached on the butt of the carbine. Details of the rifle and cloth folds on the sleeve are well defined. Remember to be careful when removing the rifle barrel from the casting block.

    FIGURE #2 – JAPANESE SOLDIER

    Hetai which means Emperor’s footsoldier confronted the Allies in Pacific Theatre. Posed to chase the Marine, he comes in 4 parts; body, two arms and bayonet scabbard.
  • Nicely defined facial details, he has a Japanese army field cap named Ryaku-bou. Details like short visor, air vents on sides, leather strap in front ,cockadeand ties on the back are all well defined. The cockade is a yellow star for army or an anchor for Imperial marines. He wears Tunic Model 98 named 98 Shiki-Gun-i; a tropical wear in cotton and loosely cut trousers in half-breeches shape and gathered at the ankle by laces or buttons. Details of tunic like five front bottons, flap style air vents on both sides,four pockets with flap type buttoned covers and insignia patches on collars, Tai-kaku - leather belt with single prong buckle and folds on trousers are well represented. Under his knees, he has khaki puttees named Kya-han wrapped in x-pattern characteristic to Japanese. As the footgear, he wears split-toe Jikatabi footwear which is mostly worn by Imperial Marines.
  • Left arm : It shows nice cloth folds and makes good fit to the shoulder.
  • Right arm : Posed to carry a Juken 30 Shiki, Type 30 bayonet sword for Type 38 Arisaka rifle with hooked quillon / blade breaker and fullered blade.
  • Scabbard for bayonet ; It will be attached to the left side.
    conclusion

    Very nice figures to display an interesting scene in a small area, especially for The Pacific fans. Sculpt and casting are high quality as always.


    Very Highly Recommended
  • SUMMARY
    Highs: Nice subject, very nice sculpt and cast. Very good likeness to the screen shot.
    Lows: No lows for this product. To fill the small hole on the chin will not be a problem.
    Verdict: Nice kit to paint with pleasure and display.
    Percentage Rating
    96%
      Scale: 1:35
      Mfg. ID: B6-35105
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      PUBLISHED: Oct 08, 2011
      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

    Very cool, thanks for the review bro! Mario
    OCT 08, 2011 - 06:20 AM
    Excellent review Engin.
    OCT 08, 2011 - 02:43 PM
    Wasn't there something of this nature in a movie like Flag of our Fathers or The Pacific. Just seems to be sitting in my memory. Cool figures. There isn't enough Japanese soldiers.
    OCT 16, 2011 - 04:01 AM
    It is from The Pacific as mentioned on the first post here and review itself . best regards
    OCT 16, 2011 - 04:16 AM
       

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