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B6-35200 Un Mauvais Pressenment DBP-54
is a single figure kit in standing pose representing a French Paratrooper with his jumping equipment.
about the kit
The Battle of Dien Bien Phu
was the biggest and most ferocious battle that took place between the French Far East Expeditionary Corps and the Viet Minh forces supported by China and Soviet Union.
French began an operation to support their soldiers at Dien Bien Phu. Its purpose was to cut off Viet Minh supply lines into the neighboring Kingdom of Laos and tactically draw the Viet Minh into a major confrontation that would cripple them. Instead, the Viet Minh surrounded and besieged the French, who were unaware of the Viet Minh's possession of heavy artillery and more importantly, their ability to move such weapons through extremely difficult terrain to the mountain crests overlooking the French encampment. The Viet Minh occupied the highlands around Dien Bien Phu and were able to accurately bombard French positions at will. The French repeatedly repulsed Viet Minh assaults on their positions. Supplies and reinforcements were delivered by air, though as the French positions were overrun and the anti-aircraft fire took its toll, fewer and fewer of those supplies reached them. After a two-month siege, the garrison was overrun and most French forces surrendered, only a few successfully escaping to Laos. Communist forces defeated French troops suffering 14,000 casualities.
Shortly after the battle, the war ended with the 1954 Geneva Accords, under which France agreed to withdraw from its former Indochinese colonies. The accords partitioned Vietnam in two; fighting later broke out between opposing Vietnamese factions in 1959, resulting in the Vietnam (Second Indochina) War.
The figure comes well packed in BRAVO-6 standard light brown cardboard box in 50x80x25 mm dimensions. The front part of the box shows a photo of the assembled and painted figure which can be helpful during painting.
Figure is served in small plastic zip-lock bag to avoid unexpected damages during transfer or storage and small parts like arms, personal gear and helmets are secured in a different bigger plastic bag.
Figure is sculpted by Vladimir Demchenko
in crisp details and comes in 9 medium grey resin parts. The resin quality is very good . The junctions between figure parts and casting blocks are well placed and the parts can be easily removed from the blocks with no damage. There will be a small need to clean the slightly visible vertical seamlines on the arms.
Body : Main part of the figure is cast with head and legs. Arms are given as seperate parts. Facial details are well defined and face shows a great likeness to French artist Jean Reno. He wears M1947/52 Model Tenue de Saut Camouflé - French Paratrooper Jump Uniform in Lizard camouflage. The jacket has two big breast pockets and two small diagonal waist pockets. The trousers has two big cargo pockets on both sides and 2 small ones inside the big pockets. He carries the main parachute backpack on his back and the reserve parachute/ auxillary pack in front. Details of the uniform like cloth folds, pocket details, shoulder straps, flap type groin guard on the back and straps, snaps , handles, V-ring and D-ring buckles of the parachutes are all well defined. As for the footgear; he has M1950 Jump boots.
Left arm : Cloth folds, strap and buckle on the sleeve are well represented. Ripcord handle of the main parachute is sculpted on the left hand. Note that the strap from the parachute to the ripcord handle should be scratched from metal foil using the boxart as a reference.
Right arm : Posed to carry his helmet on his hand, it shows nice folds.
Bag : He carries a bag over his knees, under the reserve parachute. It is a TAP - French Para modified type of M43 mussette bag used by US paratroopers. A M43 entrenching tool with holdable handle is insertedunder the bag flap cover.
Ripcord : It will be assembled to the top of the main parachute. Please see boxart for the correct posing.
Mle 50 water bottle in canvas cover.
M3 Fighting knife
Rifle : He carries a M1 Carbine straped over his bag. It was a caliber .30 light weight, semi-automatic carbine widely used by paratroopers and jungle troops.
Helmet : He wears a French modified M1 Steel helmet with netting and French M1 helmet liner. Right hand is cast with the helmet and interior details are well defined.
The following book can be useful when painting this kit ;
Osprey Publishing - Men At Arms 322 The French Indochina War 1946-54
Another very nice kit in high sculpting and casting quality to be used in Indochina War displays. Unlike the other figures of the series, this one has a static pose as the other kits are dynamic.