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Man Down! US Modern Army
Man Down! US Modern Army, Middle East, Present Day
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by: Darren Baker [ CMOT ]

Introduction

With the number of M1114ís available now from a mix of companies and the RG-31 starting to make its presence felt an affordable crew has been limited. Master Box may have answered that prayer when it comes to a crew in action, they have released a four figure set featuring a wounded soldier being recovered to a place of safety.

Contents

This figure set is supplied in one of Master Boxís end opening cartons. On the front of the carton is a nice artwork providing an artistís impression of the four figures that make up this figure set. On the back of the carton is the assembly and painting guide along with the parts layout. This offering from Master Box consists of a single sprue that is packaged in a re-sealable plastic bag in the carton.

Review

This four figure set by Master Box looks to be quite good as regards moulding quality. An examination of the contents revealed a very small amount of flash on the shoulder of one of the arms, but that is it as regards the negatives. The sprue connection points are of a reasonable size and not excessive in number, I will admit that my pet hate is present in the form of elbow connection points. I should add that some of the figures look very odd on the back of the carton, but once placed as indicated by the pictures on the box the stances look more natural.

The uniform is quite difficult for me to accurately identify due to all of the changes that have taken place over the last few years within the US Army, but this replicated uniform looks to be Army Combat Uniform (ACU) that is supplied in the Universal Camouflage Pattern (UCP), if I have my information correct then these figures will be suitable for the period 2008 to the present day. The body armour is the Improved Outer Tactical Vest minus the groin protector. The helmets I donít know well enough to spot the fine points and so say if they are accurate; I am sure Gino or someone will shout out the case. Hand and facial detail is good for injection moulded figure offerings, with the hands being especially good.

The weapons provided in this offering an M249 saw with optional deployed bipod and I believe it is the later type looking at the stock. There are two M4 rifles one of which has a grenade launcher attached, another option is a SCAR rifle with a grenade launcher attached; I donít even know if this is in service yet and if it is how common it is. there are three pistols supplied in this set two of which are in two designs of holster and one drawn. Ammunition pouches are suitably supplied for the weapons, but I am unsure about the pouches for the SCAR. Lastly there are a couple of camel packs in the offing.

Conclusion

It is nice to have an affordable set of Modern US Army figures available for interaction with some of the vehicles we have had of late. The stances look very odd/awkward until placed in context when they make much more sense. All told this appears to be a very promising figure set to me with one problem; the figures are designed to be used with a vehicle, but where is the driver? Would the driver be the guy to get out and rescue the wounded? I am sure a number of options could be presented, but it does seem a little odd.
SUMMARY
Highs: Some very nice in action figures for all of those M1114ís and the RG-31 and a good selection of weapons.
Lows: I think there should be a driver in the set to finish this offering.
Verdict: This is a nice offering from Master Box.
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: MB35170
  PUBLISHED: May 25, 2015
  NATIONALITY: United States
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 87.16%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 84.05%

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About Darren Baker (CMOT)
FROM: ENGLAND - SOUTH WEST, UNITED KINGDOM

I have been building model kits since the early 70ís starting with Airfix kits of mostly aircraft, then progressing to the point I am at now building predominantly armour kits from all countries and time periods. Living in the middle of Salisbury plain since the 70ís, I have had lots of opportunitie...

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Comments

A SCAR, and unbloused boots. Looks like an SF diorama waiting to happen. (We had SCARs several years ago, although the buttstocks were prone to breakage on the first ones) SF wore the Marine Corps Modular Tactical Vest back then, but just paint khaki and roll with it if you want to do SF figures. Here's a potential problem I see with this very nice figure set: By 2008, T triple C was being taught in place of Combat Lifesaver. (ib SF at any rate, who knows what Big Army was doing?) Of course that means suppressing the threat is the first order of business, not dragging your buddy, (who in this case appears to be conscious and able to render self aid) to safety, thus taking two guns out of the gunfight. Not a game stopper, just something to be cognizant of if you're using them in a dio. If there are still troops actively engaging targets then you'll still be in the fight yourself. As for the driver getting out. well... There are numerous situations where it is tactically okay. But in the case, why not have him drive the hot side of the vehicle between the enemy and the wounded soldier Just thinking out loud.
MAY 25, 2015 - 07:01 AM
.50 cal gunner is suppressing, team leader/ section commander is calling contact in, patrol medic extracting casualty....
MAY 25, 2015 - 03:28 PM
They should have made it a 5 figure set and included a driver.
MAY 25, 2015 - 06:31 PM
@Darren: Yeah the pictures that you showed are stunning but I dont know what is happening when I check Masterbox page LINK there a lot of wrong details (MICH, Guns and uniforms) did they fix this kit? @@" Going to buy one....I dont want to buy this old kit :V
MAY 25, 2015 - 07:56 PM
Seems to me the poses would be correct if the WIA had been hit by a sniper. I agree with Recon22's comment. Nice looking kit, although I agree that the SCAR is out of place. Thankfully we have Live Resin. I think this kit would work nice with Academy's M1151.
MAY 26, 2015 - 12:28 PM
To the best of my knowledge this is the only offering of this set.
MAY 26, 2015 - 02:50 PM
This looks like a great set of figures for a diorama using a MRAP or MATV. Might have to get this set.
MAY 26, 2015 - 05:05 PM
To the best of my knowledge this is the only offering of this set.[/quote] The pics on the Master Box site are in-progress shots. Luckily, they corrected the crappy, out of date weapons and old helmets in the final product. It is definitely a great set in final form.
MAY 26, 2015 - 05:58 PM
Yeah, saw those pictures. Would love to know who thought it would be a good idea to equip the one soldier with a Galil/R4.....
MAY 26, 2015 - 06:41 PM
   

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