by: Mario Matijasic [ ]
Legend Productions recently introduced a 3D model line into their portfolio, producing figures and accessories developed using CAD software and rapid prototyping. The artist behind this line is Peter Samofalov, the man responsible for numerous accessories and figures in the Live Resin range. Peterís first figure released under Legend Productions label is US Navy SEAL Team Operator. The figure was initially produced in 1/35 scale, but the company also offers a larger version of the same figure.
This review covers US Navy SEAL Team Operator (LF3D16001) in 1/16 scale. This kit is packed in a hard cardboard box. The large composite image on the box top shows CAD figure rendering as well as assembled resin figure, displaying well how Legend managed to bring a 3D software designed object to life in form of a resin miniature. Opening the box reveals resin pieces, wires of two different diameter and assembly instructions. Most of the resin parts are supplied in a zip-lock bag inside a smaller box, while the two largest pieces are packed separately and additionally secured using bubble wrap. The resin pieces are:
- right arm,
- left arm,
- right boot,
- left boot,
- equipment pieces (41x),
- helmet and helmet accessories (7x),
- weapon and weapon accessories (6x).
The resin looks absolutely wonderful; the pieces are impressively cast and feature a ton of perfectly delivered details. The figure is designed in a modular concept with the main figure parts and all the equipment pieces provided separately. This makes the cleanup and assembly a bit more complex, but also offers various possibilities for customizing the figure per modelerís own preferences. Also, the equipment can be fixed to the figure after painting the uniform, which is a big plus when tackling complex camouflage patterns.
The figure represents SEAL operator in the action posture with his weapon ready for any sign of hostile activity. The pose is nicely balanced and very realistic; I especially like the way the figure holds his weapon close to his face, looking down the weapon sight.
The figure sports the most advanced state-of-the-art equipment. Over his Crye Precision Gen2 AC Combat Shirt and Pants, the figure sports BAE RBAV Plate Carrier. As mentioned above, all the equipment pieces are provided separately in the kit: large MOLLE backpack/hydration pack, 5.56 triple MOLLE ammo pouch (2x), polymer MOLLE Fast Mag ammo holder w/wo magazine (6x), grenade pouch (1x), pistol magazine pouch (1x), 12-round 40mm ammo belt segment (12x), utility pouch (2x), MBITR radio pouch, U94 PTT unit, blade radio antenna, MAST antenna pouch and holster with secondary weapon. These equipment pieces can be attached to the plate carrier per modelerís own preferences. However, I would suggest checking the reference images, or the photos of the fully assembled figure in this review, as there are some ground rules for positioning equipment on carrier vests. Hiking boots, gloves and Garmin wrist GPS add to the Special Ops feel of the figure.
On its head, the figure wears MICH High Cut Helmet. The helmet features VAS Shroud for mounting night vision equipment, as well as Velcro fields on the top, rear and both sides of the helmet, used for attaching devices, ID markers, etc. This kit includes Wilcox L4-G24 NVG mount, NVG battery pack and Manta strobe light. The Peltor ComTac Headset is there as well, sculpted on the figureís head in great detail. The tiny microphone is provided as a separate part in the set, and the microphone boom should be added by the modeler using the thin wire supplied in the kit.
The figure is armed with HK416/M320 GLM combo. HK416 is a weapon of choice for many Special Forces operatives, packing a powerful punch when fitted with the underbarrel grenade launcher module. The weapon bits and accessories included separately in the set are ELCAN Specter w MRD telescope sight, ammo magazine and GLM accessories (mechanical leaf sight and AN/PSQ-18A day/night sight (DNS).
The set includes an assembly guide which shows the placement of the pieces on a built figure. The instructions are a very welcomed addition, as with over 50 pieces the assembly of the figure might seem complex for an average modeler.
Part cleanup is a long and boring process, which requires some patience in order not to damage any of the delicate pieces. It took couple of evenings to get all of the parts ready for assembly. The pieces are intelligently engineered and the main body parts feature protrusions and indentations which help to align the pieces correctly. I started with fixing the torso to the legs. I did some dry fitting of both arms to the torso finding their optimal position which should result in perfect alignment of the weapon. This process included trimming the weapon pistol grip in order to fit it firmly into the figureís right hand. After positioning the weapon, everything goes together easily and there are no gaps to fill between the main body pieces, so the putty work was kept to a minimum.
I attached the pouches and equipment using photos from the instructions as a guide, omitting the radio wiring and drinking tube in the process (images 1-4). This takes some planning ahead, again finding optimal placement for all the smaller pieces. The helmet was fitted with all the helmet accessories, minus the microphone boom and NVG battery wiring (images 5-6). The weapon accessories were fixed as well (images 7-8). The fully assembled figure looks very impressive and all the extra effort is well worth it in the end.
Please note that some of the pieces are noted in the instruction part list, but the assembly guide does not show them fixed to the figure. These are some smaller pieces (i.e. wire jacks) which have probably been added if the part cleanup resulted in breaking the bits of the original pieces.
US Navy SEAL Team Operator (LF3D16001) is an absolutely amazing figure. The resin pieces are cast really well with loads of tiny details wonderfully delivered in scale. The pieces fit perfectly and, although the kit consists of over 50 parts, the assembly is not as complex as it may seem. The end result is very impressive and this is definitely one of the finest 1/16 scale figures I have in my stash.