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U. S. Army Checkpoint Iraq
Mario_HR
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Posted: Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 02:35 AM UTC
Keith Middleton does an in-box review of Master Box''s set of modern US Army figures in Iraq. The review also includes a build-up of one of the figures.

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Pops53
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Posted: Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 05:26 AM UTC
You did a very nice job on the review. I especially appreciated the crisp image contrasting one of the Master Box figures alongside a Dragon figure, which clearly highlighted the superior quality of the latter. It's detail like this --- not readily apparent when you first open the box --- that can make all the difference in a finished diorame. Thank you!
Trisaw
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Posted: Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 06:32 AM UTC
Thanks for the review.

On a sidenote, I don't know why Dragon stopped their modern Elite Force Series sets with the U.S. Marines one in 2003...a long time to wait for some new plastic ones. One could argue that one should buy their modern GIs from resin companies. Still, only plastic gives four to a set, not two like resin.
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Posted: Friday, November 11, 2011 - 04:20 AM UTC
Keith
Having been working on the figures myself I would tend to agree with your comments. I also agree with the comments about the comparison with Dragon Figures. Having said that I get 4 reasonable good figures for 9, whereas four resin figures cost that each. I do think that a good paint job will bring the figures to life and they will be great alongside a Bronco Humvee

Thanks for the review

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Fritzfix
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Posted: Friday, January 27, 2012 - 10:30 AM UTC
A very useful set for the money over all. If I were to nit pick anything, it would be that they portray the soldiers on the box cover with the now ubiquitous wrap around sun glasses being worn by U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, yet the kit lacks them.

Additionally, the M4 variant is so commonly carried by troops that it would be preferable to the M16s depicted on the models, especially in the case of the figure with the vertical fore handguard grip equipped rifle.

Otherwise a most welcome set.
Christopher68
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Posted: Monday, February 06, 2012 - 08:01 AM UTC
Nice...an other set with a SAW that does not have a solid stock..why can't companys get it right...all the SAW's I have seen have a solid stock, not the one we are given by almost every company..I know it is not a German figure set..but damn..least get the little things right
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Posted: Friday, February 10, 2012 - 07:38 AM UTC
Yup, I think the modification work order for the SAW stocks went out in the late 80's early 90s? There are three stocks they could have used, and they went still went with the wrong one. Regardless, that's not even an M249, it's a Minimi so you'd need to replace it with a Live Resin gun to have it with US forces. I think it would work for UAE in Afghanistan, and French and British forces as well though.

The funny part is the box art illustration shows the correct stock.