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Vietnam '68 Figures
A Global Look to BRAVO-6 Vietnam Figures
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by: Engin Kayral [ GRAYWOLF ]


Originally published on:
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introduction

Bravo-6 is a new Russian company, owned by sculptor Vladimir Demchenko, producing 1:35 scale Vietnam War U.S. Army figures as the characters of Oliver Stone’s famous movie of 1986; Platoon. The company already released some figures of the main characters of the movie like Staff Sergeant Barnes, Sergeant Elias, Private Taylor, Bunny-shotgunner , King-M60 gunner and lately Rhah-grunt with goatee beard and stick.


It is also mentioned by the sculptor in public forums that the series will continue to at least 10 figures and some AFV riders. It looks another main chacter Lt.Wolfe is on the way.

general information

Bravo-6 Vietnam series figures come in 50x80x25 mm light brown cardboard boxes. Each box shows a photo of the assembled and painted figure included in the kit which can be helpful as a painting guide. The website and e-mail address informations are also noted on the box to contact for any problem.

Inside the box, parts are packed in a small plastic zip-lock bag to avoid unexpected damages during transport.

All figures of the series are very nice sculpted in 1:35 scale by Vladimir Demchenko and high quality cast in crisp details. The parts are cast in grey color resin and packed as attached to resin casting blocks. All you should do is to carefully seperate the parts from the resin blocks. The casting is very clean with no excess or air bubbles so there is no need for a detailed cleanwork other than a quick sanding.

The personal gear like canteens, medical kits, smoke grenades, hand grenades and combat knives are given as seperate parts in one or more sprues and this gives the modeler to equip his figure in many options.

A decal transfer sheet including uniform details is added into each box. This is a good service for the painters who has no desire to paint small details. Each sheet includes breast U.S Army tags and individual name tags of the main characters of Platoon, sleeve rank insignia for staff sergeant and sergeant and unit badges of 1st Cavalry and some Infantry divisions served in Vietnam.

Important Note : After the feedbacks, Bravo-6 corrected the color of decal sheet and changed it to olive drab from yellow for more realistic look of insignia and badges.

B6-35001 U.S. Infantry Staff Sergeant Vietnam ‘68

The first figure of the series represents the harsh Staff Sergeant of the 25th Infantry Division Bob Barnes acted by Tom Berenger.


The figure comes in 3 body parts and 9 pieces of personal gear or equipment.

Body : The facial details are very well sculpted and it shows great likeness to the character on the movie-Platoon, especially with the C-shaped big scar on the right cheek. He wears a bandana/scarf tied on his head. The cloth folds and the knot on the back side of head are well represented.

He wears typical tropical combat uniform jacket with 4 flip-top cover pockets on front , trousers with 2 flip-top cover cargo pockets on the sides and third pattern Vibram Sole black leather- Olive drab canvas jungle boots . Details of the uniform like cloth folds, half-loaded pocket details, seam on the skirts of jacket , up-folded sleeves and ties of boots are well defined.

Many of the personal gear is sculpted and cast on the figure. This is a great advantage for the modeler to save time and effort before painting process. The figure carries a canvas ARVN (Army of the Republic of Vietnam) rucksack, also known as Ranger Pack, an external X-steel framed pack with two big rectangular flapped pockets. Fully loaded compartments, buckles and straps of the backpack are well represented. He wears standard U.S. Army M-1956 LCE (Load Carrying Equipment) which consists of individual equipment belt and individual equipment suspenders. Besides the M-16 ammo pouches attached on both sides of suspenders on the front side, a two- magazine small arms pouch is molded on the right side and medical kit is molded on the back under the rucksack. He carries a canvas ammo bandolier attached to his body, hanged and tied over his left shoulder.

Left lower arm with wrist watch is supplied as a seperate part and makes a good fit to the right up-folded sleeve. It shows a pointing position as directing his platoon to a new mission area or showing them a path in the jungle.

Right lower arm with a thin bracelet is posed to carry a CAR-15, a shortened version of M-16 with a telescopic stock. The weapon is sculpted in nice details though it doesn’t show the correct accuracy to the Colt Commando of Nam war. I believe this is not the fault of the sculptor but the fault of Hollywood , because the one used is the movie-Platoon is a Colt Model 653P. Anyway, it is exactly the one in the movie-Platoon and the twin magazines taped together is a nice touch.

Equipment : The following items are provided as seperate parts in the kit . Note that some of these parts should be attached to the figure as some of them are optional.

  • M1956 One quart plastic canteen with canvas cover – 2 pieces
  • M1956 First aid case or compass pouch
  • M1911 A1 .45 caliber Colt in leather holster
  • Tanto Combat knife
  • M26A1 Frag grenades – 4 pieces ; can be optionally placed on both sides of ammunition pouches
    B6-35002 U.S. Infantry Private-1 Vietnam ‘68

    The second figure of the series represents another main character of the movie-Platoon ; Private Chris Taylor acted by Charlie Sheen.


    The figure comes in 3 body parts and 13 pieces of personal gear or equipment which some of the equipments are optional for this figure.

    Body : The facial details like eyes, nose, ears and hair are well sculpted. The face shows a good likeness to the innocent looking Chris Taylor of the movie-Platoon. No hair is sculpted on the top of the head to make a good fit to the helmet. He wears US Army tropical fatigue uniform with 4 pocket jacket and 2 cargo pocket trousers and leather-canvas jungle boots. The unit badge is sculpted on the left arm of the figure. An OD sweat towel is draped around the neck to wipe the face and neck protection from insects. Equipment belt, suspenders, cloth folds of the uniform , and straps of the backpack are well represented. M-16 ammunition pouches and medical kit on the back are molded on the body.

    Left lower arm is posed to grab the forestock of M-16A1 and a wrist watch is sculpted on the arm. The hole on the arm fits the ammo pouch on the left very well and this makes the correct assembly of the part easier.

    Right arm is cast together with the M-16A1 rifle. The rifle shows good accuracy to A1 type with its triangular handguard. The details of the rifle like carrying handle, front sight assembly and flash suppressor are well defined. Small details like ejection port and magazine release button can also be seen on the rifle. Just notice that the barrel of the rifle is fragile and you may need to bend it to correct in shape.

    Equipment : Unlike the first figure of the series; the ARVN rucksack / Ranger pack is supplied as a seperate part in this figure. It makes a good fit to the back of the body and straps fit the backpack very well. The fully loaded look of backpack, rectangular compartments and straps are well defined. M-72 66 mm LAW (Light Anti-Armor Weapon) is placed under top cover of the backpack and secured with upper straps.

    Other pieces are ;

  • M1 steel helmet with canvas cover and helmet band. These bands were useful to carry cigarettes, insect repellent, extra rifle magazine, toothbrush, or shotgun shells. Note that some extra care is needed when removing the helmet from the casting block.
  • M1956 One quart plastic canteen with canvas cover – 2 pieces
  • M1956 First aid case or compass pouch
  • M1911 A1 .45 caliber Colt in leather holster
  • M7 bayonet in scabbard
  • M18 Colored Smoke grenades – 2 pieces
  • M26A1 Frag grenades – 4 pieces
    B6-35003 U.S. Infantry Sergeant Vietnam ‘68

    The series continues with the compassionate Sergeant of Bravo Company of 25th Infantry Division; SergeantElias Grodin played by Willem Dafoe.


    The figure comes in 3 body parts and 9 pieces of personal gear , equipment and weapons.

    Body : Once again, congratulations to Vladimir Demchenko for catching the exact look of the movie character. The facial details and expression, hair style and head band are sculpted in a perfect likeness. He wears the tropical fatigue uniform and jungle boots. Rank insignia, division and unit badges are sculpted on both arms for the modelers who prefers paintwork instead of decals. Cloth folds of the uniform, pockets, web belt and suspenders, straps of backpack, ammo pouch on the right , twin-magazine small arms pouch on the left and medical kit attached to web belt on the back are all well represented. He carries an ammo bandolier on the left side hanged on his right shoulder.

    Right lower arm with wrist band posed to carry a CAR-15 grabbing the pistol grip. Despite it is a Colt Model 653P used in Hollywood more than a CAR-15 used in Nam War, the rifle is sculpted in good details .

    Left lower arm with wrist watch is posed to hold the handguard of CAR-15 and it showed a very good fit to the rifle as I made a dry-fit.

    Equipment : The ARVN rucksack / Ranger pack is supplied as a seperate part in this figure too. The gutters inside the backpack meet the details on the back of the figure ( webbings and bandolier strap) very well and this makes the assembly easier and a correct fit. The mobbed look of rectangular pockets of Ranger pack, side straps and buckles are well defined.

    Other pieces are ;

  • M1956 One quart plastic canteen with canvas cover
  • M1956 First aid case or compass pouch
  • M1911 A1 .45 caliber Colt in leather holster
  • M18 Colored Smoke grenade
  • M26A1 Frag grenades – 4 pieces
    More reviews

    The reviews of BRAVO-6 Vietnam series figures has been originally published on Armorama before. You can read these helpful reviews clicking on the links.

  • B6-35001 US Infantry Staff Sergeant Vietnam’68 review by Gino P. Quintiliani

  • B6-35002 US Infantry Private-1 Vietnam’68 review by Andy Renshaw

  • B6-35003 US Infantry Sergeant Vietnam ’68 review by Mario Matijasic

  • B6-35004 US Infantry Machine Gunner Vietnam’68 review by Pat McGrath

    final verdict

    I can say that the sculptor did a great job on the faces of all figures catching the exact likeness to the well-known characters of the movie. The uniforms , personal equipments and weapons seem to be carefully inspected before sculpting and sculpted in good details abiding the military references and also the movie-Platoon. The resin connections between the figure parts and resin blocks are placed diligently not to harm when seperating the parts from the blocks. But some parts are so fragile like the rifle barrels and they need extra care to remove.

    The figures can be displayed as single movie characters , in a Platoon movie scenette or they can be used as parts of any Vietnam era diorama.

    It is a good point for BRAVO-6 to make the necessary change on the colors of decal sheet.

    In conclusion; all figures of the series are unique pieces to paint and can be considered Very Highly Recommended. BRAVO-6 already released another figure; Rhah and gave the good news of Lt.Wolfe and more characters are on the way.
  • SUMMARY
    Highs: Very nice sculpting in fine details,high quality casting,nice proportions on body parts, perfect likeness to movie characters, good service on correcting the decal color problem
    Lows: No low point for the series.
    Verdict: Perfect figures to paint for the Platoon fans and Vietnam era modelers. very highly recommended
      SUBJECT:95%
      SCULPTING:95%
      CASTING &DETAILS:95%
    Percentage Rating
    95%
      Scale: 1:35
      Mfg. ID: B635001-2-3
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      PUBLISHED: Mar 11, 2009
      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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