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US Army Modern Soldier
US Army Modern Soldier with covered ACH/MICH helmet with NVG PVS 14, Surefire HL1-A Helmet Light with base, MS2000 Strobe Beacon Infrared/ Visible Strobe Signal Light, ESS Profile goggles, Comtac II - Peltor Communication Headsets, M9 pistol in BlackHawk CQC Serpa Holster, Heckler & Koch HK416 modular assault rifle, Aimpoint Comp M4 Red Dot Sight M68 Cco (Red Dot Sight NV Compatible), Insight Technology's AN/PEQ-16, Grip Pod Vertical Grip Bipod With Reinforced Legs, AN/PRC-148 Multiband Inter/Intra Team Radio with cover, Thales 30 to 90 MHz 1 Meter Dummy Blade Antenna, Peltor Radio FL5040-02 Push to Talk (PTT) for Military Comtac head set, Massif flame-resistant Army combat shirt, Army Flame Resistant Pants IOTV Gen 2 body armor with Deltoid Auxiliary Protective shoulder pads, Oakley Factory Pilot SI Assault Gloves, Oakley Sabot High Assault Boots., Military Issue Hydramax Water Hydration Unit System, Military Surplus Tactical Knee & Elbow Pads, HSGI Universal Modular Magazine Pouches, Military Issue IFAK / Utility Pouch, Drop Leg Platform, 40 mm grenade 12rd bandolier/belt, Tactical Tailor Grenade Pouches
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by: Mario Matijasic [ MAKI ]

Introduction

Live Resin is a Russian company specializing in producing high-quality weapons and accessories in 1/35 scale. Recently, Live Resin ventured into the full figure business, releasing their first three figures, all depicting US Army soldiers. These releases are definitely a turning point in how we perceive 1/35 scale figures today; not only are the figures sculpted using computer-generated process and delivered using high-tech 3D printer, but they also offer a new concept of "modular" figures with all the parts and equipment pieces in the kit provided separately, giving modelers a chance to customize the figures based on their own preferences.

Review

This review covers the third in line of Live Resin 1/35 scale figures: US Army Modern Soldier (LRM-35003). The figure kit is packed in a hard cardboard box. The box displays CAD boxart images; the one on the front shows the full figure and lists the equipment the figure is supplied with, while the one on the back shows the figure part layout and lists all the extras in Live Resin accessory line which can be used to upgrade or convert this figure.

The box contains a zip-lock bag with resin pieces. Some pieces are very thin and delicate so I would suggest taking care when removing those from their carrier blocks. The radio antenna in my sample was damaged during transport, but I glued the broken piece back on without any problems. The pieces are cast really well, but I did find a seam line going along the right leg of the figure. Although the imperfection is not very pronounced, I had to clean it carefully trying not to damage the details on the uniform folds. As with all Live Resin offerings, the parts display impressive level of sharp details superbly executed in 1/35 scale.

This figure kit contains 39 parts. Here's a list of the parts included in this set:

- torso
- legs
- right arm
- left arm
- right boot
- left boot
- head
- helmet
- helmet accessories (4x)
- various equipment pieces (22x)
- weapon
- weapon accessories (4x).

Live Resin makes their figures in a "modular" fashion, supplying main figure parts and all the equipment pieces in the kit separately. This way each modeler is able to customize the figure, organizing the equipment pieces to build his own optimal gear setup. Also, by combining this figure kit with other accessories from Live Resin range modelers are able to build a completely new and original figure.

The figure depicted in this kit represents a US Special Forces operative in action pose, firing his weapon from the hip. The figure is sculpted with the most modern uniform setup today; over his Generation II Improved Outer Tactical Vest (IOTV), the figure wears flame-resistant Army Combat Shirt (ACS) produced by Massif. The figure also wears Army Combat Pants (ACP), Oakley SI Assault Boots, Oakley Factory Pilot Gloves and sports Tactical Knee Pads. All these items are wonderfully reproduced in scale and feature loads of impressively sculpted details. I particularly like the details on the ACS, the carbon fiber knuckle plating on the gloves, the sole pattern on the boots, and, above all this, a tiny but extremely well defined Oakley logo on both the gloves and boots.

As for the equipment, the figure is supplied with:

- IOTV Lower Back Protector
- magazine pouches (7x)
- grenade pouches (2x)
- pistol magazine pouches (3x)
- medical pouch
- small utility pouch
- water hydration unit components (2x)
- MBITR radio pouch and components (4x)
- pistol holster.

Two different magazine pouches are supplied in this kit. The ones I used for this figure represent b>HSGI Universal Modular Magazine Pouches. These can be attached to any MOLLE platform and can hold either three M-16, two AK or two .308 magazines. Additional MOLLE webbing on the sides of the pouch allow attachment of extra equipment. The Grenade Pouches included in the kit depict the ones produced by Tactical Tailor, as well as the Modular Zipper Utility Pouch which features modular webbing on the outside as attachment points for other gear and dual zipper pulls. The Individual First Aid Kit (IFAK) Pouch consists of expendable medical items packed inside of a modified MOLLE 100-round SAW ammo pouch. Also, the kit includes Hydramax, Military issued Camelbak style hydration unit in MOLLE II hydration carrier. The pack carrier features carrying handle at the top and in the center, D-rings on the sides and MOLLE webbing on the front, allowing attachment of additional pouches. The drinking hose is not supplied and should be made from scratch, however the drinking bite-valve is included.
The figure carries M9 pistol safely secured in BlackHawk CQC Serpa Holster. The holster should be clipped to IOTV upper chest.

All this gear is beautifully reproduced in scale. I particularly like the magazine pouches with details of three magazines stored inside, and the utility pouch with nicely defined MOLLE webbing and two zipper pulls. The hydration unit bite-valve is incredibly tiny but superbly detailed. The only thing I'm missing are the hydration unit chest and shoulder straps; although some hydration carriers can clip directly to IOTV, I didn't find any evidence of this particular carrier without straps. I think the torso with the sculpted straps should do the trick perfectly, and I suppose Live Resin has already considered making different figure torsos with various backpack or hydration unit straps. That way a modeler would just have to add the equipment to the figure and not worry about replicating complex strap system from foil or some similar material.

A particularly well executed piece of equipment in this set is AN/PRC-148 Multiband Inter/Intra Team Radio (MBITR) in its large radio pouch. The pouch features an open top for easy access to controls and a hook and loop cover to conceal the keypad and screen. The radio extras include the Thales Dummy Blade Antenna, Peltor PTT and a tiny microphone for Peltor ComTac II Tactical Headset the figure is wearing. The radio equipment needs some wiring which could be easily done using thin brass wire: the MBITR should be connected to the PTT (which is usually clipped to the MOLLE loops on the IOTV) front, and the PTT connected to the headset. Also, brass wire should be used to replicate the microphone boom of the headset.

On his head the figure wears MICH helmet with cover and Surefire Helmet Light HL1-A. The helmet accessories in this set include ESS Profile Goggles (cast with Night Vision Goggles mount), goggle cover, PVS-14 Night Vision Monocular and MS2000 Strobe Light. The ESS Profile Goggles fit nicely to the goggle strap sculpted on the helmet, and the goggle dust cover can be fixed to the goggle strap as well. The night vision system is very delicate, but perfectly rendered. As for the MS2000, soldiers usually tape the strobe to the helmet, so I would suggest studying the reference pictures and using thin lead foil for simulating tape in scale.

The figure is armed with HK416 Assault Rifle, designed and manufactured by Heckler & Koch. The rifle uses the AR-15 platform, but includes HK-proprietary short-stroke gas piston system derived from the Heckler & Koch G36, which significantly reduces rifle malfunctions. The HK416 has been extensively tested by the US military and is in use with some law enforcement agencies and special operations units. This kit also includes Magpul PMAG 30 Magazine and three extras for the weapon: Aimpoint CompM4 red dot sight, AN/PEQ-15A Dual Beam Aiming Laser and a Grip Pod Vertical Grip Bipod. The magazine features a tiny stub which fits nicely to the weapon receiver opening, while the other weapon accessories in the kit feature indentations on their bases which fit perfectly to the weapon rail system. This way the 1/35 scale accessories can be fixed to the weapon exactly as the real things mount on a real Picatinny rail. If a modeler wants to add other accessories to the weapon, Live Resin offers a vast number of weapon goodies available separately.

Building

As with their other 1/35 figure kits, Live Resin made this one in "modular" fashion. This means every single piece of equipment is supplied separately in the kit and the modeler has the chance to customize the figure to his own preferences. For building my figure, I decided to recreate the gear setup shown on Live Resin website, with only slight modifications.

The figure is designed very intelligently; all the figure body parts feature protrusions and indentations which help in aligning the main figure pieces correctly. As for the equipment, due to the huge number of pieces the cleanup process took quite some time. After cleaning all the equipment pieces, I added two HSGI magazine pouches to the drop leg platform and started attaching equipment to the IOTV: first I positioned the MBITR pouch, added two HSGI magazine pouches next to it and fixed two pistol magazine pouches. I also attached two grenade pouches, one to each side of the IOTV. Finally, IFAK medical pouch and utility pouch were added. I also fixed the M9 holster on the figure upper chest. On the IOTV back the hydration system was attached. I did not try recreating the drinking tube at this time or attaching the bite-valve to the IOTV; these are definitely better attached after the body armor was painted. The MBITR is one of the fine points of this set and I wanted to give it attention it deserves. I removed the bit where the antenna should be attached and drilled a hole to accept the large blade antenna supplied in the kit. I also drilled another tiny hole in the MBITR jack and two identical diameter holes on Peltor PTT, which was then fixed to the IOTV upper chest, next to the holster. Those holes would accommodate thin brass wires going from the MBTR to PTT, and from PTT to the ComTac headset. I decided to left these wires off to facilitate painting the body armor. I also did not attach the microphone boom to the headset; this will be added after painting the face.

After all the gear was in place, I fixed the accessories to the weapon. The forward grip was left off and instead inserted into the left hand. I had to enlarge the opening in the fist just a bit and the forward grip was grasped tightly. I had a small mishap with inserting the weapon to the right hand of the figure. I used a too much force and snapped the pistol grip in half. Luckily, that made fitting the weapon to the hand much easier and I could fine-tune it to the hand once I attached the arms to the torso.

I finished the figure by adding the goggles and goggle cover to the helmet. I also attached the strobe light, but I didn't use tape to secure it to the helmet. Some thin lead foil should do the trick.

Conclusion

The US Army Modern Soldier (LRM-35003) is another "modular" figure kit in 1/35 scale from Live Resin. Providing all the figure parts and equipment pieces separately gives Live Resin kits a competitive edge over other 1/35 scale figure sets. By combining different figure parts, weapons and accessories the modelers can create new and original figures.

The figure is well researched, nicely cast and offers unprecedented level of details for a 1/35 scale figure. The pieces fit great and the kit builds into one of the most modern US Army Special Ops figures on the market today. Once again, a very impressive work from Live Resin!
SUMMARY
Highs: Perfect cast, great fit, loads of details... These computer-designed figures and their "modular" concept is slowly taking over the figure world. And you still did not get one of these?
Lows: No straps for the hydration unit. A seam line going along the right leg.
Verdict: Highly recommended.
Percentage Rating
95%
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: LRM-35003
  Related Link: Live Resin website
  PUBLISHED: Jan 15, 2013
  NATIONALITY: United States
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 93.37%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 93.95%

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Comments

Since I haven't seen this combat stance often, as most shooters tend to aim down the sights with shoulder supporting the buttstock is this practiced often? Any particular reasons for firing an assault rifle from "the hip" so to speak? perhaps some of our active shooting members can clarify a bit?
JAN 15, 2013 - 06:51 AM
I think you can using him for guarding a person/prisoner at a person check. One of the other both figures look like they give a hand sign to a person/prisoner that he has to sit down. So you can built a scene with a surrendering taliban for example. There a two things that I don't like at this figure: 1. Why there are no holes for cables on the communication equipment? The parts are to tiny for me to drill holes. 2. The tiny part for the camelbak. I'm afraid that it will not hold enough on the lead wire I will use for the pipe.
JAN 15, 2013 - 08:42 AM
First, I think Live Resin envisioned the cables for the comms would be glued to the parts that are sculpted on MBITR and PTT. I wanted to drill the holes and it wasn't so hard with the 0,3mm drill bit. The thing I would like is a hole in the barrel/supressor. The supressor is amazingly rendered but it took a super-steady hand to drill a hole in its center... a slight indentation in the sculpt would be nice. Just enough to guide the drill bit into the center. As for the camelback, I would definitely use the bite-valve as it look amazing. Perhaps using small diameter rubberized tube would be a better option vs lead wire? I remember Verlinden used to supply his larger scale OIF figures with something like that. Mario
JAN 15, 2013 - 11:36 AM
For barrels and other like parts, I use a brand new No. 11 as a center punch before attempting to drill them out. Same as real life. Even on a lathe, you have to punch a center of the bit will wander. If you do find yourself a bit off center you can fix it with the same blade by rotating it in the hole with the sharp edge toward the thicker side.
JAN 15, 2013 - 12:16 PM
I had a few questions, otherwise great review!! If you switch the weapon out to an M4 - would he possibly represent a non SOCOM soldier? Or is the rest of his equipment too high speed? Also, regarding the camelbak - you mentioned there are no straps for it, but does this model not molle right on to the plate carrier, or do they wear it with the carry straps looped through the neck hole and the bottom of the vest ALA USMC?
JAN 15, 2013 - 12:19 PM
I heard about the straps looped through, but I did not find any evidence of this on the figure's vest. The USGI Hydramax system does not have any MOLLE clips to attach directly to the body armor, but I just found out the system could be clipped on using D-rings on the sides of the hydration carrier! Mario
JAN 15, 2013 - 01:15 PM
So it seems like just some minor putty work will get it looking like its either looped through, or D-ringed onto the back. Any idea re: how to make this a non-SOF soldier?
JAN 15, 2013 - 01:42 PM
SOF and non-SOF soldiers look so alike these days and share the same gear, uniforms, and weapons thereabouts that it is hard to tell them apart. I don't think you really need to worry about how to make them appear different; I could be wrong. Mario_HR, you are correct that most shooters aim from the shoulder. I don't think this figure will pass as a US Marine because if so, the HK416 Infantry Assault Rifle could be used as a SAW replacement. I agree with Andreas that the stance seems to be guarding a person or general aiming in a direction for control or "show of force."
JAN 15, 2013 - 02:37 PM
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