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Posted: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 05:10 PM UTC


Gareth McGorman reviews a 1/35th figure set of NYPD Emergency Service Unit Officers.

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HeavyArty
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Posted: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 09:00 PM UTC
These Dragon Elite Police/SWAT sets are pretty nice. I have seen quite a few very nice dios with them using modern and older military vehicles (as many SWAT do) or with 1/32 emergency vehicles, cars, trucks, etc. They are very useful if you use your imagination.

Some great examples:







Dragon also did a 1/35 LA Sheriff's Office MD500 helicopter with pilot and sniper.

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Posted: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 10:17 PM UTC
Wow, those look great, Gino!

With Live-Resin, one can update the DML LAPD and NYPD figures. It won't be cheap, but one can add new torsos, pouches, helmets, and weapons either from their parts sets or by salvaging an entire Live-Resin figure.
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Posted: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 11:04 PM UTC
None of those are mine, I just found them on the net. I did use some of their police/SWAT figures for a room raid shadow box style scene, but don't have any pics of it and it is currently in storage.

As to updating them, you wouldn't have to spend a bunch of money on Live-Resin sets as most SWAT don't have the very latest stuff. Some of the older Dragon IBA torsos and new weapons would do the job nicely.
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Posted: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 11:45 PM UTC
I have this set and have a dio I've been working on for a while now. The figures are very good for the time they were released and probably would even make it to todays standard for mold injection sets. The weapons are real nice and the inclusion of the 6 volt battery is cool. I really should just finish it up and get some pic's here to show what a dio builder can do with them. Mine is a hostage stand off in a under ground parking area/freight delivery area. I still would like to p/u the L.A. P.D. set to complement this one.
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Posted: Thursday, March 09, 2017 - 02:49 AM UTC
The L.A.P.D. set was recently re-released and should be available.
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Posted: Thursday, March 09, 2017 - 02:57 AM UTC
The BLAST MODELS 1/35 PMCs Number 2 would probably be a better match for today's modern S.W.A.T. teams.

https://www.perthmilitarymodelling.com/newkitnews/blast_model.html
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Posted: Thursday, March 09, 2017 - 03:04 AM UTC
The lack of any "bad Bubba" type figures has always been a problem with these sets. It's not really that hard to modify military or some civilian figures into bad guys or gals. Use a little Milliput fine grain to modernize the clothing and modify the parts so the figures so the'll "assume the position".
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Posted: Thursday, March 09, 2017 - 11:31 AM UTC

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As to updating them, you wouldn't have to spend a bunch of money on Live-Resin sets as most SWAT don't have the very latest stuff. Some of the older Dragon IBA torsos and new weapons would do the job nicely.



Ummm, not quite correct. Most of your urban SWAT/HRT teams now use state of the art equipment as does the FBI. Usually the smaller the department, the better and more up to date the gear as they don't have to buy as much. But, like anything else the most important piece of equipment is what's protected under the helmet.

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Posted: Thursday, March 09, 2017 - 11:46 AM UTC
BTW, this is me.



MACTAC (Multiple-Assault Counter Terrorism Action Capability) at the Riviera Hotel and Casino after she closed. LVMPD SWAT, FBI SWAT, NHP SWAT, Nevada Capitol Police SWAT, North Town and Henderson SWAT as well as us, the Nevada Gaming Control Board's Enforcement Division.

LV Fire and Rescue, Clark County Fire and Rescue plus all the local ambulances also participated. Good times.

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Posted: Monday, July 31, 2017 - 02:23 PM UTC
Is someone knowing where to get the CHP decals saw on the Mustang and Humvee vehicle on the above diorama? Thanks in advance.
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Posted: Tuesday, August 01, 2017 - 04:17 AM UTC

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The lack of any "bad Bubba" type figures has always been a problem with these sets.


As for "Bad Bubbas", there's this set of Trumpeter African "Freedom" Fighters. http://www.armorama.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=SquawkBox&file=index&req=viewtopic&topic_id=255670&page=1 Maybe change the heads to more appropriate ones.