Welcome To My DAM Russian
Airborne Kitbash Page
This kitbash based on the
Paratrooper figure, and on the OSW forum I found a
about the figure. This figure is one of a pair I have, this particular one I
bought unboxed from a fellow modeller for a very good price. The other is my
original boxed figure.
As usual with me I was considering major changes
to the figure, but after re-thinking it I have used it as it came from the box,
but with only small changes and additions to it.
1. 2. 3. 4.
With this figure I had a particular pose in mind
for it, so I had a look through my spares boxes and I decided to see if I could
fit a Soldier Story shouting head on the DAM body. As usual with this hobby, I found out that Soldier
Story head adapter will not fit into a DAM neck socket. Picture
1. is the original DAM head I removed.
Picture 2. is
of some of the various neck connectors that I have, including some special one's
that I have bought separately. And I was lucky that I found one of the white aftermarket
adapters, which allowed me to connect the Soldier Story head to the DAM body. Picture
3. has the adapter and the alternative Soldier Story head I wanted to use.
In Picture 4.
I now have the head on the DAM body, Picture 5.
has the inner cloth skeleton on the head, this was carefully taken out of the
helmet. So that I could fit this on the head first, and at the same time adjust
it so that it is tight on the head. The final picture on the right, has the
helmet shell then pressed onto the head to complete it.
I cannot remember who I got the white neck
adapters from, but I have found that
Shapeways make some different one's. That could be used to do the same as I
have done. I have also found a supplier for the strap webbing material that I
have here -
Webbing Strap. Plus also from the same seller, I found the 1/6 scale plastic
fastex buckles -
6. 7. 8.
As mentioned above I have already changed the
headsculpt, but for the pose I wanted I have had to also change the hands as well.
And again I had a bit of luck, as in Picture 6.
the DAM wrist connector out of the hand. And then tried to fit it to some spare
hands I had left over from a COOMODEL 1/6 Male Body Figure I bought from eBay. I
found that the COOMODEL hand had a slightly smaller hole for the wrist
connection, so I used my model knife to enlarge the hole slightly. And
eventually the DAM wrist connector ball joint fitted tightly, so I could use the
hand which then fitted into the DAM wrist socket.
The next idea I had for this figure, in Picture
7. was to add some
woollen gloves to the hands. I
bought some DiD Grey gloves and carefully fitted them to the hands, and after
seeing the reference picture. I have. I tried to repaint the gloves with some Black
acrylic paint, but all they did was just become a darker grey colour. So I have
left the gloves colour as they are, as they are near to my reference picture.
I have used the uniform and the body armour as it came with the
figure, the only alterations that I have done here is to cut the threads that
hold the pocket corners in place. So that I could open the top flaps properly,
and then in Pictures 9. &
10. I have added some folded tissue into each them to bulk them out.
Picture 11. is
of one of the knee pads, that I have sanded slightly to simulate wear. I did
this to the other one, as well as both of the elbow pads.
I then looked at the boots that the figure came
with, although they are good. I could not get them fitted tightly to the foot
and ankle, due to the fur type of padding inside the boots. Note: I have
repainted them with some Black artists acrylic paint to lose the new look. So I replaced them
in Picture 14. with another pair I had in my
spares box, I also have
re-painted them with Black artists acrylic paint, so that I can lose the new
look they had. I replaced the laces with some thinner thread, scraped the paint
off of the eyelets, scuffed the toe, plus I
also sanded the boot soles slightly to reduce the tread depth.
A small change I have added to the assault vest,
is with the addition of a centre plastic fastex buckle. Picture 15.
shows a reference picture I found, showing the middle buckle.
16. is the vest as it came with the figure, with the centre velcro
closure that I am going to have to remove. I did this by cutting off the centre
parts, but I left the sewn webbing straps on each side in place. Then to make
the replacement centre buckle, I have had to search my parts spares box for a
strip of webbing material that luckily it was the same colour as the other
Two halves of the straps were then cut to the width of each side
of the vest, and sewn onto the each of them. The right side has the fixed side
of the fastex buckle, sewn in place with the molle loops, so that I can fit a
pouch each side when I have finished. This side of the buckle has the free end
of the strap, so that I can adjust the buckle once it is on the figure. In the
picture on the right I have finished the vest, and I just have to now fit it to
Vest and Pouches
These pictures show how I have assembled the
various pouches onto the vest and belt. which also includes some extra small
pouches I bought online. And with a little bit of planning I managed to get all
of the pouches I wanted on the belt.
Belt Equipment Fitting
has the large 4 x AK74 magazine pouches in the centre, above and below these I
have put on the smaller pouches. I have also put a knife in behind one of the
AK74 pouches. The second lower pouch on the right holds the radio. This is a
radio and hand microphone I had loose, as a replacement for the one that the
figure came with.
The hand microphone is clipped to the vest, with
the cable routed between the two larger pouches. I have also painted the radio
cable with Model Color Matt medium to dull down the shine. In Picture
18. on the belt I have put the water canteen
and pouch, plus the bayonet which was re-painted with some Black artists acrylic
paint, again to lose the shine it had.
On the other side of the figure in Picture
19. I wanted to fit a
pistol, as the figure never came with one. So I bought a DAM Natalia one loose, and to be different I
the holster, with the Black artists acrylic paint. Next to that I have used a
flare pouch holder, which holds three
shows the backpack that came with the figure, I took out the padding from inside
it as it looked too square. And instead I used some tissue to get a more rounded
bulky look to it. In Picture 21. I fitted a
shovel and cover to the back pack, which is based on the reference picture on
shovel and pouch was
another that I made in the same way, as the one that I used with my other fully
loaded Russian paratrooper.
With this figure this is the first chance that I have had, to show that the
Shovel cover can be used for two purposes. Because in Picture
22. I have the same type of pouch cover, being
used for both the water bottle as well as the shovel.
The main weapon for this figure is the AK-74M
assault rifle, used as it came with the figure. But with the addition of the
PSO-1 optical sniper sight from the
figure. I also wanted to add a silencer to the rifle, so I
bought one loose from the
SuperMC Alpha figure.
After taking the flash hider off the DAM rifle,
and trying the silencer for size. I found in Picture 22.
that the hole for the barrel end is too small, to do a straight connection. So I
have had to enlarge it slightly with my model knife, so that it would be a tight
fit onto the DAM rifle.
In Picture 23.
I have fitted the silencer, and then I used some liquid poly glue to help hold
it in place. Making sure as it dried, that the silencer is straight on the
24. shows the PSO-1 optical sniper
sight fitted to the rifle.
The photo on the right, shows the Hobby Nuts
RPG-26 rocket launcher that I bought. Some very good images of a real launcher
are here -
RPG-26. These helped me to make an adjustable sling, as the model comes with
one, but I found that it lacks some detail. I have also given the launcher a
drybrush with some Tamiya Green and Gunmetal weathering powders, which has
helped to reduce some of the shine on the Green paint.
This is the figure after I have given it a
drybrush of some Tamiya Light Sand weathering powder, which has helped to bring
out the highlights of the uniform and pouches. The bottom edge of the jacket,
pocket flaps, trouser leg bottoms, cuffs and the pouch opening straps. Were all
given a light brush over with some Tamiya Mud weathering powder to simulate
dirt. I also gave the rifle a drybrush
with some Tamiya Black and Gunmetal powders.