ANA Soldier with RPG | Armorama™

Hobby Fan has a new 1/35 scale resin figure.

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Unexpected and strange news especially considering the last months events in Afghanistan. I can’t imagine buying this ANA “soldier”.

I don’t mind. I was a “Company Commander” of an ANA company for a time. I had a Colonel and three Lieutenants under me. But this uniform is for a later time. To model 2002 -2003 and possibly later they had BDU’s, black US boots, old Soviet helmets, and a weird mix of gear - I remember they had former NVA backpacks in the raindrop pattern. Many of the donated AKM’s were Romanian with the extra grip.

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Very interesting fig there and even more interesting about the uniforms and gear they wore early on 18B. May have to convert a figure based on your description one of these days.

I can send you photos.

Yeah sure that would be cool

Wonder if this figure can be used as a Ukrainian ?

I don’t know what kind of helmet it is but there was a figure announcement from Arkebuza Model Arts. It was not released, the brand has stopped his activity just before.

A message posted in 2017 on their Facebook page says they will come back in business, but in 2022, they’re still not there.

I said I’d send some photos but I haven’t have time to doig through boxes of old print photos. Here’s one I had on Imgur though:

I taught Soviet mortars to them, even though my only experience with mortars had been 20 years prior to that with US mortars, and even then only a short familiarization at the SF Weapons course.

Wow cool pic. Is that a Soviet mortar? And it looks like a round has been dropped in on its way down the tube.

It’s a sticker. Not fun. It involved unscrewing the base cap and knocking the round out with a wooden dowel from the inside. A lot of the rounds we fired were recovered from elsewhere. We trained our guys to check for debris but sometimes a small piece of plastic would wedge the round in there really tight.

And at anytime during the process it could drop and be fired?

It was wedged in too tightly. But I did have a guy on the muzzle end waiting for it to come after after it was knocked free. And remember the primer on the bottom is sill live. I had to to knock the bottom of the round on the fins, not in the center.

That wasn’t too bad - I feel like I must have known what I was doing. What was worse is when a round dropped all the way to the bottom of the tube and misfired. On some days that was as many as 25% of all rounds we fired. We’d have to disconnect the tube from the base plate (after feeling it for heat, but that was kind of a waste of time as the tube was already hot from shooting) and raise the ass end of the tube up until the round slid out. A guy on the end would be there to catch it with the meaty portions of his palms. That way if the round did go off it would fly through his hands and not amputate them. We did have one fire that way - we had just started lifting the tube. but, like with any weapon malfunction we had kept it pointed down range.
At any rate, the primers looked like shotgun shells with paper bodies. At first we’d put the dud rounds in the dud pit and blow them every day with C-4. We’d take the fuzes off as they were hard to come by. At some point I realized we were wasting an awful lot of mortar rounds, so I started prying the primers out of the back so we could re-fire the round. Sometimes the primers were so swollen from moisture or whatever that they’d come apart as I was removing them.
I’ve got a cool video of one of our misfires. Next time I go through my old videos I’ll find it and post it. My terp clearly did not enjoy being around when it happened.

As promised:

Wow that’s crazy having to tip the barrel and get the round to slide out. Guess there’s no other way ?