The Good Lord knows when I’ll ever get this done, but I’m sure some of you can relate to having a sudden enthusiasm and wanting to get the kits and research some answers…
I’m looking at making a diorama centered on the Tamiya 1/35 1980’s “Modern” U.S. Army infantry. In spite of many advancements over the years, I believe those kits hold up really well. The idea is an infantry engagement in either CENTAG with the 4th Infantry Division or in NORTHAG with 5th Infantry Division. The timeframe would be around 1983 - 1986. If I go with the 5th, I might include an M-113. My goal is to portray a hot war during the transition period when M-16A1’s were still in service and the Army hadn’t completely switched over all of its gear vice flak vests and steel pots and kevlar.
This would be an engagement between American mech warriors and “typical” dismounted Soviet Motor Rifle troops.
My knowledge of Soviet gear is a bit superficial. My understanding is that at this period, the Soviet infantry would still be wearing the Obr. 69 uniforms as the Afghanka was not yet general issue. They would likewise still be wearing the jackboots. Is this correct?
If so, what is the best color range for the Obr. 69? I know photo colors can be unreliable, but I am seeing distinct colors. The first being a dark brown olive and the second being an ochre khaki that is similar to the Afghanka. Which is best? Or is it both?
Soviet infantry models in this period are a bit hard to find, and in good poses for combat. The first are the Dragon kits. The only one showing “action” poses is the Naval Infantry kit. Were the Naval Infantry uniforms styled and cut the same as the Obr. 69, but only in black?
Tank Model has good Soviet infantry from the 1968 Prague uprising, but they’re wearing the old WWII style tunics. Is is possible those uniforms could still be found alongside the Obr. 69 in the 1980’s, particularly among the Category B or C units?
My only other options would be Afghanistan specific kits in which the soldiers are wearing the Afghanka with various soft caps and lace-up boots or sneakers. The other DML kits feature the Afghanka, but they are mostly static poses. I’m generally loathe to use the DML kits unless I need the weapons or the bodies as the accessories are junk.
Thanks for looking and I appreciate the input!