In-Box Review
1/72 Iraq War special set 1 - US troop equipment

by: Pawel Krupowicz [ VODNIK ]

The set from Czech manufacturer contains a lot of resin parts, which should be very useful for small scale modelers building OIF vehicles. In the small cardboard box we get a single resealable plastic bag with all resin parts inside. On the box lid is a label with picture of painted contents of the set. There are no painting instructions provided and mentioned picture is not clear enough to be of any help.

In the set we get 20 MOLLE packs in five varieties (different layout of attached sleeping mats, canteens etc.), six duffel bags, 24 "Fritz' helmets (each with straps inside and goggles), 12 plastic type water cans and 12 M16 A2 or A3 type rifles.

There is some flash on parts, but not much. Parts are almost bubble-free and have very well sculpted and crisply cast details. Resin casting blocks should be easy to remove from most parts - only helmets will require very careful cutting to safely separate them from resin blocks. Only serious problem with resin parts in the set I received was with the rifles - half of them had barrels broken off. Some only lost the muzzle, but three lost complete barrels with barrel grip. Actually all barrel parts were still in the bag, so reattaching them should be possible, but this suggests that Goffy should improve their packaging methods to better protect fragile resin parts during transport.

All parts in the set seem to be quite accurate, considering their small size. Only M16 rifles seem to be slightly out of proportion, being correct length, but too high. Rifles have some devices attached on the barrel grip and on upper hand grip - possibly an optical sight and laser marker. All MOLLE packs have nice details molded on front and back side with ultra thin carrying strips molded on.

Goffy set is very well sculpted and almost flawlessly cast. The only problem with my set was the transport damage some parts have suffered. This should however be fixable with little effort. I recommend this set to all small scale modelers building models of US vehicles from Operation Iraqi Freedom, but also from Afghanistan, Kosovo or any other current theater of operation.

Many thanks to Petr Zatrepalek of Goffy Model for the review sample!

Goffy Model products are available from Modelimex Online Shop. For other sources, contact Goffy Model at [email protected].
Percentage Rating
  Scale: 1:72
  Mfg. ID: 7237
  Suggested Retail:  8.00
  Related Link: Goffy Model website
  PUBLISHED: Nov 24, 2004
  NATIONALITY: United States

About Pawel Krupowicz (Vodnik)

As first lines of this bio appear under all my reviews, I feel it is important that I start with this information: In March 2005 I ventured into the other side of modeling "industry" - I was not only building model kits, but also helping design them as a consultant for Dragon Models Ltd.. These days...

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    Contents of the set.
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    Note broken off barrel of M16 rifle.