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Delta Force Fighter (Mogadishu 1993) - ICM 1:16 (16103)

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Delta Force Fighter (Mogadishu 1993)

ICM 1:16 (16103)

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ICM continue their releases of 1:16 figures that don’t fit in with their World of Guards series, is this figure is of a US Army Delta Force Fighter from Operation Gothic Serpent in 1993 which was the US Attempt to Capture faction leader Mohamed Farrah Aidid during the Somalia Civil War. This became known as the Battle for Mogadishu, or The Day Of the Rangers. These events were later to lead to the Film "Black Hawk Down". This figure represents a Delta Force Fighter from this era. 

 

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As with the other kits in this series the instructions are not very clear.  They consist of a colour drawing of the completed and painted model, with the parts numbered and arrowed. A full A4 Colour picture of the boxart is also included.  Seeing that the kit is fairly straightforward it probably won’t worry the seasoned figure builder, but it might put off the beginner. The two legs are glued together at the waist, followed by the separately moulded boot soles, and then the two part torso is glued together and attached to the legs. The separate arms, three piece head, and four piece helmet are the glued into place. A clear set of goggles is provided or the helmet. Then there is the myriad of equipment pouches attached to the chest, back and sides of the torso, while the separate shotgun is carried on the back. A CAR-15 type  assault rifle is included for the figure.

 

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The kit comes with a nicely moulded pedestal, large enough for both figures with just single option of top. Alternatively the figure can be presented on a plain flat base.

 

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Conclusion

If you’re a figure modeller then this will be a great way to pass the time. The painting, although not as difficult as some of ICM’s figures will still require a great deal patience to get right, particularly the shading, and the dog even more so. This is really nicely made though and although quite small, (you will need an optivisor to paint the finer details), and it will look really nice in the display cabinet.

 

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Unfortunately the operator has been issued with an M4 Carbine. In 1993, Delta were using model 727s, with fixed carry handles and the slimmer forend. The rifle shown also has a later model Law Enforcement stock, not the military issue version. They have probably recycled the tooling from their SWAT team figures for this.

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