Platz 1/12 Realistic Rifles #2

A new release from Platz in 1/12 for both anime and 1/12 figures. You get 6 rifles in total, 2 each of:

  • M4A1
  • Howa 89
  • Dragunov SVD with PSO-1 sight

The M4 carbine is a shorter and lighter variant of the M16A2 assault rifle. The M4 is a 5.56×45mm NATO, air-cooled, direct impingement gas-operated, magazine-fed carbine. It has a 14.5 in (370 mm) barrel and a telescoping stock. The M4 carbine is heavily used by the United States Armed Forces and is replacing the M16 rifle in most United States Army and United States Marine Corps combat units as the primary infantry weapon. The M4 is also capable of mounting the M203 grenade launcher. The distinctive step in its barrel is for mounting the M203 with the standard hardware. The M4A1 is capable of firing in semi-auto and full automatic (like the M16A1 and M16A3).

The Howa Type 89 Assault Rifle is a Japanese assault rifle used by the Japan Self-Defense Forces. One of the most advantageous features of the Type 89 rifle over the Type 64 was the ability to ease the load on the individual soldier in relation to the amount of ammunition that he could carry. Also, due to the use of aluminum and thermoset plastic as opposed to the steel and wood construction of the Type 64 rifle, the speed with which a soldier could react to a threat was increased. The fixed stock version of the rifle contains a storage space covered by a rubberized cap that may be accessed by pulling the cap away from the body for the rifle and rotating it in either direction. Although the typical issue model is equipped with a fixed stock, a small number of the steel tubing folding stock version were produced for AFV crews and paratroopers

The Dragunov sniper rifle  (SVD-63), is a semi-automatic sniper/designated marksman rifle chambered in 7.62×54mmR and developed in the Soviet Union. The Dragunov was designed as a squad support weapon since, according to Soviet and Soviet-derived military doctrines, the long-range engagement ability was lost to ordinary troops when submachine guns and assault rifles (which are optimized for close-range and medium-range, rapid-fire combat) were adopted. It was selected as the winner of a contest that included three competing designs. Extensive field testing of the rifles conducted in a wide range of environmental conditions resulted in Dragunov’s proposal being accepted into service in 1963. An initial pre-production batch consisting of 200 rifles was assembled for evaluation purposes, and from 1964 serial production was carried out by Izhmash. Since then, the Dragunov has become the standard squad support weapon of several countries, including those of the former Warsaw Pact. Licensed production of the rifle was established in China (Type 79 and Type 85) and Iran (as a direct copy of the Chinese Type 79).

The 4 sprues are nicely detailed and each rifle is made of 4 to 6 pieces. With the Howa 89 you get the option of having the forward stand folded or deployed and there are 2 butts to choose from. Paints are called out in Mr. Color and Testors. These will be nice simple builds and will look nice when completed. Sprue attachment points are small and the ejector pins are located in out the way places. If you have 1/12 figures, these will be a nice addition.

Many thanks to Platz for the review kit.

Paul Tosney – Editor
ModelBuilder International

Paul Tosney

Paul has been with Model Builder International since almost the beginning. He started building models as a boy, and took a hiatus, but started building again a few years ago. He builds pretty much anything, but mostly WW2, with a smattering of modern and the occasional SciFi model.


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