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Deyun Hobbies 120mm "U.S.A.F. Pararescue"

Discussion in 'Reviews , Video Reviews and Open Book' started by Ong, Feb 12, 2007.

  1. Ong Active Member



    In 2002-2003, Deyun Hobbies in Singapore commissioned Mr. Maciek Rebkowski, “Airborne Miniatures” owner and sculptor, to sculpt a couple of modern U.S. 120mm soldiers exclusively for Deyun Hobbies to sell. (This was before “Operation Iraqi Freedom” commenced). Deyun Hobbies bought the rights, molds, masters, and the permission to sell these figures under its own name and box. Therefore, Deyun Hobbies’s 120mm figures are original kits using the original molds, not recasts or stolen property. This “120mm U.S.A.F. Pararescue Jumper (PJ)” kit is one of the commissioned works from Mr. Rebkowski exclusively for Deyun Hobbies.


    The United States Air Force Pararescue (or better know as USAF “Pee Jays”) had its concept created in World War Two when in August 1943, a colonel along with two medical personnel volunteered to be paradropped into the remote jungles of Burma to find 21 airmen forced to bail out of a disabled C-46. Since then, going by the motto of “That Others May Live,” PJs have aided in rescuing both military and civilians in both dangerous and remote areas. PJs are highly trained in mountaineering, emergency medical techniques, parachuting, diving/swimming, navigation, and combat. The main difference between PJs and other medics in both the conventional and Special Forces is that PJs may often find themselves operating alone in hostile terrain without any team, leader, or support. Some say that to be a USAF PJ means going through the toughest training the U.S. military ever has to offer.


    As of this writing (January 2007), Deyun Hobbies’s “120mm U.S.A.F. PJ” is the only 120mm modern U.S. figure of its type. In conversations with Maciek back in 2002, he decided to do a USAF PJ “cautiously advancing towards the downed pilot with his pistol drawn [for better situational awareness].” As such, this PJ represents a “daytime rescue mission” more than a combat, medical, night infiltration, or search mission and the pose and light gear represent this. One can try to use different 120mm arms and accessories to kitbash this PJ to represent another role.

    My review sample came in a nice fancy color-printed box with photos of the built and painted figure. A frontal flap opens to show color photos of the PJ taken at different angles. The box contains parts to assemble one figure. No base or instructions are included.

    Opening the box reveals two clear plastic Ziploc bags containing the kit’s parts surrounded by Styrofoam popcorn. The larger bag holds the parts for the figure:

    · Left arm
    · Right arm
    · Torso with molded-on LBV harness, four vest ammo pouches, and two hand grenade pouches
    · Two ALICE canteens
    · Two ALICE M-16 ammo pouches for the web belt
    · Right and left legs molded together with molded-on thigh holster strap and kneepads
    · Right and left hands clutching a M9 9mm Beretta pistol
    · Head with molded on Gentex helmet, chinstrap, and sun visor
    · Left boot
    · Right boot
    · Small buttpack

    The figure is pretty “beefy” all around and looks proportional (the size compares to Tamiya’s 1/16 Modern U.S. Army Infantryman (Desert Uniform)). The parts are exceptionally cast in white resin. My ALICE canteens came in tan resin, but still look crisp and flawless. All the details are remarkably crisp, right down to the stitches for the LBV. I overlaid the M4’s magazine over the vest ammo pouches; the pouches are large enough to contain the magazine inside.

    The pour blocks on the arms and legs are pretty considerable. Fortunately for the gear, most of the blocks are placed at the bottom in what appears to be easy straight cuts. The torso block was already cut off mine. The figure leans forward at the waist; hence the pour block for the legs is angled downward at the waist. Having had experience using a razor saw in cutting such a tricky angle on an Airborne Miniatures figure, I recommend cutting a major chunk off the block and then using rough waterproof sandpaper to wet-sand the block down to the actual piece. Sometimes sanding the entire block off is unnecessary since I found that the pieces fit better with some block remnants still attached.

    The pour blocks on the arms are also tricky to cut off because they are angled outward from the arms’ inner glue surfaces. It’ll be hard to use a razor saw or Dremel to make a straight cut. Again, I recommend cutting away most of the block without cutting into the piece, and then using sandpaper to remove the block down to the actual piece. The shoulder patch insignia is prominent on both arms and cast well.

    The ALICE M-16 web belt ammo pouches are wide enough to fit the M-16 magazine. They have droopy side grenade pouches, indicating that no grenades are housed in them. In total, I estimate that this PJ carries 330-450 5.56mm rounds, 32 9mm rounds, and two hand grenades, enough to fight his way in and out or most rescue situations.

    The boots, hands, and arms do not glue into any sockets, just flat surfaces. Therefore, pinning may be required to ensure that these parts do not snap off. I testfitted the boots to the legs’ glue surfaces and found minimal to no gaps. A few swipes of sandpaper should make for a perfect fit. The neck fits into a socket in the torso. The small buttpack fits snug against the contours of the back BDU shirt.

    The gloved hands clutch the M9 Beretta well; the pistol looks great. I saw no flash or resin blobs between the fingers and around the pistol being held. However, care must be taken to saw off the pour blocks since the block for the left hand goes a bit into the palm so delicate sanding may be required to remove that block from the curved contours of the palm.


    The smaller clear plastic bag contains the M4 and the smaller gear:

    · Walkie-talkie radio
    · Boom microphone (earpiece)
    · Boom microphone (talking piece)
    · M4 Receiver
    · M4 barrel handgrips (no Rail Interface System)
    · M4 buttstock
    · M4 barrel with front iron sight and flash suppressor
    · Empty cloth holster with one molded-on 9mm magazine pouch
    · Flashlight with molded-on strap
    · D-Ring
    · Metal fastener for D-Ring

    Following “Airborne Miniatures” M4 design, Deyun Hobbies’s M4 comes in pieces. Gluing the M4 together can get tricky just lining up the parts because the M4 has bulges on both sides; you just can’t lie it flat on the table and glue the pieces together because the M4 won’t really lie flat; it’s not flat on either side. The best thing to do is to assemble the M4 vertically, resting on its ammo clip to ensure that the glued parts do not start to lean to one side due to gravity. Since the weapon is separate, one can leave it off or use another 120mm weapon in its place.

    True to form, Maciek sculpted everything he could to complete the image of a realistic PJ. The plastic bag also contains a two-part boom microphone (join both parts to create the angle of the boom mike) attached to the helmet, encased in resin flash. One needs to cut away the flash to free the rods and the microphone and then glue the two pieces together.

    A D-ring encased in flash is provided for the metal carbineer for fast-roping and emergency Special Procedure Insertion Extraction System (SPIES) technique where hooking the metal fastener to a thick rope can make for a fast lifting escape by helicopter. The flash seems thin enough to remove with a sharp hobby knife. The metal rope fastener slips onto the D-Ring and dangles free, a nice touch to add some delicate 3-D detail.

    A rod (looks like a mini flashlight) is also included and the box photo shows this attached to the right shoulder of the LBV harness. I’m not entirely sure what this is; it does look like a mini flashlight.

    A large cloth thigh holster is included with one magazine pouch on the front. The pistol’s butt is correctly missing from the holster.

    The box art shows a coiled wire from the walkie-talkie leading to the helmet microphone and a M4 weapons sling. My review sample didn’t come with the wire or sling although I do know Airborne Miniatures’s kits often come with a rubber strap for the sling and copper wire. The box doesn’t have a clear photo of the figure’s back so it’s hard to see where on the radio and helmet the coiled wire attaches to. A photo with this review will show where the wire is attached.

    Having been sculpted in 2002-2003, Deyun Hobbies’s U.S.A.F. PJ isn’t the most modern incarnation of the U.S.A.F. PJs today. It is “the only game in town,” and a very good one too. At the time, Maciek was breaking new ground and sculpting most of the 120mm modern U.S. gear and accessories from scratch. One may wish to update this figure with Airborne Miniatures’s more modern and accessorized M4A1 carbines with scope, infra-red designator, and Rail Interface System, Verlinden’s smoke grenades and GPS receiver, a knife, and a red angle-head flashlight. Using another kit’s arms, one may be able to convert this figure into holding a rifle or carbine. Nonetheless, this PJ will still represent a modern U.S.A.F. Pararescueman for many years to come. I highly recommend it, but due to the tricky angles of the pour blocks, the M4 carbine coming in separate pieces, and the many small parts surrounded by flash, I recommend this figure for experienced resin figure builders.

    My thanks go to Deyun Hobbies.


    Pushies, Fred J. US Air Force SPECIAL OPS. MBI Publishing Company, China; C 2000.

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  2. Rob Brown Member

    I went to the website but it is a little hard to get any useful information from. It appears they have 6 figures but could only see pictures of 3 or 4. Also no contact info. They say made in USA but sounds like an Asian company. Anyone have any additional info. Looks like Maciek of Airborne sculpted several of the other figures as well.
  3. Ong Active Member


    Email address: deyun_hobby@yahoo.com

    120001 to 120005 were sculpted by Maciek around 2002-2003. That's the 10th Mountain figures to the USAF PJ.

    The figures are actually cast and packaged by an American studio, but I don't know where your package will come from if you order. The Sniper and 120007 are sculpted by someone else. The figures cost $40 USD each.

    I too agree that the USAF PJ looks more realistic than the sniper.
  4. Rob Brown Member

  5. Ong Active Member

    Maciek's USMC Force Recon

    Hey Rob,

    Yes, that figure was also sculpted by Maciek in 2002, and everything (molds, master, and copyright) sold to Deyun that year.

    My Tripod site has died. Here are the graphics in my Photobucket site. I don't believe Maciek painted it.

    DS120001 depicts a USMC Recon soldier in the opening phases of Operation Enduring Freedom circa 2001-2002. Notice the two options for the right arm---either holding the rifle butt or hanging limp. Maciek sculpted this one.

    I have the kit as a sample to review. I'll probably write the inbox and post it sometime next week.

    My sample came with the plaster base as seen in the photo.


    http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h233/cenebar/Review Photos/ds120001-v.jpg


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    http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h233/cenebar/Review Photos/ds120001_back.jpg

    And just for kicks... :)

  6. Rob Brown Member

    Sweet, thanks for posting those Pete. Did you buy those from Deyon and their website? I really want that kit. Like I said before, i fell in love with it when you posted it on Missing Lynx over 4 years ago.

    Those Tripod links still work for me to see the original.

    Also, I coulnd't open your last link

  7. Ong Active Member

    No, I got my Deyun samples from a website that Deyun contacted to review their kits.

    As such, I've no idea how Deyun's mail service is. Deyun is in fact a hobby store in a mall in Singapore. They have some more 120mm OIF resin figures being sculpted, but none of them will be from Maciek.

    Maciek told me in 2006 that he has stopped working for commission and all his future figures will be from Airborne Miniatures once he gets out of the (mandatory) Polish military service. Communications with Maciek have been pretty non-existent since he entered service last year.

    I've a few figure kits I bought from Maciek/Airborne Miniatures and BLAST long ago that I should review...

    A sidenote, I've been spending a lot of time sci-fi kitbashing, hence you haven't seen me contribute to the military side. Furthermore, I'm hoping to write some non-military reviews, which will be a first for me (or a long time coming since the last one I did was the ALIENS APC many years ago).
  8. Rob Brown Member

    Thanks Pete. I might have to try to order the first kit. I would look forward to an inbox review of that kit if you have the time. I really wasn't impressed with the sniper. It just looked wrong, too skinny or something, can't put my finger on it.
  9. Dan Morton A Fixture

    Since Kenneth Whatt lives in Singapore, possibly he knows something about Denyun. It's a long shot, but...anyways I'll ask him.

    All the best,
  10. yeo_64 Active Member

    Hey guys !
    Well, I just got off the phone with the owner of Deyun and here's the " skinny " on the company. It's a newly registered Singaporean company and the owner is Mr. Ng Yinn Ching. Their webpage is currently still undergoing some " tweaking " hence the lack of info thereof. Their range consists of 7 figures, the remainder of which will be uploaded once the Chinese New Year holidays are over. For locals, the kits are only available at either " M Workshop " or " The Time-Machine ". Foreign modellers can obtain the kits from their on-line web store. According to Mr. Ng, the company has already received several overseas orders. To all intents and purposes, this looks like a legit new player to the modelling market. HTH, my friends. Cheers !
    Kenneth ;).
  11. Dan Morton A Fixture

    Thanks Kenneth!

    All the best,
  12. Rob Brown Member

    thanks for the info Kenneth

    I emailed the owner and heard back from him. I am considering ordering one figure from them. Haven't done it yet. If anyone else has, would appreciate hearing from them. THe payment option is paypal so there is some protection there.
  13. sd0324 PlanetFigure Supporter

    I can personally vouch for Ng as being a reputable businessman,I have ordered from him before and have had great service. He has sent me one of all his kits for me to paint and get on the forum,but time has not been plentiful lately (New job and relocation do not permit much spare time lately) but if you like modern figures,these are nice ones,I am currently working on the P.J. but not getting a lot of painting in lately and half the battle with these figures is in the clean up and assembly,very time consuming,especially the weapons.
  14. Ong Active Member

    I see that Deyun Hobby has lowered its prices on all 120mm figure offerings. $33.50 USD is the list price.

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