Friday, August 13, 2010

1:6 Weapon Racks

Since my last post on 1:6 Kitbashing and how I organize the stuff I have for bashing, I thought perhaps I could show some 1:6 scale weapon racks I have. There are the standard wooden type weapon racks where the weapons are displayed in a standing i.e. vertical or upright position and then there are these racks that allow you to display the weapon in a horizontal position.

These were given to me by a good pal and I have no idea where they are from (although logically speaking, almost every toy comes from China) or which company made them. Came with a base with slit, a backer with holes and two pegs / hooks

The backer sits in the slot on the base and the two hooks OR pegs go into the holes of the backer in whichever position you desire, in order for the weapon to be displayed nicely. The picture below shows a Medicom Toys Steyr AUG, a 1:6 version of the Austrian bullpup 5.56mm assault rifle. This 1:6 scale Steyr AUG assault rifle with tactical light and Laser Sight came with the Medicom Cro-Magnon GEK Cobra, which was the fourth 1/6 military figure in the MSFS (Medicom Special Forces Series).

In production since 1978, the Steyr AUG is the standard small arm of the Austrian Bundesheer and various national police units. The rifle has also been adopted by the armed forces of Argentina, Australia (accepted into service in 1985 and manufactured by Australian Defence Industries in Lithgow, this Austeyr model is also in use by New Zealand), Bolivia, Ecuador (since 1988), Republic of Ireland, Luxembourg, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia (introduced in 1978), Pakistan, and (since 1988) U.S. Customs (now the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency). [source: wiki]

The M4 Carbine, without doubt one of the most recognizable assault rifle since the M16 was first adopted by the US Army in the Vietnam War in 1963.

The M14 was the standard issue U.S. rifle from 1959 to 1970 until it was replaced by the M16 rifle in 1970. And yet it refuses to retire. Although the M14 was phased out as the standard-issue rifle by 1970, M14 variants are still used by various branches of the U.S. Military as well as other armed forces, especially as a sniper rifle and as a designated marksman rifle, due to its excellent accuracy and effectiveness at long range.

The M60 was referred to as "The Pig" during the Vietnam War. Introduced in 1957, it has served with every branch of the U.S. military and still serves with other armed forces.

The M60 served in the Vietnam War as a squad automatic weapon with many U.S. units. Every soldier in the rifle squad would carry an additional 200 linked rounds of ammunition for the M60, a spare barrel, or both. It was a common sight to see the M60 and M16 side-by-side in pictures taken during the war in 'Nam.

The first Uzi submachine gun was designed by Major Uziel Gal in the late 1940s. The prototype was finished in 1950; first introduced to IDF special forces in 1954, the weapon was placed into general issue two years later. The Uzi has found use as a personal defense weapon by rear-echelon troops, officers, artillery troops and tankers, as well as a frontline weapon by elite light infantry assault forces.

I remembered most vividly watching on television news footage of Secret Service Special Agent Robert Wanko pulling an Uzi out of a briefcase and covering the rear of the presidential limousine as it sped to safety when President Ronald Reagan was shot on March 30, 1981 outside of the Washington Hilton Hotel by John Hinckley Jr.

The FAMAS (French: Fusil d'Assaut de la Manufacture d'Armes de Saint-Étienne or "Assault rifle of the Saint-Étienne weapon factory") is a bullpup-styled assault rifle designed and manufactured as the service rifle of the French military.

This 1:6 weapon rack is different from the ones shown above but the principle of sticking a peg into the holes so that the weapon can be displayed is the same. This particular version can be joined with other similar racks to form a larger wall of weapons :) 

It was part of the "World Weapon Collection" set released some time ago.

UPDATE August 19, 2010: Soldier Story Expandable 1:6 Weapons Racks!


saruman said...

supa cool!

Anonymous said...

Recently, Dragon also produces a few models of rifles in 1:4 scale.

alex teo said...

thanks for the info but 1:4 scale just isn't my cup of tea CHEERS

ethan said...

Alex, you just made my day. This is the weapon rack that I'd been looking for all this while (and i have some idea as well prior of seeing this, to make the same metal plates with holes to hold the weapon).

Was thinking of visiting some hardware stores.... see if can find anything useful to start

WL said...

Hi all..


Thanks for sharing man... Now I have an additional item to hunt for in Hong Kong.. will prob get a few of these plates and customise them into a weapons wall..

Oh.. just to sidetrack abit with another rookie question..

I realised that weapons from different manufacturers can be of slightly different sizes even though they're all supposed to be of 1/6 scale.. I was trying to make my HT Trutype figure hold an M1911 pistol from a soldier story kit but the weapon looked kinda small in the HT figure's hands..


Wow dude.. true customising spirit in using actual metal plates.. do share pics on your customised metal racks they're done.. =)



alex teo said...

Hi ethan, I'm glad I did :) great way to start on the weapon racks

hey WL, U R most welcome ;> it's been my pleasure to share my passion and spread the poison LOL

all the best on your toy hunting trip in Hong Kong

it's true what you said about 1:6 weapons. Medicom Toys have some of the smallest weapons even though they are supposed to be 1:6 because their figures are not really 1:6 scale either. on the other hand, i think some of the weapons HT produced for their military series seem BIGger than they should be and a little oversized.

WL said...

Morn Alex!

you're up early for a Saturday..

Thanx for the confirmation.. I guess we just have to collect as many weapons as we can to ensure we have a good mix when we do bashing...

Have a great Weekend!