Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Dragon 1/6 Staff Sergeant, 3rd Bn, 75th Ranger Regt

This 1/6 scale 12-inch US Army Ranger Staff Sergeant "Matt" from the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment is one of the two military figures released by Dragon in 2001 depicting Josh Harnett as Staff Sergeant Matthew Eversmann, leader of Chalk 4 (Task Force Ranger) during the Battle of Mogadishu, Somalia, 3-4 Oct 1993. This was to tie-in with the movie "Black Hawk Down (2001)" by Ridley Scott. The other figure was US Army Delta Force Snatch Team Leader "Jeff" reviewed in the previous post.

US Army Ranger Staff Sergeant "Matt" came with PASGT helmet with six color Desert camouflage cloth cover, combat goggles, woodlands body armor, three color Desert Camouflage Uniform (DCU), US flag insignia, web belt with LC-2 Y harness, two M16 ammunition pouches, two M67 fragmentation grenades, two water bottles with pouches, LC-2 first aid kit, PRC-126 radio in pouch, M9 bayonet with scabbard, watch, M16A2 assault rifle, and combat boots.

Closer view of Dragon US Army Ranger Staff Sergeant "Matt", 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, a part of Task Force Ranger, an operation which involved the capture of tier one personalities of the Habr Gidr clan, headed by Somali warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid. The assault force consisted of nineteen aircraft, twelve vehicles and 160 men. During the operation, two U.S. UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters were shot down by rocket-propelled grenades, and three others were damaged. Some of the soldiers were able to evacuate wounded back to the compound, but others were trapped at the crash sites and cut off. An urban battle ensued throughout the night. Early the next morning, a combined task force was sent to rescue the trapped soldiers. [ source: wiki ]

A very good likeness of Josh Hartnett as Staff Sergeant Matt Eversmann, US Army Ranger, leader of Chalk 4. This would be the second Josh Hartnett head sculpt by Dragon. The first head sculpt resembling Josh was a Dragon 1/6 scale World War II US Army Air Force P-40 Pilot “Lt George Taylor”. In the movie "Pearl Harbor (2001)", Josh portrayed Lieutenant Danny Walker. See my post HERE for pictures.

I had covered in greater detail the "Battle of Mogadishu (1993)" as depicted in the film "Black Hawk Down (2001)" in an earlier post HERE

There's also a post on the 1/6 AH-6 Little Bird attack helicopter HERE

In a previous post, I'd reviewed Dragon's Commemorative Edition 1/6 scale 12" Gary Gordon, Sniper Team Leader Delta Force - Task Force Ranger; as well as Dragon 10th Anniversary Commemorative Edition 1/6 scale 12-inch "Danny McKnight" military figure, commanding officer of the 3rd Ranger Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment HERE.

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