Saturday, December 19, 2009
Kitbash 1/6 USMC Jarhead
"Jarhead" is the slang term used to refer to Marines (sometimes by Marines themselves). Another term is "Leatherneck". The term "Leatherneck" was derived from a leather stock once worn around the neck by both American and British Marines in the early 19th Century. Its use among enlisted men supposedly improved their military bearing and appearance by forcing the chin high. The dress blue uniform still bears that stock collar today.
Another nickname is "Teufel Hunden" meaning Devil Dogs in German. The title was assigned by German soldiers to U.S. Marines who fought in the Belleau Wood in 1918. The Marines fought with such ferocity that they were likened to "Dogs from Hell." Although unverified by the Germans, the reports were made by American media at the time.
Having looked at the 1/6 ACU (Army Combat Uniform) in an earlier post, now here's a post on a kitbash 1/6 US Marine wearing the Marine Corps Combat Utility Uniform (MCCUU), the current battledress uniform of the United States Marine Corps. It is also worn by US Navy Corpsmen and US Navy Chaplain Corps members assigned to Marine Corps units.
The MCCUU, and its distinctive camouflage pattern MARPAT (MARine PATtern) are exclusive to the Marine Corps and is available in two color schemes, woodland and desert. The Woodland and Desert digital patterns are used by the Marine Corps, replacing the U.S. Woodland pattern and the U.S. Three Color Desert pattern.
Comparing this kitbash USMC MARPAT with the one by BBI - Corporal Tony Bishop from the USMC Expeditionary Unit (more pictures HERE)
Kitback 1/6 U.S. Marine with Hot Toys USMC M249 SAW Gunner (full review HERE)
The Marine motto "Semper Fidelis" means "Always Faithful" in Latin, often appearing as "Semper Fi"