Monday, June 12, 2017

Local firm marks 50 years National Service with a series of miniature figurines of Singapore soldiers

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He had a collection of 150 military figurines but none of Singapore soldiers. So Caleb Lin, a military buff, decided to produce his own miniature Singapore soldiers which he also sells online.

Miniature Stories comprises 18 designs of SAF soldiers in three categories - parade, assault infantry section and the standard obstacle course. Each hand- painted metal figurine is 6cm tall. The parade series consist of SAR 21 rifle-trotting soldiers wearing different berets and feature three races - Chinese, Malay and Indian while the assault series captures a section of seven soldiers in camouflage get-up, using weapons such as a Matador anti-armour weapon system. Besides third-generation soldier figurines, there is also a first-generation one in the classic Temasek Green uniform that was worn in the 1960s and 1970s, and a second- generation soldier armed with an M16 rifle. The first-generation one was introduced in April to coincide with NS50, a year-long celebration to commemorate 50 years of national service this year.

FIRST-GENERATION SOLDIER - Baby boomers who did their national service in the 1960s and 1970s would have donned the Temasek Green uniform, held a self-loading rifle and strapped on a skeletal battle order (SBO) - a belt consisting of ammunition pouches, a water bottle, toggle rope and bayonet.

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SECOND-GENERATION SOLDIER - A second-generation soldier wears the classic Woodland Camouflage pattern uniform that was used from the 1980s to the early 2000s. Armed with an M16 rifle, he is in a standing-hip firing position, which has been adopted as the symbol for open mobilisation exercises that flashes on television screens. He is also wearing an SBO that is equipped with a toggle rope, comms cord holder, L-Torch and whistle pouch.

M203 GUNNER - Taking cover behind a tree trunk, a third-generation soldier, wearing the pixellated "digital camouflage" uniform that was introduced in 2008, prepares to fire with a SAR 21 rifle that is attached to an M203 grenade launcher. In full camouflage get-up, he is also wearing a load-bearing vest that is strapped on with ammunition pouches and a water bottle. He has on a pair of goggles and knee guards.

MATADOR GUNNER - Adopting a firing position, another third-generation soldier has a Matador anti-armour weapon system perched on his shoulders as he prepares to shoot an enemy vehicle. In full camouflage get-up, he also has a SAR 21 rifle slung across his shoulders and wears a load-bearing vest with ammunition pouches.

SOC LOW ROPE - A third-generation soldier is on the verge of conquering the low-rope station in the Standard Obstacle Course. To hoist himself up, he needs to use his right leg to loop the rope over his left leg and pull upwards until he taps on the metal bar. He is also carrying a SAR 21 rifle and wearing a load-bearing vest with ammunition pouches.

Related posts:
Geared for Battle with the Terrex posted on my toy blog HERE
Wanna ride in a Terrex Infantry Carrier Vehicle (ICV)? - posted HERE
New Obstacle Course for the SAF - post HERE
SAF tests new Himars (High Mobility Artillery Rocket System) - pics HERE

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