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Old 01-22-2017, 12:50 AM   #1
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Buffalo Rangers! "Let Valor not Fail!"

All-Black, All-Rangers
well here’s a 1/6th project I recently did. It’s African american Rangers during the Korean War. The Korean war is often referred to as“ The Forgotten war”because of the lack of public attention it received both during and after the war, and in relation to the global scale of world war II, which preceded it, and the subsequent angst of the Vietnam war, which succeeded it. I decided to read up on this conflict and see if i could find a subject to do in my 1/6th kit bashing ‘world’.

I came across a book on a very fascinating unit of a segregated all-Black elite Ranger company that fought with distinction in the first 2 years of the “Forgotten War”. I had done a WW2 761st African American tanker with cupola display before, so I was keen on doing something on this all-Black Ranger company.
The 2nd Ranger Infantry company (Airborne),as I mentioned before was an African American unit at a time when the U.S. Military was slowly being integrated after years of racial segregation. President Truman’s executive Order 9981 in 1948 changed that. But the reality was that the desegregation policy was yet to come into full compliance. Segregation was still being practiced right into the Korean War. White High-Ranking Officers who did not support desegregation would funnel the colored troops into units such as the 2nd Ranger company in the first several Years of the war. But 1950s racial issues aside, the “Buffalo Rangers”, as they were Known would give a good account of themselves in the Korean conflict until their deactivation in 1951. The “Buffalo Rangers” participated in “Operation Tomahawk” on March 23rd 1951. This Operation was historic for two reasons, one, it would be the first time a Ranger unit participated in an Airborne combat jump, secondly and more importantly it would be the first combat jump for Black troops in the U.S. military. Attached to the 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team, its parent unit, it would make this historic jump in “Operation Tomahawk” into North Korean and Chinese held territory!



Let Valor Not fail! Buffalo!!

“Operation Tomahawk”
2nd Ranger Infantry Company (Airborne)
Master Sgt. assisting
P.F.C
Munsai-Ni
Korea
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here are some reference materials and book;







AND here's an Article i wrote for a UK Modelling Magazine on this very fascinating subject.
These great heroes deserve more attention-"Rangers Lead the Way!"
i made the cover, out this month.



thanks for looking amigos.
namaste
Miguel
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Old 01-22-2017, 01:21 AM   #2
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Re: Buffalo Rangers! "Let Valor not Fail!"

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Just magnificent my friend! Top to bottom ever thing is just perfect!
I didn't realize they used such small rank chevrons in Korea.

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Old 01-22-2017, 03:02 PM   #3
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What superb figures, base and presentation!
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Fantastic display
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Re: Buffalo Rangers! "Let Valor not Fail!"

Awesome work, Miguel!

Was great to see this in the Joe Report as well! Some great publicity all-around on this project!

The figures look amazing. The base is amazing. The whole thing is amazing.

Excellent work, references, and execution.

WELL DONE!

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Old 01-23-2017, 08:42 AM   #6
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Miguel

Just magnificent my friend! Top to bottom ever thing is just perfect!
I didn't realize they used such small rank chevrons in Korea.

Cya
Hankster

Thanks guys. Yes Henry they were first introduced in 1948 and were named goldenlite rank insignia..but were replaced by the original ww2 rank system once it was discovered that troops couldn't distinguish them out in the field due to their small size, so by the middle of the korean war the troops were back to the old rank insignia.

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Old 01-23-2017, 09:55 AM   #7
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Brilliant work Congrats on making the cover of MM!
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Old 02-08-2017, 06:43 PM   #8
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What an amazing work! Congratulations!

I used to read Military Modeling back in the day. This weekend I will try to get a copy of this month's issue. Your work will certainly help convince those who need to be convinced that 1/6 is a wonderful scale to create works of art.

Best, and thank you for sharing,
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Fantastic figures! Amazing detailing of uniforms and kit. The headsculpts are first rate - beautiful work! I remember a lot of broken arms, and twisted ankles from my Airborne training - the guy on the ground obviously had a tough landing - a not so "dynamite PLF" (Parachute Landing Fall). Hope he is ok!


First class work! Award winner in my view!
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