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  • #16
    Any other comments?

    (Hey, I'm an officer now!)
    "Do you like your new weapon? It's wonderful...Try it on yourselves, not others. I told you, this tank reacts to impulses of fear. Try not to think of danger. The machine can read your thoughts..."

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    • #17
      I'm hoping to get a T-55 kit, and paint it like the one from this film.
      "Do you like your new weapon? It's wonderful...Try it on yourselves, not others. I told you, this tank reacts to impulses of fear. Try not to think of danger. The machine can read your thoughts..."

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      • #18
        The only worthy film Kevin Reynolds has made ...
        And I agree, one of the best (anti) war films around.
        Side note : The Russians don't have any stupid accent and the Afghans speak native language, this make the film all the more interesting.
        ... A must see.

        By the way, good luck with your T-55 kit.

        Best Regards,
        raum_Schiff.

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        • #19
          IF I get a kit...
          "Do you like your new weapon? It's wonderful...Try it on yourselves, not others. I told you, this tank reacts to impulses of fear. Try not to think of danger. The machine can read your thoughts..."

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          • #20
            Originally posted by piero1971 View Post
            indeed, MM.

            a movie that should have been watched by the US leadership BEFORE going into wars in central asia. no one can come out of there alive or sane.
            Oh the British Empire did okay, I think.

            Best and Warm Regards
            Adrian Wainer

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            • #21
              Originally posted by cougar1 View Post
              I'm hoping to get a T-55 kit, and paint it like the one from this film.
              Well if you are doing a model of the tank which appeared in the film fine, if you are trying to model a tank which was actually used by the Soviets in Afghanistan I would not go by the film tank, since it is a Tank supplied to the Arab military which the Israelis have captured and modified.

              Best and Warm Regards
              Adrian Wainer

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              • #22
                I did get a T-55. I'll get to it when finished with the Tiger.
                "Do you like your new weapon? It's wonderful...Try it on yourselves, not others. I told you, this tank reacts to impulses of fear. Try not to think of danger. The machine can read your thoughts..."

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                • #23
                  The Beast is another fine film advised by Warriors, Inc.

                  Originally posted by Boonierat View Post

                  Yep, its one of the best.
                  Of course it is. Captain Dale Dye did the advising and training...

                  "The Beast" - Thoughts on Production

                  The project required us to train a five-man crew - four Soviets from the Guards Armored Division and one Afghan Army officer - in the basics of tank operation and armored warfare. We did extensive research on the technical and operational details of the Soviet T-55 Main Battle Tank and worked on an operational mock-up in the U.S. before proceeding to Israel where the film was to be shot. My Cadre NCO on this project was Sgt. Mark Ebenhoch, a Marine Reservist we recruited on an earlier film.

                  Having obtained two T-55s captured by the IDF during the fighting with Egypt, we proceeded to a remote area of the Sinai Desert bordering the Dead Sea and set up a base camp. While we waited for our two vehicles - named Boris and Natasha - to be delivered by flat-bed trucks, we trained our Soviet armor crew in basic infantry weapons including the Makarov pistol, AK-47 assault rifle and the RPD machinegun. We also worked on polar navigation techniques and desert survival. As the script speculated that the Soviets had employed chemical weapons in Afghanistan, we also spent some long, hot hours training in standard issue Soviet Army gas masks.

                  When the tanks arrived at our site in the Sinai, we began working in earnest on crew drills, emergency procedures, rough terrain driving and tank gunnery. In about four days, our crew could mount the vehicle after being alerted from a dead sleep, crank it up and be rolling to a selected map coordinate in under five minutes. They could also conduct emergency bail-out drills and clear a disabled vehicle in under ten seconds. We worked to retrieve wounded men in the field by driving over the casualty and pulling him up through the tank's emergency hatch in the floor of the turret.

                  At the end of the tank training schedule, our crew moved into shooting scenes and we began to work with the actors playing Afghan mujahideen. They were armed with a variety of ancient and modern weapons from flintlocks to Dragunov sniper rifles but we put everything on the firing line and set up a rotating circuit so they all got enough familiarity to fire anything that came to hand during filming. They had no specific tactics, so that part of training was ignored. The most difficult aspect was teaching them to load and fire an RPG-7 anti-tank rocket launcher.
                  "This life..., you know, "the life." Youíre not gonna get any medals, kid. This is not a hero business; you donít shoot people from a mile a way. You gotta stand right next to them... blow their heads off."

                  BoRG

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