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I just got my ACE USAF Special Tactics Squadron (STS) figure the other day. The Purchase was not an easy decision after reading the various posts, I was thinking I would just get the vest and the Man MK1 nude body. Then, I needed / wanted the canteens, AWS Medical Subload, Radio, Helmet, etc. Well, you get the idea and the cost would be greater then just buying the box figure. So I said what the hell and got the whole box figure. I purchased the figure for the Spec.-Ops. Tactical Vest. However, I am glad I got the whole figure.

First let me say that the only limiting factor is the uniform. The Desert Combat Uniform (DCU) was just not working for me. And to that end, no one has made the USAF Airman Combat Uniform, which is a Digital Tiger Strip concoction very close to ACUs. So I went with the ACUs and that small change makes the ACE STS figure a very good figure to purchase. The Man MK1 figure has a wide waist line so, most 1;6th scale ACU uniforms are snug, very snug. I got the Toy Soldier ACU to fit but could not tuck in the T-Shirt and had to do a work around. When ACE comes out with their ACUs, I am thinking of switching the uniform out.

Although Mr. ACE states it is a STS figure there are about 8 Air Force Specialties Codes (AFSC) for that SOF designation under AFSOC. Since the figure is wearing the AWS Medical Subload, I went with the PJ designation. However, now I am considering the S.E.R.E. designation ([1TOX1] The Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape [SERE] Specialist) which would still lend the figure to the equipment set that was in the box (I know, new information for you guys).

I like the Man MK1 body. It is a personal thing, but I think it is cool and nicely different. It is a solid body and easy to pose in various position. It is also a well balance figure that allows for many action poses to take place without using a figure stand. I also check the USAF uniform regulation so I think I got the patches correct. Thanks for looking.











 

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Good presentation.I thought about getting the vest loose,but since it is not a completly modular vest,I decided to only get the dropdown.

And Ilike the use of the blue backdrop.
 

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I got mine the other day. I can't wait to get him set up. I just finished the ACE SFOD figure.
From what I found, the 3 color desert cammo is still used a lot both in the USAF and Army. However, since the Spec.-Ops. Vest was so new I want a newer uniform to provide a different look. I enjoy working with the figure. My first time modieling with the Man MK1 body.
 

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However, now I am considering the S.E.R.E. designation ([1TOX1] The Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape [SERE] Specialist) which would still lend the figure to the equipment set that was in the box (I know, new information for you guys).
SERE specialist/instructor is a non-combat role(there are female SERE specialists). I don't think that this figure would really lend itself to an accurate representation of a SERE specialist.

Check out this website for photos & video, etc - http://www.gosere.com/fast.html :)
 

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SERE specialist/instructor is a non-combat role(there are female SERE specialists). I don't think that this figure would really lend itself to an accurate representation of a SERE specialist.

Check out this website for photos & video, etc - http://www.gosere.com/fast.html :)
I tend to agree with Justin but I am not sure what has changed since I retired back in 2000. I worked hand in hand with our SERE rep at my last unit and I am sure if he could he'd be in the thick of things if they gave him a chance. Certainly considered by some as a pain in the neck, their job is unappreciated until what they convey is needed in a survial situation (ask any downed crew dog).
 

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I must agree with you guys on one level. The STS as a group were just coming into being under SOCOM when I was in. Hell SOCOM was just coming existence then. My SERE course was given at Bragg in the early 80s by green suiters, no blue to be found, and I have been out since 99. However, on the other hand, what got me really interested is that they require these guys to be Para, HALO, and Scuba qualified. The S-V81-A Course is also 6 months long and Para, HALO, and Scuba school is after you finish the course. A little much for just an Sky Blue instructor! They must have a secondary mission of Personnel Recovery, not really spoken to but also puts them as world wide deployable or that is what the Tech notes states for the S-V81-A Course. Personnel Recovery is a far different mission then just providing medical assistance. But Hey, I am easy! A PJ works for me.
 

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I must agree with you guys on one level. The STS as a group were just coming into being under SOCOM when I was in. Hell SOCOM was just coming existence then. My SERE course was given at Bragg in the early 80s by green suiters, no blue to be found, and I have been out since 99. However, on the other hand, what got me really interested is that they require these guys to be Para, HALO, and Scuba qualified. The S-V81-A Course is also 6 months long and Para, HALO, and Scuba school is after you finish the course. A little much for just an Sky Blue instructor! They must have a secondary mission of Personnel Recovery, not really spoken to but also puts them as world wide deployable or that is what the Tech notes states for the S-V81-A Course. Personnel Recovery is a far different mission then just providing medical assistance. But Hey, I am easy! A PJ works for me.
LOL, didn't mean to stir the preverbial hornets nest. I only added what I know having been in the AF and working close with SERE instructors within reason of OPSEC and so on.
Bottom line is your figure is cool regardless of what you decide it should be. Do you plan on placing it in a dio?
 

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LOL, didn't mean to stir the preverbial hornets nest. I only added what I know having been in the AF and working close with SERE instructors within reason of OPSEC and so on.
Bottom line is your figure is cool regardless of what you decide it should be. Do you plan on placing it in a dio?
Thanks and Hey, no problem! As I stated I have been out for ten years. So, what do I know. As for dioramas, Man, if I had the room there would be dioramas all over the place. BTW, that is the only reason I want a bigger house (LOL)! I have a Joe hobby room and I wish I could expand it. I am trying to limit them to the Joe room but, every so often one or two shows up somewhere else around the house. The Joe room is full of figures, vehicles, and small dioramas (4" X 4") and that does not include all the stuff still in boxes!
 
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