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The RPD - Ruchnoy Pulemyot Degtyaryova, is a light gas-operated long-stroke piston system machinegun developed in the Soviet Union by Vasily Degtyaryov for the 7.62x39mm M43 intermediate cartridge. It was created as a replacement for the DP machine gun chambered for the 7.62x54mmR round. It is a precursor of most squad automatic weapons. It was succeeded in Soviet service by the RPK. The weapon fires from an open bolt. After the introduction of the Kalashnikov-pattern support weapons, such as the RPK and PK machine guns in the 1960ies, the RPD was withdrawn from most first-tier units of the former Warsaw Pact. However, the RPD remains in active service in many African and Asian nations. Apart from the former Soviet Union, the weapon was manufactured in China (as the Type 56 LMG), Egypt, North Korea (Type 62) and, since 1956 in Poland.
This kit contains all necessary parts for assembling THREE machinegun miniatures at 1/16 scale, to be used with same scale figures. The miniatures are also available as x1, as x3 and as x5 multipack options. Any extra diorama accessories are not included and should be purchased separately.