Inspired by "Woods" recent excellent build of the same vehicle (but certainly not to the same high standard), here is Tamiya’s M14 “Walker Bulldog”, which I have built to represent a vehicle operated by the IV Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) Armour School, Thu Duc, South Vietnam 1971.
The kit was reasonably well detailed and went together fairly well. My only real disappointment was the lack of detail on the inside of the tracks (although a bit of heavy weathering has disguised this to some extent).
In 1964 the M41 light tank was selected to replace the Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) M24 Chaffe light tank, which they had inherited from the French (who originally got them from the U.S.)
The first M41A3s arrived in January 1965, equipping five ARVN squadrons by the end of the year. Apparently the M41 was an instant success with South Vietnamese armour crewmen, who found its interior to be just perfect for their stature, which had been a principal criticism by US crewmen who had been assigned to the vehicle.
Scratch built items included:
- Mantlet cover made from a piece of cloth - soaked in pva glue / water mix.
- Ancillary generator exhaust system (brass tubing & card board)
- Kit’s plastic grab handles replaced with wire
- Tow cable made from string
- Aerials made from round styrene rod
- Jerry’s, water bottle and Ammo liners were from my spares box.
It was painted with Italeri acrylics (O.D & Medium Green II) and weathered with chalk pastels and MIG pigment (‘Vietnam Red Earth’) mixed with a little bit of turps, allowed to dry and then the excess brushed off with the wife’s I mean an ‘old’ toothbrush.
Vehicle decals were from ‘Decalcomaniacs’ and .30 cal liner markings from ‘Arms Corps Models’
Dunstan, Simon. Vietnam Tracks-Armor In Battle 1945–75. 1982 edition, Osprey Publications
Various info I stumbled across on the net
Tiger wrote: Looks good, nice job all round I think.
Whats next up ???
I have another Aussie Centurion and MII3 both approximately 75% done. I also plan to do a couple of 'what-ifs' - an Aussie Leopard II and Challenger II (given they were both contenders before we settled for the Abrams).
Looks mighty fine to me! Love the tracks, tool box/tools and exhaust pipe. Awesome.
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