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M42A1 Duster Assembly

 

Step 1. Begin assembly of the M42A1 by attaching the tracks.
Tip: Ensure that the drive sprocket is towards the rear of the vehicle. Below: The left-hand side track attached to the hull. Below: The right-hand side track attached to the hull.
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Tip: When referring to left or right-hand side in regards to a Flames Of War miniature, the orientation is determined as if looking at the vehicle from the rear.
Step 2. Next, attach the sight group for the Twin M2A1 40mm Bofors gun to the gun itself. There is a notch located just behind the gun shield where the sight is designed to fit into. Below: The sight group attached to the Twin M2A1 40mm Bofors gun.
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Step 3. Once the sight group has been attached to the Twin M2A1 40mm Bofors gun, the gun is ready to be mounted inside the turret. These are two notches located in the turret where the gun is designed to attach; these can be seen in the examples below. Below: The Twin M2A1 40mm Bofors secured in the turret.
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Below: Another angle of the Twin M2A1 40mm Bofors successfully attached to the turret. Step 4. Finally, add a head from the head sprue included in the blister pack to each crew figure located inside the turret. Below: The head sprue included in the blister pack.
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Below: Both crew members complete with heads. Below: With the crew heads in place, the M42A1 Duster is fully-assembled and ready for the painting table.
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M42A1 Duster Spotlight VUS161

 

Includes one M41A1 Duster & one American head sprue.

The experience of the Korean War led US Army officials to begin the phasing out of the M24 Chaffee in favour of designs based around the more modern M41 Walker Bulldog. Included in the M24 family of vehicles was the M19 GMC. Developed towards the end of the Second World War, the M19 was armed with two of the highly effective 40mm Bofors anti-aircraft guns mounted in an open-topped turret capable of traversing 360º.

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Since the 40mm Bofors was still considered an effective anti-aircraft weapon, the turret of the M19 was simply mated with chassis of the M41 to create the M42 or Duster as it became known as by troops serving in Vietnam.

The first M42s begun arriving in Vietnam during 1966 and as it become clear that the threat of North Vietnamese air power would never materialise, the M42 was quickly put to work in a ground support role. With each gun capable of firing 120 rounds per minute, the 40mm rounds of the M2A1 Bofors proved devastating against both unarmoured ground targets and massed infantry attacks.

Designed by Tim Adcock
Painted by James Brown

The M42A1 Duster in Flames Of War Vietnam 
 
Contents of the M42A1 Duster Blister Pack
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Description of Components
a. 1x Crew head sprue.
b. 1x
Twin M2A1 40mm sight group.
c.
1x Twin M2A1 40mm gun.
d. 1x Right-hand side track.
e. 1x Left-hand side track.
f. 1x Resin M42A1 Duster turret & hull.