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Black Horse Armored Cavalry Troop Army Deal (VUSAB02) Spotlight

Black Horse Armored Cavalry Troop Army Deal (VUSAB02)Contains seven plastic M113 Armored Personnel Carriers, three M551 Sheridan Tanks, one M48 Patton Tank and two Decal Sheets.

The 11th Armored Cavalry, known as the ‘Blackhorse’ Regiment, developed radical new tactics to combat an elusive and determined enemy. Conventional wisdom asserted that armour had little to no role to play in the jungles, deltas, and rough terrain of Vietnam. The Blackhorse Regiment proved conventional wisdom wrong. The regiment’s unofficial motto, ‘Find the bastards, then pile on’, embodied their tactics for a highly mobile and heavily armed combined-arms force to seek out and destroy an unconventional enemy.

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As American involvement in the Vietnam War increased, there was a need for additional combat formations. In March 1966 the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment was ordered to Vietnam. In preparation, the regiment made a series of modifications to their equipment and organization to better fight a guerrilla war. Feedback from Vietnamese Armoured Cavalry Regiments suggested that neither the jeeps nor the M114 reconnaissance carriers that Blackhorse had were much use in Vietnam. Both were replaced with the larger, more mobile and better protected M113 armoured personnel carrier (APC).
Black Horse Armored Cavalry Troop Army Deal (VUSAB02)
M113 Armored Personnel Carriers (x7)
M551 Sheridan (x3)
M48 Patton (x1)

Black Horse Armored Cavalry Troop Box Contents
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M113 Sprue (x7)
Black Horse Armored Cavalry Troop Army Deal (VUSAB02)
M551 Sheridan Tanks (x3)
Black Horse Armored Cavalry Troop Army Deal (VUSAB02)
M48 Patton Tank (x1)
Black Horse Armored Cavalry Troop Army Deal (VUSAB02)

Decal Sheets

The Black Horse Armored Cavalry Troop In ‘Nam

Assembling Black Horse Armored Cavalry Troop

Assembling the M113

Assembling the M48 Patton

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Assembling the M551 Sheridan

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M48 Patton (VUS041) Assembly Guide

Step 1. Begin assembly with the tracks.

Tip: Each track is stamped with the letter ‘R’ or ‘L’  and an arrow to indicate correct orientation.

Below: The correct alignment for the left-hand and right-hand side tracks.

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.
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Below: The left-hand side track attached to the hull.Below: The right-hand side track attached to the hull.Step 2. Attach the main gun to the front of the turret.
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Below: The main gun attached to the turret.Step 3. Next, attach the infrared searchlight to the top of the main gun.

Tip: There is a contoured section on the base of the searchlight that attached to the top of the gun.

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Step 4. Attach the loader’s hatch to the top of the turret.Step 5. Next, add the cupola MG to the top of the turret.
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Below: The cupola MG in place.Step 6. Attach the hatch to the rear of the cupola MG.Note: Later versions of the M48A3 added a ring of version blocks below the cupola MG.
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Below: The ring of vision blocks attached below the cupola MG. Tip: A loader’s hatch MG can be added to the M48A3 at a small points cost.
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Below: The .30 cal MG attached to the top of the turret for +5 per tank.Below: The .50 cal AA MG attached to the top turret for +10 points per tank.Below: With the .50 cal AA MG in place, the M48A3 is ready for painting.
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Adding Tank Commanders
Step 1. Attach the hatch at the rear of the cupola MG in an open position.Step 2. Add the tank commander figure of choice inside the open hatch.Step 3. Repeat the process if you wish to add a commander figure in the loader’s hatch.
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Below: The commander figure attached to the inside of the open hatch.Below: With the tank commander’s in place, the M48A3 is ready to hit the painting table.
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M48 Patton Spotlight (VUS041)

Includes one M48 Patton Tank with optional MG & .50 cal Cuploa MG upgrades and crew figures

The M48 Patton tank was completely modernised version of the WWII M26 Pershing heavy tank, designed to fight Soviet tanks on a nuclear battlefield. Oddly, many of the lessons of WWII had been forgotten and the M48 lacked a stabiliser and was likely to catch fire when penetrated. Its impressive anti-tank capability was of little use in Vietnam.Much more useful was the M336 canister round, popularly known as ‘beehive’, filled with 1281 steel pellets that turned the tank’s main gun into a giant shotgun. The crews often moved the commander’s machine-gun from inside the cupola to on top of it, added another for the loader.

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The M48 tanks went just about anywhere in just about any season, and their firepower proved decisive in battles like the relief of Fire Support Base Gold. There the tanks led a relief column through dense jungle and arrived, guns blazing, ‘just like the late show on TV, the US Cavalry came riding to the rescue’.

Designed by Evan Allen
Painted by Mark Hazell

 

The M48 Patton in ‘Nam

The Contents of the M48 Patton Box Set
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Description of Components
a. Tank commander figures Type A.
b.
Tank commander figures Type B.
c.
Tank commander figures Type C.
d. Tank commander figures Type D.
e. .30 cal MGs.
f.  .50 cal AA MGs
g.
 Cupola MGs.
h. Hatch sprues.
i. Searchlight / vision ring sprues.
k. M41 90mm main guns.
l. Right-hand side tracks.
m. Left-hand side tracks.
n. Resin M48A3 turrets & hulls.