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Airmobile Air Cavalry Troop Army Deal (VUSAB01) Spotlight

Airmobile Air Cavalry Troop (VUSAB01)Contains two plastic AH-1 Hueycobras, two plastic UH-1 Slicks, two plastic OH-6A Loachs, three M60 MG teams with M72 LAW and three decal sheets.

The ‘Skysoldiers’ of the 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) proved the concept of an entirely airmobile division to be not only feasible, but also highly effective against elusive guerilla forces in Operations All the Way and Silver Bayonet. Their unparalleled mobility allowed them to locate and engage the Vietnamese B3 Front in a series of battles in the Pleiku area of the Western Highlands culminating in the Battle of Ia Drang.

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Airmobile Air Cavalry Troop (VUSAB01)
AH-1 Hueycobra Helicopter (plastic) (x2)
Airmobile Air Cavalry Troop (VUSAB01)
Airmobile Air Cavalry Troop (VUSAB01)
Airmobile Air Cavalry Troop (VUSAB01)
Airmobile Air Cavalry Troop (VUSAB01)
OH-6 Loach Helicopter (plastic) (x2)
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UH-1 Slick Helicopter (plastic) (x2)
Airmobile Air Cavalry Troop (VUSAB01)
Airmobile Air Cavalry Troop (VUSAB01)
Airmobile Air Cavalry Troop (VUSAB01)
Airmobile Air Cavalry Troop (VUSAB01)
M60 MG Team With M72 LAW (x3)
Airmobile Air Cavalry Troop (VUSAB01)

Decal Sheets
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Airmobile Air Cavalry Troop (VUSAB01)

The Airmobile Air Cavalry Troop In ‘Nam
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The Airmobile Air Cavalry Troop In ‘Nam
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ASPB (Assault Support Patrol Boat) Assembly

ASPB (VUSBX15)Assembling the ASPB
Follow this guide to correctly assemble your ASPB. For metal and resin models like this one, we recommend you use cyanoacrylate ‘Super Glue’.GF9 Super Glue is available in the online store…
Contact the customer service team at [email protected] if you have any issues with any of the components.
The contents for the ASPB Box Set
Step 1. Begin assembly by glueing the guns to the turrets. Make sure they are facing the correct way.Step 2. Glue the gunner to the 81mm mortar.
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Below. Gunner glued correctly.Step 3. Glue the radar dome into the hole in front of the boat’s pilot house.
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Step 4. Add all the pieces you’ve just assembled into their respective places as seen below.
ASPB (VUSBX15)
And you’re done! Happy modelling.
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Assault Support Patrol Boat (VUSBX15) Spotlight

 

ASPB (Assault Support Patrol Boat) (VUSBX15)Includes one Assault Support Patrol Boat boat.

The Assault Support Patrol Boats (ASPB) were known as Alpha boats, owing to the A-designation on their hull numbers. They were the only boat in the MRF purpose built for the riverine mission.

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The Alpha boat entered service in September 1967 and became known as the Brown Water Navy’s “destroyer”. It was lighter and faster than the Monitor, the MRF’s “river battleship”, but it still packed quite a punch, with two .50-calibre heavy machine guns, 20mm cannon and multipurpose 81mm mortar for indirect fire. Each river division could rely on eight ASPBs to lead patrols upriver.

Designed by Evan Allen
Painted by Aaron Mathie

ASPB (Assault Support Patrol Boat) (VUSBX15)
The Assault Support Patrol BoatASPB

Length:

50’ 1” (15m)
Beam:15’ 2” (4.6m)
Draft:3’ 6” (1m)
Displacement:58,500lb (26.5 tonnes)
Speed:16 knots (30km/h)
Crew:6
The Assault Support Patrol Boat in ‘Nam
ASPB (Assault Support Patrol Boat) (VUSBX15)
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US Monitor Boat Assembly

 

Monitor (VUSBX13)Assembling the Monitor

Follow this guide to correctly assemble your Monitor. For metal and resin models like this one, we recommend you use cyanoacrylate ‘Super Glue’.GF9 Super Glue is available in the online store…
Contact the customer service team at [email protected] if you have any issues with any of the components.
The contents for the Monitor Box Set
Monitor (VUSBX13)
Step 1. Add the bow to the hull (you don’t have to use glue for this part).Step 2.Glue the pilot’s deck to the hull.Below. Hull assembled correctly.
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Step 3. Glue the guns into their turrets as shown below. (Make sure you don’t glue the 40mm gun into the 20mm gun turrets).Step 4. Glue the hatch cover to each of the the Zippo Flamethrowers.
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Step 5. Next place the Flamethrower onto the gun mount (Ensure you do not glue this part so you can rotate the guns in game.)Step 6. Glue the gunner to the 81mm mortar.
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For your 20mm turrets you have the option of choosing the M2 .50cal turret or the 40mm Grenade turret.The Monitor has three different variants. The CCB Monitor, Zippo Monitor and the Monitor with MK 2 81mm mortar. Look below to see the placement for each variant.
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Monitor (VUSBX13)Monitor (VUSBX13)
Happy Modelling!
Monitor (VUSBX13)
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PBR (Patrol Boat, River x2) Assembly

 

Step 1. Begin assembly of the Patrol Boat by gluing the radar dome into the hole in front of the boat’s pilot house.
PBR (Patrol Boat, Riverine x2) (VUSBX12)PBR (Patrol Boat, Riverine x2) (VUSBX12)
Tip: We recommend that you use good quality Super Glue to assemble resin and metal vehicles.
Step 2. Add the Twin M2 .50cal gun to the front deck turret.The front deck turret goes in the hole shown below. Do not glue it into place, so it can rotate to face toward its target.
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Step 3. Next, add the upright armored shields in the slots located in the back of the boat. Make sure the rounded corners face upwards.
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Step 4. Begin assembly of the rear deck turret by adding the M2 .50cal to the gunner. Make sure the pin that holds the gun into place on the boat faces downwards.
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Step 5. Once the bond has cured, place the gunner into the notch that holds the gun as shown below.
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The fully assembled PBR

PBR (Patrol Boat, Riverine x2) (VUSBX12)
I hope you found this article helpful while assembling your PBR. Happy modelling!

~ George.

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Patrol Boat (VUSBX12) Spotlight

 

PBR (Patrol Boat, Riverine x2) (VUSBX12)The Patrol Boat, River or PBR, was a small rigid-hulled patrol boat that was the mainstay of Operation Game Warden. PBRs did not usually operate with the Mobile Riverine Force; their mission was to interdict illicit waterway traffic and provide intelligence to the navy. Occasionally, this mission would overlap with the Mobile Riverine Force’s mission and the two would cooperate.

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The PBR was usually manned by a 4-man crew. Typically, a First Class Petty Officer served as boat captain, with a gunner’s mate, an engineman and a seaman on board. Each crewman was cross-trained in each other’s job in case one became unable to carry out his duties. Generally, PBRs operated in pairs under the command of a patrol officer, who rode on one of the boats.

Designed by Evan Allen
Painted by Aaron Mathie

PBR (Patrol Boat, Riverine x2) (VUSBX12)

The PBR (Patrol Boat, River) Mk IIPBR

Length:

31’ 11” (9.8m)
Beam:11’ 7” (3.5m)
Draft:2’ (60cm)
Displacement:16000lb (7.25tonnes)
Speed:28 knots (52km/h)
Crew:4

The PBR in ‘Nam

 
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With a shallow-draught fibreglass hull and water jet drive, the PBR could operate in the shallow, weed-choked rivers of the Mekong Delta. The dual 180hp pump-jet drives, which could be pivoted to reverse direction, made the boat extremely fast and nimble. PBRs did not have much in the way of armour protection – just some shielding for the .50-cal machine guns and upright steel armour plates in the midships. Instead, the boats were designed to rely on acceleration and maneuverability to get out of trouble.
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PBR (Patrol Boat, Riverine x2) (VUSBX12)PBR (Patrol Boat, Riverine x2) (VUSBX12)

Contents of the PBR box

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PBR (Patrol Boat, Riverine x2) (VUSBX12)
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M114 155mm Firebase Assembly Guide

 

155mm Field Artillery Battery (VUSBX10)The M114A1 155mm Howitzer Crew
Description of Components

a. 2x Standing figures bending over.
b. 2x Standing figures with hands on hips.
c. 2x Loader figures holding shell.
d. 2x Standing figures covering ears.
e. 2x Standing figures with arm raised.
Assembling The M114A1 155mm Howitzer Crew
Simply arrange one of each figure type around each of the M114A1 155mm howitzer to taste. The M114A1 155mm howitzer and crew a modelled on the large six-hole bases provided in the box set.
155mm Field Artillery Battery (VUSBX10)
Description of Components
a. 4x Gun trail wheels.
b. 2x Gun shields / carriages.
c.
 2x Gun carriage stabilisers.
d. 2x Gun barrels.
e. 2x Gun trail legs.
f. 2x Gun trail spades.
155mm Field Artillery Battery (VUSBX10)The Bases
Description of Components
3x Large six-hole bases.
Assembling The M114A1 155mm Howitzer
Step 1. Begin assembly of the M114A1 155mm howitzer by attaching the spades to the end of the gun trail legs.Below: Both spades attached to the gun trail legs.Step 2. Next, attach the gun carriage wheels to the sides of the gun shield / carriage.
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Below: Both gun carriage wheels successfully attached to the gun shield / carriage.Step 3. Next, its time to attach the gun trail legs. The back of the gun shield has been keyed to accept the gun trail legs.Below: Attaching the gun trail leg to the back of the gun shield.
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Below: Both gun trail legs successfully attached to the back of the gun shield.Step 4. Next, attach the gun carriage stabiliser to the underside of the gun shield.
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Below: The attached gun carriage stabiliser on the underside of the gun shield.Step 5. Finally, attach the gun barrel to the gun carriage.
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Below: The gun barrel attaches to the gun carriage just behind the recuperator cylinder. Below: With the gun barrel in place the M114A1 155mm howitzer is ready to be painted.
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105mm Field Artillery Battery Assemby

 

Description of Components
105mm Field Artillery Battery (VUSBX09)The M101A1 105mm Howitzer Crew
Description of Components

a. 2x Standing figures bending over.
b. 2x Loader figures holding shell.
c. 2x Loader figuers discarding spent shell case.
d. 2x Standing figures with arm raised.
e. 2x Standing figures with hands on hips.
Assembling The M101A1 105mm Howitzer Crew
Simply arrange one of each figure type around each of the M101A1 105mm howitzer to taste. The M101A1 105mm howitzer and crew a modelled on the large six-hole bases provided in the box set.
The M101A1 105mm Howitzer
Description of Components

a. 3x Gun trails.
b. 6x Gun trail wheels.
c. 3x Gun shields
d. 3x Gun barrels.
105mm Field Artillery Battery (VUSBX09)
105mm Field Artillery Battery (VUSBX09)The Bases
Description of Components
2x Large six-hole bases.
Assembling The M101A1 105mm Howitzer
Step 1. Begin assembly by attaching the wheels to the gun trail.Below: The back of the gun shield has a tab that is keyed to the front of the gun trail.
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Below: The front of the gun trail has been keyed to accept the gun shield.Step 2. Attach the gun shield to the front of the gun trail.Below: The gun trail has been keyed on either to accept the gun barrel.
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Below: The gun barrel has been keyed to match the gun trail. Step 3. Finally, attach the gun barrel to the gun trail at the desired level of elevation.Below: With the gun barrel in place, the M101A1 105mm howitzer is ready tohit the painting table.
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M101 105mm Firebase (VUSBX09) Spotlight

 

includes one Gun section with three M101A1 105mm howitzers with crew & three Large six-hole bases.

The M2A1 105mm howitzer was the mainstay of the United States artillery units during World War Two. First entering production in 1941, it quickly gained a reputation for its high degree of accuracy and exceptional firepower.

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Despite being developed during the 1920s, the gun didn’t enter go production due to the surplus number of World War One vintage 75mm field guns that were still in service. The project was put on hold till the United States entered World War Two in 1941. Designated as the 105mm howitzer M1, further refinements were made during the course of the war with various designations. However, in 1962 the designation system for artillery changed and the 105mm M2A1 howitzer became known as the M101A1. The change in designation didn’t detract from its performance in any way during the course of the conflict in Vietnam.

While the M101A1 howitzer has been retired by the United States military; it continues to see service with many armed forces spanning the globe.

Gun designed by Karl Cederman
Figures designed by Evan Allen
Painted by Mark Hazell

The M101A1 105mm Howitzers
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The M101A1 105mm Howitzer in Flames Of War Vietnam
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M109 (155mm) and M108 (105mm) Assembly

 

Step 1. Begin assembly of the M109 (155mm) 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 recoil spades to the back of the resin hull of the M109 (155mm).Below: The left-hand side recoil spade in place.Below: Both recoil spades correctly attached to the rear of the M109.
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Below: Tim has created a magnet well in the turret and the guns to make for an easy barrel swap. Below: The magnet wells in the back of the gun barrels.
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Below: The magnets attached to the gun barrels.Below: The 155mm gun barrel attached to the turret.Below: The 105mm gun barrel attached to the turret.
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Below: An optional step is to drill out the muzzle brake of the 155mm gun.Tip: A 2mm drill bit is perfect for drilling out the muzzle brake of the 155mm gun barrel.Below: Carefully drill through the first baffle of the muzzle brake.
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Below: Drill through the second baffle of the muzzle brake.Below: The completed drilled out muzzle brake of the 155mm. Step 3. Next, attach the commander’s hatch to the top of the turret.
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Step 4. Attach the .50 cal AA MG to the mounting arm on the commander’s hatch.Below: With the .50 cal AA MG in place, the M109 (155mm) is ready for painting.
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Adding A Tank Commander
Step 1. Replace the close hatch with the open commander’s hatch.Step 2. Attach a tank commander figure.Step 3. Attach the .50 cal AA MG.Below: The fully-assembled M109 (155mm) complete with tank commander.
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