can anyone i.d. this armoured car used by the north vietnamese which wad photographed by a SOG team. does any one make one in 1/35 scale…tamiya maybe?
Good old BTR-40 - langushing in my stash with a vain hope to replicate something like this (which is also presumably where Trumpeter got their box-art idea from):
East German Bereitsschaftpolizei)
I understand that the Trumpeter model is dimensionally wrong somewhere - I can’t remember quite where - but as the only game in town I’m happy enough; but when Dear God will I get around to building it??!!
Postscript: Not the only game in town apparently, according to Scalemates. See:
@BootsDMS @Frenchy thanks guys, i thought Tamiya might have done one but at least trumpeter does one.
Some trivia on the type- it was supposedly inspired by/based upon the White Scout Car that the Soviets had received via Lend/Lease in WWII. It was later used as the basis for the BRDM-1 family of vehicles.
At first they were open topped, later they got a roof.
There was also a command variant
Used the chassis of the ZIS-151 (factory later renamed to ZIL)
which was probably “inspired” by the US6 Studebaker.
Armoured body inspired by M3 half tracks set on chassis inspired by the US6.
no offense, but they don’t look Vietnamese to me. The guy in front actually looks fat! There were Chinese and East Germans in Laos (not far from the Ashau Valley)
Well they do originate from Mother Russia. The Viets received them from their socialist fraternal comrades.
Looking at the photo I saw two things that didn’t look exactly right. The fat guy that was also tall (VC don’t like tall people) and the back ground in the picture. Laos is a very mountainous place along the Ho Chi Mien Trail but the trees are not too far out of place. Plus the rider would have gotten out to have a good look see at the dark place on his left side. SOG folks didn’t ever play by any book of rules and often changed the rules in the middle of the game. On the other hand the NVA were not plain stupid, and wouldn’t be caught with the idea of a recon team being within a quarter mile of them. You have zero friends along the fence, and you learn this way too fast.
well the picture is in john plasters SOG book so it wouldn’t surprise me if these people were non Vietnamese advisors from another communist country.