Why Does Nobody Make South Vietnamese?

Paracel presumably could not-they may be a private business but Vietnam is not a liberal democracy. But with all the figures MiniArt produces, you would think they would make a set, since they already make Japanese tankers But surprisingly no infantry.

This is the only one I know of. If you saw the movie you can add the dialog.

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https://www.scalemates.com/search.php?fkSECTION[]=All&q=ARVN*&fkSCALENORMALISED[]=%221:00035%22&fkGROUPS[]=%22Humans%22

H.P.

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Take a look here : https://vietnamhobby.com/index.php?route=product/search&search=ARVN

H.P.

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dragon did some plastic figures which pop up on eBay and hobbyfan do some that are for an M113, they too pop up on eBay as well.

by I agree, there really needs to be someone producing decent ARVN troops!

Will US infantry figures with Asian heads work? Or would they be too tall? :grin:
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@Biggles50 a bit to tall and a bit to ahem chunky as well

you might get away with using Coree 1/35 US military figures as they are a lot smaller in size than say Verlinden but are still listed as 1/35 scale.

Not without quite a lot of modifying. ARVN uniforms were different. They were closer to the US OG107 uniform. They had only two upper pockets on the shirt that were straight across, no cargo pockets and straight pant legs. They also used older, WWII style suspenders and gear.

ARVN 1

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It’s been a while. Still nothing?

You might want to check this one out. He’s a model maker from Vietnam and does a lot of stuff, mainly on the civilian side of the war.

Greeting from Vietnam - here come a new model branch B&L models - Vendors - KitMaker Network

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There are several companies that make South Vietnamese civilians - Paracel Miniatures, B&L Models, MAiM, Gecko Models, and Masterbox. If you are referring to ARVN figures, then the main kit is the old kit from Dragon. B&L Models has a few ARVNs as well. Bravo 6 has a few kits with South Vietnamese/Indigenous personnel along with US personnel, one being a SEAL kit, two others MACV-SOG, and now some MIKE Force kits.

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I wanted to crew an M41A3 tank, since the ARVN presumably used them the most in wartime. Like I said, Vietnam is not a liberal democracy, but I wonder what they will talk about history. China has opened up more about their past in the last few decades.

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Hobby Fan has an ARVN M113 crew that could also be used on an ARVN M41A3.

They also have grunts for the M113. Pretty much any of them could become tankers by swapping out the M1 helmeted head with one wearing a bone dome CVC helmet.



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Vietnam is actually a very open society and becoming a friend of the US since they still hate China. Vietnam sponsors US soldiers to come back and tour the country and introduces them to Vietnamese soldiers who may have been across the battlefield from them. There are apparently no ill feelings towards Americans. I had a couple LTs who went on leave to Vietnam when I was stationed in Korea and they had a blast.

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As long as we’re making wishlists, I would like to see Khmer Republic soldier figures. Bonus would be Cham in Indonesian uniforms.

Thanks. I did see those, but I wanted someone with more aggressive stances, in the middle of fighting.

Funny thing - I made two ARVN tankers last year:

1:35 Tamiya M41 Walker Bulldog by Pawel
1:35 Tamiya M41 Walker Bulldog by Pawel

It was mostly kitbashing dragon and Masterbox US uniforms and Viet Cong heads.

So yeah, would be cool to see something easier to work with. Checking out Shapeways might be the way to go.
Have a nice day
Paweł

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There is also the two Montagnard figures in the Dragon MACV SOG set for Viets in combat poses…

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good luck in finding those, they’re hard to find these days.

A bunch on eBay; at least 7 sets I see.

1/35 MACV-SOG | eBay

So, I guess the answer to the initial question and thread title is that there are plenty of ARVN (South Vietnamese) figures out there, just none you like.