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M113 A1 ACAV 4/12 CAV Vietnam
Playmate

Until Vietnam, the US Army's doctrine had been that infantry units should dismount before assaulting an enemy position. However, as the ARVN discovered, this meant that when facing the massive amounts of firepower that the NLF or VPA could bring to bear during a firefight, the infantry was exposed to needless casualties, as well as losing the momentum of the attack. Indeed it was the ARVN which pioneered the use of mounted tactics from APC's when they first deployed the M113 in 1962. They were also the first to discover the need for increased firepower on the vehicle by mounting an extra .30 Cal. MMG beside the commander, fired by an exposed prone soldier lying on the roof of the vehicle. Perhaps more importantly, they also discovered the vulnerability of the exposed track commander when manning the pintle mounted .50 Cal. HMG during the battle of Ap Bac where 14 out of 17 commanders became casualties.
The US Cavalry units, perhaps smarting under the loss of their beloved tanks, took to the idea and improved upon it by creating the ACAV. They added armour around the commander and a gun shield for the .50 Cal., provided two extra M60 GPMG's each athwart the roof hatch (protected by shields) and installed an M79 Grenadier inside the troop compartment, firing through the roof hatch to provide close support. The result was a vehicle which was able to go where tanks weren't, by virtue of its lighter weight and ground pressure, packed considerable firepower and was agile and reasonably well armoured. The result, when coupled with the aggressive leadership and tactics of the US Cavalry's commanders was highly effective by all accounts.

Project summary

Subject:
US Military US Army (1784-now)
4/12 Cavalry, 5 Inf. Div. Red Diamond A15 (PLAYMATE) | Vietnam VN | FS34087
Scale:1:35
Status:Ideas

Project inventory

Full kits
1:35 US Vietnam Signs (ETA Diorama Accessories 426)
 
US Vietnam Signs
ETA Diorama Accessories 1:35
426
2018 | New tool
+
1:35 M113A1 ACAV (AFV Club AF35113)
 
M113A1 ACAV
AFV Club 1:35
AF35113
2017 | New tool
+
Detail and Conversion sets
1:35 US Rucksack and bags (PlusModel 191)
Vietnam
US Rucksack and bags
PlusModel 1:35
191
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1:35 M113A1 stowage & personal gear Vietnam #1 (MR Modellbau MR-35619)
for AFV Club
M113A1 stowage & personal gear Vietnam #1
MR Modellbau 1:35
MR-35619
+
1:35 AN/VRC-12 Radios set (Mike's MS Productions MSP35-045)
 
AN/VRC-12 Radios set
Mike's MS Productions 1:35
MSP35-045
+
1:35 M113A1 ACAV dashboard & seatbelts STEEL (Eduard 36378)
 
M113A1 ACAV dashboard & seatbelts STEEL AFV CLUB
Eduard 1:35
36378
2018 | New tool
+
1:35 M113A1 ACAV (Eduard 36377)
 
M113A1 ACAV AFV CLUB
Eduard 1:35
36377
2018 | New tool
+
1:35 M16A2 (Trumpeter 00502)
 
M16A2
Trumpeter 1:35
00502
+
Decals
1:35 4/12 CAV M551s & M113s in Vietnam (Echelon Fine Details D356262)
 
4/12 CAV M551s & M113s in Vietnam
Echelon Fine Details 1:35
D356262
2019 | New tool
Multi topic
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1:35 Decals Various Vehicles (Mec Models DE-VD02)
 
Decals Various Vehicles
Mec Models 1:35
DE-VD02
2009 | New tool
Multi topic
+
Masks
1:35 M-113 wheel mask (Eduard XT073)
 
M-113 wheel mask for Academy
Eduard 1:35
XT073
2003 | New tool
+
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Colors

I plan to use following colors in this project.

Satin
Acrylic
 
H78 Olive Drab (2)
Gunze Aqueous
10ml
 
+
Matt
Acrylic
 
XF-62 Olive Drab
Tamiya Paints
10ml
 
+
Matt
Acrylic Lacquer
 
RC078 APC Interior Green FS 24533
Real Colors
10ml
 
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