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Builds 1/35th scale M42 Duster by AFV Club

Daz

LE
I think one of Vietnam war referenbce books has an amusing anecdote about the Duster. I'll have a look and see if I can find it.
 
the details inside the open turret are excellent, but so fine, and very fiddley, have to be patient and allow parts to dry and harden before going on the next stage.
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there are only three PE items in the kit, two are these sighting vanes
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metal barrels attached, now for their muzzle brakes/flash hiders
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Found the bit about the M42 Duster - it's in the Osprey book Armour of the Vietnam Wars...

It describes the M42 as a pretty rare beast - many US troops never even saw one, however the Dusters were invariably placed in positions where their firepower was needed, resulting in the crews seeing a lot of action. During enemy attacks the Dusters were priority targets for the enemy and always drew heavy fire as the enemy tried to destroy them.

Apparently Duster crews spent a lot of time on road security and convoy escort duties as well as firebase security. To ease the boredom the Duster crews frequently carried tranistor radios and cassette players on board so the crew had some music. ACcording to the author of the book Jimi Hendrix was the music of choice during firefights.

Phan Rang 1967... three Airborne soldiers who had completed their one year tour spent their last night on the base before shipping out in the morning. They had spent the last year operating in the mountains and jungle far from roads and base camps, but as experienced infantrymen they were put on perimeter guard for their last night.They were posted next to a Duster.

Airborne - "What is it?"

Duster crew - "It's a Duster, an M42"

Airborne - "You guys Armoured cav?"

Duster crew - "Naw, we're ADA"

Airborne - "AD what?"

Duster crew - "Air Defence Artillery"

Airborne - "Looks like it can really rock and roll"

Duster crew - "Want to see it mow some grass?"

Airborne - "Sure"

The Duster crew fired off four long bursts into the bush...

Airborne - "Bet it draws a lot of fire"

Duster crew - "No lie, GI"

The airborne soldiers picked up their kit and walked away to find somewhere further away from the Duster to spend their last night. :)
 
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the muzzle brakes/flash hiders are odd pieces, here they are resting on front of the hull next to the drivers hatch, shame as they hide the excellent muzzle crowns of the metal barrels, but they were on Vietnam Dusters, so on they go.
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the salt technique, real patients needed here, wet the hull with a brush and water with washing up liquid in it, sprinkle salt in the areas you want the effect to show worn, blistered, peeling paint. overspray with a different shade of Olive drab. left to dry somewhere warm, stage one.
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2nd one shows some pretty slick fellas reloading!


Nothing says "f*ck you, get some!!!!" quite like quick firing AA guns used against dismounted ground troops... :)

The M163 Vulcan 7.62 Gatling gun was trialled in Vietnam and used against ground targets. Highly effective I believe.
 
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the second stage of the salt technique, slight variation of green to the last overspray, gives a very subtle result, but it doesn't look overdone, here's the front hull escape hatch.
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the peeling paint has worked quite well at the back of the turret just above the turret ring.
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the camera focused up this close shows up some construction mistakes, hairs, real dust...
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Daz

LE
the second stage of the salt technique, slight variation of green to the last overspray, gives a very subtle result, but it doesn't look overdone, here's the front hull escape hatch.
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the peeling paint has worked quite well at the back of the turret just above the turret ring.
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the camera focused up this close shows up some construction mistakes, hairs, real dust...
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Never seen that before - probably a bit of overkill for smaller wargame models - but it looks very realistic.

Every day a school day...
 
Nothing says "f*ck you, get some!!!!" quite like quick firing AA guns used against dismounted ground troops... :)

The M163 Vulcan 7.62 Gatling gun was trialled in Vietnam and used against ground targets. Highly effective I believe.

Oops! My mistake - the M136 Vulcan was a 20mm system... :oops:

Anyway, here's a clip of it doing its thing...

 
Finished, track breaking tools fitted, spade, pick, sledge hammer, a place for everything, and everything in it's place.
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Daz

LE

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