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    US Advisor in Vietnam

    Here is my latest. This was a quick kitbash.

    Brief history:

    During the period from 1955 through 1960, the U.S. had between 750 and 1,500 military advisors assisting the Diem government to establish an effective army, organized as the Military Assistance and Advisory Group (MAAG), Vietnam. By 1960 MAAGV was training more than fifty ARVN (Army of the Republic of Vietnam) Ranger units. At almost the same time, from 1954 to 1959, the Navy Section of MAAGV, worked to develop a viable navy for South Vietnam. Lt. General Samuel T. Williams served almost five years (1955-1960) as chief of MAAG, based in Saigon.
    By December of 1961, 3,200 U.S. military personnel were in Vietnam as advisors. Military assistance was reorganized as the United States Military Assistance Command, Vietnam (MACV), formed under the command of General Paul D. Harkins in February 1962. MACV was there to support the Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) to defend the country. MACV included Army Special Forces (Green Beret) instructors and CIA personnel organizing the Montagnards in the mountains.
    By 1963, U.S. military advisors in Vietnam had grown to 16,000.
    from Olive-drab.com

    The figure and uniform are by SOTW. I swapped out the head for a Dragon head that had been repainted. The Beret is from Toy Soldier, the gear is from Dragon, 21st century, and SOTW. The Carbine has been repainted.
    Everything was given a light weathering. The uniform started out a bright yellow.
    I decided to go with the green beret because it looked better than the boonie hat that came with the set.
    Wip.

    Finished:




    Fran

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    Re: US Advisor in Vietnam

    I like your bash!
    Very good to see some "duck hunter" camo around.


    It is very sad, that none of the high quality companies (e.g. Solider Story, HT, etc.) tried to produce an uniform in this camo.

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    Re: US Advisor in Vietnam

    Great Job Sir =) what kind of beret is that? is it TS? thank you

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    Re: US Advisor in Vietnam

    Guten Tag Count I agree, It's a shame.

    Red Baron- It is the TS beret. It's not Sir it's Ma'am, but it is a common mistake.
    I had on orders once to attend a school and they had me billited in the men's barracks. We got it straightened out

    Fran

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    Re: US Advisor in Vietnam

    Looking good

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    Re: US Advisor in Vietnam

    Very nice.

    The HS fits the bill perfectly, he looks like someone you'd want to listen to.

    CHEERS!

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    Re: US Advisor in Vietnam

    Fine job, the bush hat you mention requires a great deal of work, if it's the one I've seen. Pics of the period show the berets being worn in the field.
    I agree whole-heartedly with count-orlock, these early advisors are great subjects. The SOTW sets were/are often overlooked although they provide very good material for bashes like this.

    A friend who served with the Montagnards as a member of the Special Forces, regarded that time as a "good war".
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    What you do
    When it counts---The Masao
    - Ryan Bonaminio lived his life this way -

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    Re: US Advisor in Vietnam

    Nice work on this.
    "Take off those civilian shirts - we're not goin' to Hawaii today!" SSgt Quinlan, USMC Quantico, Virginia, 1989

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    Re: US Advisor in Vietnam

    Quote Originally Posted by count-orlok View Post
    It is very sad, that none of the high quality companies (e.g. Solider Story, HT, etc.) tried to produce an uniform in this camo.
    I agree.
    But as usual, if one company produce it, the others will follow immediatly. So, a little patience and we'll have more than we need :-)...

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    Re: US Advisor in Vietnam

    the work on the SOTW carbine really stands out. You did a great job repainting it and fixin up this figure.

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    Re: US Advisor in Vietnam

    Nice! Great combo of duckhunter camo, HS and beret. Saw a picture of an "advisor" on a boat in this camo with a 3 prong m16.
    "Live life as a poem, not as a sentence"

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    Re: US Advisor in Vietnam

    looks fine :-D I like Duckhunter camo.

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    Re: US Advisor in Vietnam

    Thanks Guys.

    Fran

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    Re: US Advisor in Vietnam

    This is a great looking set. Love those WWII left overs for Nam look.

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