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Wolfpak Decals 1/35 Vietnam
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Posted: Monday, September 17, 2012 - 04:40 AM UTC
Gino "HeavyArty" Quintiliani takes a first look at Wolfpack''s new decal sheets for Vietnam-era gun-trucks and other vehicles.

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If you have comments or questions please post them here.

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Posted: Monday, September 17, 2012 - 07:49 AM UTC
Gino,
Thanks for the review, these look very nice for us Nam modelers and they cover a few unusual vehicles which is great to see.
I'll have to see where I can get these sets in the UK.
Cheers
David
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Posted: Monday, September 17, 2012 - 02:25 PM UTC
Thanks for the heads up and review Gino. I've seen/have photos of some of some of the actual vehicles depicted. Guess I'll have to do a little more research for some of the others.

Let us know when you try them out, I'd love to hear how they are too apply.
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Posted: Monday, September 17, 2012 - 02:40 PM UTC
The unknown unit for the M577 is possibly 2/35 Artillery.... At least according this photo's caption:
M577
Removed by original poster on 09/18/12 - 05:19:45 (GMT).
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Posted: Monday, September 17, 2012 - 05:20 PM UTC
Thanks Gino for this review; This products looks very nice, some more other gun trucks markings were suitable ( King Cobra, Snoopy...)

For the Wild thing I ownly have pics from the M54 gun truck (pic below). James lyles is speacking about M37 and M35 Wild Thing, but have no ref pics.

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Posted: Monday, September 17, 2012 - 05:39 PM UTC
**Thanks Sherb. Good update.



After some digging, I have found what the bumper numbers could be for the M577, assuming it is from 2-35 FA. If it is, it would be something like the following:

Left Side

IIFFV 2F35

Stands for 2nd Field Force Vietnam, 2nd Bn, 35th Field Artillery

Right Side

A 10

A Battery, Vehicle 10, an FDC (Fire Direction Center)


**Pascal - I believe there were a few versions of "Wild Thing", one being an M35A1. It was common for crews to keep the same vehicle names as they switched trucks as some were damaged or destroyed in combat.
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Posted: Monday, September 17, 2012 - 06:01 PM UTC

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Thanks Gino for this review; This products looks very nice, some more other gun trucks markings were suitable ( King Cobra, Snoopy...)

For the Wild thing I ownly have pics from the M54 gun truck (pic below). James lyles is speacking about M37 and M35 Wild Thing, but have no ref pics.




Sorry Pascal, but this is no 100% correct info. Acording to Hard Ride part 1.:
Wild Thing (2-1/2 ton, 5 ton & 10ton) (B Co. 815th Eng)
Driver: Dough Rumpf
Gunners: Thomas Pirung, Philip D. McMillin, Joseph E. Aman

Also many thanks to Don Logan for prepare this nice decals.
http://millcreekconsultants.com/WP35-01.html
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Posted: Monday, September 17, 2012 - 06:13 PM UTC
In the James Lyles Have gun will travel book (the latest) , James is speacking about Wild Thing :
-M37 later Malfunction and Daughter of Darkness (8GP 124 Bn 523TC 200)
-M35 box (D Co 815th Eng)
-M54 (35 Eng GP, D Co, 815th Eng

The M54 truck had short rear box (coming directly from the M35)and then longer box

Here pic from the M35 truck :

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Sorry Pascal, but this is no 100% correct info. Acording to Hard Ride part 1.:
Wild Thing (2-1/2 ton, 5 ton & 10ton) (B Co. 815th Eng)
Driver: Dough Rumpf
Gunners: Thomas Pirung, Philip D. McMillin, Joseph E. Aman



Hi Milo, you are correct but James have corrected this in his latest book : Have Gun Will travel (may 2012)
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Posted: Monday, September 17, 2012 - 06:27 PM UTC

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Gino,
Thanks for the review, these look very nice for us Nam modelers and they cover a few unusual vehicles which is great to see.
I'll have to see where I can get these sets in the UK.
Cheers
David



Here is link:
http://millcreekconsultants.com/WP35-01.html
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Posted: Monday, September 17, 2012 - 06:28 PM UTC

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Sorry Pascal, but this is no 100% correct info. Acording to Hard Ride part 1.:
Wild Thing (2-1/2 ton, 5 ton & 10ton) (B Co. 815th Eng)
Driver: Dough Rumpf
Gunners: Thomas Pirung, Philip D. McMillin, Joseph E. Aman



Hi Milo, you are correct but James have corrected this in his latest book : Have Gun Will travel (may 2012)



Thanks in nice photo.
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Posted: Tuesday, September 18, 2012 - 09:16 AM UTC

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Gino,
Thanks for the review, these look very nice for us Nam modelers and they cover a few unusual vehicles which is great to see.
I'll have to see where I can get these sets in the UK.
Cheers
David



Here is link:
http://millcreekconsultants.com/WP35-01.html


Thanks for the link Milo.
David
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Posted: Thursday, December 27, 2012 - 06:46 PM UTC
I just found this picture of Wild Thing while surfing the internet. I am wondering who took this picture because I am the one on the box eating the C-rats. I have never seen this picture before. Do you know where and when it was taken?
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Posted: Thursday, December 27, 2012 - 07:01 PM UTC
Hi Joe
Welcome on board. I send you a PM.
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Posted: Friday, January 04, 2013 - 03:28 AM UTC
Yup Joe that's you---- The Wild Thing D.co 815th Engineers was first on a 2 1/2 T . 1969 . In 1970 the gun box was switched to a 5 ton. At this time it had 1 m-60 and two M2 .50. In about Feb 1971 the Box was extended. Not with the double wall construction but with single wall 1/2" steel plate. Minigun was added again and a 2nd M-60 ( Duel m-60's ) was added. -- Tom Pruitt (WIA) was on the Wild Thing after I left in Nov.1971--He crewed with Joe. --Phil McMillan served on the Guntruck "Bounty Hunter-- B. co 815th Engineers. --- Also the was a 3/4 Ton Guntruck named Wild Thing that was with the 523rd Trans. Never heard of a 10T Guntruck Wild Thing. --- The 5 ton Cargo truck that the gun box was put on was stolen ( Borrowed ) from a stockyard in Cam Rahn Bay by a CW4 and brought back to Camp Dillard QL 20 and became the 5 ton Wild Thing. ----- Web
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Posted: Friday, January 04, 2013 - 03:45 AM UTC
Joe and Web - Great info on "Wild Thing". Thanks for your service and commitment as well. Its always great to hear from the guys who rode these beasts.
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Posted: Saturday, January 05, 2013 - 10:31 PM UTC
Many thanks for the informations on Wild Thing.
Here 2 gun trucks that I'am finishing with decals from the Wolfpack decal sheet/

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Posted: Saturday, January 05, 2013 - 11:42 PM UTC

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Many thanks for the informations on Wild Thing.
Here 2 gun trucks that I'am finishing with decals from the Wolfpack decal sheet/




Very nice build
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Posted: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 - 09:01 AM UTC
Gino, do the decals for Hell Kat have the "grafitti" right under the drivers hatch on the front? I can see something is there in Squadron's M48 in Vietnam but can't make it out. The product description just mentions the turret grafitti and a few tactical markings. I was wondering if the markings are complete.
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Posted: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 08:45 AM UTC

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Gino, do the decals for Hell Kat have the "grafitti" right under the drivers hatch on the front? I can see something is there in Squadron's M48 in Vietnam but can't make it out. The product description just mentions the turret grafitti and a few tactical markings. I was wondering if the markings are complete.


Jason,
I've just had a look at the decals and there isn't any other grafitti other than Hell Kat and the vietnamese wording.
Hope that helps
David
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Posted: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 08:51 AM UTC
thank you
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Posted: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 05:15 PM UTC
Looking again at the pics in M48 in Vietnam, I dont think either picture is Hell Kat. One says A12 on the glacis and the other looks like it might say A15. Looks like that turret graffiti wasn't unique to just one tank
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Posted: Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 09:57 AM UTC
Hi Joe, this is Philip McMillin from the Bountyhunter. Long time no see! possum70@charter.net
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Posted: Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 11:39 AM UTC
Hey Jason,
According to Concord's Vietnam Armor in action, the "graffiti" on the M48 turret is actually a warning that reads: Danger, do not ride bicycles along side. "The warning was used due to the increassed usage of the 69th Armor in securing the highway system in the Central Highlands."

The photos on pages 14 and 15 in Squadron's M48A3 in Vietnam that you're referring to are also with the 69th Armor attached to the 25th Inf. Div. Presumably, that's the unknown (according to the decal sheet) unit "Hell Cat" is from.