A truck for the trail

I thought I would need some targets for the SEALs and MACV SOG troops. So I got myself a few of the russian trucks from Rubicon, as these were used by the NVA, too. You can build the truck either as GAZ-AA or GAZ-AAA version. I build the GAZ-AA version. There is a driver for the cab included. So he had to be turned into a more Vietnamese looking type.

I used one of the Empress Miniatures Vietnamese heads on the Rubicon figure. The size fits quite well. So there are hopes that the Rubicon models for the Vietnam war, which should be available at the end of the year, should be compatible with the Empress ones.

Here is the completed truck:

But is this really just a truck transporting Rice or Ammo down the Ho Chi Min trail? Or is there something more dangerous on the flatbed ? More dangerous for gunships, FACs or fast movers? If you get rid of the tarp….

You get something like an early technical. I am not sure if this is really historical correct, but it looks good and anyway it is my game!

The AA gun and female crew is by Empress miniatures sculpted by Paul Hicks. I mounted the gun on a flatbed base to be able to place it in the truck:

And a few more pictures on my gaming table:

I have another two of these trucks which I will finish as another GAZ-AA and a GAZ-AAA with different loads.

Vietnamese AA gun

An AA gun of the NVA with a female gun crew . The gun model is very easy to assemble and the crew figures fit very nicely. It is a nice touch to have a female gun crew. I hope that when eventually the Viet Cong figures are done by Empress that they include many more female fighters.