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the_pauley
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PostSubject: Kitbash: A Pair of Vietnam "Grunts"   Thu Mar 07, 2013 9:37 pm

A while ago I started a series of Vietnam themed kitbashes using the shirt and pants from the second Issue Action Man Soldier...



I had lots these lying about but could never find a use for them until I started researching Vietnam era uniforms and noticed how similar these AM uniforms were were to the US uniforms of that era - the four pockets and the brighter shade of green as opposed to the British olive drab of the era.

While I had done of a few 'bashes of Vietnam grunts, I had never done any using these particular fatigues. Until now...



Apart from three pieces of Cotswold kit, this guy is kitted out in all Hasbro/Palitoy gear...



GI Joe Action Marine helmet, M16 from the Rifle Rack card, knuckle knife from the Australian Jungle Fighter set and the knife is in a scabbard by Cotswold...



The harness is also by Cotswold. Web belt, canteen and cover are standard Hasbro issue. The boots come form the same source as the shirt and pants - the second issue Action Man Soldier basic figure...



Claymore bag is by Cotswold and the grenades are standard Hasbro issue...



The second guy is a M60 Gunner...



Kitted out as his buddy is with the addition of a pair of shades from the GI Joe Classic Collection Korean War Pilot basic figure and an ammo box from the Action Man version of the Bivouac set...



Also sporting an ammo belt from the Action Man Commando set...



The M60 is from the Heavy Weapons set...



My two latest recruits with a few of my earlier 'Nam kitbashes, two Air Cavalry personnel and a Tank Commander in the middle...



"I love the smell of Napalm in the morning!" Very Happy








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PostSubject: Re: Kitbash: A Pair of Vietnam "Grunts"   Thu Mar 07, 2013 9:41 pm

very,very nice !! They look amazing all together. Those shades are great !! cheers
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PostSubject: Re: Kitbash: A Pair of Vietnam "Grunts"   Thu Mar 07, 2013 9:47 pm

You did a great job on your grunt soldiers Pauley! cheers Great pics! Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Kitbash: A Pair of Vietnam "Grunts"   Thu Mar 07, 2013 9:52 pm

Just realised I need some black boots on that Tank Commander!
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PostSubject: Re: Kitbash: A Pair of Vietnam "Grunts"   Thu Mar 07, 2013 9:58 pm

They look great pauley mate!!! Very 'Apocalypse now' and I wouldn't worry about the brown boots on the TC as they suit him!
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PostSubject: Re: Kitbash: A Pair of Vietnam "Grunts"   Fri Mar 08, 2013 1:55 am

Crickey Jim. Stunning!!!! The Cavalry look amazing, would look fantastic in an assault helicopter with a soldier in the skids firing the M60. I want to do a couple of thsee bashes. Great up load
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PostSubject: Re: Kitbash: A Pair of Vietnam "Grunts"   Fri Mar 08, 2013 6:06 am

Very nice grunts Pauley , Doing these myself as I very much like the overall look of the grunt.
These are very nice examples.
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PostSubject: Re: Kitbash: A Pair of Vietnam "Grunts"   Fri Mar 08, 2013 11:41 am

Loving these Pauly nice grunts Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Kitbash: A Pair of Vietnam "Grunts"   Mon Mar 11, 2013 5:27 pm

Superb work again Jim and another great group shot!

I remember when you started these mate, great use of the 2nd edition soldier outfit, the colour is perfect for these.
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PostSubject: Re: Kitbash: A Pair of Vietnam "Grunts"   Mon Mar 11, 2013 8:32 pm

Superb grunts, nice collection, good upload keep them coming Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Kitbash: A Pair of Vietnam "Grunts"   Sun Apr 14, 2013 2:33 am

Awesome Set and outfits.... Great Work!!!

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