M106 or M125 Mortar Carrier for Flames of War Vietnam   Leave a comment

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I picked this box set up less than half price a month ago.
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The box set gives options for both the M106 with the 4.2 inch mortar or the M125 with the 81mm mortar.

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The model is designed so that you can easily swap out mortars.  I elected to now add the crew to make swaps easier.

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The mortars are one piece and with a magnet on the bottom and one in the chassis, there are not too many moving parts to break

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Overall the model fits together pretty well.  There were a few gaps on the roof and on the back ramp.  The most annoying thing is the broken .50cal.  I tried to glue it but it would only stay in place unit the next impact.  I guess I could pin it, but I am too lazy today for that!

Assembly includes the tracks, roof, hatches, and ramp.  There are options for the skirts on the side, but most photos I found in Vietnam showed the vehicle without the skirts.  I would assume for maintenance reasons.

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The set gives the option to have the ramp down, back egress door open, or all closed.  To keep things simple and reduce breaking parts, I kept it closed.

Each tracks comes with two mortar crew and there is one stand for the observer.

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Previously, I had bought one M125 from Flashpoint miniatures just to see the quality of their vehicles.  Here you can see it next to the Battlefront version.  The Flashpoint track comes based.  A trait I personally do not care for.  The track is easier to put together with few pieces, but it does not come with the 4.2″ mortar option.  I also think the detail on the Battlefront track is better.  The crewman for the flashpoint miniature was pretty horribly casted, so I used a BF crew.  I was surprised, because most Flashpoint miniature figures look fine.

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Posted January 13, 2013 by shermon15 in Battlefront, Flames of War, Flashpoint Miniatures, Vietnam

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