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  • Member since
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  • From: Thornton, Co
Yankee clipper
Posted by HEAVYGUNS155 on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 10:27 PM

Can anyone tell me in the old Military Modeling magazine was there an article named Yankee Clipper it was about how to build a vietnam era gun truck. Any help would be appreciated


                                   Thank you


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  • From: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Posted by goldhammer on Wednesday, February 17, 2021 11:25 AM

No idea on the magazine.  Have been a couple of shows on AHC and History channel on them.

Started out as 2 1/2 ton and went to 5 ton trucks. Even some M37 rigs early on.  Usually double steel plate around the box, sandbags between.  Armed with M60's, M2's, twin .50's, quad.50's, up to the electric 7.62 mini gun.  Whatever they could beg, borrow, or midnight requisition.

Couple of replicas in existence built by guys that served on them.

Search "Eve of Destruction gun truck".  Lot of information available.


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    December 2002
  • From: Fort Knox
Posted by Rob Gronovius on Wednesday, February 17, 2021 12:01 PM

I've got the old Military Modeler magazine from about 1988 until their demise in 1996 or so. But it would take some looking for the box of the old magazines and then a lot of looking for the exact issue if it is even in the run that I have.

And the point is moot if the magazine you are talking about is not the old Challenge Publications one.

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  • From: Lakes Entrance, Victoria, Australia.
Posted by Dodgy on Wednesday, February 17, 2021 5:17 PM

G'day Heavyguns. Are you talking about the Brit publication Military Modeling, or the U.S. Military Modeler? I have numerous copies of both and fairly accessable. If you can confirm which one you're looking for, I will go through them and see what I can find.

I long to live in a world where chickens can cross the road without having their motives questioned

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  • From: Central Oregon
Posted by HooYah Deep Sea on Wednesday, February 17, 2021 7:15 PM

You've probably already been there, but check out the M923 Gun Truck. Italeri has a kit for one, but by nature they were a completely ad lib creation for the most part, using whatever could be had and supported. So, basically, there ain't no rules.

"Why do I do this? Because the money's good, the scenery changes and they let me use explosives, okay?"

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  • From: Orlando, Florida
Posted by ikar01 on Sunday, February 21, 2021 5:57 PM

I've seen pictures where they take a stripped down M-113 and put it in the bed of the truck.  I would think that even with almost everything taken out, the strain on the carrier truck must have been substancial.  Complete, the 113 weighed abouit 12 tons so it must have been nothing but a shell with a radio before the weapons, and ammo were loaded.

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  • From: Michigan
Posted by Straycat1911 on Monday, February 22, 2021 2:25 PM

I seem to remember an article in FSM back in the late 80's or early 90's about making a gun truck. 

But since they were thrown together with whatever was handy for armor and no standardized gun layout, let your imagination go crazy.

We won't say anything, promise. 


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