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AFV Club Shop van M-109

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  • Member since
    December 2012
  • From: San Antonio, TX
AFV Club Shop van M-109
Posted by SM2 on Friday, September 17, 2021 9:09 PM

I'm working on the AFV Club M-109A3 Shop van, and I'd like to portray it as a Vietnam-era vehicle.  Has anyone heard of decals for this vehicle for this time frame?  Any information will be helpful!  Thanks!

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Fort Knox
Posted by Rob Gronovius on Saturday, September 18, 2021 1:28 AM

I think the variant is a later 1980s version of the M109. The Vietnam era had the tailpipe under the chassis and not the stack one. I'm not sure what all needs to be done to the base M35 truck to make it a Nam era version.

  • Member since
    May 2009
  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Saturday, September 18, 2021 3:00 AM


For Vietnam you need the white stars (easy) and the "hood numbers" (serial number) and the "bumper codes". Those are harder to get, because they need to be white, and you have to do some research to get an idea about what they need to say. Usually t's pretty hard to find a matching hood/bumper combination, because IF you get a photo it's usually from from or from side and two or more photos showing the same vehicle in tne same time frame is a real modelling treasure...

This link should give you an idea on what the regulations were - real life is of course something else - you got to do research, like I said...

Now for the mods on the truck - this instructions show the duece and half in a Vietnam configuration:

Low tailpipe and old style lights on the rear mounted under the bed and not on the frame would be two things to look out for.

If you need old style lights - I got you covered:

So it's quite a project but it can get you something nobody else has. I had something similar in mind with the M49 tanker. Good luck with your project - I'd love to see some pictures - and have a nice day


All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Valrico, FL
Posted by HeavyArty on Saturday, September 18, 2021 9:25 AM

You could also buy the A1 parts sprue on eBay and you would be set.


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