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Offline LemonJello

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USMC M151 FAV
« on: July 30, 2018, 03:12:49 AM »
I needed something to get me going again, so I pulled this out of the stash and started gluing plastic together.  Felt good.

From Wikipedia: M151A2 FAV – Fast Assault Vehicle variant designed to be carried inside a CH-53 helicopter. Modification mainly involves adding a combination radiator grille armor plate and spare tire carrier, a field radio bracket between the front seats, roll bars or roll-cage, and high-beam lights. It has a heavy weapons pedestal mount post mounted on the rear deck (capable of carrying a Browning M2HB, Mark 19 Automatic Grenade Launcher or TOW II Missile). The rear bustles had brackets to mount large storage baskets and the front bustles had brackets to mount small storage baskets for fuel jerry cans or single ammo boxes.

This is going to be my take on the M151 FAVs I used to see tearing around Camp Lejeune in the late 90s, before the Mercedes G-wagen replaced them. 

Base kit:



The add-ons: (all of the weapons systems may not make it on, but some combination will)





Also bought some different wheels/tires, now I wish I had gotten the aggressive tread version...*shrugs*:

« Last Edit: July 30, 2018, 03:16:09 AM by LemonJello »

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Re: USMC M151 FAV
« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2018, 03:31:49 AM »
Nice project! The mini-gun should look good!

I didn't realize that the USMC are using the G-Wagens. Do they only use the LWB version, or are there some SWB in use? The Revell kit is SWB, so some surgery would be needed (or the Azimut kit, for starters).

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Re: USMC M151 FAV
« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2018, 03:46:28 AM »
Frank, I believe the G-wagens (IFAV in Marine-speak) were all the LWB versions and are all out of service now -replaced by the M1161 Growler.

I do want to find the Revell Germany Wolf kit and Azimut conversion to do an IFAV.


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Re: USMC M151 FAV
« Reply #3 on: July 30, 2018, 04:09:07 AM »
More pew pew = more better! :) 

Looks like you are off to a good start with this M151 Gun Truck
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Re: USMC M151 FAV
« Reply #4 on: July 30, 2018, 07:27:30 AM »
Some nice options in the weapons load out

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Re: USMC M151 FAV
« Reply #5 on: July 30, 2018, 09:22:13 AM »
Easy fit-out:

M134D-H Minigun on the rear pintle mount
M240H MMG on swing-arm mount for the passenger
M107A1 Barrett .50cal CQB on a swing-arm mount for the driver

Simples! ;)
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Re: USMC M151 FAV
« Reply #6 on: July 30, 2018, 07:37:29 PM »
Easy fit-out:

M134D-H Minigun on the rear pintle mount
M240H MMG on swing-arm mount for the passenger
M107A1 Barrett .50cal CQB on a swing-arm mount for the driver

Simples! ;)

I agree on the first two - the .50 may go on a swing arm at the rear of the jeep.  Can't have the LCpl driving distracted by having a big gun right there for him to use.

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Re: USMC M151 FAV
« Reply #7 on: July 30, 2018, 10:40:05 PM »
Why not? ???

I would! ;)
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Re: USMC M151 FAV
« Reply #8 on: July 31, 2018, 04:19:41 AM »
Jeeps are always fun to see!

Will look forward to watching yours come together!

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Re: USMC M151 FAV
« Reply #9 on: August 05, 2018, 11:44:15 PM »
Update: the majority of construction is done.







Next up: Live Resin weapons.

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Re: USMC M151 FAV
« Reply #10 on: August 06, 2018, 12:26:56 AM »
Love this concept!

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Re: USMC M151 FAV
« Reply #11 on: August 06, 2018, 12:40:13 AM »
 :smiley:
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Re: USMC M151 FAV
« Reply #12 on: August 07, 2018, 04:54:22 AM »
That's some very clean assembly there and nice progress!

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Re: USMC M151 FAV
« Reply #13 on: August 07, 2018, 09:30:29 AM »
A bit of further explanation re: my thinking on this;

M107A1 Barrett .50cal CQB on a swing-arm mount for the driver

The M107 isn't a weapon than can be used effectively on the move, by anybody. Giving it to the driver means that the other two crew can provide cover whilst he is aiming & firing, & there is no chance that a nervous driver can put off his aim by jerking the car or taking off early in his haste to be gone. If the other gunners are nervous, it'll be because they're busy & only have time to swing a boot in his general direction and/or scream abuse at him.
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Re: USMC M151 FAV
« Reply #14 on: August 07, 2018, 07:48:43 PM »
That makes sense.  I was thinking that mounting at the rear, it would only be used when the jeep is sitting still, by either of the gunners aboard, leaving the driver free to focus on driving.  Once I started fitting the ammo bin for the M134, I realized this was going to be a 3 man crew, and if I loaded it out with packs, the M107 either is omitted, or moved toward the front. 

I also have some AT4s to strap to the engine hood.