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Panhard 178B
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Posted: Thursday, April 04, 2019 - 02:58 AM UTC
Morning all, was just wondering if anyone would know if there were any outer changes to the Panhard 178B besides the FL-1 turret. I am thinking of getting the ICM kit and trying to convert it to the B. I've got the 1/72 RPM kit and want to try and use it's parts as a pattern. Thanks in advance for any and all help. Wayne
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Posted: Thursday, April 04, 2019 - 06:29 AM UTC
AFAIK, the "B" version was fitted with a new engine and a new radio set as well, but I believe this did not change the outside...One visible difference is the protected spare wheel fitted to the left side :



You'll find a few more pics here :

https://www.chars-francais.net/2015/index.php/engins-blindes/blindes-a-roues?task=view&id=79

According to the late Pascal Danjou's book about this armored car, the hull of the Panhard 178 on display at the Saumur Museum is in fact a backdated "B" hull :





Here's one in Sa´gon (1951) :



H.P.
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Posted: Thursday, April 04, 2019 - 10:51 AM UTC
Appreciate it Frenchie, would like to do an Indochina one, but wanted to make sure there no major outer changes. They used so many oddball vehicles that I would think it would be a good possible build campaign. Wayne
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Posted: Friday, April 05, 2019 - 01:25 AM UTC
More period pics :



Star Decals sheet 35-C1006 includes markings for this one :





Here's an ex-French Army one, used for training by the South Vietnamese Army at the Thu Duc Reserve Officer's School in 1952 :


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Posted: Friday, April 05, 2019 - 08:42 PM UTC

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They used so many oddball vehicles that I would think it would be a good possible build campaign.



...Including T30 HMC's :



or even Sd.Kfz 251's



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