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Another T2K in progress
dexter059
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Region de Valparaiso, Chile
Member Since: July 28, 2005
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Posted: Sunday, December 11, 2005 - 07:57 AM UTC
I did this VAB a while ago, but didnīt like the look of it. So I decided to make some kitbashing and create this thing, a different paint finish and some scratch, little since Iīm not a scratchbuilder (yet). The figures are only for reference, just to get an idea of the final product. Here the backstory:

LASIV "(Light Assault & Security Infantry Vehicle) "Escorpion"

During the mid 90īs, Chile started a big weapons deal with USA and Europe, to replace their Armyīs WWII vintage systems. In addition to US supplied M1A1 Abrams tanks and M2 Bradley vehicles to boost the power of the armor units, a light wheeled infantry vehicle was sought to improve infantry units mobility and protection in urban enviroments and/or soft terrains, were the heavier vehicles were unable to operate. Many vehicles were tested, and the final decision favored the french VAB, chosen over the swiss Piranha and the spanish BMR. The vehicle was named LASIV (Light Assault & Security Infantry Vehicle) "Escorpion"
Only 54 vehicles were delivered before the Twilight War, since France were needed of those vehicles to cover their own Army needs. All of Chilean vehicles were used in their original camo scheme in the following duties, only in chilean capitol, Santiago:
- convoy escorts
- protection of the Presidential Palace and Military HQ
- riot control vehicles
- anti terrorist operations against the chilean communist guerrilla strongholds.

Since the original weapons were insuficient to provide enough firepower to fullfil all the previously named duties, the Chilean Army modified the vehicles adding a bow mounted turret with a .50" and .30" MG, 2 pin mounted M60 MG in the center and an aft pin mounted .30" MG. The .30" MG were taken from old M24 Chaffee light tanks and M3 halftracks.

This vehicle belongs to the 1st Infantry Regiment "Buin", operating as security vehicle in Santiago downtown in 2006











Comments welcome
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ShermiesRule
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Posted: Sunday, December 11, 2005 - 08:18 AM UTC
This is like your third T2K 2005. You should save some ideas for T2K 2006
dexter059
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Posted: Sunday, December 11, 2005 - 08:26 AM UTC

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This is like your third T2K 2005. You should save some ideas for T2K 2006



Itīs that a bad thing Just kidding :-)
Donīt know yet, I guess the proposed theme doesnīt enlight my brain yet....
best regards
Cuhail
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Posted: Sunday, December 11, 2005 - 07:31 PM UTC
Dude!, that thing is UGLY! I love it! It's repulsive and dirty and I think it looks great!

Good entry!
Cuhail
dexter059
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Posted: Sunday, December 11, 2005 - 07:55 PM UTC

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Dude!, that thing is UGLY! I love it! It's repulsive and dirty and I think it looks great!

Good entry!
Cuhail



Yeah, thatīs the idea :-)
thanks
Harris98
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Posted: Monday, December 12, 2005 - 06:04 AM UTC
Great work! I enjoy reading your stories about the unit's origins.


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