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ASPB (VUSBX15)

ASPB (Assault Support Patrol Boat) (VUSBX15) ASPB (Assault Support Patrol Boat) (VUSBX15)
includes one ASPB boat.

The Assault Support Patrol Boats (ASPB) were known as Alpha boats, owing to the A-designation on their hull numbers. They were the only boat in the MRF purpose built for the riverine mission.

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Brown Water Navy
The waterways of the Mekong Delta are busy with sampans, merchants, villages, and farming communities. They are the life blood of South Vietnam, through which over half of the entire country’s rice flows. It is remote with few roads accessing the interior’s rice fields and jungles. The Việt Cộng have launched their liberation movement from within this formidable fortress.

However, the US Army and Navy have come together to create the Mobile Riverine Force, a joint operation of infantry and assault boats. They are reinforced with helicopter gunships, devastating Skyraider aircraft and more. This new force is ready to take the fight upriver.

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Brown Water Navy
ASPB (Assault Support Patrol Boat) (VUSBX15) The Alpha boat entered service in September 1967 and became known as the Brown Water Navy’s “destroyer”. It was lighter and faster than the Monitor, the MRF's “river battleship”, but it still packed quite a punch, with two .50-calibre heavy machine guns, 20mm cannon and multipurpose 81mm mortar for indirect fire. Each river division could rely on eight ASPBs to lead patrols upriver.

Designed by Evan Allen
Painted by Aaron Mathie

ASPB (Assault Support Patrol Boat) (VUSBX15)
ASPB (Assault Support Patrol Boat) (VUSBX15)
  The ASPB ASPB
 

Length:

50’ 1” (15m)
Beam: 15’ 2” (4.6m)
Draft: 3’ 6” (1m)
Displacement: 58,500lb (26.5 tonnes)
Speed: 16 knots (30km/h)
Crew: 6
The ASPB in Brown Water Navy

 

 

 

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ASPB

Standard Tank

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Assult Boat, Minesweeper, Self-defence MG.

Twin M2 .50cal MG 16" / 40cm
5 4 5+ Deck turret.
Mk 16 20mm gun  16" / 40cm 4 5 5+ 360-degree turret.
Mk 2.81mm mortar 16" / 40cm 2 2 3+ Deck turret, Smoke.
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Minesweeper
The ASPB’s position was at the head of the force, minesweeping and defusing booby traps.


Booby Traps cannot be placed under other friendly boats within 12”/30cm of the stern (rear) an ASPB. However, they may be placed under an ASPB instead. An ASPB may gap a Minefield (see page 225 of the rulebook) placed in river terrain as though it were a Pioneer team.

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Assembling the ASPB

Follow this guide to correctly assemble your ASPB. For metal and resin models like this one, we recommend you use cyanoacrylate 'Super Glue'.

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Contact the customer service team at [email protected] if you have any issues with any of the components.
The contents for the ASPB Box Set
ASPB (VUSBX15)
Step 1. Begin assembly by glueing the guns to the turrets. Make sure they are facing the correct way. Step 2. Glue the gunner to the 81mm mortar.
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Below. Gunner glued correctly. Step 3. Glue the radar dome into the hole in front of the boat's pilot house.
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Step 4. Add all the pieces you've just assembled into their respective places as seen below.
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And you're done! Happy modelling.


Last Updated On Monday, August 10, 2015