How come the inner shield on the rear mudguards are not present? -
Because it is approx. 40 years old kit?...
More puzzling is why the new AFV Club kit does not include them. Luckily they're easy to add.
When you got a brand new ACAV, one of the first things you did after filing the gas tank and checking oil was to remove all the mud guards. There was a pile of mud guards in Chu Lai that would have filled a rail road box car! You went from there to see the head dude at the Sea Bee shack for a roll of chain link fencing and a dozen engineers stakes. After that it was on to the Americal Main post PX for beer and soda.
Why did you remove the mud guards?
Did they collect too much mud and block the tracks or something?
Curious as h*ll
Mud was the main reason, but it also allows you to check on the tracks easier. Plus the mud can make you throw a track a lot easier when it builds up. When breaking jungle the tracks will often get vegetation built up in them, and this can make it easier to throw a track. It's a lot easier to clean the crap out without the mud guards. Another very important thing about the mud guards that most don't notice is that the mud guards ever so slightly obstruct your vision when looking almost strait down. Not much, but enough to graze the fuse on a 105 round. You always drive exactly in the same foot print as the track in front of you. That way only the lead track breaks train, and they'll often be on foot out in front. On the otherhand blue crossings can be down right frightening. You can't see what's under you, and trust me they often leave surprise packages. crossings are shallow spots in a river that plotted on a map for future use. Yet if you've used it once, they'll know about it.
In the bush, everything get trashed rather quickly. If you broke jungle with the mud guards, they'd be gone in 48 hours. Literally ripped off. Look at the fenders on a 48 sometime, or the trim vane on the front of an ACAV. My base camp was about 2000 from the Hiep Duc Ridge Line. Nothing wheeled or tracked got past us, and even then it was twelve miles past road's end. You'd see parts from tanks a APC's along the side of the trails like it was a junk yard. I even came upon a junk Japanese steam roller once!