1⁄35M531 Gama Goat
The vehicle here is the ambulance version of the M531 Gama Goat by Tamiya built without the heater. Markings for 1st Battalion, 67th Air Defense Artillery, 9th Infantry Divison, May 1982, Yakima Firing Center, WA. Bumper number A-24 means it is the prime mover from A Battery, 2nd Platoon for an M167 towed Vulcan. The camouflage scheme is the Mobility Equipment Research and Design Command (MERDC) Winter Verdant used by the U.S. Army from the mid-70s until it was replaced by NATO standard colors in the 1980s. I used Model Master Forest Green, Field Drab, Sand and Black. Canvas was painted with Xtracolor Faded Olive Drab. The kit itself was a dream to assemble. Everything fitted together with such precision and I count myself lucky Tamiya released this offbeat subject. Gama Goats were a maintenance nightmare and were replaced by HMMWVs. I was assigned to Charlie Battery in the fall of ‘79 to 1/67 ADA and saw plenty of Goats in action. One day I will build the AFV Club Chaparral of my old platoon.
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