Well continuing my Vietnam Conflict figures today for the nautical bonus round I have a "Sampan". And nothing to do with Ming the Merciless and Buck rogers despite the title.
The figure is by "Britannia" and 1/72nd scale (that's 20mm to you diehard wargamers.
Mostly cast in Resin but the crewman and the engine are in white metal. There was minimal assembly as the engine and crew were one piece casting as was the resin. So the kind of simple assembly that even I can manage.
While it is not absolutely vital to Vietnam wargaming it does round out the options and provide "Hogs" "Cobras" and the like an easy target. Ands as wargamers we all like things to shoot at. How knows it may be ferrying supplies or a VIP along the river to where they are needed.
Additionally I will not be setting my Vietnam conflict in the Delta or on the coast but these vessels are pretty much found on all stretches of water that is deep enough for them. The Picture at the bottom shows one being used today in real live. So I have taken the colours directly from the photograph just so I can claim some level of authenticity.
Clearly a traditional and versatile craft used for all manner of activities. From Fishing to transportation of all manner of goods. Some have motors (most these days) but some clearly do not. It just depends on how fast it needs to go!
While the River war and the Brown water Navy is not an aspect of the Vietnam war I intend to focus on it is Pleasing to know that Britannia do make a couple of other vessels for the US forces and a "Plastic Patrol Boat" my well be on my list of things to acquire. It is just a shame that they have stopped doing the Hovercraft, but if anyone knows where to get one I am all ears!