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A Change of Pace: The Tamiya M-577 Command Post

I need a break from ships so I am going to build the 1/35 Tamiya M-577 Command Post. Built on the venerable M-113 chassis and first introduced in the 1960s, the M-577 still serves as the primary command post for the U.S. Army, though it has been updated with new generators, radios and sat-com equipment.

The Tamiya kit let's you create the M-577 or the M-577A1, depending on which version you build. My goal is to build the M-577A1 in the 7th Army camouflage option, called the MASSTER scheme. This scheme is comprised of a sand base color, red-brown, forest green and black. It was in use just before the  MERDC scheme of the 1970s through the mid-1980s. The MASSTER scheme was limited only to those in the 7th Army, particularly the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment.

So, on a cloudy afternoon in April, I got to work on the kit and built up the major components. I replaced two of the Tamiya parts with left over parts from the Academy M-113A2 kit. The kit goes together pretty well for a kit fr…

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